This day in Jewish history / A refuge for persecuted Jews is founded - almost
The colony of Ararat never materialized, but the story behind it remains one of the more curious blips in American-Jewish history.
On September 15, 1825, a ceremony was held in Buffalo, New York, marking the founding of Ararat, a colony meant to serve as a refuge for persecuted Jews from around the world, and that was to be situated north of the city on an island in the Niagara River. The colony never did materialize, but the story behind it remains one of the more curious blips in American-Jewish history.
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