The Environment of Jewish Life

Robert Liberles

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This chapter shows that Jews lived in a variety of settings. In most locations, Jews lived among the Christian population. In some cities, notably in the Frankfurt and Prague ghettos, they lived in crowded conditions, with several families sharing a single unit. But in the majority of settlements, especially in the smaller towns and villages where most Jews lived, housing conditions could be more spacious. In such smaller communities Jews would allocate space to fill religious needs as well, ranging from synagogues and room to study to ritual baths and ovens. Wealthier Jews sought to improve their residences by living outside the accepted domains of Jewish residence, a move often opposed by the local authorities as a slight to Christian citizens and officials living in these more prestigious neighborhoods. For other Jews, residential restrictions often required that they move elsewhere to establish a family and a household.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199871346
ISBN (Print)9780195171648
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Christian
  • Frankfurt
  • German jews
  • Housing
  • Prague

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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