An American flag waves in Tel Aviv-Jaffa's American Colony. Moshe Gilad

The Curious History of Jaffa's Failed American Colony

150 years ago, members of the Church of the Messiah settled in the Holy Land in order to hasten the Redemption. They failed.

In September 1866, The Nellie Chapin set sail from Jonesport, Maine with 157 men, women and children aboard – members of the Church of the Messiah who’d fallen under the sway of its leader George Adams, and...

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