Another Judaica Store on Essex Closing after 60 Years

Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica has been on Essex Street for six decades, most recently at No. 23.

The Lower East Side is losing another mainstay of its Jewish heritage.

“The people, they don’t come down here anymore,” Heidi Yousef says emphatically when asked why Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica plans to close in the next few weeks. “We don’t have that many stores here; it’s not that interesting.”