Tmol Shilshom

Translator Barbara
and author
Meir Shalev
read from Only Yesterday.
better combination of small luxuries than a fresh green salad with mushrooms
and mustard dressing, books to leaf through or read — and (it gets even
better) a real live poet reading from his or her works? Yes, you can have
it all — in downtown Jerusalem. Cafe Tmol ShilshomOnly Yesterday
— which takes its name from the Nobel Laureate, S.Y. Agnon’s book of the
same name, is a literary meeting place.

In this bookstore-cafe-restaurant,
proprietor David Ehrlich, instituted poetry readings by Israeli poets, and
poets from other countries. The list of authors and poets who visit Tmol
Shilshom and hold literary events here, reads like the who’s who of Israeli

who passed away in December, and was considered Israel’s poet
laureate, frequented Tmol Shilshom. He had a favorite chair from which
he read his poems.

Chair of
Yehuda Amichai
At first a private dwelling and then
a tailor shop, the cafe is located up a steep flight of stairs in a stone
building typical of the area.

Books of poetry by Yehuda Amichai

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Text by J. Isaacson


  • Try the Amanda salad or the salmon
    filet in fig sauce.
  • All books are
    for sale.
  • info

    5 Shalmon St., Jerusalem
    Tel: 02.622-1851

    Open from 8 AM to 2 AM. Closed on Friday night and Saturday. Kosher.

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