One typically thinks of Eastern European Jewish immigrants arriving in the US to live in crowded urban centers. Yet, Jews were settled in isolated farming communities throughout the US in the 19th century, largely funded and organized by well-meaning Jewish charitable organizations. Learn about the many varieties of Jewish (and other Ethnic) agricultural settlements and how the pioneers adapted to their newfound prairie and rural existence in the US.

Naomi Sandweiss is executive director of Parents Reaching Out, author of numerous articles and the book Jewish Albuquerque 1860-1960, and past president of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.