THE BARBERSHOP ON JAFFA CORNER
The barbershop on Jaffa corner is a small old business that has existed for more than 60 years.
The owner of the barbershop is Abraham, an elderly man who immigrated to Israel as a young man from Iran to Israel in the 1950s with his wife and brother, and later settled in the Mamilla neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Abraham has a life story that relates to the history of Jerusalem and the city center in particular, and serves as evidence of the city in the days of the Six-Day War.
His stories are full of experiences that relate to identity and immigration.
At first he moved with his wife to one of the abandoned houses in the Mamilla area.
It was the Austerity Days in Israel, and on holidays and Shabbat, in an improvised synagogue in one of the abandoned houses, they would eat imported egg powder because there was no food available.
Initially working for a barber in the Mahane Yehuda Market and later in Rehavia neighborhood, he finally got a permanent job at the barbershop on Jaffa Street, and after a few years he became its owner.
The barbershop, located near Mamilla neighborhood and close to the Old City, is full of objects that reveal its age: decorated plates with portraits of the former army generals, Yitzhak Rabin and Moshe Dayan, hanging on the walls; pictures from the early years of Abraham in Israel; a booklet with greetings from local costumers and tourists; and more.
In recent years, the barbershop has also become Abraham's home. Due to the difficulty and effort of traveling long distance from his house to the barbershop every day, he would sleep there in a modest bed on the back of the shop.
About two months ago, he decided to close the barbershop and move to his son's house in Jerusalem.
After more than 60 years of activity, the shop closed and was sold out to the shop next door.