New Jewish Community in Formation
A Conservative Center Catering to Present-Day Needs
In the current exodus from the Big City to suburbia, Queens, the most extensive of New York’s five boroughs, constitutes a midway spot. Sections near the East River, which divides it from Manhattan, look like Midwestern steel cities; others farther east are as rural as the commuters’ havens of Westchester and Connecticut. Flat stretches in the easternmost part of the borough, with their rows of half-finished small homes, resemble boom towns. However, the borough has all municipal facilities, although a few neighborhoods are still not joined into the sewer system; there are more than a few parklike streets within walking distance of the subway.
Unlike sections of Nassau and Suffolk counties, which lie to the east beyond the city’s limits, there is little of the frontier about Queens; except, perhaps, in one respect. For many” Jewish families, settling here seems to have involved a new adventure in Jewishness, expressing itself in formal affiliation, for the first time in their lives, with a Jewish community institution.
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