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Old 06-29-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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Thanks. Very helpfull. I looked at the High Point Elem and the stats weren't so good, so I checked out Heards Ferry. Better. Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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For preschools, look at the Schiff Preschool at Temple Emanu-el in Sandy Springs:

SchiffPreschool

and at the Weinstein School at Marcus JCC in Dunwoody:

MJCCA | JCC of Atlanta • MJCCA Preschools: The Future Starts Here

The surrounding areas have significant Jewish populations.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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Bsharynu,

You should definitely look in East Cobb. Our Jewish friend who has lived there for a while LOVES the Jewish community there--in fact she moved there specifically for that reason. We are not Jewish but we're in the same situation as you (with slightly older kids). We decided to look for a rental so we could have more time to investigate neighborhoods before we buy. The rentals in East Cobb (Walton High School district especially) go FAST, sometimes within hours. Get an agent or check craigslist hourly! Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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East Cobb, Walton District. Many Jewish families within the area. 2 maybe 3 temples from orthodox to reformed. Many non practicing Jewish as well. Hard to do better according to your criteria
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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If you can make the commute work, East Cobb is simply the best choice that meets your criteria, in my opinion.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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My husband would most likely be working downtown by the courthouses? (I think). I hear Atlanta traffic is horrible, but is it any worse than DC? We are unfamiliar with MARTA and if it is a good way to commute. We are coming from DC, and the metro system is great. If MARTA is a good way to commute and easy to get to the station from the burbs, that is helpful. (I also don't know the cost of MARTA or parking at the stations or can you take a bus to the station or even walk). It looks like our main areas to focus are Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Marietta. Someone had mentioned Toco Hills, and another person had mentioned to me Virginia Highlands/Morningside. But, I have no idea where Virginia Highlands/Morningside is and Toco Hills seems maybe too pricey like Buckhead. I think someone had mentioned Virginia Highlands/Morningside as I mentioned there was a possibility my husband would be at CDC, but that is probably not likely.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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If you can make the commute work, East Cobb is simply the best choice that meets your criteria, in my opinion.
East Cobb to Downtown can be an OK commute. If they live in the part of the Walton district near the Wheeler district line, even better--relatively easy access to I-75 (and they will already be far down 75 towards downtown).

If they live in the part of the Walton district near the river/Sandy Springs, they may be able to drive over to some of the MARTA stations over in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody/Perimeter area--and then take the rail directly south to downtown.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:34 AM
 
Location: atlanta
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you don't want to live in east cobb if you're concerned about traffic. i don't know why anyone's recommending east cobb, they must have read a different post. you said public transit would be good to be near, you don't like traffic, and you're commuting to downtown. east cobb is probably as far out as you can get and commute, but it'll be a long one. dunwoody is probably a better choice, considering the JCC is right there along with a handful of synagogues to choose from, and there are also a handful of intown neighbourhoods you could live in to be close to shul and have good schools also, such as north druid hills. east cobb is mostly hype, it's very suburban... most folks who don't live there refer to it as "east snob".
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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North Druid Hills and Druid Hills in Dekalb County are great neighborhoods and are Jewish Communities that are really nice and have a great community feel.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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If we do end up in the Jewish communities of Dunwoody or Sandy Springs, do the professional Jewish families that live there send their kids to the public schools too? Or do most of those Jewish families send their kids to private school? I would prefer to send my children to public school. I am coming from a state and county with very good schools (Montgomery county, md) and I understand that GA school systems are strained.
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