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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 diet0134@umn.edu or 612-625-0192.



Request for Proposals:

JHSUM St. Paul Jewish History Project Oral History Interviews

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest recently received a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (Legacy Grant) to record and transcribe twenty interviews with people who have firsthand knowledge of life in various Jewish communities of St. Paul. JHSUM is planning to document the early Jewish communities of St. Paul from approximately the 1920’s through the 1960’s. All interviews will be audio recorded and fully transcribed.

This Request for a Proposal is for interviewing twenty elders with roots or substantial ties to early St. Paul Jewish neighborhoods in the determined time frame. The budget for doing interviews, including research and preparation time, travel, and final transcript review is $4000.

The deadline for completing work on this project is April 27, 2018. Work will be done to MNHS standards, to OHA “Principles and Best Practices,” (www.oralhistory.org) and to “Best Practices for Community Oral History Projects” in the Community Oral History Toolkit (MacKay, Quinlan, Sommer 2015). Sample questionnaire will be provided by JHSUM for guidance.

Interviews will be recorded on archival quality recording equipment with use of an external microphone. Interviewees will be chosen by JHSUM and will be discussed in more detail with the consultant(s) chosen to do this project. The interviewer(s) will use releases and other forms provided by JHSUM for this project.

The interviewer will use JHSUM recording equipment or other agreed upon equipment for recording each interview and will return all JHSUM equipment in good condition, as well as each interview recording, and all relevant forms and releases. Interviewer(s) will review transcribed interview for errors and make all needed corrections.

Transcripts in electronic form and in printed copies will become part of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and will be offered to the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS).

Work products will be:
-Interview Recordings
-Signed Releases
-Any other agreed upon forms

When responding to this RFP, provide the following:
-Your name
-Your background and experience as it relates to this project
-A suggested work timeline including when and work products will be delivered and the timing of two interim reports that will include copies of work completed to date
-A suggested fee structure based on a single interview

Proposals must be received by email by noon on Friday, December 1, 2017.
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest reserves the right to reject all proposals.
Send proposals to:
Robin Doroshow, Executive Director and Project Manager, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
rdoroshow@jhsum.org

Questions – rdoroshow@jhsum.org



We Spoke Jewish Book

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and author, Susan Weinberg are proud to present We Spoke Jewish. Through the lens of artwork and story, Susan explores the three groups of Jewish immigrants of the 20th century, weaving together a multi-layered storytelling experience. Available for pre-order below. Learn more about the book and upcoming events at wespokejewish.com and how you can contact Susan if you are interested in having her speak to your organization.

The paintings allow the viewer to feel the heartbeat of the subject  and their testimonies…create an emotional connection to historical moments- Meryll Page, educator and co-author of Jewish Luck


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JHSUM Fall 2017 Newsletter


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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest Announces New Executive Director

Robin (2) (640x480)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.


 

Paper Calmanson Horse and wagon

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.)Jewish Scrap Stories from the Upper Midwest

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

You can still make charitable contributions from your IRA if you are over age 59.5 without penalty.  Please consult your tax adviser to determine what impact, if any, this will have for your tax liability.


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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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Partner and Sponsor Acknowledgments

Jewish Federation of St. Paul

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