Florida-bound Jews: “Good jobs, cheap housing and a unique school choice program have many families heading south”

Why Orthodox Jews Are Leaving Brooklyn for Florida
by Allan Jacob
August 6, 2021

What would mo­ti­vate a Ha­sidic rabbi and his fol­low­ers to leave a Brook­lyn en­clave where they’ve lived for gen­er­a­tions and es­tab­lish a quickly grow­ing com­mu­nity in Wimauma, Fla., a semi-rural area near Tampa Bay? The same rea­sons that have led to an un­prece­dented wave of Or­tho­dox Jew­ish fam­i­lies mov­ing to South Flor­ida: ed­u­ca­tion choice, low taxes and good gov­er­nance. Most Or­tho­dox fam­i­lies send their chil­dren to pri­vate Jew­ish schools be­cause pub­lic school is sim­ply not an op­tion—re­li­gious in­struc­tion is as im­por­tant to them as aca­d­e­mics. But the tu­ition bur­den can be im­mense. READ MORE

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