The Settlers

At the turn of the twentieth century, Feigel and Yankel Chaimovitch are among the many Russian Jews caught up in the nascent revolution. Worried that their two oldest children, Reuven and Leah, could be rounded up into a pogrom, Feigel and Yankel allow them to scout out if their ancient homeland, Eretz Yisroel, is the refuge they’re searching for. Buoyed by the good reports, the Chaimovitch family flees Russia to begin anew. Yet not everything is as easy as Leah’s reports had made it sound. The pioneers face innumerable hardships: poverty, disease, grueling physical labor, and tensions with their Arab neighbors that often erupt into violence. As World War I escalates, each family member struggles to build a life and a future.


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