L’Shanah Tovah tikatev v’taihatem! A sweet and happy new year to our Bronx Jewish friends and family!
Rosh Hashanah is considered to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve by God according to the Jewish religion.
Today at sundown, local time, millions of Jews around the world will be celebrating their new year.
There was a point in time in Bronx history when there were more synagogues than you could shake a stick at in our borough when the population was majority Jewish. So Jewish that in fact that our borough once had the highest number of Jews in the five boroughs of New York City.
As the decades rolled by, many migrated to the suburbs as they moved up the socioeconomic ladder or escaped the escalating burning of the South Bronx where many once lived.
So in honor of the High Holy Days which are upon us, we’d thought to share some links around the Web on the Jewish history of The Bronx.
Oh and if you haven’t read the stories we published here by Bob Grand on growing up Jewish in The Bronx then check these out!
Remembrance of Synagogues Past: The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx
The Bronx: once “the most Jewish borough”
Jewish Population in Greater New York
Numbers 1,728,000, Jewish Communal Survey Shows (historical survey from 1928)
Growing Up Jewish And The Bronx: Bronx Deli
Once again, L’Shanah Tovah to all and a happy new year 5776