The Alliance Heritage Center

Stockton University and its community partners are collaborating to establish a permanent Center with the vital mission of preserving and disseminating the history and culture of the Alliance Colony and related Jewish farming communities in Southern New Jersey.

The Alliance Colony, founded in 1882, was the first successful Jewish agricultural community in America. Colonists had escaped the brutal pogroms of czarist Russia and, with the support of Jewish philanthropists, settled in South Jersey. Their story from its roots to the present day deserves to be widely broadcast. It is an American story with life lessons that resonate both nationally and internationally.

Jacob Greenblatt in 1915 delivering a load of white leghorns to Vineland Station for transport to Front Street in Philadelphia for sale in the area markets.

Jacob Greenblatt in 1915 delivering a load of white leghorns to Vineland Station for transport to Front Street in Philadelphia for sale in the area markets.

“Castle Garden” at Alliance, formerly the Cigar Factory, 1889.

“Castle Garden” at Alliance, formerly the Cigar Factory, 1889.

The Synagogue Eben Ha-Ezer at Alliance, 1889.

The Synagogue Eben Ha-Ezer at Alliance, 1889.

Interior of the Synagogue Eben Ha-Ezer at Alliance, 1889.

Interior of the Synagogue Eben Ha-Ezer at Alliance, 1889.

Immigrants Raphael and Martha Crystal, 1924. Raphael arrived in Alliance in 1890 from the Odessa area in Russia.

Immigrants Raphael and Martha Crystal, 1924. Raphael arrived in Alliance in 1890 from the Odessa area in Russia.

Stockton University and its community partners seek to shine a bright spotlight on the Alliance Colony, its historical significance, and its contributions to American ideals. We plan to preserve, promote, and disseminate this important history for future generations.

We seek funding to establish a permanent Center, with a full-time, year-round Director, and additional part-time staff support. The Director, to be hired through a nationwide search, will have duties that include teaching, administration, and community outreach.

Duties of the Director:

  • Develop and teach coursework associated with the Jewish farming communities in South Jersey, with a particular focus on the Alliance Colony, and local Jewish American history.
  • Develop and supervise graduate and undergraduate coursework and internships dedicated to the study of local Jewish communities.
  • Seek out local community experts to help create and support community programming in multiple venues.
  • Create strong bonds with the descendants of Alliance and other Jewish colonies to collect family stories and to include them in the documentary and experiential activities of the Center.
  • Connect with area Jewish museums for potential internships and other forms of partnerships.
  • Develop meaningful initiatives in continuing education and teacher training