Rue des Rosiers in the Marais area is originally a 12th century street which got its name from the rosebushes which covered the Philippe Auguste wall (see previous posts) of which you can see some traces in the backyards (I may revert on this another time).
This is the middle of a historic Jewish quarter, referred to as the “Pletzl”, the Yiddish name for a little place. Jewish communities have lived here since the street was new. At different periods they have of course been expelled. Today the population is obviously basically a Yiddish speaking Ashkenazi community which settled here at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
There are some modest entries to synagogues and “shtiebels” (prayer rooms), schools (read “Schule”). There used to be a “hammam” (public baths)...
The street is still dominated by Jewish bookshops, bakeries, restaurants, charcuteries... although some fashion shops now also appear. One example of this is what used to be the most well-known Paris Jewish brasserie, Goldenberg, which closed in 2006. The restaurant was attacked by a still unrevealed group in 1982; six people were killed and some 20 injured.
It’s obvious that you will find offers of falafel, kosher, delicatessen, strudel... all over the place.
The street of course suffered seriously from the period 1940-44. A lot of buildings have commemorative plates over deported people. The main entrance to what those days was a school for boys is in the side street (rue Hospitalière Saint-Gervais). 165 students were deported.