Monday, June 16, 2008

University City named to list of best Jewish neighborhoods

University City, Mo., is one of the ten best Jewish neighborhoods in North America, according to Jewish Living magazine.

The magazine said University City, with 500 Jewish families within a few square miles, is one of the most visible and highly concentrated Jewish areas. The epicenter is the area around Washington University in St. Louis, a school popular amongst Jews thanks to its kosher kitchen and strong Hillel and Chabad programs, according to Jewish Living.

The article mentions dining options, such as Pumpernickel's Deli and Simon Kohn's, while also pointing out the abundance of Jewish learning centers like Aish HaTorah and Chabad's Jewish Learning Institute that the city offers.

St. Louis has 26 congregations and six Jewish day schools, according to the magazine.

Other neighborhoods mentioned on the top 10 list, which was presented alphabetically, not in order of preference, include Boulder, Colo., North Dallas, Texas, and SoHo/TriBeCa in New York City.

The magazine identified neighborhoods "that are growing, rebuilding, reinventing themselves, unifying their disparate parts, and exploring (Jewish) traditions in unconventional ways."

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