I Come From Alabama With A Shofar On My Knee
Did you hear about the "Alabama Needs More Jews" program? The other day, this story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was making the rounds on the Web:
“A Jewish group in Alabama is offering as much as $50,000 to Jewish families willing to relocate to its town. Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services is offering the incentive to help repopulate the Jewish community of Dothan, a largely Christian town of 58,000. Participating families that stay in Dothan for five years and become active in the local synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, do not have to repay the grant.”
We wondered if any local Jews would be enticed by that scratch, so we called one: Jason Nodler of Houston alternative drama company Catastrophic Theatre.
“Well, I am Jew-ish,” Nodler qualifies. “I’ve been to synagogue maybe twice since my bar mitzvah.”
But what about it? 50K to live in Dothan, Alabama for a mere five years.
“Wow,” he says. “That’s what, ten thousand a year to live in Alabama? I don’t think I could do it.”
But it is the Peanut Capitol of Alabama, we tell him. It says so right in the story.
“Well, I am a fan of both Jewish people and peanuts,” he says. “And besides, it’s pretty scary in Alabama. I’ve been there and I didn’t like what it felt like to wake up in that state. I would imagine that you would need that whole fifty thousand to spend on security.”
So take that, Dothan. No alternative theaters for you.
– John Nova Lomax
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