Lower East Side Judaica Vet ‘Ziontalis’ Leaves NYC for Florida

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 at 10:02 am by

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Ziontalis on Eldridge Street in 1945, Photo: Ziontalis

Ziontalis hasn’t been part of the Lower East Side Fabric since 1997, when the Judaica shop relocated to the garment district. It left behind a tenement storefront at 48 Eldridge Street, which had been its headquarters since the very beginning. Since 1920, when founding patriarch Samuel Yaroslawitz began manufacturing and importing/exporting Judaica to/from New York and Israel.

However, third generation owner Steven Yarowslawitz finished packing the bags last week for the next chapter in the life of the business.  Ziontalis has departed the city entirely. Nay, the state. In due course, the business, like so many Jewish alta-cockers, will take up residence in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1451 NE 13th Avenue).

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Boogie archives, circa 1994

We wish them luck, and are sending them off with a photo dump of archival images from their time on the Lower East Side. Most of the shots are culled from their website. And on a personal note, it’s sad to see them flee. Our family purchased its talitot there in the early 1990s (and yarmulkes nearby at H&M Skull Cap).

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