Alliance Community Reboot (ACRe), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to rebuild Jewish farm-based community in South New Jersey, on the site of the Alliance Colony, the first Jewish agricultural society in North America.
In 1882 a group of 43 Jewish families emigrated from Russia to escape persecution and, aided by the Baron de Hirsch fund, formed The Alliance Colony
in South NJ, the first Jewish agricultural community in North America. Led by Moses Bayuk, the colonists farmed successfully for several decades. Generations later, only a handful of Jewish landowners remained.
William and Malya Levin first conceived of Alliance Community Reboot in 2014. As the great-great grandson of Moses Bayuk, leader of the Alliance Colony, William had never truly connected with his Jewish agricultural roots or the ancestral farmland his family still owned. Inspired by their first visit to the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for Sukkahfest, William and Malya realized they had the potential to contribute to the Jewish farming movement, which has experienced a resurgence among the younger generation of American Jews.
The ensuing years were challenging but fruitful. In 2016 the Levins purchased 50 acres of historic ancestral farmland and the adjacent farmhouse. In 2018 they acquired the neighboring historic Moses Bayuk House and in 2019 an adjacent 3.75 acres, including a 6-horse stable pole barn and paddock, part of the original Alliance Colony farmland. In August 2019, after 36 months of abstaining from prohibited synthetic substances, all 50 acres of the farmland qualify for USDA Organic Certification.
ACRe Board Members
William Levin, Co-Founder
Malya Levin, Co-Founder, General Counsel
Howard Jaffe, Farm Educator
Ahron Moeller, Master Gardener
Dan Pelberg, Consultant
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