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Boynton Beach will join dozens of communities from across 22 states when it participates in the Orthodox Union’s Fifth International Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair in New York City on Sunday, April 26 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

The fair will take place at Metropolitan West, a special events venue at 639 West 46th Street, across from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. With 46 showcased communities, the fair will have its largest participation yet.

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This will be Boynton Beach’s first appearance at the event. The community will be represented by OU member synagogue Anshei Chesed Congregation.

The original 2008 fair and those following resulted from the vision of then-OU president Stephen J. Savitsky and Frank Buchweitz, director of Community Services. Savitsky’s travels around the country made it clear to him that smaller communities would make fine homes for Orthodox Jews.

“The objective behind establishing small communities as places for relocation was a remedy for the excessive cost of housing and education in the large New York metropolitan market,” Mr. Savitsky explained.

According to Rabbi Judah Isaacs, director of Community Engagement, which organizes the fair, “The fair will highlight communities both big and small, geographically both close to New York City and far away, that all offer the amenities needed for an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle – day school, mikveh, eruv, and easy availability of kosher food. There will also be an opportunity to tune up your resumé and network with the OU Job Board.”

OU Job Board International Director Michael Rosner explained, “We will be hosting a session ‘Networking for Relocators’ at two different times during the Fair. This event is open to serious relocation people looking to meet others in the same position; share experiences; get guidance and address concerns.”

For further information, contact Hannah Farkas, OU assistant director of Synagogue and Community Services, at 212-613-8351 or hannahf@ou.org. Learn more online about Boynton Beach’s Jewish community at www.ou.org/fair/communities.

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