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Old 05-14-2012, 04:05 PM
Location: Michigan
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Hi everyone,
My husband and I are looking to relocate from Michigan to somewhere warmer and we have a potential job offer in Lynchburg. We're Jewish and we want to make sure that our kids grow up in an area that is diverse. Great schools are a must, but I also want to make sure we're not the only Jewish family in the area.

We're somewhere between conservative and reform, so we don't need to send them to an Orthodox Jewish school or anything, but I don't want them to be excluded or discriminated against. Coming from Michigan, which is very diverse and pretty liberal, my biggest concern is that in Virginia our kids would be the "unicorns" in their schools.

Let me know your thoughts.

We are open to areas surrounding Lynchburg as well, preferably within a 30 minute drive or so if there is an area that would be better for us to live in.

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:38 AM
Location: The South
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Hey, there,

Admittedly, I don't know very much about the Jewish population in Lynchburg. There is a synagogue on Langhorne Road, Agudath Sholom. It's been there quite a while. I suppose you could call them and get more details. One thing to consider, most evangelical Christians are very supportive of Isreal and Lynchburg does have a large representation of Evangelical Christians.

You will find the most diversity of political opinion (it's an overwhelmingly white area) in the Peakland/Rivermont/Boonsboro area. There are many lovely neighborhoods over by Langhorne, Link, Boonsboro, Trents Ferry Roads. If you tell a realtor you are interested in the 24503 zip code, I think you'll be just fine.

You must remember, there are four colleges (Lynchburg, Randolph, Sweet Briar and, of course, Liberty) and a large medical center in the area. Lynchburg is not quite as provincial as some seem to think. There are many sophisticated people in Lynchburg.

If you go 30 minutes outside of Lynchburg (in any direction), you're into pretty rural communities.

Best of luck.

Last edited by LynchburgLover; 05-15-2012 at 05:42 AM.. Reason: one more thought
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:09 PM
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I'm pretty sure in Lynchburg there will be no Orthodox day school, or conservative day school, or pluralist day school.

If there's anything Jewish besides the synagogues Id be surprised.

it does appear that the only synagogue is agudath shalom, which is reform. While historically many reform synagogues in small southern cities leaned classically Reform, in some places where there is no Conservative shul the R shul ends up more moderate, as they draw the C families. Not sure about this one, I'd suggest calling.

note, Im of the "it takes a shtetl" school of thought - I live in Northern Va, and wouldnt attempt to raise jewish children in a town with such sparse Jewish life if I had any choice, but your tastes evidently are different. Mazel.
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