Cappuccino with Yiddishkeit please!

February 4, 2014 by Henry Benjamin
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A Kosher cafe has opened in Bondi Junction…serving top of the crop coffee, mouthwatering cakes and lessons in Judaism, frumkeit and life.

 

Rebbetzin Shternie Althaus, Harriet Warlow-Shill, Rabbi Aaron Groner and Guy Keeda       Photo: Henry Benjamin

Rebbetzin Shternie Althaus, Harriet Warlow-Shill, Rabbi Aaron Groner and Guy Keeda Photo: Henry Benjamin

Nestled in the lobby of Westfield’s Tower One building, the coffee shop opens for business at 7:45 every day and offers shiurim on its menu.

The brainchild of Rebbetzin Shternie Althaus and Harriet Warlow-Shill, the cafe is housed in the same building which conducts Mincha services each afternoon for orthodox members of the community working in the area.

One local told J-Wire: “We have never been short of a minyan but we have been short of a good cup of coffee and a slice of Kosher cake.”

The coffee shop belongs to the Fibonacci chain run by Israeli brothers  Guy, Noam and Boaz Keeda along with their friend Tal Avni.

Rebbetzin Althaus and Harriet Warlow-Shill told J-Wire: “This is not a commercial enterprise. Hopefully the revenue from the coffee and cakes will generate enough funds to cover costs, but bringing Yiddishkeit and a Kosher cafe to the Junction remains our main aim.”

Rebbetzin Althaus continued: “My  job is to maintain an interesting program of lectures and talks and we have plenty already planned and on the drawing board. Harriet and I want acknowledge the help we have received from Michael Kedoury and from Glicks’ Bakery and Westfield.

The cafe is also expected to house a library of Jewish books available to the local community.

J-Wire was told that the cafe, opposite the Apple store is under consideration to remain open late in months to come to accommodate Kosher movie-goers.

The cafe is under the supervision of the Kashrut Authority

The current timetable:

SoulCafe-talks-time-table

 

 

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