Thursday, August 23, 2012

Queens Loses Another Synagogue

The current issue of the Queens Chronicle reports that the Garden Jewish Center in  north Flushing will be merging with the Bay Terrace Jewish Center.  This is part of a disturbing demographic trend of the Jewish population of Queens diminishing.  A few years ago Temple Israel of Jamaica merged with a synagogue in New Hyde Park and sold their building in Jamaica Estates.  Many of the apartment buildings in north Flushing were constructed in the early 1950s and were populated by young Jewish families.  Those Jews aged and eventually passed away or moved to Arizona or Florida.  The younger Jews likely moved to the suburbs creating a demographic change.  Most of Flushing today is populated by Asians.  Nothing in this world stays the same.

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