This Day in Jewish History 1881: Jews Fleeing Russia Found Proto-kibbutz in Louisiana

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

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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...