This Day in Jewish History 1903: New Jersey Founds a Town for Jews

Woodbine, the 'first self-governing Jewish community since Jerusalem,' legislated rest on Shabbat, but was unsuccessful at farming.

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On March 3, 1903, the borough of Woodbine — dubbed “the first self-governing Jewish community since the fall of Jerusalem” — was incorporated by the New Jersey state legislature, 22 years after its...