One of our regular guests proposed I post about New York Jews and as fate would have it, I stumbled across this disturbing article.
According to the poll, approximately one million Jews live throughout New York’s five boroughs, 225,000 of them under the poverty line. New York defines a family of four with an annual income of less than USD 26,000 as being poor.
Additionally, the poll showed that 104,000 Jews live near the poverty line â€“ meaning in families of four with an annual income of less than USD 38,000. Most of the poor Jews live in Brooklyn and include ultra-Orthodox, elderly, Russian immigrants, and illegal Israelis living in New York.
Ynet, forgetting some journalistic basics, doesn’t tell us who conducted the poll, why and what questions were asked. They do tell us it came out in a special session, attended by powerful politicians, of the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs. Presumably, they sponsored the “poll.”
The estimates are indicating a worrisome trend of increasing poverty compared to previous assessments of Jewish poverty in New York. For example, in 2003, The Forward reported that a 2002 survey assessed a 21% poverty rate among New York Jews and listed pretty much the same impecunious groups.