Friday, August 12, 2011

The Women Farmers of Eretz Yisrael -- 90 Years Ago

"Zionist agricultural zeal...Grandfather helping
 granddaughter to plow" circa 1920 in the Yizrael Valley
One of the Zionist dreams was to take Jews out of the European ghettos and create a "new man" in the fields of Eretz Yisrael.  But the dream also meant a "new woman." 

The photographers of the American Colony clearly enjoyed taking photographs of these women farmers and field workers.  Here we present several of the dozens in the Library of Congress collection.

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"Foot of Carmel. Zionist girl farmers" collecting grapes
Borochov. Girls' farm,
 Polish girl immigrant.
Elsewhere named as
"Davora Rushkin"
 Picking almonds in Rishon
Lezion (circa 1920)

"Maiden of Rishon Lezion" with basket
of almonds

Borochov. Girls' farm, feeding poultry

"Nahalal Girls' Agricultural
training school. Picking violets.  A better class city girl  immigrant turning to

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