Sonnenfeld Colony

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Location: Saskatchewan, Canadamap
Surnames/tags: Saskatchewan Jewish Roots
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This page's purpose is to document the families that lived at the Sonnenfeld Colony, a Jewish agricultural colony in Saskatchewan, Canada.

"It was the first Jewish colony to be established by the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal, with aid received from the Baron de Hirsch Foundation." [1]

Heads of family with year of homestead filing: [2]

Earliest Settlers:

Next settlers:

  • Sussman Kostatzkof (1906 or 1909
  • Max Feldman (not related to Majer) (1905 or 1909)
  • Israel Hoffer 1909
  • H. Besserman 1911
  • Max Buchalter
  • Harry Gertner 1910
  • Aaron Gertner 1908
  • Abram Feuer1911
  • Louis Kessler 1912
  • Harry Gottesfeld 1914
  • Mayer Kamel (Camiel) 1914
  • Charles Linden
  • Louis Plotkin
  • Hiam Portisman
  • Isaac Rachmer
  • Dave Trapper
  • Isaac Gilman
  • Leib Gilman


  1. Lehr, John. "Doomed to Failure: The Jewish Farm Colony of Hirsch, Saskatchewan." Spring 2019. Manitoba History(Issue 89) Publisher: Manitoba Historical Society. Link to selected quote from article preview
  2. Feldman, Mottie. "Sonnenfeld Colony: A Piece of Saskatchewan History" January 2002. Sources included Anna Feldman. "Sonnenfeld - Elements of Survival and Success of a Jewish Farming Community on the Prairies" 1905-1939 Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring, 1982, pages 33 - 53. and The Saga Of Souris Valley, R.M. No. 7 published by Souris Valley No. 7 History Club, Box 22, Oungre, Saskatchewan. (A history from 1906-1976.) Live Link and Archived Link
  • Radford, Evan. "Poverty and the past on the Prairies: Farmer recounts early days of Jewish settlements". 17 Jul 2020. Regina Leader-Post. Live Link and Archived Link
  • CBC News "Story of Saskatchewan's Jewish farmers goes to national museum". Jul 12, 2013. Live Link and Archived Link

See also:

  • Hoffer, Fannie. "Pioneers of the Plains: A Saga of the Jewish Farming Colony at Sonnenfeld". Thur, Apr 6, 1944. Pages 10, 12-15. Link (read at link, cannot copy image per JHCWC copyright restrictions - must receive express permission to reprint)
  • Another Jewish farming colony in the United States on WikiTree: Alliance Colony in New Jersey

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