signs of life

A couple more from the same area, Washington Boulevard, an odd mix of new art galleries, a couple of cafe-bars and older working-class businesses, kiosks, really old and huge ficus trees filled with fruit bats, a kids’ play area filled with feral cats.

For a long time, this tiny synagogue was abandoned and falling to pieces and we wondered whether it would be replaced by a housing block. But recently someone restored it and now it’s in use. This is not a religious area – in fact quite the opposite – but there are many tiny synagogues remaining from the neighborhood’s original population of Sephardic Jews from Salonika, and later places like Afghanistan.

Late afternoon sun 🙂