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The Administrative Structure Of The Urban Jewish Population

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This chapter deals with the distinctions between urban and suburban Jewish communities, as well as special cases where multiple urban communities coexisted in one town. Combinations of urban and suburban communities characterized Jewish communal structure in Crown Poland's large royal towns. During the eighteenth century, the vast majority of Polish Jews lived in private towns, and in nearly all these towns, the Jewish population was concentrated in only one urban community. Some Jewish regional councils followed Polish noble patterns of administration, dividing communities in border areas between two councils. The presence of Karaite communities in Crown Poland may have served as a further impetus for the existence of two separate bodies responsible for the payment of the Jewish poll tax in one town.

Keywords: Karaite; private towns; royal towns; suburban Jewish communities



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