Paris had a Jewish population since at least the beginning of common era. The oldest Jewish area of Paris doesn't exist any more (fifth arrondissement of today) and the medieval Jewish Quarter with rue des Juifs is called other name today.
Todays most important Jewish Quarter of Paris is Marais, although it had no Jewish population following several expulsions and bans and was resettled in early 19th century.
Marais is known as Pletzel (small place) in Yiddish and many kosher shops and restaurants are to be found in this part of Paris. Agudath HaKehilot (or Agoudas HaKehilos) is Marais' major synagogue.
Le Marais is to be found on the right bank of Seine river this Jewish district is situated partly in 3rd and partly in 4th arrondissements. Rue des Rosiers is the main centre of Jewish life in France. There are many kosher restaurants, bakeries and butchers in the area, among them Les Ailes Restaurant, Mi-Va-Mi (Israeli, glatt) and Micky's Deli.
Other important Jewish area of Paris is the Faubourg Montmartre district with a well known Sephardi synagogue at 28 rue Buffault.
Synagogues, kosher restaurants and various Jewish establishments are to be found in other parts of Paris as well.
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