Ours is a warm community (Sadly, you can believe the weather reports you heard from here last summer) with much to offer you and your family. You may have discovered that
· #1 place to live in the
· #1 metro for cost of living (Business Facilities)
· #2 city for jobs for young people (check out this recent story: http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?subjectid=46&articleid=20120114_46_A1_Tulsar221276)
· #2 housing market (MSNBC)
· #4 metro for quality of life (Business Facilities)
· #4 state for employment (Business Facilities)
· #8 city for young adults (Portfolio.com 2010)
· 2nd shortest commute time in the nation
· City with a cost of living index 8.6 % below the national average and
· 15th in the nation for the highest high school graduation rate
Some things that make our Jewish community special include:
· B’nai Emunah (Conservative), Chabad and
· The multi-program Zarrow Campus that houses the Jewish Federation of Tulsa (JFT), Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, Mizel Jewish Community Day School, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care Center.
· A thriving BBYO (AZA and BBG) program
· A free summer trip to
· Support for every youngster interested in attending
The 2012 Interfaith Trialogue Series, “Food for Thought: Thinking about Food, Religion, and Community,” is scheduled for February 5, 12, and 19. The first session will be held at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center. The topic will be “WHAT IS THE RITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FOOD?.” This event is FREE to the public. For more information about the OCCJ and the “Food for Thought” Trialogue series, visit www.occjok.org.
Aaron Miller and Grow Jewish Tulsa
In previous columns, we have quoted Twain, Berra, Churchill (erroneously), Santayana and Darwin. So, who in blazes is Aaron Miller?
Some of you know. You have worshiped with him, introduced him around town or welcomed him to your home for Shabbat, Passover, Hanukkah, High Holy Days and Sukkot. He’s a 20-something native of
We talked recently about his plans. As the father of daughters living hundreds of miles away, I had to ask why he wasn’t going back to
First, he sees
He talked about an “energy” and “passion” that many have for
When asked what he would do to Grow Jewish Tulsa, he challenged us to go out and recruit the best and most promising young Jews we can find for whatever opportunity he can offer. “
I asked if his parents are happy with his decision to stay here versus moving back to
Aaron wants to make a personal and professional difference and believes he can have that kind of impact here --- perhaps easier and faster than he might in a larger city. Maybe we have further to go than the Jewish community in larger places but perhaps that very challenge is something we can offer to others.
It’s often said in fundraising that “… all giving is personal.” Aaron made the same case when he said the real attraction here are the people. The
By the way, Aaron mentioned that a number of Teach for America Fellows completing their assignment here are thinking of staying. Apparently, we’re doing a lot of things right with some of our nation’s best and brightest.
Live from the 92nd Street Y - Season 2
Beginning February 29, 2012, Congregation B’nai Emunah hosts the second
Also at B’nai Emunah, you can help and enjoy The Altamont Bakery Project
Dozens of cookies are now going out the synagogue door every week. Look for them at Snow Goose, Aberson's, and other fine retailers. This is our effort on behalf of the formerly homeless mentally ill residents of the Altamont Apartments and other Mental Health Association facilities. Can you deliver cookies to local places of business at noon on Fridays? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please call Betty Lehman at 918.583.7121. By the by, cookies are now on sale daily at the Synagogue entrance. Two dollars buys you the best cookie you've ever eaten. They're fresh every Wednesday morning.
Temple Israel Sisterhood Celebration
Join the TI Sisterhood on Saturday evening, March 31, for a festive OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE Dinner and Auction which benefiting the TI Religious School and congregational projects. There are so many opportunities to help prepare for this event: auction acquisitions, decorations, set-up, clean-up and more. Madelyn Rosenthal at 918.481.5735 to volunteer and save the date for a fun evening.