LETTER FROM TEXAS

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY MELISSA JACOBS

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

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