Jewish cook-shops in Warsaw at the end of the XVIII century

24.03.2015, 11:00 a.m.

Wide piwarski garkuchnia 1841
Garkuchnia pod studnią (1841).  /  Jan Feliks Piwarski

Cook-shops were an important expression of the economic activity of Warsaw Jews as well as providing them with food which fulfilled their religious requirements. They were the source of income for many people and a solution to one of the basic issues facing Jews who lived in Warsaw. Since Jews were not permitted to live in the capital full-time or posses real estate, they lived in very difficult conditions not conducive to running a fully functioning household. The cook-shops were not only a place to prepare and eat your meals but also a place to interact with others, allowing for the development of professional activities and the integration of the Jewish community.

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