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Djedeïda, Ferme-École de
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Established by theAlliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) in 1895, the Ferme-École de Djédeïda, 21 kilometers (13 miles) northwest of Tunis, was an agricultural school for boys. The goal of the school was to teach farming to Jewish urban youth from the Mediterranean countries, a venture embodying the AIU ideology that a “return to the soil” was central to the “regeneration” of the Jewish people. The AIU’s first agricultural school, Mikve Israel near Jaffa, was established in 1870. It had other farm schools in Morocco and Turkey. The school at Djédeïda in northern Tunisia covered an area …

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Haim Saadoun, “Djedeïda, Ferme-École de”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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