Calling all Jews! Small southern town wants you!


It's a twist on historical precedent, all right. The small town of Dothan, Alabama, deep in the Bible Belt, is losing its already small Jewish population to larger towns all over the South. To try and reverse that, a Jewish group there is offering a cool $50K to young Jewish families willing to relocate, and stay for five years.

The Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services, which has made the offer, is looking for a Jewish family willing to relocate to this small town and join its sole Jewish Temple, hopefully also enrolling their kids in the temple's religious school. The group will award the money, with the understanding that if a family stays for five years, it won't have to pay the money back.

The group has fielded interest from at least 20 families, but so far, no one has made the schlep South.