This Day in Jewish History Jews Fleeing Russia Found Proto-kibbutz in Louisiana

Aspiration to farm crumbled all too quickly, whether due to inexperience, inhospitable land or flooding.

December 17, 1881, is the date on which the short-lived Jewish agricultural colony at Sicily, Island, Louisiana, was established. (December 17, one of several dates cited by sources, comes from the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History.)