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Old 12-20-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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There were plenty of neighborhoods like this in Brooklyn in the past, but it seems like a lot of them became predominantly black or Latino after the white flight of the mid century.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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I don't know if there are any left of this classic Ahkenazic type, the Jewish population is too dispersed, suburbanized, and professionalized. But in LA there are neighborhoods with lots of Jewish immigrants from Israel and the Middle East that might qualify, such as Pico/Robertson and parts of North Hollywood.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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There were plenty of neighborhoods like this in Brooklyn in the past, but it seems like a lot of them became predominantly black or Latino after the white flight of the mid century.
Do you mean mid 19th century or something?

In the 21st century around 15% of Brooklyn population is Jewish and most of them are working class, welcome to 2012!!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Blue collar? Maybe Brighton Beach in Brooklyn may the last. Past that all the neighborhoods in the US and Canada I've seen have been white collar on the most part.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:47 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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There were plenty of neighborhoods like this in Brooklyn in the past, but it seems like a lot of them became predominantly black or Latino after the white flight of the mid century.

There are hassidic areas in greater NY (notably South Williamburg, Kiryas Joel/Monroe, and the New Square and Keyser villages near Monsey) where almost no one has a college degree and many people work in blue collar or other unskilled or semiskilled jobs (though there are also some quite successful business people in those communities) Thats probably as close as you would get.

Even in Yeshivish (not hassidic) haredi areas like Lakewood, I think youd find a more white collar vibe.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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I think that you may have some Jews that have stayed in these neighborhoods, but I don't know or think that there are any that are predominantly Jewish.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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In NYC there are some neighborhoods that predominantly Jewish, but I would venture say that these are white collar areas.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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There are hassidic areas in greater NY (notably South Williamburg, Kiryas Joel/Monroe, and the New Square and Keyser villages near Monsey) where almost no one has a college degree and many people work in blue collar or other unskilled or semiskilled jobs (though there are also some quite successful business people in those communities) Thats probably as close as you would get.

Even in Yeshivish (not hassidic) haredi areas like Lakewood, I think youd find a more white collar vibe.
Most of the ones from Boro Park & Williamsburg work in retail related fields. Very few work in manual labor (butcher, diamond cutter) positions.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Most of the ones from Boro Park & Williamsburg work in retail related fields. Very few work in manual labor (butcher, diamond cutter) positions.
There are many others in blue collar jobs aside from the stereotypical ones like diamond cutter and kosher butcher. There are ones who drive school buses for the hassidic school systems, and ones who work as things like electricians and plumbers, and some marginal folks who work in less skilled occupations. And many of the retail workers are marginally employed in small stores within their community.

This isnt 1985 anymore - there simply isnt room in electronics retail (and related areas where they fit in well) for all the young hassidim who need jobs. To some extent they have adapted by breaking with their taboo against secular higher ed - using internet courses, Trouro college, even Kingsborough, to get training in white collar/semi professional fields - but some have adapted by moving into skilled blue collar fields, and some have simply descended into poverty.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
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Surprised no one has mentioned Skokie, IL yet.

When I drove through Chicago, it looked pretty working class to me.
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