Café Hillel

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Café Hillel (Hebrew: קפה הלל) is a cafe, espresso bar, and sandwich bar chain in Israel.[1]


In 1998, Koby and Yossi Sherf opened the first branch of Café Hillel on Jerusalem's Hillel Street, the source of the chain's name.[2] They envisioned a coffee shop with a relaxed "Jerusalemite" atmosphere serving world-class coffee and food.[3]

Most of the branches are run by franchises, with only two or three owned directly by the company.[4]

In 2003, seven people were killed and over 50 wounded in the Café Hillel bombing, a suicide attack at Jerusalem's German Colony branch of the cafe.[5] Dr. David Applebaum, an emergency room doctor who had treated numerous suicide attack victims himself, was killed along with his 20-year-old daughter Nava Applebaum, who was to be married the next day.[6]

The chain now has over 25 branches around the country.[3][7] Cafe Hillel sells its own private label coffee and has a red and black color scheme.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cafe Scene: Cafe Hillel, The Jerusalem Post, Viva Sarah Press, January 7, 2007[dead link]
  2. ^ Café Hillel, World Zionist Organization, Rochelle Mass Archived October 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Jeffrey Hyman (21 July 2011). "Israel's top 10 cafes". Israel21c. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Franchises are booming, The Jerusalem Post, Alex Margolin[dead link]
  5. ^ Tzrifin and Jerusalem[dead link], Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. ^ Kordova, Shoshana (12 September 2003). "Almost too tragic to be true". Haaretz. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Café Hillel locations

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