Conservative Dennis Pragert asks “Are Jewish neighborhoods a good thing?“
While he comes down on the side of less self-imposed separatism (he doesn’t favor outright ‘multiculturalism’, just the notion of ‘small Jewish communities’ over, apparently, ‘large Jewish communities’.)
Having lived much of my life in Jewish neighborhoods, I think I am well acquainted with the arguments for many Jews living in one area of a city.
One argument is comfort: People prefer to be among “their own.” That is why there are black, Latin American, Chinese, Korean, Armenian and other ethnic neighborhoods.
Another argument that appeals to Jews in particular is that Jewish neighborhoods help prevent Jews from assimilating.
The comments below Prager’s column, primarily written by fellow Jews, are worth checking out.
Many of them don’t agree with Dennis.