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The future of frumkeit in Lancaster, Pa.(demographic growth of conserva Republican orthodox Jews)
Washington Jewish week ^ | September 25, 2013 | Tevi Troy

Posted on 11/15/2013 6:57:21 AM PST by amnestynone

On the first weekday of chol hamoed Sukkot, most years, my wife and I take our four children to Hershey Park. The park, which is in Lancaster, Pa., is closed to everyone but frum Jews on that day.

Lancaster is not known as a center of frumkeit — it is most decidedly “out of town — but on that day Hershey not only makes accommodations for the visitors, but actually reconfigures the whole park to be frum friendly. The food stands, including the kettle corn that draws some of the longest lines, are all kosher. Placards advertise the times for minyanim, and hundreds of men converge to daven at prearranged times or, if they miss the large gatherings, come together in small minyanim abutting food stands or roller coasters. In addition, the park has at least two sukkot to allow the visitors to fulfill the obligation of eating in the sukkah.

Hershey is not the only amusement park to accommodate frum Jews for Sukkot, but it may make the most effort. The two Disney parks, in Florida and California, also typically host Orthodox Jews on this day, although not exclusively, as in Hershey. Disney Orlando allows the local Chabad rabbi to build a sukkah on the premises, outside the ticket taking area. This is unlike Hershey, where there are two sukkot on the inside of the park. Hershey in chol hamoed — aka #jewday on Twitter — is also popular because it is in the heart of the Northeast corridor that houses the bulk of the country’s Orthodox Jews. It is a manageable drive from Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, and more specifically from Orthodox enclaves in Silver Spring, Potomac, and Reisterstown, Md.; Cherry Hill, Englewood, Teaneck, and Lakewood, N.J.; and of course, Brooklyn, the Five Towns, and Queens in N.Y.

The crowd, although nearly all frum, is nonetheless quite a diverse mix of the entire range of frumkeit, including haredi, chasidic, Modern, and barely. I delight in seeing chassidishe families, notable for their boys sporting long curly peyot and speaking rapid-fire Yiddish, standing on line next to modern jeans-clad teenagers hanging out in “coed clumps.” Although much is written about the divisions within the modern and non-Orthodox camps, it seems as if Hershey Park, and other similar parks around the country that sponsor or encourage special days for Orthodox Jews, have found the magic formula that will unite these oft-times contentious communities — namely rides.

At Hershey Park — where strangers happily exchange the Yiddish greeting a gut moed — we see that despite differences in prayer books (Art Scroll vs Koren), pronunciation (taf vs. saf) and Zionism (silent vs pro), Orthodox Jews are just like everyone else. They are looking for a place they can enjoy a fun day with their families, where their restrictions — kosher food, the need for a minyan and the need to eat in a sukkah — do not prevent them from sharing in that enjoyment. You can almost sense the excitement kosher-keeping Jews feel at not having to bring their own food to a family fun outing.

Hershey Park helps tell another tale as well. Fifty years ago, American Orthodoxy was being demographically dismissed as a relevant force in American Jewish life; over the last two decades, however, Orthodoxy has grown from its nadir at about 5 percent of the nation’s Jewish population to somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of the Jewish population, and the numbers are rising. About 27 percent of Jews under 18 are Orthodox, in large part because Orthodox Jews tend to marry earlier, have more children and intermarry far less frequently than Conservative and Reform Jews. In addition, Orthodox parents are far more likely to send their children to Jewish day schools or yeshivot, which are key predictors of generational Jewish continuity.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: demographics; jews; orthodox
These people actually vote Republican. In New York City(the biggest population center of the orthodox) they now have 75% of the jewish children. Hence, New York Jews will be a republican voting block in the next generation.
1 posted on 11/15/2013 6:57:21 AM PST by amnestynone
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2 posted on 11/15/2013 6:59:30 AM PST by SJackson (if you want to test a man’s character, give him power A Lincoln)
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To: amnestynone

The park is NOT in Lancaster, PA. This guy is an idiot. I go there multiple times a year. The park is MILES west of there.


3 posted on 11/15/2013 7:11:09 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: amnestynone

I love this. Just don’t let the Muslims get wind of it or they’ll start demanding the same.


4 posted on 11/15/2013 7:15:00 AM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Yeah yeah yeah, same thing with Woodstock, NY, but for the sake of expediency everyone still talks about the big concert “there.”


5 posted on 11/15/2013 7:17:05 AM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Is this the park in Hershey PA?


6 posted on 11/15/2013 7:20:46 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: amnestynone

How long before the mooselimbs demand their special day? The atheists and perverts too.


