Harrisburg, PA United States – OU Communities

About this community

Come live your best life in Harrisburg. U.S. News and World Report ranks us as the best Pennsylvania community and 44th best place nationally.  Our congregation’s diversity of hashkafa, background, and interests mean you’ll be respected for who you are and truly make a difference.

We offer Shabbat morning babysitting, local mikvah, supermarket with kosher bakery and meat department, kosher dining, daily learning, and a kosher JCC with after-school activities, summer camp, and sports.  We’re a full-service community.

Jewish education is housed at the JCC, in the middle of our neighborhood.  Infants through preschoolers receive quality childcare, including full days (7am – 6pm) for working families. The Silver Academy offers small class sizes and top-notch secular and Judaic academics, grounded in Limudei Kodesh, Israel, and Middot. These programs all have kosher meals and after school care.

Job opportunities abound in multiple sectors:  health care, IT, logistics, engineering, law, government/advocacy, higher education, and multiple food sectors. You’ll enjoy 15-minute commutes and public transportation. We are backdropped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail, the Susquehanna River, and state parks. Outdoor sports are plentiful and easy to get to.  We have a symphony, arts district, historical sites, amusement parks (notably Hershey Park), and minor-league baseball.  By auto or Amtrak, easily reach Baltimore (1 hour), Philadelphia (1.5 hours), or NYC (3.5 hours)

Attractive homes are under $150K ($2.5-3K taxes), with more gracious homes up to $300K. Wake to the sound of chirping birds instead of traffic noise!

That’s why we found a home in Harrisburg!


Pennsylvania’s unique private school scholarship program (EITC) makes Day School highly affordable at all income levels.

JCC daycare offers income-based subsidies, bolstered by PA subsidies, also based on need.

Kesher Israel dues can be generously discounted if needed.


  • Affordable Apartment Rentals
  • Affordable Homes
  • Eruv
  • Job Opportunities
  • Kosher Food Availability
  • Kosher Dining
  • Low Taxes
  • Mikvah
  • Special Needs/Disability Resources
  • Tuition Vouchers/Rebates
  • Yeshiva Elementary Day School



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