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amother
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Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 6:53 pm
15 years ago, when I first came here... my city had about 100 shomer shabbos households. Now we have about 30. AMA about frum life in this hick town!
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Einikel




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 6:55 pm
Where did everyone go?
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amother
Poinsettia


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 6:56 pm
Do you have schools for the kids with so few ppl? Kosher store?
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daredevil




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 6:57 pm
Where do you live
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amother
Floralwhite


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 7:04 pm
Why are you staying?
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amother
cornflower


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 7:11 pm
I also live in a dying community but wow 30 families - that is SMALL!
Community has had the same issues for years and they're only getting worse, the younger generation is leaving....the reason we're still here is literally because we don't know where to move to!
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effess




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 7:11 pm
What’s keeping you there?
Do you have relatives?
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busy mommy




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 7:59 pm
Is the community doing anything to try to bring in young people to revive it? In your opinion, why did the community shrink?
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amother
Amber


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 8:01 pm
Can more Frum Jews move in? Prices on Homes? Schools? Is there a Rabbi.
Don't allow the community to die out. Get more Family and friends to move in. Which State are you in?
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amother
cornflower


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 8:03 pm
amother Amber wrote:
Can more Frum Jews move in? Prices on Homes? Schools? Is there a Rabbi.
Don't allow the community to die out. Get more Family and friends to move in. Which State are you in?


There are some issues that can be not solveable....I would never encourage anyone to move to my community!
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amother
Amber


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 8:07 pm
amother cornflower wrote:
There are some issues that can be not solveable....I would never encourage anyone to move to my community!


Are you OP or someone else?

Sorry, someone else I see.
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amother
Valerian


 

Post Sat, Mar 30 2024, 9:19 pm
Is this Norfolk Virginia?
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amother
Ultramarine


 

Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 12:08 am
I'm sorry OP. We recently left our fast shrinking small frum community so I feel for you.
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amother
Burlywood


 

Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 12:17 am
amother Valerian wrote:
Is this Norfolk Virginia?

I went to high school in Norfolk and it makes me so sad! I love the Norfolk community!
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amother
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Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:02 am
Einikel wrote:
Where did everyone go?


Different (larger) places. Not going to name specific places.
Some of the older families/retirees went to FL or e"y.
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amother
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Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:04 am
amother Poinsettia wrote:
Do you have schools for the kids with so few ppl? Kosher store?


Yes, we have a small school. We have a decent kosher section at the local supermarket. The local kosher caterer can order certain items for people as well.
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amother
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Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:09 am
amother Floralwhite wrote:
Why are you staying?


Good question.
Up until now, we have been very idealistic. We want to stay so there will be a frum community to serve the non frum Yidden in the area. In addition, my husband has a very location specific Parnasa, (not all states recognize his licensing ) so we've made very little effort to find a new place. Not sure how much longer we will be able to hold out.
ETA: no relatives here.
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amother
Ultramarine


 

Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:14 am
what's holding you back from researching other states that will allow reciprocity for your husband's licensure?

do you have kids?
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amother
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Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:17 am
busy mommy wrote:
Is the community doing anything to try to bring in young people to revive it? In your opinion, why did the community shrink?


Unfortunately, very little effort has been made. And none of it successful.

The community itself shrank for a number of reasons.
It's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly, but I would say that the lousy school was a big factor. People started leaving because the school suffered from a lack of strong, effective leadership.
That's not the only reason, but it's a big part of it.
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amother
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Post Sun, Mar 31 2024, 4:22 am
amother Amber wrote:
Can more Frum Jews move in? Prices on Homes? Schools? Is there a Rabbi.
Don't allow the community to die out. Get more Family and friends to move in. Which State are you in?


Unfortunately, it's not so simple.I really can't encourage people to live here how it is now. There is a wonderful Rabbi, and even he wouldn't encourage people to live here!
Housing us not cheap here (one of the original problems).
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