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Old 04-08-2011, 01:56 AM
 
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I am a junior at a top-10 national liberal arts college, and intend to apply to similar-caliber law schools next year. While I am originally from New York City, my school is in rural Minnesota. I intend to practice law at a mid-size or large firm and would seriously consider a career in Salt Lake (other top cities on my list are Philadelphia and Minneapolis, for very different reasons).

Skiing and business have brought me to Utah about a dozen times in as many years. From what I have seen (ski country, Salt Lake, and Provo), I love it. Moreover, I understand that the state has amazing economic prospects, a fairly-low cost of living, good cultural amenities (e.g., a symphony orchestra), and of course, second-to-none natural beauty and outdoor activities.

I am Jewish, somewhat observant but not Orthodox, culturally open-minded, a mild Republican, and an avid skier. I enjoy classical music and baseball. A true New York kid, I enjoy walkable neighborhoods and ethnic cuisine. I have no issue with the LDS church, and have liked the few Mormons I have ever encountered. However, I would like not to be the lone Jew in my neighborhood and require that future acquaintances and colleagues accept me for who I am.

Is Salt Lake for me? If so, where and why? If not, why not?

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Old 04-08-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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You won't be the only one. There is even a Chad Lubivitch (Spelling?) Congregation in Sugar House and at least 2 other congregations that I know of. One has a lesbian female rabbi.

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I am Jewish, somewhat observant but not Orthodox, culturally open-minded, a mild Republican, and an avid skier. I enjoy classical music and baseball. A true New York kid, I enjoy walkable neighborhoods and ethnic cuisine. I have no issue with the LDS church, and have liked the few Mormons I have ever encountered. However, I would like not to be the lone Jew in my neighborhood and require that future acquaintances and colleagues accept me for who I am.

Is Salt Lake for me? If so, where and why? If not, why not?
Salt Lake could be for you. You obviously know that this is a very Republican state. We have a marvelous symphony (better, at least, than you might expert for a city of this size), a renowned ballet company and an opera company that I'm only marginally impressed by. You love to ski. We have the best skiing in the world -- or so I'm told. (Never touch the stuff myself.) We're starting to get a few really good restaurants and the downtown area is becoming more and more vibrant. We even have baseball (okay, so it's a far, far cry from the Yankees). You will have no problems being Jewish in Salt Lake City, although your chances of finding another Jew in your neighborhood would probably be about as great as my moving to Manhattan and discovering that one of the families down the street is LDS. Like SouthernBelle said, though, you would not have any trouble finding a Jewish congregation and making friends through it.
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