I found out about a decade ago that my grandmother Rose Confeld was born December 1885 in Painted Woods, North Dakota – not far south of Washburn. Her mother’s family (Dorfman) was from Kishinev, Bessarabia and they farmed at Painted Woods starting in 1882. I did a bit of research and found out that Painted Woods, ND had a Jewish Agricultural Colony from 1882 until the early 1890’s.
Over the years I have continued my research and had the pleasure to communicate with a number of descendants of the Jewish farmers of Painted Woods. Since we have all become a bit more accustomed to virtual meetings or reunions in the past year, I decided to host a virtual reunion of the descendants of Painted Woods Jewish Farming Settlement on Sunday, April 25 at 2pm Pacific Time, 5pm Eastern Time.
This is not strictly a seminar, but I will be presenting some of the things I’ve learned about Painted Woods Jewish Farming Settlement. It’s also an opportunity for descendants and interested researchers to meet virtually. I have room for up to 100 attending, but we only have space for another 20 or 30 left. If you are a descendant of the Painted Woods Jewish farmers (1880’s or 1890’s) or you have a keen interest in Jewish agricultural colonies, please let me know if you want to attend and I will send you an invitation with the pertinent information.