The May 1 opening of the new Minnie Goldenberg Photography Exhibition, titled Return to the Land: Jewish Farming Around the World, presented by the University's Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the Museum of Jewish Civilization (located in Mortensen Library), is the subject of a cover story in the Friday, May 9, issue of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger.
The exhibit features photographs of Jewish farming in Argentina, Europe, Israel, and the United States.
The story of Jews working the land is ancient and modern all at once, and contains episodes from every part of the world where Jews wandered, notes the article. It is a scholarly interest of both Richard Freund, professor and director of the Greenberg Center, and Avinoam Patt, professor of modern Jewish history and director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.
The idea for the exhibit coalesced from several sources, Patt says. Roberta Buland and Bonnie Berkowitz, friends of the Greenberg Center, brought stories and photos from their years growing up on (Jewish) family farms in Connecticut. Freund was planning a research trip to the defunct Jewish agricultural colonies in Argentina. Patt has researched and written about Jewish farming in post-Holocaust Germany, as well as the history of the Zionist and kibbutz movements.
“All those incidents came together and we decided that it would be a wonderful story to tell," Patt says in the article. Click here to read the story.