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Promised Land? Earn $50,000 and Be a Jew in Rural Alabama

Israel has well-paying Jobs and lots of available singles. Jewish schools are cheaper than in the US. But why move to Israel when you can get a quick $50,000 and move to the promised land in rural Alabama?
Dothan, Alabama, everything a Jew could never want.

Dothan, Alabama, everything a Jew could never want.
Photo Credit: National Peanut Festival

Jews are not a common sight in many southern rural towns, such as Dothan, Alabama, but a local businessman Larry Blumberg has a solution.

He has been offering Jews elsewhere $50,000 to move to Dothan to help keep the Jewish community alive. His condition for the grant is that families stay for five years.

His $1 million fund has brought six families with 18 people from New York, Florida and elsewhere, and the once-dying Jewish community now is alive and vibrant.

Now that $900,000 has been paid out to bring Jews to the rural south, the community soon will be on its own to draw more families or reproduce quickly, unless Blumberg has more money to invest in the project.

One of the newcomers is the small city’s new Reform congregational leader, Lynne Goldsmith. She moved from Connecticut to Alabama to lead the reform Temple Emanu-El about a year before the program began and thinks the idea could spread to other towns.

But Dothan is special.

Its name is the Hebrew word in the Book of Genesis (Bereisheit). It is the area where  Joseph’s brothers heeded their sheep before they kidnapped him and threw him into as pit, the event that put into gear the 400-plus year process that resulted in the aliyah of Jews from Egypt to Israel, with a 40-year layover in the Sinai Desert.

What does Dothan have to offer Jews?

It is the peanut capital of Alabama and hosted the National Peanut Festival every year, complete with beauty pageants, agricultural displays, and an arts and crafts show, amusement rides and plenty of non-kosher food stands.

There also is the Press Thornton Future Masters Golf Tournament in Jul and the annual Tri-State Barbecue Festival, pork ribs and all.

Goldsmith told CNN soon after she moved to Dothan “If you need a robust Orthodox community, we don’t have it. But if you want a community where your neighbors are friendly; where people smile at you in the grocery store even if they don’t know you, then Dothan’s for you.

That sounds like Israel.

Maybe Dothan, Alabama is the American Jews “Joseph’s pit,” 400 years before they move to Israel and live in the original Dothan, located in the area of the Jezreel Valley between Beit She’an and Afula

Didn’t Blumberg every think about moving to Israel and offer Jews $50,000 to make aliyah?

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “Promised Land? Earn $50,000 and Be a Jew in Rural Alabama”

  1. William Rose says:

    where do i sign up???

  2. William Rose says:

    where do i sign up???

  3. Fake alabama never been the promised land for jews

  4. Fake alabama never been the promised land for jews

  5. Manon Schwarz says:

    Fake alabama never been the promised land for jews

  6. Carolin Knox says:

    He at least tells the truth….if you want to live as an orthodox Jew, this town is not for you. Not to mention, 50 thousand will not last very long, so unless you have your own internet biz., or a biz plan that will work in a small southern town….well, good luck.

  7. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    Hmmm, with the way things are going up North – here in New York City, the absolute dearth of jobs, yes, 50,000 isn’t a heckuva lot of money, but it’s better than nothing. As the song says “Sweet Home Alabama” – I’m comin’ back to you. It’s closer than Australia, folks.

  8. $50,000 is nowhere near enough to have to spend the rest of my life listening to "Roll Tide."

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