If You Move, Does It Hurt the Jewish Community?


I’m sitting around my house on Shabbat, looking at all the faces of my wonderful friends who come to OneShul Atlanta to daven, eat delicious food, and banter until the wee hours of the morning.

Then it hit me — half of the people in this room, if not more, will leave soon.

A few are looking for work, and in this economy, people go wherever the money is. Fair enough. A few are graduating from college, and have other opportunities back home, or perhaps somewhere different. A few are transient: not owing any allegiance to one city over another. And another group have family and friends elsewhere, and want to be near them.

I am left to wonder: what do Jewish communities do, given the turnover rate in our mobile society?

  • http://thecrunchyjew.com dena

    They struggle. My husband and I are currently in the process of getting ready to sell our home and move into an apartment. But for us, we’re moving closer to Jewish community.

    I would imagine with people being as mobile as they are today that it can be a barrier to connect and stay connected. I know people who have been at the same shul for 30-40 years. When they retire and move to Florida they remain connected to that community. Will this continue to happen? I don’t know. There are still people who like to stay in one place and will try to remain in one place if at all possible. I’m married to one of them :-)