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Old 04-28-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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I recently took a short trip to Philadelphia. The city was pretty good, I enjoyed myself. We stayed at a hotel in Center City. I'm from New York City and there were some things that were similar. I liked it.

I'm thinking about moving to Philadelphia in the long term, but there a some questions I have.

1. Where is the Jewish Community? (I know Philadelphia has a Jewish community in Center City, but what about in other parts)
2. Are there any good City schools in Philadelphia? (Most City schools are overcrowded and preform poorly, but are there good schools in the city?)
What borough are you from and what felt similar?
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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To the OP, this thread has a lot of information for you.

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and this

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Old 04-28-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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The OP posted 4 years ago
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Dear all
My name is Avi and I am from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I am a professor in Dentistry and I will be visiting Temple University next year from September the 29th (2013) till 31st of May 2014. I am Shomer Kashrut and I am looking for a furnished small department for rent during this period next to a synagogue (preferable but not must in the city center). I will be for two weeks during the summer for arrangements. If you can help me find the right place please email me to: aviz@hadassah.org.il.
Thanks
Avi
If you want to be walking distance from a traditionally Orthodox synagogue in a nice area that's also convenient to Temple, you basically have three choices: Penn Wynne (Beth Hamedrosh) or Bala-Cynwyd (Young Israel; Lower Merion Synagogue) on the Main Line; Elkins Park (Young Israel) in the Lower Old York Road region; and Western Cherry Hill (Sons of Israel) in South Jersey.

Penn Wynne is a short park-and-ride from the Wynnewood train station. It's generally walkable and there's a JCC and kosher pizza shop nearby. Bala-Cynwyd is extremely walkable and has businesses catering to the Orthodox community as well--if you live close enough to the train (either Bala or Cynwyd stations), you can walk there and take Septa to work without having to schlep very far to shul on Saturdays.

Young Israel of Elkins Park is close to the Melrose Park train station. Melrose/Elkins Park is also a walkable residential area, but there's a bit less in the way of businesses.

The area surrounding Cherry Hill's sons of Israel is a patchwork of subdivisions, strip malls, and big box stores. Sons of Israel itself is located in one of these subdivisions, which, itself is walkable. If you can find a house for rent there, you're golden. Otherwise, you may have to trudge across anywhere non-limited access highways in order to get to shul. There's an Amtrak station nearby as well.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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There is no amtrak in South Jersey only NJT. Isnt there orthodox synagogues in Old City/Society Hill? I remember going to a service there in the late 90's.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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There is no amtrak in South Jersey only NJT. Isnt there orthodox synagogues in Old City/Society Hill? I remember going to a service there in the late 90's.
There's a train station though in addition to the high speed line right? That's what I'm probably thinking of.

There are a couple "traditional" synagogues in CC, which is a mish mash of everything--not somewhere your typical person who uses terms like "shomer kashrut" would go. Maybe there were some truly Orthodox synagogues close by in the past.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Don't you just HATE when that happens? Makes me feel like a dummy when I miss that.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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The OP was from years ago, but Aviz posted today (resurrecting an old thread) so your words of wisdom were very helpful for him. Very helpful, guys, good job.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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They're among the best and the smartest! What a fantastic new museum in Center City East!
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