Anshei Israel Synagogue in Lisbon, Connecticut , built in 1936
In this post, videos, an interactive map and many references supplement a short history of Jewish farming communities in Connecticut.
Beginning as early as 1891, Baron Hirsch supported the settlement of Jewish farmers in Connecticut. By 1928 there were over 5000 Jewish farm families in the state. The Baron Hirsch Fund and its subsidiary the Jewish Agricultural Society (JAS) sponsored these projects. The projects continued throughout the first half of the 20th Century, helping not only the Russian Jews escaping pogroms in the first part of the century, but after WWII Holocaust survivors as well. Continue reading
This blog is designed to tell the stories of the Jewish farmers that Baron Maurice de Hirsch supported in North and South America and the follow on stories of their descendants worldwide. We hope you will send send us your stories and permission to publish them through the leave a comment link above. And if you have a particular question about this immigration phenomena, let me know. I will research the answer and write a post.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Baron Maurice de Hirsch, the builder of the Vienna-Constantinople Railroad, and his friends, sponsored the settlement of Eastern European Jews in many lands, but primarily in North and South America. This blog presents written works and visuals depicting the original immigrants but also relating the achievements of the descendants of these immigrants, Our forebears were courageous and ingenious people as are their grand and great grand children. This blog proposes to unite many of today’s beneficiaries of the Baron’s genorosity, believing that cooperation and sharing among us could result in many inspiring and amazing ideas and projects.