Jerusalem – Famed Mea She’arim Bakery Closes After 123 Years

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    FILE - Matti Lendner in his bakeryJerusalem – After operating for more than a century, the iconic Lendner Bakery in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim quarter has closed.

    A notice posted on the doors of the landmark bakery at the corner of Leib Dayan Street and Moshe Dov Lendner Street said: “The Lendner Bakery, which was established by Rav Moshe Dov Lendner in 1896, is closing its doors after 123 years of a family tradition of baking, helping others and supporting the community, which was passed down from father to son.”

    The note continued: “We thank our steadfast and faithful customers for the trust they placed in us for all these years.” The bakery, named for its founder, was best known for its Shabbat and holidays challah loaves.

    While the closing of the bakery marked the end of an era, it wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Matti Lendner, the third-generation operator of the bakery, died in 2016 at age 87 after decades of working the ovens. Dubi Lendner, one of Matti’s sons, told Haaretz on Monday that the bakery’s oven was in desperate need of repairs, and it simply was not cost effective to fix it.

    “A piece of Jerusalem history with aromas that only challah from Lendner have,” tweeted Arye Erlich, deputy editor of Mishpacha magazine. “A big chunk of the joy of Shabbat in my childhood. Oy, what can replace it?”

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    19 COMMENTS

    1. Baked goods contain gluten, which can be deadly to those with Celiac Disease. Even ingesting a trace amount can trigger the reaction. In those with a particular bad case, even the smell, sight, or sound of gluten can be dangerous.

      • IDIOT! First of all the sight or sound can not cause an allergic reaction. Medical fact! More Importantly your comment has absolutely nothing to do with the closing of a beloved institution, whose challahs have graced the tables of generations of Yidden. An authentic Yerushaleim Treasure. Thank you Mispacha Lendner for 123 years of devoted service to the community. And please ignore the comments of a fool, for they know not what they say!

        • Perhaps you have not known someone with a severe case, sir. More importantly, do you deny that baked goods contain gluten, and that challahs are a type of baked good? You don’t sound very intelligent.

      • and bread can lodge in your throat causing you to choke and if you submerge your head in water you can die and if you cross a street in to on coming traffic without looking both ways you can get hit by a car or a truck and die.

      • Avoiding foods that contain gluten can lead to deficiencies in essential nutrients, including iron, calcium, fiber, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

        • True. So everyone who needs to eat gluten free should first ask themselves, do I want to take the risk of a deficiency in iron, calcium, fiber, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, or eat gluten and experience extreme physical pain, damage to the villi of the intestines, and general symptoms of malnutrition? Touch choice.

        • Actually, I voted for Robert Polders in 2016. His platform is no gun control, no abortions, no excessive taxation, no government programs and no drugs.

      • I think you would be interested in hearing about one of the most dangerous substance on the planet – DHMO (DIhydrogen monoxide), that is so widely spread in our communities that government officials dont even bother addressing this.
        Here are just some of the dangers:
        -Death due to accidental inhalation, even in small quantities.
        -Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
        -Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
        -DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
        -Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
        -Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
        -Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
        -Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
        -Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.

        • Studies show that trace amounts of hydrogen hydroxide (aka DHMO) are perfectly safe in food, while trace amounts of gluten are extremely dangerous for celiac sufferers. Also, gluten is dangerous to inhale, and is even more damaging to automobile brakes than DHMO is.

          • Gluten is quite bad for those with an allergy or intolerance to it. We all agree to that fact.
            Beyond the above simple fact, what is the point of your posts? Those that are unaffected can eat it and probably should.
            I have certain food issues, including lactose intolerance. I consumed no dairy for 20 years at one point. I sympathize with your issue but it has nothing to do with the bakery nor anybody else.

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