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'This is a project that ultimately has national ambitions'

(Photo by Elevate on Unsplash)

(Photo by Elevate on Unsplash)

(JEWISH INSIDER) -- Opaque plastic wrap covers the windows of a nondescript storefront in Somerville, Mass., Cambridge’s less haughty neighbor, leaving passersby to guess what business might soon open here, less than a mile from Harvard.

A minimalist poster tacked to the window offers a very brief explanation: “Lehrhaus, a Jewish tavern and house of learning. Opening soon.”

Next door is a popular lavender-framed tapas bar, and on this hot summer afternoon, students and young professionals zip by on vintage road bikes. In the week since the Lehrhaus sign went up, and since a Boston food blog discovered the new neighborhood establishment, more than 400 people have signed up for its email list.

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