Jewish poverty, often hidden, common in Brooklyn
Elderly Russian immigrants, Holocaust survivors, ultra-Orthodox, disabled are at risk
Brooklyn has the highest proportion of Jewish poverty in the New York metro area, with more than a quarter of borough Jews “poor or near poor.” And among the groups with a higher proportion of poverty are elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union, elderly Holocaust survivors (more than half of the metro area’s estimated 38,000 live in Brooklyn), Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the disabled.
A “COVID-19 Impact Study” just released by the UJA-Federation of New York surveyed adults throughout the metropolitan area between February and May of 2021.
Looking at Brooklyn specifically, the study found that 13 percent of Jewish adults are “food-insecure,” and 8 percent in Brooklyn are behind in their rent.
All in all, the study says, “Brooklyn represents the highest levels of Jewish poverty, with 37% of households poor or near poor.”