Cover image for Land was theirs  Jewish farmers in the garden state
Land was theirs Jewish farmers in the garden state
Publication Information:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University Alabama Press, 1992.


Physical Description:
1 online resource (272 pages) : illustrations, photographs.
Judaic Studies Series
Local Note:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.


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Ebook XX(1515684.1) 1

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The Land Was Theirs is a bout Farmingdale, New Jersey, a community of Jewish farming communities in the United States established with the help of the Jewish Agricultural Society. The 50 year history of Farmingdale provides a perspective on the pressures, problems, and satisfactions of rural Jewish life as experienced in one community.

Beginning in 1919, the community grew around the small town of Farmingdale, when two Jewish families pooled their resources to establish a farm. The community evolved gradually as unrelated individuals with no previous farm experience settled and then created the institutions and organizations they needed to sustain their Jewish life. By 1945 Farmingdale was one of the leading egg-producing communities in the United States, and contributed in large measure to New Jersey?s reputation as the ?egg basket of America.?

The Land Was Theirs draws from life-history interviews with 120 farmers, from the author?s personal experiences, and from a variety of private and community papers and documents. They are the pieces from which a full picture of a single Jewish farm community emerges.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction Jewish Agriculture in Americap. 1
Part 1 Beginningsp. 27
1 The Place Farmingdalep. 29
2 Pioneers Peskin and Friedmanp. 33
Part 2 The Peoplep. 41
3 Eastern European Settlersp. 43
4 German Refugeesp. 58
5 American Intellectualsp. 65
6 Displaced Personsp. 78
7 Descendantsp. 87
Part 3 The Lifep. 99
8 Living Togetherp. 101
9 Educating the Childrenp. 113
10 Organizing a Lifep. 121
11 Making a Livingp. 134
12 Coping with Problemsp. 148
Part 4 Growing Up in Farmingdalep. 165
13 Going Back for the Recordp. 167
14 Settling into a New Lifep. 176
15 Life with All Kinds of Peoplep. 190
16 Schools Jewish, American, and Beyondp. 204
17 Married Life and the Communityp. 214
18 Preparing to Leavep. 223
19 Leaving Farmingdalep. 231
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 247