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Relocating: Long Distance


Jews are often referred to as the wandering people. Jewish history is filled with stories of transition, migration, and dislocation. Tales of long distance moves begin with Abraham and Sarah who are instructed by God to “Lekh L’kha L’artzecha (go to your land).” The exodus from Egypt, the exile to Babylon, the migration of Jews throughout the Roman Empire, and the expulsion of Jews from Spain demonstrate the variety of reasons for long distance moves. While most moves today are motivated by either a job change or retirement, there are always challenges in moving away from friends or family and relocating to a new community. Jewish history is instructive on how to cope with long distance moves. Seek community, join Jewish communal organizations, plant new roots and have faith.