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Jewish Communities on the Ohio RiverA History$
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Amy Hill Shevitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124308

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124308.001.0001

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The East European Immigration and the Reconfiguration of Community

The East European Immigration and the Reconfiguration of Community

(p.134) CHAPTER 8 The East European Immigration and the Reconfiguration of Community
Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Amy Hill Shevitz

University Press of Kentucky

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

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