Wanna know how the OU's Emerging Communities Fair (i.e. "The Out Of Town Fair") went? Check out the coverage over at The Rebbetzin's Husband, The NY Times, and the OU's own comic-strip version.
In the weeks leading up to the fair, the OU was criticized by some for encouraging people to relocate from NY/NJ to other Diaspora communities. The effort would be better spent, said the critics, encouraging people to move to Israel instead. To me, that's like comparing apples to oranges. Moving from one American city to another is nothing like moving from chutz la'aretz to Israel. The latter requires so much more idealism, dedication, stamina, effort, time and money. Not everyone is able or willing to undertake aliyah. For those who are, Nefesh B'Nefesh stands ready to help. For those who aren't, I think that it is perfectly proper for the OU to help them resettle elsewhere in the U.S.
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