Jewish community in Salem Conn #usa


Marc Lipoff
 

Hello,

I’ve been researcher my family (Schaeffer), who lived in Salem, Conn in the early 1900s. They appear have owned a few hundred acres of farm land, and to have been working it. In looking at the US censuses, there are many Jewish surnames listed. I’ve done a quick search and can’t find out any info on the Jewish community in Salem (currently, there seems to be none). Does anyone have info on the area, or know where I can research it more?

Marc Lipoff


beltond@...
 

On Thu, Dec 9, 2021 at 12:02 PM, Marc Lipoff wrote:
Salem, Conn
You might consider looking into Chesterfield, CT in New London county. It is about 5 miles away from Salem. A Jewish community of farmers was started there in the 1890's. They had land in Salem as well. Look into the New England Farmers - https://www.newenglandhebrewfarmers.org  
 
 
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David Belton
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beckyanderson53@...
 

Salem also borders East Haddam, CT, which also had a cluster of Jewish families that were farmers, as well as families who ran small resorts in the area.  Congregation Rofde Zedek, which later merged with Congregation Beth Shalom in Deep River, was founded in East Haddam in 1915.   See: https://www.cbsrz.org/about/our-synagogue
There were a sizable number of Jewish families who settled in this region of CT.    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Land-Connecticuts-Jewish-Farmers/dp/B01AASSYA4
There is also information about the resorts in that area.  
If you contact Congregation Beth Shalom/Rofde Zedek, they may be able to put you in touch with a member who has more information about the history of Rofde Zedek, and whether families from Salem were also part of that congregation.
Also, there was at least one "fresh air" camp in the area (in Moodus) associated in with a settlement house in the Bronx.   My mother attended this camp as a child in the 1930s.
Hope this helps.
Becky Fogel Anderson
Durham, CT


David Lewin
 

At 14:08 10/12/2021, beckyanderson53@... wrote:
Salem also borders East Haddam, CT, which also had a cluster of Jewish families that were farmers, as well as families who ran small resorts in the area.  Congregation Rofde Zedek, which later merged with Congregation Beth Shalom in Deep River, was founded in East Haddam in 1915.   See: https://www.cbsrz.org/about/our-synagogue
There were a sizable number of Jewish families who settled in this region of CT.    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Land-Connecticuts-Jewish-Farmers/dp/B01AASSYA4
There is also information about the resorts in that area.  
If you contact Congregation Beth Shalom/Rofde Zedek, they may be able to put you in touch with a member who has more information about the history of Rofde Zedek, and whether families from Salem were also part of that congregation.
Also, there was at least one "fresh air" camp in the area (in Moodus) associated in with a settlement house in the Bronx.   My mother attended this camp as a child in the 1930s.
Hope this helps.
Becky Fogel Anderson
Durham, CT


I think you have the Hebrew lettering back-to-front

Rofde   is a meaningless word.  It  sholld most likely be the Hebrew Rodfei  = pusueres of Shalom

I am sending this to the general discussion list because I do not know who needed your answer

David Lewin
London

David Lewin
London

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Rivka Horowitz
 

Jerry Fischer, former head of the Jewish Federation of Southeastern CT (JFEC), produced a documentary a few years ago about Jewish Farmers in CT which is well worth seeing. You can probably contact Jerry through JFEC in New London CT for more info.  See link below.
Regards,
Rivka Horowitz

https://www.theday.com/movies--tv/20160512/jerry-fischer-debuts-his-documentary-about-jewish-farmers-of-eastern-connecticut?utm_content=buffer56b8f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_


Merrie Blocker
 

Thank you so much for recommending the newenglandhebrewfarmers.org website.  it is a fantastic historical resource.  My step grandfather grew up on a farm in Salem.  His father was Judah Heilweil.  I have a blog, thebaronhirschcommunity.org. which includes a post on Connecticut Jewish farmers. https://thebaronhirschcommunity.org/category/usa/connecticut/.   I will now include a reference to the nerf website.  Merrie Blocker. Maryland


Deborah Winograd
 

About 35 yrs ago I attended a dedication of the site of the mikvah in Chesterfield.  It appears that there is renewed interest in the site & it is being preserved.  I found a couple of articles about its history:
https://www.ctpublic.org/arts-and-culture/2013-07-07/archaeological-site-in-ct-yields-rare-snapshot-into-early-jewish-life-in-america
https://www.theday.com/article/20211001/NWS01/211009996

Deborah Winograd
East Falmouth, MA


crystalbrown3431@...
 

Shaeffers (Chaim and  Dovid Aryeh ) can be found attending the former and nearby synagogue in Chesterfield, CT-Possibly these are family. See link below.

https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/NEHFES/names.html

Salem was and still is tiny and very rural. A classic New England village. We drive thru the town on a regular basis and patronize farms in the area. Much-but not all- of the town has very rocky soil which would not have been very arable, but may have supported grazing, dairy farming, etc.

Colchester,  the town just to the north of Salem,  had a large Jewish population around the turn of the century, many of whom were poultry farmers. 

Richard B. Brown
Glastonbury CT


Karen Lukeman
 

Hi Marc, 

I am originally from New London CT which is about 15 miles from Salem. You received very good information from everyone. If you don't hear back from Jerry Fischer, please let me know....my sister knows him well!

Best regards and good luck!!
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