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Jews in South Africa Have Strong Back to Land Movement

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Serice)

There is a distinet “back to the land” movement among Orange Free State Jews at the present time, states the “South African Jewish Chronicle” here. A friend who has just returned after a comprelcusive tour of that territory reports be keenness of every class of Jew the a farming career. Wherever he went he met Jews who expressed a desire to give up trading in favor of faming. There are many storekeepet who also run small farms, and these all look forward to the time w### they can “close shop” and concerate entirely on the land. Fruit growing. mealies, stock raising, all has an attraction for them, and run onsound commercial lines, they have nodoubt that they can achieve succet.

There are many Jewish farmers in the Free State, and they are noted forthe success they have attained. Noonly do they specialize in cereals anfruit but those who have gone in fonheep and cattle have done a lot fonhe farming industry as a whole. The quality of the stock raised by the is of the highest order. In the Vre district two of the most successful farmers are the Friedmans. The head the list in regard to the #### production. In the Heilbron disict Mr. and Mrs. Raphaely are the leading farmers, whilst, of course. Mr. Lurie still retains the title of ## Polato King.” Mr. Rabinowitz hr one of the largest and prettiest fans in the Free State. His is a ##ed farm, and a great attraction ishe avenue he has made with 100,000 pe trees. In Vredefort Mr. Simon ##s a successful sheep farm. These a just a few. There are numerous ?ers who have turned to the land. There is hardly a town or dorp that is not its Jewish farmer.

In South Africa particularly has the Jew shown that he can make a success of farming. Not only in the Free tate, but throughtout the Union. fearer home we have the Sarembocks, of Ceres, who have done so much to improve the quality of fruit exported ##rom South Africa.

In Prince Albert, Mr. Elias Cohen is a prominent fruit grower, whilst up and down the province there are numerous co-religionists tilling broad acres and raising sheep and cattle and generally taking a prominent and leading part in the farming industry. The methods they employ enable them to produce the best, and this, whilst being to their own advantage is to the benefit of the country in its relation to overseas markets. Anyhow it is a healthy sign, this movement.

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