From left, Rabbi Roy Feldman of Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, Seth Rosenblum, Tanya Schwartz, Lilah Weisberg, and Simona Leifer were the Albany representatives at the recent Orthodox Union’s (OU) Seventh International Jewish Community Home & Job Relocation Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The Albany booth touted what is great about the Capital District and in particular the Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob’s modern Orthodox community. Incentives to move and become congregants included one year of free synagogue membership, reduced school tuition and reduced JCC membership dues, according to OU organizers.
The event brought together 57 communities from 19 states and six communities in Israel. The Israeli communities include: Efrat, Jerusalem, Modiin, Bet Shemesh/Ramat Bet Shemesh, and smaller communities in the north and south. “Each of these communities shared common characteristics and common goals: the desire to grow in an environment rich in educational facilities, active synagogue life and supportive communal infrastructure,” said O. U. Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.