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Jewish Agricultural Colony in Woodbine, NJ #usa


Harry Green
 

My Grandparents had a grocery store in Pensgrove about 1910-1920. They were Abe and Annie Green .


yricklevy
 

My great-great-grandparents (DORFMAN) from Kishinev, Bessarabia brought most of their family to Painted Woods Jewish Farming Settlement in 1882.  Their daughter, my great-grandmother who was their oldest child, did not arrive with he family from Kishinev until 1885 and my grandmother was soon born in Painted Woods.  Her younger brother also arrived to America in 1882, but he went to the Alliance Colony in Vineland, NJ.  Maybe he thought that Vineland had better opportunities, or maybe he was waiting to see how things turned out in Painted Woods.  Either way, in 1884 he came to Painted Woods too and eventually earned his homestead.

I do not know how Woodbine attracted participation, but major contributors to Painted Woods sent a flyer out to Bessarabia (and probably Ukraine too) to attract Jews who were interested in farming.  See a picture of the flyer and more information at https://www.jewishgen.org/Bessarabia/files/Emigration/PaintedWoods.pdf 

Richard Levine, Florida
Researching LEVINE/LEVIN (Ukraine, Lithuania), FORMAN/FURMAN (Lithuania/Belarus/Ukraine), CORREN, CONFELD/CONFELDT/CORNFELD (Romania/Hungary/Bessarabia), DORFMAN (Bessarabia/Ukraine), WINNER/WIENER/VAYNER (Bessarabia), ADELE, SILBERWASSER/ZILBERWASSER (Poland), KALISH/KALISZ (Brzeziny,Poland), JERUZAL/JERUZALSKI (Poland), NAJMAN/NEJMAN (Brzeziny,Poland), SZAJOW (Poland), GUTMAN (Poland), GILLER/HILLER (Brzeziny,Poland), SENDER (Lodzkie,Poland), WOLRAUCH (Poland)


Toby Blake
 


There is also a book titled Jewish Agricultural Colonies in New Jersey 1882-1920  by Ellen Eisenberg.


Lee Jaffe
 

My great-grandparents had a farm in Rosenhayn which, with Woodbine, Alliance and Carmel, was one of the communities established by Baron de Hirsch in southern New Jersey. collectively known as Vineland.  I have a clip from a 1978 interview with my grandfather recalling the time on the farm in Rosenhayn.  He remembered that the land was poor and difficult to farm and an entire year's crop of lima beans – 12 bags – shipped to the Bird's Eye packing plant earned the family a total of $0.13.  The family can be found in the 1900 US census, my great-grandparents Henry and Bessie Jaffe, with 7 of their children (one remaining behind in Poland to complete his rabbinic studies).  The last child was born in NJ in Dec 1899 or Jan 1900.   My grandfather says his father bought the farm but I was still surprised to see that the family reported on the census they owned the farm. 

I have uncovered a few sources about the "Colonies" not reported in previous messages:

Farming Communities of New Jersey
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/NJ_Farms/

"The Jewish Farmer" from The Enterprise-Recorder, Jan. 2, 1902 [Museum of Family History]

https://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/lia-hww-colonies-nj.htm

The Jewish Colonies of South Jersey: historical sketch of their establishment and growth.  New Jersey Bureau of Statistics, 1901
https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=sqM-AAAAYAAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP1

"Great Opportunities for the Many of Small Means": New Jersey's Agricultural Colonies
Deborah E. Popper/  Geographical Review, Vol. 96, No. 1 (Jan., 2006), pp. 24-49

https://www.jstor.org/stable/30034003?origin=JSTOR-pdf&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

Social Aspects of the Jewish Colonies of South Jersey: [thesis]
Philip Reuben Goldstein.  University of Pennsylvania, 1921

https://archive.org/details/socialaspectsofj01gold

South Jersey Jewish Settlement, 1905
https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/south-jersey-jewish-settlements-1905.6150/

Lee Jaffe


Herbert Lazerow
 

    Those interested in U.S. Jewish Agricultural communities might seek out the book Yoval, A Symposium upon the First Fifty Years of the Jewish Faming Colonies of Alliance, Norma and Brotmanville NJ (August 1932)
Bert
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Elizabeth Handler
 

My mother-in-law, although born in NYC, was in Woodbine by 1930. This is where her mother, Rose Segal, was born in 1902. I blogged about Woodbine at https://jewishgenealogyjourney.blogspot.com/2011/07/those-places-thursday-woodbine-new.html . I think most of the links in my blog are shared in Barbara Rice's reply, but I share the family story about how Rose's family ended up there.
You can also search my blog for other posts I've written about Woodbine. The Woodbine Brotherhood Cemetery is where many of my mother-in-law's family is buried. She is still with us (lives in Northfield, NJ), at the age of 93!

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Elizabeth Handler
Needham, MA
Researching: HANDLER, HOLLANDER, HONENVALD (Hungary); YANCU/IANCU/YANCOWITZ, MOSCOWITZ (Romania); LEVITES, LEWITES (Husiatyn, Galicia), SEGAL (Zhytomyr, Ukraine)


Mark Halpern
 

There is a Museum in the Synagogue building in Woodbine. I would assume they can answer your question.
http://www.thesam.org/

Mark Halpern 
Conshohocken , PA

 

On 2020-08-13 5:00 pm, diamondesllc@... wrote:

My father and his siblings were born in  Woodbine in the late 19th and early 20th century.  His parents were amongst the earliest settlers in that Colony in the early 1890s.  I am trying to find out how the early Colony members were recruited for participation and residence in the Colony. If your family members were part of this "experiment" and/or you have any knowledge of the early formation of the Colony please contact me.


Shari Kantrow
 

There is a Jewish museum in Woodbine called Sam Azeez that is specifically dedicated to the history of Jews in this town. It is actually located in an old synagogue. Not sure they’re open now.
Here is their website: http://www.thesam.org/

 


Barbara Rice
 

I have written to you privately with specifics regarding my Zuchovitz family in Woodbine.
For others who are interested in the Woodbine Colony -

Here are some sources of information about the Woodbine Colony.
http://www.boroughofwoodbine.net/

History of Woodbine:  http://www.wccnj.org/wcwoodbinehistory.html  (from the Woodbine Chamber of Commerce)

Philadelphia Jewish Archives:  http://www.philajewisharchives.org/woodbine-colonies/

https://archive.org/details/historyofwoodbin00cur/page/n4/mode/2up
is a pamphlet about Woodbine -

The Sam Azeez Museum - housed in the former Synagogue in Woodbine
http://www.thesam.org/links.htm

You can request genealogical information from the Sam Azeez Museum using this form: https://tinyurl.com/yy49x6sx

Records of the Baron deHirsch fund
https://digifindingaids.cjh.org/BaronFund.html#series4
And this site by Merrie Blocker which includes Woodbine among several colonies started by Baron deHirsch:  https://thebaronhirschcommunity.org/

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Barbara Rice,  Minneapolis MN
Researching Kupferschmidt - Radekhiv Ukraine and Philadelphia PA; Zuchovitz - Stowtsby Belarus and Woodbine NJ; Rohssler - Krakow and New York City; Rehfeld - Gollub-Dobrzyn; Rusonik - Polotsk Belarus, Manchester England, New York City and Providence RI.


diamondesllc@...
 

My father and his siblings were born in  Woodbine in the late 19th and early 20th century.  His parents were amongst the earliest settlers in that Colony in the early 1890s.  I am trying to find out how the early Colony members were recruited for participation and residence in the Colony. If your family members were part of this "experiment" and/or you have any knowledge of the early formation of the Colony please contact me.