Saturday, May 30, 2020

Stamford’s Congregation Agudath Sholom. (Credit: Congregation Agudath Sholom)

Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation. (Credit: Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation)

Congregation Anshe Shalom in South New Rochelle. (Credit: Congregation Anshe Shalom)

On Sunday, November 24, four local Modern Orthodox communities will join 59 others at the seventh Annual OU Jewish Community Home & Job Relocation Fair at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The fair provides information and resources for those considering relocating. All four will tout their locations’ proximity to the entire metro area, with Jewish Day Schools, eruvim, mikvaot, kosher restaurants and kosher shopping nearby.

This is the first time Congregation Anshe Shalom of South New Rochelle will be participating. 

“We wanted to get the word out that there’s an affordable, warm and conveniently located Orthodox community on the south side of New Rochelle.” shul member Alan Penn said. “A lot of people haven’t heard about us yet. We’re looking to put South New Rochelle on the map as a serious option for families who love the conveniences and opportunities in New York, but want a smaller, warmer ‘out of town’ type community. Last year alone  saw double-digit growth among our young professionals. We’re excited to see how the OU Fair will help us maintain and increase this growth.”

Similarly, Fleetwood, a section of Mount Vernon in southern Westchester, is also a 30-minute ride into Grand Central Station. The Fleetwood Synagogue, a five-minute walk from the station, will be participating in the fair for the fourth time. The Fleetwood Synagogue offers Shabbat youth groups, daily minyanim and weekly classes that have attracted many young families who have joined the community recently.

“Participating in the fair is a great way to increase our membership,” Rabbi Daniel Rosenfelt said. “It is another way to get our name out there. At the fair, you meet with almost 100 couples who might not know we are a valid option. We meet singles and families who are looking for their next move, many looking for their first home.” Fleetwood recently welcomed its first kosher eatery, which is steps away from the shul, under Rabbi Rosenfelt’s hashgacha.

Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation’s growing community is an hour by train from New York City, and the train station is seconds away from the shul. 

“Mount Kisco is located in beautiful northern Westchester and is surrounded by stunning countryside and fabulous hiking,” Rabbi Dov Greer said. “Our shul has been around for over 100 years and underwent a renaissance during the 1990s when the whole shul was refurbished and enlarged. Subsequently, an eruv was constructed that encompasses much of Mount Kisco. We are a diverse group and enjoy the communal feel that the shul engenders. The kehilla strives that everyone, regardless of religious background or education, feels welcome and that its programming meets the needs of all members.” This is the second community fair for Mount Kisco. 

The Stamford community will participate in the fair for the sixth time. 

“The effort is a community-based project, with the Young Israel, Agudath Sholom and Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy participating,” member Michael Feldstein said. “Ten years ago, we initiated a community growth initiative. We felt that Stamford had all the features Orthodox families look for in a community; however, we needed to get on people’s radar screens and make them aware that Stamford is as viable a suburban community to relocate to as others in Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester. Twenty new families, whose first contact with us was the OU Fair, have moved here.”

Additional information about the fair can be found at https://www.ou.org/fair/ 

 

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