The 1880's witnessed the largest single immigration of Jewish people into the United States. Forty-three families, fleeing persecution in Russia in 1882, found their way to the woodlands of southern New Jersey and established Alliance, the first Jewish farming community in America.
By the 1890's over 300 Jewish families were living in a region of six villages. These were people who had fled the land of their parents' birth and sailed to the "Golden Country" to build new lives for themselves and their children.
This documentary features videotaped conversations with the sons, daughters and later descendants of the settlers of the Alliance Colony and the village of Brotmanville.
The program contains personal remembrances that reveal the characteristically American Experience of immigration, settlement, and the struggle for religious, cultural and personal freedom.
This video was shown at the Centennial Celebration
of the founding of the Alliance Colony in 1982,
Vineland Cable Television in 1984, The American Jewish Museum in New York in 1986,
and the Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary
of the founding of the Alliance Colony in 2007.
TRT 12:00 (Short Version)
©1984, ©2007 by Rich Brotman