Tuesday, August 11, 2020

(Courtesy of Chabad.org) Jennie Small has lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for seven years. When the coronavirus began to spread in March, she and her children, ages 2 and 3, decamped to her parents home in Stanford, Connecticut, for what she thought would be a week or two. Her husband, Josh, stayed in the city working from home, then joined them a few days later. Now their belongings are in storage, and they’re eying renting options in a community outside of the city, with the suburban village of New Rochelle, New York at the top of the list.

Around the nation, millions of city dwellers are accelerating moves—some temporary, some permanent—to places outside of urban centers. With remote work on the rise and people setting space as a higher priority, major cities, including New York, are seeing an increase in exits. According to a Pew Research Center survey released earlier this month, some 37% in that age bracket has moved, with roughly one in five Americans, about 22%, having already relocated due to the pandemic or knowing someone who has. In the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket, that number reaches as high as 37%. In response, Chabad centers around the country say they are ready to help connect new arrivals with whatever Jewish resources they might need in their destinations. More: https://www.chabad.org/4815548