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PostSubject: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:55 am

Interesting that Jews are creating heavily-subsidized apartments/houses for young Jews to live in.  Jewish Real Estate Monopoly (JREM) so effective even Jews can't afford "market" prices.

Jews in Middle America fret about attracting millennials


By Sharyn Jackson | USA Today November 4

DES MOINES, Iowa — Before she visited Drake University, Lilianna Bernstein never had set foot in Des Moines, let alone imagined that she would one day settle down in the city.


But a job offer in 2006 to be a Drake admissions counselor led the Chicago-area native to put down roots in Iowa’s capital. And one of those roots was joining a synagogue.

“Once I decided to stay in Des Moines, it was a no-brainer that of course I was going to stay involved in the Jewish community,” Bernstein said.

Now, Des Moines’ Jewish community is hoping more Drake students will do the same.

The area’s Jewish federation recently bought and renovated a 1910 Craftsman-style house near Drake to become a gathering space for Hillel, the Jewish student organization found on campuses around the world. Bernstein is Drake’s Hillel adviser.

The goal is to make Drake so attractive to incoming Jewish students that they’ll stay in Des Moines after graduation and help fill in a widening age gap among participants in Jewish life in the city, community leaders say.

“If our kids want to run away and not be in Iowa, then let’s get someone else’s kids to live in Des Moines,” said Stuart Oxer, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines.

Faced with an aging population and lack of engagement among young people, Jewish communities across the nation are ramping up efforts to recruit Jewish millennials.

A 2013 Pew Research Center study found that while more than nine in 10 American Jews ages 18 to 29 say they are proud to be Jewish, a third don’t identify with the religion. That set off alarms in Jewish institutions such as synagogues.

In small- and medium-size cities that may not have the Jewish infrastructure or the social and cultural draw of major metro areas, worry about the future is even greater.

“It’s a very real fear. And the smaller the community, the more significant it is,” said Matthew Boxer, a researcher at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. “It’s really difficult for them to do anything that’s going to attract young Jews.”

Nearly 80 percent of Jews live in the 20 largest metro areas, compared with 38 percent of Americans on the whole, said Ira Sheskin, a geographer at the University of Miami in Florida.

And while Des Moines has a lot going for it — this year Forbes magazine ranked it America’s best city for young professionals — many of the students attracted by a state-of-the-art Hillel house “aren’t going to find in Des Moines what they could find in a New York or a Chicago,” Sheskin said.

Still, investing in attracting college students with a house stocked with games, television, free laundry and food in addition to Jewish-themed activities could pay off in the long term, said Steven Bayme, director of contemporary Jewish life at the Washington-based American Jewish Committee.

“Who is likely to come to a university taking into account the quality of Hillel? Those attracted to more Jewish life,” he said. “Down the road, these are the people who are going to be involved.”

Rabbis in Memphis were also thinking about the future when they approached a group of young professionals three years ago about finding a way to draw more of their peers to the city.

“The rabbis told us, ‘If your age group doesn’t move back and we don’t fill those people from elsewhere, the Memphis Jewish community a generation from now is going to be kind of a shell of its former self,’ ” said Jeff Dreifus, 26.

“We literally had to create something that meets our demographic where they are,” said Dreifus, who grew up in the Memphis suburbs and now lives downtown. “We have to provide them exactly what they are looking for. The fact that it’s Jewish isn’t enough.”

And what millennials are looking for is jobs, they found.

Together, they established the TI Fellowship, affiliated with Memphis’s Reform synagogue, Temple Israel. The program sets up college-age Jews and recent graduates with internships and housing in Memphis’ hippest neighborhoods, with Friday night Shabbat dinners thrown in.

After two summers of the program, a handful of participants already have relocated to the city, including Sarah Fenderson, a 24-year-old Nashville native who got a job in communications only a few months after her fellowship.

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was like, I think I want to stick around a little more and experience Memphis at this time and age,” she said. “I had nothing to lose, and it offered me an opportunity, so I decided to stay.”

Affordable housing is another way to reach that age group.

A program called Moishe House sets up communal living spaces in cities around the world. And on the condition that the residents host Jewish-themed programs, the organization provides up to 75 percent subsidy toward rent.

Since its founding in 2006, it has expanded to more than 70 houses in 17 countries.

The idea was born when David Cygielman, Moishe House’s executive director, realized soon after college that few Jewish programs were targeted to him and his friends.

