by Shulamit Reinharz

Our (forgotten) Foremother: Manya Shohat (1880-1961)

In 1907 on the Sejera training farm in the Lower Galilee. Manya Wilbushewitz implemented a socio-economic plan on which she had been working for years. Her goal: to organize a group of Jewish workers in a way that would enable them to support themselves in agricultural labor, without exploiting anyone and without being dependent on charity. Her hope was that, if her project succeeded, it become a model for other groups of Jews in pre-State Israel (Palestine) and eventually a model for large-scale settlement and employment.

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