Beersheba Colony Diary

In 1882, Rabbi Isaac Wise established the Hebrew Union Agricultural Society in Cincinnati.

1st page of typed diary manuscript by Charles K. Davis during the beginning of Beersheba Colony. Undated.

The aim of the agricultural society was to provide aid to recent Jewish immigrants from Russia by helping to establish them as homesteaders in America’s frontier.

As part of this, the Hebrew Union Agricultural Society sponsored the establishment of Beersheba colony, an agricultural colony in Southwestern Kansas of about 60 people. Despite the sponsorship, the colony only lasted for four years.

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