“We were involved in Jewish life in high school and college,” he said. “But now that we were graduated, we were too old for anything on campus, and we were too young for anything for young families.”

However prized millennials are to the continuation of Judaism, the lack of attention to the post-Hebrew school, post-college crowd is still a hurdle for communities.

Soon after joining a Des Moines synagogue, Bernstein felt the age gap, especially when she became one of the synagogue’s youngest-ever board members at 28.

“It would have been so awesome to have been synagogue shopping and actually seen a ton of young people at synagogue. That would have played in my decision a lot,” she said.

(Sharyn Jackson writes for USA Today and also reports for The Des Moines Register.)

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:34 am

The heartland probably still seems frontierish to the city jew.  Folk wisdom still resonates and probably angers the jews.

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:28 pm

Since Jacob spoiled their plan to nuke Des Moines, They opted for the second best way of devastation.

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:56 am

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The heartland probably still seems frontierish to the city jew.  Folk wisdom still resonates and probably angers the jews.

Decades ago the Jews organized a program to send Blacks to live in all-White upper midwest towns. Jews couldn't stand that all-White Iowa etc towns had great schools, high literacy, no crime etc. WaPo did a big feature but now the whole program is Memory-Holed.

Strategy of new Jewish settlement program is interesting with emphasis on drawing kids into organized Jewry activities. Just helping the kids with advice or financial aid not enough, they are indoctrinated to be a "frontier" vanguard. Ready, at a moment's notice, to march for abortion, South Sudan or whatnot.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:59 am

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Having some Jews around will help fill out the crisis actor casting when Dirty Bomb hits. Like with the Chabad House in Mumbai. & Des Moines Jews will suffer massive losses, Congress will immediately vote for restitution funds.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:11 am

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Strategy of new Jewish settlement program is interesting with emphasis on drawing kids into organized Jewry activities.  Just helping the kids with advice or financial aid not enough, they are indoctrinated to be a "frontier" vanguard.  Ready, at a moment's notice, to march for abortion, South Sudan or whatnot.


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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:28 am

Looks like fix is in for Keystone. Protesters just window-dressing.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:05 am

Resistance is futile. They have people everywhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:29 pm

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Looks like fix is in for Keystone.  Protesters just window-dressing.

Could be another sign that Perry has jew $upport.  But here Obama gets to take credit for it.  Senate (occupied terrority) still has to vote.

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:56 am

Just yesterday I read that Obama supposedly plans to veto. Haven't been following the issue closely but strange that I hadn't heard of prev Obama opposition. Obama doing veto to stymie Perry? Or perhaps to ensure Demo 2016 loss? Also probably not a coincidence that Obama announces carbon-limiting plan w/China. Could be that sneaky Chinese are agreeing to plan in order to sink Demo chances. Chinese know Obama & Shillary are complete neolib tools & Repubs (despite trad saber-rattling) more open to cooperation.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:53 pm

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wag wrote:
The heartland probably still seems frontierish to the city jew.  Folk wisdom still resonates and probably angers the jews.

Decades ago the Jews organized a program to send Blacks to live in all-White upper midwest towns.  Jews couldn't stand that all-White Iowa etc towns had great schools, high literacy, no crime etc.  WaPo did a big feature but now the whole program is Memory-Holed.

Strategy of new Jewish settlement program is interesting with emphasis on drawing kids into organized Jewry activities.  Just helping the kids with advice or financial aid not enough, they are indoctrinated to be a "frontier" vanguard.  Ready, at a moment's notice, to march for abortion, South Sudan or whatnot.

Jewish strategy is the same as its always been; exploit gentiles' stupidity & oppressive tendencies to pit them against one another. Gentiles won't admit their greed, oppression, denial of rights due to militant Abrahamic code (they've yet to realize it isn't working) Jews are only too happy to step in & give appearance of wanting to help. Seems to be working as well as ever.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:57 am

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Jewish strategy is the same as its always been; exploit gentiles' stupidity & oppressive tendencies to pit them against one another. Gentiles won't admit their greed, oppression, denial of rights due to militant Abrahamic code (they've yet to realize it isn't working) Jews are only too happy to step in & give appearance of wanting to help. Seems to be working as well as ever.

While I don't buy the idea that Gentile society would be ideal sans Jewish influence the Iowa/Upper Midwest Black Settlement program actually showed that those small-town Whites were pretty "Christian" & accepting. The WaPo article noted that local Whites didn't do mass demonstrations or show overt hostility to new Black neighbors. The actual biggest problem of the program was that the Blacks simply found things a bit dull & there weren't many other Blacks around to chum around with.

