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Old 01-25-2011, 11:32 PM
 
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Default Jewish Families in Warren, Watchung or Basking Ridge

We are thinking about relocating to Warren, Watchung or Basking Ridge. I have been unable to find information about the Jewish population in these towns. We don't mind diversity but would like our children to go to school with at least some other Jewish kids. Does anyone have any information that can help?
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Why does it matter if they go to school with other Jewish kids or not....99.9% of ppl do not care about religion.... When ppl raise issues like this it makes me mad...
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:50 AM
 
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What type of religion does the OP practice? Conservative maybe?
It would be somewhat unusual for a reformed jew to ask this question these days. I wouldn't think it would make anybody angry even though I think most feel religion is a private matter. However, I do think a Conservative practicioner would want to find others in the area they are considering. That is sort of different.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:55 AM
 
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I do find the code word "diversity" very annoying though. Especially when it is used in this very vague manner.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:18 AM
 
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Warren and Watchung share a school district (Watchung Hills Regionsal School District). Warren has a reform temple which draws from both warren and watchung as well as neighboring towns. Basking Ridge also has some Jewish population but I am not too sure percentage wise. I would be pretty confident that they would not be the only Jewish kids in their grade but can't really comment on the degree. I do understand what the poster is asking. Years ago although there was a Jewish population in neighboring towns, my kids were absolutely the only Jewish kids in their classes and in their grade. There was no antisemitism but there was a fair amount of insensitivity and ignorance which is not a comfortable tihng.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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I've lived in about 12 different cities in NJ and there have been jewish people living in every single town. Each town had a synagogue or one close by. It's New Jersey, we have many different religions here and the vast majority of people here are not really interested in what religion people practice or don't practice.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I'm not sure it's so much a matter of religion per se - at a theological level - as it is one of certain shared cultural identifications and experiences. People sure are responding in a defensive way on this thread!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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There are Jewish families in Basking Ridge, but the above towns are not really considered jewish. I am a reformed Jew, butI definitely enjoyed growing up in a town with a Jewish community. (I grew up in East Brunswick, NJ). I totally see where you are coming from!!!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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Why does it matter if they go to school with other Jewish kids or not....99.9% of ppl do not care about religion.... When ppl raise issues like this it makes me mad...
i wonder, if i do some searching for the african american's that have posted threads looking for a place that has "diversity" would i find a post from you saying that questions like that make you mad?
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I find the hostile responses here perplexing. Its tough to grow up as the only Jewish kid in a class or the only Jewish family in a town. I realize that most folks here can't understand that, but the level of cultural intolerance can be high. Not bigotry or antisemitism - there is very little of that in NJ. However, it can get old when everyone is demanding to know why you don't put lights up on your house for Christmas - or even gets offended when you answer their questions about your beliefs or observance.

Judaism has strong cultural as well as religious aspects. Many of both aspects can only be properly applied in a group setting.

Its ok if you don't understand this. No one expects everyone to have their head around minority cultures. But why the hostility?
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