Re: Jewish Farming Colony of Galileyskaya #poland

Mark Halpern <willie46@...>

Last year while I was visiting the Bialystok area, I took a side
trip on my way to Sokolka and saw the village of Palestyna, which
is very near the Belarus border. What was this town? In his book,
Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings in Eastern Poland, Tomasz
Wisniewski explains that Palestyna, Kolonia Izaaka, and Kolonia
Chanaan were three Jewish agricultural colonies established about
1850. Apparently, Palestyna is the only one that still exists.
Today, it appears to be a very poor farming community with only
dirt roads leading to the village.

If I recall correctly, I was told that these three colonies were
setup to train Zionists to farm -- sort of a training ground for

Does anyone have any more information about these Jewish
Agricultural colonies?

Mark Halpern
Coordinator, BIALYGen-- Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group

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My maternal ancestors were farmers in a place they called
*Halabud* or Golobudy, in the late 1800's early 1900's. It was only
after I made some contacts, mostly through Jewishgen, that I learned that
this village had another name: The Jewish Farming Colony of
The village was about 5 miles east of Svisloch. It is now in
Belarus, just near the border with Poland, about 40 miles east of
Bialystok. < snip >
The colony was in the Volkovysk District of Grodno Province. The list
covers the dates of 1849-1878.
Subsequent records were, unfortunately, destroyed. I hope that
some of you might be able to share information.
Annette Lackman, Arlington, Texas

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