Professor Stuart Miller, the Center’s academic director, spoke at the 125th anniversary celebration of the New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society on Sunday, June 11. The society, formed in 1892, served the Russian Jewish farming community that settled in Chesterfield, CT.
Today, the Society works to preserve the site of that historic Jewish community. An expert in ritual baths in ancient Israel, Professor Miller helped lead an excavation in Chesterfield, in 2012, where a rare mikveh was discovered as well as the remains of a synagogue and creamery. The site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information on the anniversary celebration, visit the New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society at http://newenglandhebrewfarmers.org/nehfes-125th-anniversary-celebration/
You can also read about the excavation at Chesterfield in UConn Today.