A plan for the settlement of half a million Jews as farmers in the United States within the next twenty years will be presented at a national conference to be held in the Hotel Pennsylvania, on December 23 and 24. A call to fifty leading Jewish organizations to elect delegates to the conference was issued yesterday by the provisional commission for the establishment of Jewish farm settlements in the United States, which is sponsoring the back-to-the-land movement.
During the past weeks negotiations have been in progress between representatives of the provisional commission and officials of the Department of the Interior for the allocation by the Subsistence Homestead Fund of a loan with which to establish a colony of 200 Jewish families. This colony would serve as a model for others to be established later.
The provisional commission, since its inception in April, 1933, has devoted itself to a survey of the economic situation of the Jews in the United States, with special reference to the possibility of Jewish farming. Dr. Chaim Zhitlovsky is honorary chairman of the commission, and Benjamin Brown, agricultural expert, is chairman.