For the Jews of “the forgotten borough,” life just got a little sweeter.
Less than a year ago, a new, $40 million Jewish community center opened in Staten Island in the heart of its Orthodox Jewish community. This followed census data showing a 27 percent increase in the Jewish population of the island from 1991 to 2002, much of it fueled by Russians moving from Brooklyn.
Bob S., a 50-year-old computer specialist from Scarsdale, was laid off from his $175,000-a-year job in March after years of steady employment. He, his wife and their two children began living off the family’s savings, canceled their vacation plans and began eating all their meals at home.