7 posted on 11/15/2013 7:27:24 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: TheRhinelander
The park is NOT in Lancaster, PA. This guy is an idiot. I go there multiple times a year. The park is MILES west of there.

I rode my first and last roller coaster there in the mid 60s. You're right, not in Lancaster but in Hershey, Pa.

Recent article about a shooting in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri said, near St. Louis. Yeah, "near", about 140 miles from.

8 posted on 11/15/2013 7:30:46 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

“Just don’t let the Muslims get wind of it or they’ll start demanding the same.”

We didn’t “demand” it.

Smart goy businessmen figured out how to make a buck by fulfilling a niche market.

Good deal all around.


9 posted on 11/15/2013 7:54:53 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: TheRhinelander

He may be confused with Dutch Wonderland, which IS in Lancaster county. I thing they’re now owned by Hershey resort co. (or somesuch).


10 posted on 11/15/2013 9:49:47 AM PST by pa_dweller (Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves:... Isa 1:23)
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To: pa_dweller

I believe you are correct!


11 posted on 11/15/2013 10:27:25 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: Jewbacca
Good afternoon.

Smart goy businessmen figured out how to make a buck by fulfilling a niche market.

Goy, as in goyim?

Maybe "Gentile," is more appropriate?

I just thought that today is my day to be offended.

;^)

5.56mm

12 posted on 11/15/2013 10:57:03 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

Oy!


13 posted on 11/15/2013 11:27:15 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

First to be offended. Boo-yah!


14 posted on 11/15/2013 11:30:27 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy

Seriously, since when is “goy/goyim” a bad word?

I know you all are busting my chops, but I’ve actually seen people get really offended.

It just means “people.”

Now “shiksa” is negative. Ask my mother!


15 posted on 11/15/2013 11:57:58 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

I’m offended that Jews have their own day at some park I never knew existed before now. What about MEEEEE? I’m a victim.


16 posted on 11/15/2013 12:01:28 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Jewbacca

I dated a girl where I worked who had previously dated a Jewish guy at the same office because he has a Porsche. She met his mom who referred to her as a “shiksa” to her son while she was standing there.
She told him “I know what that word means”.


17 posted on 11/15/2013 12:04:14 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

www.icna.org/about-icna/muslim-family-day/

Link leads to an Ikhwan friendly site, just so you know.


18 posted on 11/15/2013 12:14:46 PM PST by pluvmantelo (Islam-No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.)
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To: AppyPappy

Inter-religious dating is a big f-—g deal, to quote Joe Biden.


19 posted on 11/15/2013 12:20:38 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

She really was one. I think he was the only guy ever to strike out with her. But it got his mother off her dead behind and soon he was complaining that she was fixing him up with all these “nice Jewish” girls.

The president of Chi Omega, a Jewish girl from NY, called me and asked “Do you know XX? His mother called me out of the blue”. She must have been combing the visitors log at the Temple.
He ended up marrying a yenta just like his mother. He told us she called them on their honeymoon to ask about grandkids.


20 posted on 11/15/2013 12:44:57 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy

Horrid.

But I guess people marry their moms.

I married IDF sniper-turned-doctor, just like my mom (really).

I make sure I am least 3km away when I piss her off.


21 posted on 11/15/2013 1:07:14 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

It made for a good story
“I’m only asking because she will be 30 in 4 years and God forbid that you should want more than 2 at her age. Your father is looking at station wagons for you. You need something more practical than the little car(Porsche 911 T Targa). Don’t let her spend all of your money while you are down there. “
I thought he was joking about his mom until I met her, whereupon she informed me that his sister was graduating from UNC with a degree in “theater which is nice but you can’t eat with it”. That was the name of her degree.


22 posted on 11/15/2013 1:31:57 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Jewbacca

Oh I didn’t mean to imply that the Jews “demanded” anything. But I *know* it’s a common tactic of the muslims: comply or else. That’s what I meant.


23 posted on 11/15/2013 9:44:19 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: pluvmantelo

Omg, and to think I used to live a few miles from a 6 Flags...Can’t think of which would be worse, that or Gay Day at Disney...really.


24 posted on 11/15/2013 9:52:01 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Hershey Park does set aside at least one day for a Muslim holiday, too.

http://www.isghpa.org/2011/04/12/eid-party-in-hershey-park-on-sat-93/


25 posted on 11/16/2013 7:45:23 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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bump


26 posted on 11/20/2013 7:36:56 PM PST by foreverfree
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