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From Europe to the Ohio River Valley

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/9780813124308.003.0003
From Europe to the Ohio River Valley

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This chapter discusses the European Jewish communities along the Ohio River Valley. Those European Jews who chose to migrate to America were heirs to a Jewish culture that had existed for centuries in a situation of complete subservience within medieval Christendom. Despite a number of upheavals during their history, European Jewish communities held together. This was because as separate corporate entities within Christian feudalism, they were permitted to develop their own internal governance, a comprehensive system known as the kehillah. The restrictions placed on Jews helped foster an atmosphere in which self-help and provisions for mutual security sustained a strong and positive Jewish identity.

Keywords: European Jewish communities; Ohio River Valley; European Jews; Christian feudalism; kehillah; restrictions; Jewish identity

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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