The Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS) was among 47 American Jewish communities participating in the biannual OU Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair, held this year on April 26 in New York City. More than 1,500 people attended the show, which offered visitors a glimpse into the opportunities for Jewish living in various Jewish communities throughout the country.
To promote the advantages of living in Stamford, Elaine Finkelstein assembled a contingent that included representatives from shuls and day schools, as well as real estate brokers. To attract more people to the booth, CAMOS raffled off a $50 gift certificate to the Stamford kosher restaurant of their choice.
“This is the fourth time that we have exhibited at the OU Fair,” said Michael Feldstein, founder of Stamford’s community growth initiative, “and it continues to be the best source of new leads for us. We found that the people who visited our booth were genuinely excited about what the Jewish community of Stamford has to offer, and I expect that several of the visitors will be spending a Shabbat weekend here with us soon.” According to Feldstein, more than 125 leads were generated from the show.
Since it began nine years ago, CAMOS has hosted dozens of prospective residents for Shabbat. According to Feldstein, a sizable percentage of these families have ended up relocating to the area. Last year, CAMOS organized a Shabbaton that was attended by 11 families; one of the families has already committed to move here, and two others are considering a move to Stamford.
“I’m particularly gratified that some of the people who were the recipients of the hospitality that CAMOS extended to them when they were thinking of moving here are now actively involved in extending that same kind of welcome to other prospective residents,” said Feldstein. “The more families who move here, the stronger all of our Jewish institutions will be.”
CAP: Jackie Herman of Stamford’s Bi-Cultural Day School (left) and Elaine Finkelstein (right) at the OU Jewish Communities Job and Relocation Fair.