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Middle-Class Poor

A growing number of poor Jews is taxing the capabilities of charitable services.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/middleclass_poor_20021101

But like many members of the middle class, the busy professional -- who declined to give his name for this article -- suffered a major financial blow as the economy faltered. Over a year ago, an import-export firm for which he subcontracted failed to pay him a $65,000 commission. Suddenly, his financial security evaporated, and he quickly fell behind in his children's tuition payments. His marriage grew strained. Nights were sometimes sleepless.

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