Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 November 2020

New York City, the Jews, and “The Urban Experience”

New York City, the Jews, and “The Urban Experience”

(p.49) New York City, the Jews, and “The Urban Experience”
Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Lederhendler Eli

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that it is only the Jewish neighborhood that has been cast in the Jewish imagination as an urban Jewish space, as if not much about the urban experience is pertinent to Jewish social history once we have stepped outside the residential or occupational ethnic niche. With the exception of New York City, no city as a whole has been imagined as a Jewish space: a “home,” in the way that a shtetl or neighborhood is conceived as a home. The fact that urban space as such is not “worthy” of historicizing or folklorizing in the modern Jewish imagination is reflected in the virtual lack of Jewish monuments in American cities.

Keywords:   Jews, Jewish Americans, shtetl, social history, Jewish monuments, urban space

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .