Rova Farms Historic District Association

Rova Farms Historic District Association The Rova Farms Historic District Association (RFHDA) is a charitable non-profit organization engaged in community building and advocacy.

Operating as usual

08/07/2015

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Timeline photos
05/02/2014

Timeline photos

St Mary's (Nativity of the Theotokos) Russian Orthodox Church at St Vladimir Cemetery
05/01/2014

St Mary's (Nativity of the Theotokos) Russian Orthodox Church at St Vladimir Cemetery

St John the Baptist Chapel in the "Cossack" section of St Vladimir Cemetery, built by Cossacks to honor the memory of al...
05/01/2014

St John the Baptist Chapel in the "Cossack" section of St Vladimir Cemetery, built by Cossacks to honor the memory of all those forcibly repatriated by the British in "Operation Keelhaul" at Lienz in May and June 1945.

05/01/2014

The Rova Farms Historic District Association was founded to continue the work of community building and community advocacy on the behalf of the larger Russian-American community, in the best traditions of the organization formerly known to its members by its acronym in the Russian language, РООВА — Русское Объединенное Общество Взаимопомощи в Америке, otherwise known as ROOVA — the Russian Consolidated Mutual Aid Society of America (RCMASA).
ROOVA was founded by Russian immigrants as a financial and social institution to act for the benefit of its members, as well as to contribute to the preservation of Russian cultural, religious and spiritual heritage. It came into being in 1926 as the result of a merger of five other Russian organizations: the Russian Orthodox National Aid Society of New York, the Russian National Mutual Aid Society of New York, the Russian Consolidated Aid Society of Philadelphia, the Federation of Progressive Mutual Aid Societies of New York, and the Russian National Mutual Aid Society of Pittsburgh. Organized into local units known as branches, and existing primarily in New York and Philadelphia, but also in other states, ROOVA offered the Russian-American community insurance policies, financial assistance for the disabled, low-cost mortgages, and shelters for the homeless and aged. It also organized many social and sporting events throughout the year.
In 1932, ROOVA established ROVA Farms Resort, Inc., in Cassville, Jack¬son Township, New Jersey, as a Russian-American cultural and social center, as well as to give Russian immigrants the opportunity to cultivate the land, grow vegetables, and raise livestock on their lands. Within a few years, ROOVA had also established several other religious, cultural, and philanthropic institutions in Cassville: St Vladimir’s Memorial Church to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’; St Vladimir’s Orthodox Cemetery; St Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church; the A. S. Pushkin Memorial Home for Aged Russian People; and the Pushkin Memorial Park. At the Memorial Park, a monument dedicated to the Russian poet, national genius and creator of the Russian literary language, Alexander S. Pushkin, was erected. Two other monuments were also built: the first, to the thousands of Carpatho-Rusyn and Lemko martyrs who perished in the Talerhof concentration camp near Graz, Austria, as victims of reprisals carried out by the Austro-Hungarian authorities in Galicia and Bukovina during World War I; and the second in honor of Russian-American soldiers who gave their lives in World War II. The Leo Tolstoy Memorial Library devoted to the history and archives of Russian immigration in America and a Summer Camp for Children were also established, but have not survived to the present day.
During World War II, ROOVA established and maintained the Russian-American Central Committee for Aiding Russians. Through the committee $5,000 worth of medical equipment was sent to Russian War Relief, Inc. by immigrants from Russia.
In 1965, ROOVA merged its insurance operations with another Russian beneficial organization, The Russian Brotherhood Organization (RBO) of Philadelphia, and ceased to exist. ROVA Farms, Inc., as well as the other ROOVA-founded institutions, were not included in the merger with RBO, and have continued their autonomous operations to this day.

A. S. Pushkin Memorial Home | Pushkin Residence
05/01/2014

A. S. Pushkin Memorial Home | Pushkin Residence

05/01/2014
05/01/2014
Rova Farms Historic District, Jackson, New Jersey
05/01/2014

Rova Farms Historic District, Jackson, New Jersey

Rova Farms Historic District, Jackson, New Jersey

New Jersey Pinelands Municipalities
04/30/2014

New Jersey Pinelands Municipalities

New Jersey Pinelands Municipalities

Address

Jackson, NJ
08004

General information

The Rova Farms Historic District Association is composed of persons and organizations which share, support and further the core values, purposes, goals, objectives and aims of the Association, including, but not limited to, members of the former Russian Consolidated Mutual Aid Society of America (ROOVA) and its former Branches; shareholders of the Rova Farms Resort, Inc.; and such other persons which meet the stated criteria for membership.

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Comments

My Uncle Bernard worked and lived at Rova Farms for many years. Glad it has been preserved!