The Evolution of the Borough Park Community Essay by smartgrl

The Evolution of the Borough Park Community
Examines the evolving character of the Borough Park community and how it changed from a suburban acculturated Jewish neighborhood into a largely Hassidic one.
# 68949 | 2,028 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper explores the various forces that have caused the Borough Park community in Brooklyn New York to evolve over the past century. It explores the phenomenon of suburbanization and acculturation that took place in the 1920s in Boro Park, and the subsequent introduction of the Hasidic Jews to the community after World War II. It describes the present situation of this model community that has maintained its character as an Orthodox neighborhood within the larger multi-ethnic scene of New York City.

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"Boro Park is an example of a thriving Jewish community in Brooklyn whose constant evolving character has been shaped by its inhabitants. During the past century the community of Boro Park has changed from one that chiefly attracted the acculturated middle-class American Jews in the 1920's, to one that was largely settled in the 1960's by Hasidic and "Hareidi" Jews. In understanding the mentality of American Jewry during the 20th century, Boro Park is an important model that exemplifies the desire among Jews in the 1920's toward acculturation and suburbanization. Presently, the Boro Park community serves as an apparent modern paradox where while the Jewish community has become an increasingly sectarian religious community, it simultaneously is developing into a modern, industrialized society. This transition, as well as the continued current struggle against acculturation, can be understood by examining the changing demographics of the population of Boro Park throughout the century, and understanding the external forces that triggered these changes. These forces, such as the move toward suburbanization and the influx of Hasidic Jews that arrived in New York as a result of World War II, provide an explanation as to why the shifts in this community occurred, and insight as to how these forces shaped the mentality of this dynamic community."

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