Jewish Facts of Life

Highlights in Jewish history for the month of August:

August 3: the oil pipeline from Eilat to Haifa was completed, 1958

August 14: 120 Jewish families arrived in Buenos Aires, 1889, giving birth to the modern Argentinean Jewish community

August 22: Jacob Barsimson, the first known Jew to settle in North America, arrived in New Amsterdam, 1654

August 28: A Jewish agricultural colony was established in New Jersey, 1891. This was one of several attempts at Jewish settlement in the Americas. The failure of most of these projects confirmed the view that Jews needed a historical and religious link to the soil upon which they would work in order for them to succeed.

August 30: The first Knesset building was dedicated in Jerusalem, 1966


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