In search of an Israeli place that had vanished into the thick autumn air, we spied an unfamiliar Forest Hills commercial strip—a procession of Russian dried-fruit shops, take-out delis, and dry-goods establishments dwarfed by high-rise apartment buildings. On the northern verge stood Salut, a kosher café offering food from Uzbekistan, where the cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent harbored communities of Jewish silk traders for a millennium. Harsh fluorescent light flooded the street from a dining room baited with the requisite chandelier and big-screen TV, on which a Soviet Michael... More >>>