Like younger Jews who leave the New York metropolitan area and find a different kind of Judaism, seniors find out that Jewish life is harder to come by — but often better — when you have to build it yourself.“Jewish life is what you make of it,” said Yaacov Rone, a Conservative rabbi who has worked on both coasts and just spent his third winter in Palm Springs.“There’s the time zone change, the no direct flights — many [East Coast] people see that as an obstacle.
Y., to Scottsdale, Ariz., forced her to become more Jewishly active.
“The feeling you got was that we didn’t have to be Jewish in Long Island or New York — even the Italians were Jewish,” she said.
Siegel and her husband retired to Arizona, following their son, and she became “a temple person, rather than a Hadassah person” — two common avenues for senior Jewish women’s involvement.
Jean and Arnold Palestine are glad to be back home — an attached condo unit overlooking the craggy red mountains of the Arizona desert.
Having just returned from a winter visit to Florida, the octogenarian New Yorkers are pleased that they chose to retire to the arid Western desert in 1992, rather than move down south.