Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice has noted that Jews are moving to Florida. Now I know what you’re thinking but this is a little more interesting than that: French Jews are moving to Florida. The emigration of Jews from France is something that has been going on for some time but now, either due to problems that Jews have been having in France or fear of what problems may happen, the out-migration is accelerating.
One thing that Joe doesn’t note is that the overwhelming preponderance of Jews in the United States are Ashenazic Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe. The French Jews on the other hand are mostly Sephardic Jews, many from North Africa. The two groups have substantial ethnic and linguistic differences as well as differences in religious practice. I suspect that there may be culture shock for both long-established Jewish communities in Florida and their newly-arrived coreligionists.