LETTER FROM TEXAS
THERE IS a city in the US where the Jewish population has more than quadrupled in the past 30 years.
It’s Austin, the capital of Texas. Although the number of Jews in the city is small — it has grown from about 4,000 in 1981 to over 16,000 today — this is a community with great prospects for the future.
“Many Jewish communities are aging and shrinking,” says Jay Rubin, Chief Executive of the Jewish Community Association of Austin [JCAA]. “But Austin’s is young and growing. This city is a magnet for young single adults and young families.”
Rubin is clearly excited by what is happening in the city. “We expect the community to keep growing, and it will probably double in size over the next 20 years,” he says.
The city is proving a popular destination for Jews from all over the US. It is not difficult to see why. As the gateway to the hill country of central Texas, Austin has one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in America. It is home to a growing creative, cultural