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Jewish Farmers Exhibit: 1909

Jewish Farmers Exhibit: 1909

New York. October 13, 1909. The Federation of Jewish Farmers of America exhibit at the Educational Alliance building, East Broadway and Jefferson Street. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.



Those boxes to the left of the smiling man in white. (I wish I knew what H.A.S. means, although I suspect the A is for Apicultural.) The white-on-black sign in Yiddish above the hives reads Clean Bees.

Jewish farmers in Connecticut

I'd just like to add to the comments here that for Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement, having a plot of land was a dream come true. This photo, taken among many others by Jack Delano, is my great-grandfather, Abraham Metzendorf.

Leonard G. Robinson

That's amazing. I would love to learn more about your grandfather and his involvement with both the federal farm loan act and the JAIAS.

Jewish farmers

I would refer any skeptics to the Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society, founded in 1900 by Baron de Hirsh, and whose function was to relocate immigrant Jewish farmers across the United States and fund them with low-interest loans through the first credit unions to be established in this country. My grandfather Leonard G. Robinson, an immigrant himself from Russia, was one of the authors of the Federal Farm Loan Act, and eventually became president of the JAIAS.

The Edgies

I had more than a few friends that grew up on the Lower East Side. The one thing they had in common was the Educational Alliance, or the "Edgies" as they referred it to it. They were able to get advice and help during tough times. It is still there helping the locals, mainly Hispanic and Asian. Seward Park High School had students speaking more than 50 languages and dialects; 80 percent of the pupils came from homes where English was a second language. The school has recently been broken up into five smaller schools to better cater to the students' diverse population. The list of successful graduates and beneficiaries of the Edgies is enormous.

Back to the Garden

Woodstock took place on the fields of a Jewish farmer. Max Yasgur was his name.

Farm team

Yes, Jewish athletes were common among 1900-1920's boxers and ballplayers. That is and was a common American career path for the youths of virtually all incoming immigrant groups.

That is getting on about about 100 years ago. There does not seem to be too many Jewish NBA stars these days, judging from the complete lack of them.

There is likewise a dearth of American kibbutzes. As for Jewish farms in the U.S., I was going to say that law and medical schools are fertile grounds for growing young Jewish doctors and lawyers, but I absolutely decided not to go there.


Actually, Israel has a thriving agricultural sector, and basketball was largely a Jewish sport in the 1920s and 1930s.

Baruch Atah

You'd think those four young boys never saw giant Yiddish Yams before.

Mazel Tov to the growers.

Okay then....

its two, two, two girls in one (although I have been known to see double at times).

The Farmer's Daughters

The two pretty young ladies on the extreme right are reminiscent of Tevya's daughters in "Fiddler on the Roof." The young men selling their produce are providing the girls amusement by apparently humoring the fascinated young boys about the pumpkins and other squash. Sunrise, sunset, it looks like a good time is being had by all in this very happy picture. Thank you.

[This is a double exposure. That's one pretty young lady on the right. - Dave]

I'm no bigot, but

"Jewish Farmer" strikes me as an oxymoron.

[Ever hear of a kibbutz? - Dave]

Jewish Farmers of America?

Jewish Farmers of America? New one on me. I imagine that organization meets about as often as the Association of Jewish NBA Centers.

We all knew Old McDonald had a farm. I didn't know about Old Moishe.

Still, someone has to grow our Kosher okra.

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