The Past as Prologue: Aging Jewishly in Philadelphia

By Allen Glicksman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 2002

A review of data collected about the Jewish elderly as part of a recent community study shows how significantly the demographic characteristics of the Jewish elderly have changed in the past decades. We now have a generation of American-bornâ??and mostly Philadelphia bornâ?? Jewish elderly, rather than a generation of immigrants. Perhaps more important, we have greater diversity than ever before among the elderly themselves. No longer do the Jewish elderly seem to be a homogeneous groupâ??foreign born, Orthodox in practice, low income, and concentrated in just a few neighborhoodsâ??which was the general picture (with some important exceptions) in decades past. Today there is diversity within every one of these dimensions.

Topic: Culture, Demography, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 78/No. 4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Glicksman, Allen. The Past as Prologue: Aging Jewishly in Philadelphia. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 2002: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1781


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