William H. Levin Dead at 99; Was Member of Am Olam Group in South Jersey

William H. Levin, who was a member of one of the first all-Jewish farm settlements in the United States, died yesterday at the age of 99. He was a member of a group known as the Am Olam (Hebrew for “Eternal People”) movement founded by Jewish youth in Russia after the 1881 massacres. Their objective was emigration and they stressed agriculture as a means of national Jewish regeneration. Mr. Levin was born in Kiev and fled with his family and other pogrom victims to the United States, aided by the Alliance Israelite Universelle. The 43 families arrived in south Jersey in 1882 and called their settlement Alliance. The community is now part of the town of Norma in Pittsgrove Township.

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