The Demography of Haredi New York

The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) has released the results of its latest survey of Jews in the greater New York City area. In preparing the data, pollsters took pains to reach hasidic Jews who often fall through the cracks of such efforts at data collection. Lauren Hakimi notes some findings about the haredi enclaves of Brooklyn:

In both Borough Park and Williamsburg, UJA said, most households made less than $50,000 per year, making them the poorest Jewish neighborhoods anywhere in the eight-county area. In both neighborhoods, about one tenth of respondents said they “sometimes” or “always” run out of food before they have money to buy more, based on samples of a few thousand households in each neighborhood. The percentage of food-insecure families was twice as high as the average for the entire area.

The researchers . . . purposely avoided asking people in haredi areas questions about “satisfaction with children’s education” and “LGBTQ identity” out of fear that these questions would either be “redundant” or Haredim would find them “offensive,” according to the published methodology report accompanying the study.

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More about: American Jewry, Haredim, New York City

What Is the Biden Administration Thinking?

In the aftermath of the rescue of four Israeli hostages on Friday, John Podhoretz observes some “clarifying moments.” The third strikes me as the most important:

Clarifying Moment #3 came with the news that the Biden administration is still calling for negotiations leading to a ceasefire after, by my count, the seventh rejection of the same by Hamas since Bibi Netanyahu’s secret offer a couple of weeks ago. Secretary of State Blinken, a man who cannot say no, including when someone suggests it would be smart for him to play high-school guitar while Ukraine burns, will be back in the region for the eighth time to urge Hamas to accept the deal. Why is this clarifying? Because it now suggests, here and for all time, that the Biden team is stupid.

Supposedly the carrot the [White House] is dangling in the region is a tripartite security deal with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Which would, of course, be a good thing. But like the stupid people they are now proving to be, they seem not to understand the very thing that led the Saudis to view Israel as a potential ally more than a decade ago: the idea that Israel means business and does what it must to survive and built itself a tech sector the Saudis want to learn from. Allowing Hamas to survive, which is implicitly part of the big American deal, will not lead to normalization. The Saudis do not want an Iranian vassal state in Palestine. Their entire foreign-policy purpose is to counter Iran. I know that. You know that. Everybody in the world knows that. Even Tony Blinken’s guitar is gently weeping at his dangling a carrot to Israel and Saudi Arabia that neither wants, needs, nor will accept.

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More about: Antony Blinken, Gaza War 2023, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S.-Israel relationship