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The archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest are now located at the University of Minnesota within the Andersen Library at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The archives consist of synagogue and Jewish institutional records, as well as historical materials from rural Midwest communities, family and personal histories, oral histories, photographic and film collections, and genealogy materials. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community.
To search the collection or set up a research appointment: please visit the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives website at http://lib.umn.edu/umja. The collection is available and open to the public on the University of Minnesota campus, but an appointment is strongly suggested. Contact Archivist Kate Dietrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-0192.
Sticks, Straw & Mud: Jewish Settlers in the Upper Midwest
On Display until January 27th
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery and Atrium
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
View our new exhibit showcasing material from the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. Read more about the exhibit here.
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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest Announces New Executive Director
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is pleased to announce the selection of Robin Doroshow as its new executive director. The selection was made after an exhaustive search and selection process.
“We are confident that she is the best candidate to lead our next phase at JHSUM. She is dedicated to our mission of promoting the vitality and continuity of Jewish life through the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the Jewish cultural experience in the Upper Midwest,” Jamie Heilicher, Board President.
Doroshow brings a wealth of experience which will serve her in this new role. Originally from St. Paul, MN, she earned a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies from the University of Minnesota. She went on earn her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. She also completed coursework at The Jewish Theological Seminary, Harvard Law School and Georgetown University. She has worked in a variety of capacities including Development Director at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis and Private practice of law with Shulman, Gainsley and Walcott, PA and Doroshow and LeBow, PLLP. Since 2012 she’s had a number of pieces published in The American Jewish World, The Forward, The Daily Planet, and TC Jewfolk.
Doroshow lives in Golden Valley with her husband, Rich Kronfeld, and two kids, Theo Kronfeld (14) and Raina Kronfeld (13) and dog, Ginger. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, meditation, genealogy and spending time with family and friends.
An amazing number of Eastern European Jewish immigrants tried their hand at peddling soon after they arrived. Some graduated from horse and wagon to truck. You can learn more by visiting the upcoming exhibit at the Sabes JCC. (photos courtesy of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.)
Upper Midwest Jewish History Journal
JHSUM publishes a biennial journal called Upper Midwest Jewish History. Journal copies are available for purchase through JHSUM.
Jewish Scrap Stories from the Upper Midwest
Upper Midwest Jewish History Vol. 7
Hot off the press! Our latest journal- Jewish Scrap Stories from the Upper Midwest is now available for purchase for $10. The journal accompanies our Scrap Stories exhibit which is currently on display in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery at the Sabes JCC in Minneapolis, MN.
Dear Friend of Upper Midwest Jewish History:
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has reached our own historic milestone. Your support is needed as we look to the next phase in the Society’s mission. I know that you, like all JHSUM supporters, treasure the stories and photographs of our families that increase our understanding of who we are and enrich our lives. This is the legacy we leave to the next generation.
Through the leadership of Theresa and Nate Berman, Governor Elmer L. Anderson, Rabbi Bernard Raskas and many others we have developed a unique partnership with the University of Minnesota Libraries. This partnership provides for Upper Midwest Jewish History to be cared for and made available world wide in perpetuity.
Our entire paper archival collections were gifted to the University of Minnesota Andersen Library and are now held at the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. JHSUM retains the three dimensional cultural artifacts at the Kaplan Family History Center. JHSUM will continue to reach out to the community and continue our efforts to collect the untold stories still out there that need to be documented. We will work closely with the University to share the stories we collect so they can be part of the archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries for scholars, genealogists and families to discover.
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is not going out of business. We are working on creating a gallery of Upper Midwest Jewish history in our space on the Barry Family Campus. Stay tuned for exciting developments.
We need your help now to support the continued efforts of JHSUM in seeking new acquisitions and our important mission of telling our history with exhibits and informative programming.
Please demonstrate your love of our Upper Midwest Jewish experience with your gift today. We thank you and appreciate your support.
Jamie Heilicher, JHSUM President
Sharron Steinfeldt, JHSUM Past President
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The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) is the leading organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to telling the story of 170 years of Jewish history in the region.Founded in 1984, JHSUM provides programming, publications, exhibits, and curriculum to the local and regional community, as well as offering reference and reproduction services to all interested users. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community.
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The purpose of the Society is to promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education.
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