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The East European Immigration and the Reconfiguration of Community

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/9780813124308.003.0009
The East European Immigration and the Reconfiguration of Community

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This chapter discusses the immigration of East European Jews to America. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the smaller cities and towns in some parts of the Ohio River Valley experienced Jewish population growth. The integration of the new immigrants was a challenge for all existing American Jewish communities. It is noted that the new and large wave of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe still had a lot in common with the previous Jewish immigrants from German-speaking countries. Further on the chapter looks at how the American Jewish communities adjusted to this new change by making some improvements in their community.

Keywords: immigration; East European Jews; Ohio River Valley; population growth; American Jewish communities; integration

Chapter.  9091 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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