Ashkenazi Jewish Almshouses in Jerusalem

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As all Jewish males are expected by their religion both to excel in religious studies and to raise a family, there arose the problem of proper housing for the poor scholars of the religious scriptures and law who have families. The solution found was to build almshouses for them by the wealthier people or by certain organizations. As many such scholars were present in 19th-century Jerusalem numerous almshouses were built. Under the prevailing conditions, and in accord with the religious motivations of the donors, these almshouses comprised special types of neighborhoods, with distinct characteristics of location, planning, architecture, and social organization. These distinct characteristics helped them survive to the present day, nearly unchanged in and around the center of Jerusalem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cultural Geography
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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