From the American Scene: Spruceton Jewry Adjusts Itself
For some time I had heard fragmentary reports from several friends whose childhood was spent in Spruceton. Strange reports. . . . A Jewish community, some years ago on the verge of disintegration, now thriving, self-confident, “modernized.” Yet a community not quite at peace with itself. Certainly, Spruceton’s Jewish old-timers, the parents of my friends, were far from happy over the boasted “modernization.” What clash of values, perhaps a local version of large problems, was taking place in this isolated Jewish community?
I took the train to Spruceton. The idea of such a trip was itself an adventure; a New Yorker going “to the country” . . . and not for a vacation!
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