The Bread Maker of Jerusalem

On a visit with the proprietor of Russell’s Bakery and his multi-ethnic, multi-political, and multi-religious staff, the story of Israel unfolds in microcosm.

Russell, the proprietor of Russell’s Bakery in Jerusalem, at work. Flash90/Sophie Gordon.

Russell, the proprietor of Russell’s Bakery in Jerusalem, at work. Flash90/Sophie Gordon.

Observation
Nov. 14 2018
About the author

Edward Grossman’s journalism and fiction have been published in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.


Quarter to four in the morning. There’s nobody in the shuk—the Maḥaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem—nobody, that is, except Russell, a Zionist who has his ovens up and running nice and hot.

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