This Day in Jewish History 1884: Early Zionists Get Concrete About Moving From Eastern Europe to Israel

Hovevei Zion societies met at Kattowitz to try to organize aliyah to Israel, predating Herzl’s Zionist Conference by 13 years.

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On November 6, 1884, groups of Jews from around eastern Europe, shaken by anti-Semitic attacks and dazzled by visions of Zion, convened in the Prussian city of Kattowitz, hoping to forge themselves into a...