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Stockton to Announce New Center to Preserve Jewish Colony’s History in S.J.

Galloway, N.J.  – Stockton University and the Jewish Federation of Cumberland Gloucester and Salem counties will announce the opening of the new Alliance Heritage Center at Stockton University at a ceremony in the chapel of the Alliance Cemetery, 970 Gershel Road, in Norma, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.

History display at Alliance Cemetery chapel

The new center will study and preserve the history of the Alliance Colony, the first successful Jewish farming colony in America, which was founded in 1882 a few miles outside Vineland.

Speakers will include Stockton President Harvey Kesselman, Jewish Federation President Jay Einstein and board member Jay Greenblatt, whose families helped settle the community, and Stockton professor Thomas Kinsella, who will serve as director the new center.

Stockton will also announce two major gifts to establish an endowment to operate the center.

Photographs, artifacts and documents the center will help preserve will be on display.