Tradition and Innovation in an Ultra-Orthodox Community: The Hasidim of Outremont
Like other insular religious movements such as Hutterites and Amish, Hasidic communities are faced with the challenge of preserving their distinctive ideals in a technologically advanced, capitalist world. Studies done in the 1960s and 1970s documented the success of Hasidim in safeguarding their convictions and creating well-functioning communities in contemporary North America. Recent evidence has demonstrated, however, that unprecedented growth rates are presenting significant challenges to Hasidim trying to sustain their way of life. Focusing on a case-study of the Hasidic community of Outremont, a residential neighbourhood in central Montreal, this paper outlines the social and economic challenges facing the community and argues that, while some important changes have been implemented, there is a need to modify survival strategies further in order to maintain community viability.
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Schnoor, Randal F. Tradition and Innovation in an Ultra-Orthodox Community: The Hasidim of Outremont. Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes. Association for Canadian Jewish Studies / Association d'études juives canadiennes. 2002: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=15820
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