In most cities I’ve been in, the vast majority of the metropolitan area’s Jews are concentrated in one neighborhood, with most of the remainder scattered on the fringes of that neighborhood, and a few living in what could be called the “diaspora of the diaspora”.
Here in Cleveland, the center of the area’s 85,000-strong Jewish community is the eastern suburb of Beachwood. Most Jews either live in Beachwood, or in surrounding suburbs; Shaker Heights, University Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, and Orange. A few are scattered further out, but almost all of the area’s Jews live in the eastern Heights-area suburbs or the Chagrin Valley. Every Jew I’ve met in Cleveland works either downtown or on the East Side. None work on the West Side of Cleveland or the suburbs west of the Cuyahoga, where there would be a long commute from the “promised land” of Beachwood.
My question to Jewish Dopers: if you’ve consider relocating from a region, would you only consider work that is close to a Jewish neighborhood? Would you turn down a job in west suburban Cleveland, south suburban Dallas, south suburban Chicago, the Illinois side of the St. Louis metro, or similar areas? What if the perfect job came along, but it was in a city that had only a small Jewish community, such as Salt Lake City, Portland or Albuquerque?