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Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher(s): Oxford University Press

Author(s): Samuel C. Heilman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: American Jews; Residential mobility; Congregations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Studies in Contemporary Jewry 15, 19-34. The relationship between Orthodox American Jews, the city and the suburbs is a dynamic one, and where Orthodox Jews chose to live continues to be a reflection of who they are and how they express their religious identities. Moreover, Orthodox Jews - unlike other of their co-religionists- have been able to make areas of Jewish scarcity, flourish: increasingly, they have changed the communities in which they have settled rather than being themselves changed.