Once visited Ames Iowa to drop off a relative at college. Seemed so bucolic & peaceful. Once went to rural Wisconsin for the CART auto race--rolling hills full of cornfields a bit monotonous but at the same time so quiet & pleasant. Wisconsin folks the friendliest you'll meet in US. Of course Wisconsin has large # of Catholics and/or Germans. In travels to the South I find a decided lack of their purported "hospitality", genteel Virginia being an exception.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:27 am

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Wisconsin folks the friendliest you'll meet in US.  Of course Wisconsin has large # of Catholics and/or Germans. In travels to the South I find a decided lack of their purported "hospitality", genteel Virginia being an exception.

Visited Sturgeon Bay once, and yes.  Nice folk.  Western PA the same way.

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:49 am

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Visited Sturgeon Bay once, and yes.  Nice folk.  Western PA the same way.

Hadn't heard of Sturgeon Bay but see it's waay up North near Upper Peninsula MI. Once read about UP in Nat Geo & thought it might be an interesting road trip for winter, just in re going to the most remote northerly part of lower 48. But I figured a long way to go just to see lots of forest. Of course now might be a better time, one could include Detroit to see Jews' bombed-out wreckage. Been thru Western PA before but only last year did I go thru the hilly parts & wow it was a trip. Narrow winding roads with little towns full of E Euro folk, kind of spooky driving at nite, almost seemed like a foreign country. Glad I had Rain-X on the windshield since it was pouring the whole time.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:09 pm

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Visited Sturgeon Bay once, and yes.  Nice folk.  Western PA the same way.

Hadn't heard of Sturgeon Bay but see it's waay up North near Upper Peninsula MI.  Once read about UP in Nat Geo & thought it might be an interesting road trip for winter, just in re going to the most remote northerly part of lower 48.  But I figured a long way to go just to see lots of forest.  Of course now might be a better time, one could include Detroit to see Jews' bombed-out wreckage.  Been thru Western PA before but only last year did I go thru the hilly parts & wow it was a trip.  Narrow winding roads with little towns full of E Euro folk, kind of spooky driving at nite, almost seemed like a foreign country.  Glad I had Rain-X on the windshield since it was pouring the whole time.

W PA also has a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright houses one can visit and walk-through.  Planning to do this next summer.

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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:34 pm

Dint know that, I guess he liked putting houses in scenic settings. When I drove thru Racine I assumed there would be signs pointing to his Johnson building but didn't see any. Time was short so I couldn't visit. Wright interesting but eccentric, seems like he designed mostly for wealthy. Houses often a nightmare for maintenance.

Saw a tv show about a rich Jew renovating a Wright house--it was on a river island, NY State perhaps. Jew guy spent many $$millions--he was familiar w/construction & Wright architecture though. Hmm, I wonder how Wright would react if a client axed him to design a kewl log mansion.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:48 am

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Decades ago the Jews organized a program to send Blacks to live in all-White upper midwest towns.  Jews couldn't stand that all-White Iowa etc towns had great schools, high literacy, no crime etc.  WaPo did a big feature but now the whole program is Memory-Holed.

Strategy of new Jewish settlement program is interesting with emphasis on drawing kids into organized Jewry activities.  Just helping the kids with advice or financial aid not enough, they are indoctrinated to be a "frontier" vanguard.  Ready, at a moment's notice, to march for abortion, South Sudan or whatnot.

Jewish strategy is the same as its always been; exploit gentiles' stupidity & oppressive tendencies to pit them against one another. Gentiles won't admit their greed, oppression, denial of rights due to militant Abrahamic code (they've yet to realize it isn't working) Jews are only too happy to step in & give appearance of wanting to help. Seems to be working as well as ever.

By the time gentiles realize what hit them the game is over.
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PostSubject: Re: Uh Oh, Jews Encouraging Tribe to Move to Des Moines   Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:16 pm

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Jewish strategy is the same as its always been; exploit gentiles' stupidity & oppressive tendencies to pit them against one another. Gentiles won't admit their greed, oppression, denial of rights due to militant Abrahamic code (they've yet to realize it isn't working) Jews are only too happy to step in & give appearance of wanting to help. Seems to be working as well as ever.

By the time gentiles realize what hit them the game is over.

Most goy are completely clueless as to the degree they are already dealing with jews, who could pull a "sting" on them at any moment.

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