While passing in Sheinkin Street in Tel-Aviv yesterday, I could not resist to glimpse at the remain of what once was ”Cafe TAMAR”, the mystic cafe where so many writers, artists and journalists sat down and wrote their articles, books and even songs related to the place.
The cafe was closed at the end of June after having being managed by Sarah Stern for 74 years, the Lady with the blue hair, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year.
The café opened in 1941, and in 1956 was taken over by Abraham and Sarah, after they had met in the British army in the Egyptian sands. After the death of Abraham in 1966 Sarah took over and managed the café in a mastering manner. The toasted bagels were unique and it became the favorite place for the Sheinkin-south Tel-Aviv’s boheme, which spent many hours sitting and discussing about politics, religions and last trend of the day.
Sheinkin Street, called the ”Boheme street” became this mystical, amazing and interesting street thanks to the combination of reporters from the nearby daily newspaper Davar and the many politicians who would conduct their business there together with the people from the world of culture and art who had made the café their ”Home”.
I felt very sad to see the door closed. Gazing through the window I could see all the furniture remaining inert, motionless like in a picture.