Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-8

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

My research and writing have been funded over the years by the International Migration Program of the Social Science Research Council, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Institute for the Advanced...

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Prologue: “Blacks” and “Jews” at the Laundromat

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pp. 1-4

This book is about Black-Jewish difference in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights—a neighborhood known for its history of intermittent conflict between Lubavitch Hasidic Jews and their predominantly Afro-Caribbean neighbors, and above all for the deadly violence of August 1991....

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Introduction: Race, Religion, and the Contest over Black-Jewish Difference in Crown Heights

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pp. 5-35

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights stands out, in significant ways, from its immediate surroundings—and, far more broadly, from the patterns of racial and religious identity formation that have shaped American life since the mid-twentieth century. There is, of course, nothing unusual...

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Chapter 1: Collisions: Race and Religion, a Riot and a Pogrom

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pp. 36-75

August 19, 1991, was one of those perfect summer days. It rained all morning, but the sky cleared by around one o’clock, and Crown Heights residents enjoyed a glorious afternoon. It had been a hot and humid summer, but Monday the nineteenth was cool and dry, with brilliant sun shining...

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Chapter 2: Geographies of Difference: Producing a Jewish Neighborhood

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pp. 76-115

New York City is often described, by New Yorkers and others, as a city of neighborhoods—a patchwork metropolis made up of distinctive places, with flavors and characters all their own. “The Village” could never be mistaken for “Midtown,” “Kew Gardens” for “Astoria,” or “Williamsburg” for...

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Chapter 3: Kosher Homes, Racial Boundaries: The Politics of Culinary and Cultural Exchange

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pp. 116-160

As we learned in chapter 2, Crown Heights is a remarkably well integrated neighborhood, in at least some senses of the word. Although part of south Crown Heights is widely perceived as a “Jewish neighborhood,” this area is hardly a Jewish enclave. Indeed, the densest area of Jewish settlement...

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Chapter 4: White Skin, Black Hats, and Other Signs of Jews

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pp. 161-198

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Crown Heights were the gazes and glances that often followed me as I walked down Eastern Parkway and other busy blocks. Like many New Yorkers, Crown Heights residents are avid people-watchers. The streets of the neighborhood are...

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Chapter 5: The Voices of Jacob on the Streets of Brooklyn: Israelite Histories and Identities

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pp. 199-233

Throughout this book, I have often distinguished between the racial and religious discourses of Blacks and Jews, respectively. In chapter 1, for example, the underlying contrast between race and religion was reflected in the distinction between a “riot” and a “pogrom.” In chapter 3 it took...

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Conclusion: “Stiffnecked Peoples” and American Multiculturalism

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pp. 234-237

While the Hebrew Bible describes the children of Israel as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6), it nevertheless paints an ambivalent picture of the relationship between God and his chosen people. Over the course of their forty-year exodus from Egypt, both God and Moses...

Notes

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pp. 239-272

Index

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pp. 273-281

About the Author

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pp. 282-296