Chapter

Introduction

Amy Hill Shevitz

in Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124308
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124308.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the main purpose of this book, which is to present a study of Jews in small-town communities in a specific place across time. The twenty-four communities that are strung along the entire length of the Ohio River may not be the subjects of the study, but serve to be integral to it as regional Jewish centers. A study of small-town Jewry is considered critical to understanding the American Jewish experience to the fullest. The discussion points out that American Jews have always been urban dwellers in a much higher proportion than the population as a whole.

Keywords: study; Jews; small-town communities; Ohio River; regional Jewish centers; Jewry; American Jewish experience; American Jews

Chapter.  2351 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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