The Shmooze

And the Most Jewish City in America Is...

By Katherine Clarke

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As Hanukkah celebrations got underway last week, The Daily Beast ranked the 30 most Jewish cities in America. Their results were determined by three per capita factors: Jewish population, number of synagogues and kosher restaurants.

As expected, New York claimed the top spot. With a Jewish population of 9.6%, four synagogues per capita and an almighty 504 kosher restaurants, it remains headquarters of most American and international Jewish institutions and, of course, home of the best Jewish delis.

Miami, Philadelphia, and Boston ranked highly while Los Angeles was noticeably lagging behind, coming in at number eight. Hartford, Conn., and Pittsfield, Mass. were somewhat surprising entries.


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