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Hamenachem, Rachel, 2007 February 27

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001

Scope and Contents

Rachel Hamenachem runs the Westville Kosher Market. Born in Jerusalem, Hamenachem moved to New Haven in 1985. Her husband opened the Market with a partner, whose retirement forced Rachel Hamenachem into the business. The market caters to a small but faithful clientele, how appreciate the freshness of the market's meat, its ability to meet special orders and special requests, and the personalized service provided by Hamenachem. Hamenachem considers her store to be part of the community in which it's located, and takes pride in knowing the names and stories of her customers. After 20 years in the business, however, Hamenachem fears that small speciality stores may be on their last legs in New Haven. As grocery stores pick up more kosher products, the Westville Kosher Market finds its client base shrinking. In years past, Hamenachem recalls, there were multiple kosher delis, butchers, and bakeries on Whalley Avenue between downtown New Haven and Westville. At the time of the interview, Hamenachem's market is the only kosher speciality shop left.

Interviewer: Fitts, Alexis


  • 2007 February 27

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From the Collection: English

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