Houston Relief: A Sidebar on Community

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  1. David Ohsie says:

    Or Rochester, NY: http://www.torahrochester.com/.

    Baltimore is not small, but we have something even better than youth baseball for frum kids (although we have that too). We have youth baseball that accommodates frum kids and non-frum kids and Gentile kids so that we can be a Mamleches Kohanim. http://www.wellwoodbaseball.org

  2. dr. bill says:

    that was my observation 40 years ago when i arrived in chicago, on the day elvis went missing, for a brief period exiled from the NY area. my first shabbos, i wandered into the largest shul building, a lubavitch lite shul, Bnai Reuvain. After mussaf a large group of satmar chassidim were converging on the shul. oh my God, I thought, a brawl on my very first shabbos. No, they had a simcha and needed larger quarters for kiddush. i eventually learned their minyan was where a fair number of Hungarian leaders of chicago’s mizrachi davened. from then, I extolled the values of a small community. the principal of the MO school was the brother of one of RAK ztl’s first musmachim. i ended up davening at a local chassidic shteibel.

    alas, chicago has grown and the resulting splits have occurred. but i believe bnai reuvain still attracts a diverse crowd, BH.

    • Steve Brizel says:

      We have children and grandchildren in.West Rogers Park. Chicago has all that NY has in terms of Charedi and MO neighborhoods shuls and yeshivos but is much more manageable than NY and has wonderful community based chesed. CHICAGO has wonderful museums and plenty of places to eat as well as an eruv.

      • Reb Yid says:

        Chicago (where I grew up) is also a community where all kinds of Jews interact with each other at all levels. Every segment of the population (including Charedi) also works with the local Federation which has been essential in funding all of the local day schools.

        Always best when no one segment of the population is so big that it becomes too insular.

  3. a yid says:

    Thank you for this observation. Hope it will motivate people to form more cohesive communities

  4. Bob Miller says:

    Leaders have to see the big picture and communicate it.

  5. Steve Brizel says:

    Young yeshivishe couples are moving to communities where state income taxes don’t exist and where vouchers for tuition are in place. Milwaukee Dallas Houston and Cleveland are four communities where these factors and the necessary yeshivishe communal superstructure are in place.

    • Reb Yid says:

      But funding for children with special/exceptional needs (on either of the spectrum) is also minimal to nonexistent as a result. Let alone other social services.

      We know any number of families who have moved to NY State from other states for precisely this reason. You get what you pay for.

      • Bob Miller says:

        So we should live wherever taxpayer funded welfare programs are the strongest? What if those places also have the highest cost of living, the most corrupt public officials, the least-supported police, and the weakest balance sheets?

    • too tired says:

      Don’t forget Cincinnati, where superstar (and super-humble) askan Rabbi A.D. Motzen lives and has perfected the voucher model.

  6. Yaakov says:

    Thx for the shout-out! There’s a place for everyone in Motown!

  7. Steve Brizel says:

    BH despite hashkafic differences qe are not to use Robert Putnams terms a nation that bowls alone rather rhan in a league.

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