Welcome to Mapping Modern Jewish Cultures


This project encourages you to examine the confluence between cafés, the urban environment, and the creativity of multilingual Jewish communities.

The mapping and digital storytelling tools you will find here are based on extensive research done for Prof. Shachar Pinsker’s book A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (NYU Press, 2018). Consider this site a companion resource, or a standalone project for you to experience.


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Using this website


Mapping Modern Jewish Cultures supports both linear and non-linear exploration.

You may wish to have a guided tour of the cafés, cities, and important themes of the project, or perhaps to wander on your own. (We encourage both approaches!)


Where would you like to begin?


I would like to follow a guided story.

I would prefer to explore myself, beginning with
place (cities), communities (people), or time.