The Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS) was among 47 different Jewish communities that exhibited at the bi-annual OU Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair, which was held this year on April 26, 2015 in New York City.
More than 1,500 people attended the show, which offered visitors the opportunity to meet leaders in various Jewish communities across the country. CAMOS assembled a contingent of representatives from several institutions in the Stamford Jewish community to promote the advantages of living in Stamford. More than 125 leads were generated from the show.
“This is the fourth time that we have exhibited at the OU Fair,” said Michael Feldstein, the 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.”
Elaine Finkelstein organized the Stamford group who attended the fair, which included representatives from the synagogues and day schools, along with real estate brokers.
Finkelstein produced an attractive retractable banner, which was hung in front of the Stamford booth and featured photos of various sites in the Stamford area. In order to attract more people to the booth, CAMOS raffled off a $50 gift certificate to the Stamford kosher restaurant of their choice.
Since it began nine years ago, CAMOS has been responsible for hosting dozens of prospective residents for Shabbat – and a sizable percentage of these families have ended up moving here. 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.
CAMOS is planning another Shabbaton later this year, and will continue to recruit more young families to consider a move here.
“Attracting more young families to Stamford is the lifeblood for our community,” said Feldstein, “and we will continue to do what we can to convince more people to consider Stamford as a place to live. The more families who move here, the stronger all of our Jewish institutions will be, including our local kosher restaurants, day schools, synagogues, and Federation.”