Alliance Colony in New Jersey

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Date: 1882 [unknown]
Location: Salem, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: New Jersey Jewish Roots
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The Alliance Colony was a historic Jewish settlement and farming movement founded in Salem County, New Jersey. Many families had recently fled Russia, some stopping in New York first, and lived in crowded areas there. With backing from Maurice de Hirsch, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of New York and Pennsylvania, and the Alliance Israélite Universelle, they began to farm in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County in 1882. The community thrived for several decades, but eventually diminished as people moved, and it was difficult to make a living. At one point there were 4 synagogues; today one remains, Tiphereth Israel. Other surviving features are the home of Moses Bayuk, and Alliance Cemetery.

See a sampling of photos at JewishGen - Alliance

There is a small group aiming to revitalize the community; see Alliance Community Reboot.


The First Settlers of Alliance, NJ, who arrived in 1882, list by Jana Perskie: [1]

  1. Eli & Ethel Abramowitz
  2. Eli & Feigeh Bakerman
  3. Moses Bayuk & Ethel Bayuk
  4. Abraham & Channah Leah Berman
  5. William & Beckie Cohen
  6. Hersh & Jennie Coltun
  7. Joseph & Rachel Diamond
  8. Jacob & Rebecca Ecoff and son Marcus
  9. Chaim & Bessie Goldman
  10. Nissan & Molka Greenspan
  11. Abraham & Duba Grutsky
  12. Simcha & Sarah Helig
  13. Joseph & Yenta Kleinfield
  14. William & Lizzie Kolman
  15. Zurach & Esther Konowitz
  16. Hersh & Rivka Kutzibow
  17. Isaac & Golda Krassenstein
  18. Labe & Bayla Kuden
  19. Simcha & Pearl Luborsky
  20. Israel Hersh & Esther Levin
  21. Leapa & Toba Levinsky
  22. Berel & Leah Levinson
  23. Labe & Toba Riva Levinson
  24. Henry & Rose Levy
  25. Sholom & Pearl Luberoff
  26. Chaim & Sarah Mennies
  27. Labe & Rachel Moyd
  28. Israel & Feigeh Opachinsky
  29. Lazar & Mindel Perskie
  30. Jacob & Golda Rosenberg
  31. Yonah & Anna Rosenfeld
  32. Jacob & Anna Rosinsky
  33. Joseph & Feigeh Rothman
  34. Joseph & Deborah Rudnick
  35. Solomon & Frima Salonsky
  36. Moshe & Ruchel Serebrenick
  37. Chaim Hersh & Sima Liba Silberstein
  38. Hersh & Rose Silberman
  39. Lazar & Bessie Staver
  40. Eli & Riva Gitel Stavitsky
  41. Moses & Bayla Strasnik
  42. Pesi & Brucha Tolchinsky
  43. Naphtula & Deborah Yosep
  44. Joseph & Rose Zager

Later families:

Other Notes

Quote from 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer article: [2]

"Most of the Alliance immigrants were subsistence farmers who grew produce and raised chickens, and who worked off-season in local cranberry bogs and clothing factories, he said.
As the decades passed, the Jewish community spread from the small homes of the Alliance Colony to nearby Vineland, where the Jewish population had risen to almost 12,000 after World War II, Wisemayer said.
Today, that number is down to 1,100 in all of Salem and Cumberland counties."

I started this space page in 2021 during the Wikitree Challenge week focused on Jarret Ross. His relatives are the Ecoffs.Weatherall-96 00:09, 8 February 2023 (UTC)


  1. Persky/Perskie Family Home Page
  2. "Project would restore historic Jewish site". by Jason Nark. 21 Mar 2009. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania USA. Archived Link

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