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Old 08-09-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood is considered to be the city's primary Jewish hub. Squirrel Hill has had a large Jewish population since the 1920s, when Jews began to move to the neighborhood in large numbers from Oakland and the Hill District. According to a 2002 study by the United Jewish Federation, 33% of the Jewish population of greater Pittsburgh live in Squirrel Hill, and another 14% in the surrounding area. The report states that "The stability of Squirrel Hill, a geographic hub of the Jewish community located within the city limits, is unique in North America." Squirrel Hill contains three Jewish day schools, catering to the Lubavich, Orthodox, and Conservative movements. There are over twenty synagogues. The Jewish community also offers four restaurants, a Jewish Community Center and an annual festival. It is estimated that one-fifth of the population of Squirrel Hill is Jewish.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Does Squirrel Hill have a strong Jewish community? It seems like while it is know for being one of Pittsburgh's most cultured and diverse communities, it supposedly has a very strong jewish presence. Is that true?
Is there something wrong with a place that has a "strong Jewish presence"?
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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Not that I am aware of!
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Is there something wrong with a place that has a "strong Jewish presence"?
No one seemed to mind when a poster asked where the biggest Italian population was located.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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No one seemed to mind when a poster asked where the biggest Italian population was located.
Um, wasn't that the woman who asked the same question in 2 different ways in 3 different places? Some of us were in fact annoyed by that question as well!
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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No one seemed to mind when a poster asked where the biggest Italian population was located.
I don't know if it was intentional, but the way the OP phrased the question it seemed to imply that if Squirrel Hill had a large Jewish presence, that would be in tension with its reputation for being cultured and diverse (which is why in my answer, I noted that both things were true).
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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I asked because I live in syracuse and I'm finding that there are a lot of similarities to Pittsburgh and Syracuse. For instance, one of our most diverse areas of the city here is the Westcott section, which is close to the Syracuse University and has a good Jewish presence, as does the rest of the East side of the city and the adjacent suburbs. This is also were the more middle class to affluent Black people live in the city of Syracuse, as well as the more middle class Asians, Arabs, Hispanics and so on. There are some poor areas of this side of town too, but it is separated from a main street. Also, Nottingham High School, which serves that area usually has the best rep in the city.
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