Thinking of relocating? – Emerging Jewish Communities Event on April 6

Observing that picking a new community comes up often on Beyond BT, Charnie emailed us this upcoming OU event.

Thinking of relocating?
Looking for an affordable Jewish community?

On Sunday, April 6, 2008, at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, 12-6 pm, the OU will showcase fourteen growing Jewish communities from around North America where you could relocate. You will meet community representatives and learn directly from them about:

* synagogues, day schools and yeshivot
* kosher stores and other Jewish communal resources
* exciting and lucrative job opportunities
* affordable housing
* close-knit and warm communities
* Torah atmosphere in which to raise children
* rewarding retirement opportunities

Register online!

Meet these communities face to face!

* Bay Area: Oakland
and San Francisco, CA
* Charleston, SC
* Columbus, OH
* Dallas, TX
* Denver, CO
* Edmonton, AB, Canada
* Houston, TX
* Indianapolis, IN
* Memphis, TN
* New Orleans, LA
* Omaha, NE
* San Diego, CA
* Seattle, WA
* Vancouver, BC, Canada

More info here at the OU Events:Emerging Jewish Communities

9 comments on “Thinking of relocating? – Emerging Jewish Communities Event on April 6

  1. I think the OU is spitting in eye of Hashem, with this balagan about relocating in galut. How dare they at a time when we are not ‘wanted’ in the US. Is Obama going to be the wake up call we need? There is certainly a lack of emunah at work here to believe you can have parnasah outside of Eretz because its deemed ‘safer’ or less expensive. These (OU)smug individuals, whom ever they are,refute Torah if they believe that for the past 60 years Hashem has waisted his time building Eretz according to Tanach; and go ahead and find a pasuk in mishna to ‘fit’ your plans, plans that will ultimatley falter. The inanity from the OU just irks me to no end when people commemorate Yom HaShoah, but continue live in galut as if nothing has happened or is happening … make your plans now for Eretz while you have the chance!

  2. Regarding claims that boosters make about any city: There is no substitute for in-person follow-up to check out the scene. Moving is a big decision, so all aspects of life need to be checked out.

    I agree. Also, keep an open mind before checking various areas out. A couple of people I talked to really downplayed the community my husband and I ended up choosing. When we checked everything out, it was so clear which community was the best fit for us, and that some of the communities that were really pushed were not a good fit at this point in our lives/observance. Sometimes people advocate their community based on what they like about it and not whether their community would be a good place for you in particular.

  3. No one said the list was complete. As I understand it, these were the cities that agreed to be involved in the event. Possibly, others were alerted by the OU but didn’t sign up.

  4. The Indy people involved in this event are friends of ours from our Shul, which is OU-affiliated.

    I can testify that housing (owned or rented) and electricity cost very little here. Taxes of all kinds are unbelievably low by East Coast standards (many Hoosiers don’t realize this). Car insurance is cheap, too.

    FYI, we’re about 2 hours from Cincinnati and about 3.5 to 4 hours from the Jewish areas in and next to Chicago—this excludes busy times like rush hour.

    Regarding claims that boosters make about any city: There is no substitute for in-person follow-up to check out the scene. Moving is a big decision, so all aspects of life need to be checked out.

  5. As someone who is in the midst of a move, one thing I learned is that people who already live in a particular community can be very forceful advocates of their own community and pretty negative about “competing” nearby communities. Also, I think people tend to exaggerate about the good qualities of their community. For example, I noticed that the San Diego community featured above said that it is only 2 hours away from LA and all the kosher/frum shopping there. I live in Southern California, and the only way you can make it from San Diego to LA in two hours is if you are making the trip at 2am.

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