A Socio-Historical study of the Jewish community of Worcester, Massachusetts

William Harold Somers, Clark University


The present dissertation represents an effort to trace in socio-historical fashion the origin and development of the Jewish community in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the course of this investigation, the write discovered certain recurring tendencies which definitely characterize the life of the local Jewish colony as that of a group in transition. Out of an original condition of solidarity, a considerable degree of disunity has developed which is undermining the very foundation of the community.