Wanted in Alabama: Jewish families

Here’s one way for Jewish families to counteract the recession: Move to Dotham, Alabama.


The only synagogue in town is offering Jewish families up to $50,000 to relocate so that the congregation doesn’t shut down.

A family that’s been part of Temple Emanu-El for decades put up $1 million to fund the resettlement program.

The Reed family of Sanford, N.C., was the first to make the move.

“It’s been freaky how easy this has been,” Matt Reed, 25, told the AP.

About 400 families have applied. 60 were chosen for a vetting process that “includes written references — including one from their rabbi — home visits, checks for criminal and financial problems, and interviews.”

Any suburbanites from NY thinking about chucking the rat race and heading down south?

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.