Service to Remnants of a Jewish Population in a Decaying Neighborhood in New York

By Josephine S. Pollock

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1970

The author, a senior case worker for Jewish Family Service (JFS), describes the effort of case workers in the Bronx neighborhood of East Tremont in 1968 to relocate elderly Jews living in advanced poverty and urban decay, a situation exacerbated by the decision to close the local YM/YWHA, their only source of community services.The JFS attempted a two-part solution to the problem, housing relocation and restoration of family and kinship ties, but faced the obstacle of their elderly clients' reluctance to relocate due to their fears of social isolation and abandonment in a new location. This problem was addressed and alleviated in two ways: by holding several meetings between the elderly clients and their close relatives in order to air concerns, and by obtaining housing for the majority of clients in an area deemed suitable by them, a neighboring urban renewal project that, while still a slum, offered the advantages of familiarity and access to shopping, which were preferred over the suggested alternatives of a non-Jewish neighborhood or an attractive suburb.

Topic: Residential Patterns, Social Work, Generational Issues, Poverty, Housing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 47/No.2

Page Number(s): 139-147

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Bronx, New York

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Pollock, Josephine S. Service to Remnants of a Jewish Population in a Decaying Neighborhood in New York. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1970: 139-147. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4650


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