MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "We haven't had this much attention since Elvis died!"
That's the assessment of the Memphis "100NewFamilies Committee" as word of mouth builds nationally amongst young Jewish families about possibly the best lifestyle alternative to the cold, expensive Northeast. In contrast to the outrageous costs of Jewish living in general (and housing in particular on the West Coast), the attraction of life in Memphis has generated dozens of inquiries from across the country, as this vibrant and affordable community reemerges as a compelling option for young families seeking to plant roots.
"We have had dozens of calls from families interested in relocating here – and the response has been far more than we anticipated," says Jessica Baum, who heads the hospitality team. "Many of those who called are unable to visit right now, but are scheduling visits over the next few months," she adds.
During the upcoming "Taste of Memphis" celebration weekend (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014), a dozen families from across the country will enjoy Southern hospitality and a warm, welcoming Shabbat experience. Over the weekend, guests will be able to engage families, speak with employment and real estate experts, visit schools and spend some time at the famous Memphis Jewish Community Center.
Guests will also visit Beale Street – the melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll and R&B – with three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops.
"We can't wait to showcase our new home," says Ari VanderWalde, a physician who moved to the area fifteen months ago with his family, and is an active advocate of Memphis Jewish living. "The mighty Mississippi flows along the city, and guests will be able to see the spectacular sights along the riverfront – and, for Elvis fans, a visit to Graceland will be arranged."
"As one more family that has made the move successfully, we're excited to share our experience with others," says Joel Siegel, a pediatrician. "You instantly become part of a solid, stable, 150 year tradition, with outstanding Jewish infrastructure and an opportunity for families at every economic level to experience a full Jewish and civic life."
In fact, the Memphis Jewish infrastructure far exceeds many more populated communities: excellent Jewish education for pre-K through 12, a full youth program including NCSY and summer camp, eruv, mikvahs, well-stocked kosher food sections in local markets, butcher and bakery, and a state-of-the-art Jewish Community Center.
"Memphis covers the spectrum of Jewish living, and recent arrivals have been warmly integrated into the community," says Rabbi Shai Finkelstein of the famous Baron Hirsch Synagogue. "We emphasize a 'big tent' approach to offering a wide choice of schools, shuls, and community activities – and, of course, we are all very excited over this tremendous response the '100 New Families' campaign."
Those who've already made the move cite economic opportunity, affordability of housing, Jewish infrastructure, the quality of life – on top of the unparalleled friendliness of the community – as drivers that made them choose Memphis.
Families interested in more information about relocating – or participating in this week's "Taste of Memphis weekend" – should call (901) 219 9794 or visit www.100NewFamilies.com.
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SOURCE 100 New Families Taste of Memphis Weekend