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A Jewish cohousing movement is on the rise - but challenges beyond COVID remain


November 27, 2020

Noam Dolgin

A group gathers in the Vancouver home of Noam and Val Dolgin to discuss a possible Jewish cohousing project.

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) - On a January afternoon, snow blanketed the streets of this western Canada city of famously weather-fickle residents. But it didn't keep 30 Jews from packing into the living room of Noam and Val Dolgin to talk about Jewish cohousing.

The group ran the gamut in age, from young adults to families with kids to retirees. Some were secular in search of cultural fellowship, while others were more religiously observant and cared about living in a space conducive to observing Shabbat and keeping kosher.

They were united, however, in their curiosity about living in a setting...

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