Return to America

One reason I married Jeff is that he makes things happen. He’s ambitious and determined. Living in Israel for “a year or so” has always been one of my dreams, and he made that happen, thanks to Fulbright.

Coming back to America was, surprisingly, a bigger challenge than getting to Israel.

Over the past year it became clear that the search for a tenure-track position, difficult even domestically, was an enormous challenge to conduct from abroad, maybe even an insurmountable one. Jeff had to fly himself to America twice, once for the major conference in his field and once for an entire month of interviews. University of New Hampshire flew him out separately (making it a total of three trips), which boded well for his prospects with them. Still, it’s an incredibly competitive market, and we were prepared to settle for a third post-doc or for Jeff to be unemployed/underemployed for a year so that he could try again in the next round.

Matters were complicated by the fact that I’m pregnant (which many of my readers knew already, and if you didn’t, now you do!) and due just around the end of Jeff’s fellowship term and the start of the academic year. I can’t say the timing was ideal, but our window of ideal timing was pretty narrow.

Fortunately, Jeff landed the position as assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire.

I am so proud of him.

We leave in less than a month. Jeff bought our tickets last night for June 5. Here we come, Portland!

P.S. If you’ve noticed that I’ve slowed down my posting schedule, well, it’s hard to post about mundane matters when something big is brewing that you can’t share because it’s not “official” yet.

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7 thoughts on “Return to America

  1. A) I can’t believe you’ve been gone for a year already.

    B) Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your life. I have never been to Portland specifically, but New Hampshire in general is gorgeous, as are Vermont, New Hampshire, upstate NY, etc. You landed in a beautiful part of America. We went to Acadia National Park last summer and it is really unique. Of course, the main dish up there is lobster, but you’ll figure out something to eat!

  2. I am so proud of Jeff there are not words to express it.Abby you said it right on the nose! OS excited that you all are coming back and in a situation that will be a very exciting Chapter of your life!

  3. Hey Abby great post and Jeff is very lucky to have such a supportive wife! B’shaah tovah on your exciting news as well! Random question though – why move to Maine if Jeff’s job will be in NH (isn’t it about an hour away?). Also side note – if you’ll want to spend a Shabbat in Boston we’d love to have you 🙂

    • Thanks for the invite, we will definitely take you up on it!

      To answer your question, the main reason is that there aren’t so many Jews in New Hampshire. There are a few very isolated synagogues and no strong communities. We want to send Rafi to a Jewish day school, and I work in Jewish education. Although Portland is an hour away, there is a train, so it’s not lost time. It does mean less time at home and less flexibility for Jeff. It’s a trade-off. We’ll see if it’s worth it.

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