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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