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The Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma: Why Remember?

Part One by Kenneth Kann   FIRST, ASTONISHMENT. Then outrage. Mine. I was viewing “California Dreaming,” a 2013 exhibit on Bay Area Jewish history at San Francisco’s eminent Contemporary Jewish Museum. The exhibit included the story of an extraordinary Jewish chicken ranching community in Petaluma, thirty-five miles north of San Francisco. This museum exhibit was false: […]

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November 27: Barnett Baff and the Poultry Racket

The New York Times reported on this date in 1914 that a murdered New York poultry whole-saler, Barnett Baff, had been buried in the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, under the auspices of “the Temple Anshe Bialistok, in Willett Street” on the Lower East Side — and that arrests were imminent in the case. “I know […]

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