Jews and their Settlements in America

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Julianna Ritter October 28, 2010 Jews and their Settlements in America There are a few discrepancies between historians and their view of the Synagogue theme in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. While one historian, Eric Homberger, claims that the Jewish life flourished, Rischlin only lists one synagogue of any importance. These types of historical disagreements can be the consequence of either the minimized subject of synagogues in the history of Manhattan and the suggestion of lack of observing it as an important aspect in the ghetto community. Many early maps of the lower east side represent different perspectives: in one, the synagogue – the center of Jewish religion – is obscured on the illustration by a tree. Other maps depict the architectural blueprints of some synagogues. It was not until the time period of the 1940s that the synagogues became obvious and apparent in their coordinates in the city. This was through the use of the camera and popularized photographs. These photographs
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Unformatted text preview: not only helped establish that these synagogues did exist, but helped define their importance in the Jewish community once more. The 1940s also brought along the modern American synagogue and many traditional “immigrant” synagogues were forgotten about. Synagogues are a communal symbol for the Jewish religion and today there seems to be a revival of interest in the community – not only in the “American Jew” built synagogues but the immigrant ones as well. Comment: I never knew that the American culture omitted or obscured synagogue themes and buildings from maps – it seems that the Jewish culture in Manhattan always remained strong and were able to move forward and become modern as history progresses. Question: What is the direct correlation between post-war attitude towards the immigrant synagogues and it’s absence of celebration in the Jewish community after the 1940s?...
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