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Soil and Shul in the Berkshires by Lorraine German is Now Available

Price: $ 25.00


The product of years of research, Soil and Shul in the Berkshires: The Untold Story of Sandisfield’s Jewish Farm Colony is a definitive account of the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were resettled on farms in and near Sandisfield by the Jewish Agricultural Aid Society in the early 1900s.

This limited edition by author Lorraine German covers social, religious and economic life and much more about these families in that era in 250 pages. Over 100 early photos and many anecdotal accounts from the period provide lively, entertaining reading.

Soil and Shul is a high quality keepsake for anyone with family connections to the area as well as Berkshires history enthusiasts and students of Jewish-American history.  An expanded bibliography with meticulous sourcing will be essential to any scholarly collection including regional libraries, historical societies and Jewish cultural organizations.

The Sandisfield Arts Center, the former home of the community’s synagogue, has sponsored the project.  The cost of the book is $22 per copy plus $3 for shipping for a total of $25.


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Our programs are supported, in part, by grants from the Sandisfield Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council,the Monterey Cultural Council.

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