CAMOS (Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford) will be hosting its third annual Shabbaton on November 4-5 for those families who are considering a move to the Stamford community.
“We regularly receive leads of interested families, mainly from people who find our website or who are recommended to us from individuals who already live here,” said Michael Feldstein, who founded the CAMOS effort several years ago. “We try to encourage them to spend an entire Shabbat weekend here, as that’s the best way to get a feel for our community. But they usually come one at a time. Having a Shabbaton on one weekend where many prospective residents can visit at the same time allows families to meet other like-minded people, and also allows us to plan some special programming for the Shabbaton.”
In the past, CAMOS has hosted a Summer Sunday in Stamford event for families looking to get a feel for the community, but many of the younger couples involved in the CAMOS effort felt that a Shabbaton might be a better way to draw people to visit. The last two Shabbatons each had 11 families visit, and 8 of the 22 families have already moved to the community.
“I’m very pleased that several young families have begun to take leadership roles in CAMOS,” said Feldstein. “Kate Frommer Cik and Alisa Weisser have agreed to co-chair the Shabbaton, and will be soliciting the help of other young couples in the community to make sure that the Shabbaton is a success.”
CAMOS has exhibited four times at the Orthodox Union’s Emerging Communities and Job Fair in New York City during the past seven years. At least two dozen new families have moved to Stamford in the last 12 months alone.
Feldstein also mentioned that the news about the Jewish High School of Connecticut moving to Stamford and having a local Jewish high school in the community will help draw more new families to the Stamford community. “In the surveys that we have done, the availability and the quality of day school education always ranks as the #1 reason why people are attracted to a place to live and raise their children,” said Feldstein.
Feldstein also pointed to the new mikvah, and the presence of additional kosher eateries, as very positive developments in the Jewish community that help make Stamford a more attractive place for an observant family to live.