Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The Solution: Move to Houston
Needless to say, while I favor inexpensive living and I prefer Jewish life outside of New York and New Jersey, there are many reasons why people live where they live. So I'm disappointed that the OU solution to the financial woes looks to be a campaign to "Move to Houston."
Mr. Cohen points out the article Orthodox Union has found solution to Orthodoxy's problems: Houston. No doubt the title is a bit snarky.
While Houston does has far more affordable housing costs and the tuitions may be "considerably lower" than New York area day schools, they are still massive, ranging betwee $10,790 and $18,883.
A former New Yorker (with 7 children) leading the Houston Orthodox marketing campaign states:
With the number of children the average Orthodox family has, what are you going to need to make to pay your bills, live comfortably and not be on scholarship? In New York, it’s in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said [M], who has seven children. “In Houston, you can do it for under $100,000.”
Seven children in school at $15,000 a head average is $105,000 by the way.
I always recommend taking out a calculator before making declarations.
And a P.S. Houston weather is not a selling point in my opinion.