JCA-ORT-JAS-JDC: One big agrarianizing family

Jonathan Dekel-Chen*

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This essay examines ideological and institutional patterns that characterized the four most successful projects in Jewish agrarianism from the 1890s until the eve of the Second World War. These major undertakings included the agricultural settlements created by Baron Maurice de Hirsch in Argentina, colonization efforts in North America supported by the Jewish Agricultural Society, the settlement work of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the interwar Soviet Union, and parts of the institutional mechanisms that supported Zionist agricultural settlement in the Yishuv. The article studies the forces that drove the world of Jewish philanthropy to support such efforts over several decades and across four continents.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)263-278
Number of pages16
JournalJewish History
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 2007


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