The perfect storm: How a New York meteorologist wound up in Newfoundland—and never left

Elizabeth Loder, second from left, has carved out a Jewish life with her family in St John's, Newfoundland. (Supplied photo)

Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth Loder moved to Newfoundland from New York for what was meant to be a short meteorology assignment. Fast-forward to 2021: Loder, now married and raising three children in St. John’s, is a lynchpin of the local Jewish community—a baal tefillah—while still working as meteorologist and engineer.

What has she observed as an outsider welcomed in? How has she brought her knowledge of Judaism to such a small community? How does she handle raising her children Jewishly, when they’re surrounded by non-Jews? Loder answers all these questions in this deep dive into Jewish life on the Rock.


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