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What Happened to the Extended Jewish Family? Jewish Homes for the Aged in Eastern Europe

Peter Y. Medding

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume XIV: Coping with Life and Death: Jewish Families in the Twentieth Century

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128208
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128208.003.0006

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

What Happened to the Extended Jewish Family? Jewish Homes for the Aged in Eastern Europe

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In tracing its historical development, this chapter attempts to clarify the place of the elderly in the Jewish family, along with broader issues of communal organization. Topics discussed include the elderly in the traditional family structure of East European Jewry, traditional and “modern” approaches to caring for the aged, and communal dynamics and the establishment of old-age homes.

Keywords: Jews; elderly; Jewish family; communal organization; East European Jewry

Chapter.  7685 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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