Changing Face of America: Postville, Iowa
A decade ago a group of Hasidic Jews moved to the small town of Postville, Iowa. Stephen Bloom wrote a book about it. Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America was published last fall. Today he tells the story of how the town has changed since the Hasids arrived. The two cultures have largely remained separate. But one of the Hasidic men has been appointed to the city council. A petition was circulated in reaction, and next month there will be an election to decide if that man, Aaron Goldsmith, stays or goes. Some non-Jews in the town feel strongly that the Hasim haven't done enough to become part of the community.
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