Past Events


North Side Synagogues and Neighborhood: Parts I and II
Cost: $5.00
Date: Sunday, August 7th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 1000 Oliver Ave. N.
Guides: Robert Roscoe and Iric Nathanson

Minnesota Homefront, World War II

May 21-July 10
Virginia Area Historical Society, Virginia

Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation, as told through their own stories. Visitors find out what it was like to “make do” with rationing, farm during a severe labor shortage, work on the Iron Range, develop inventions for the war, be trained as a translator at Fort Snelling, and endure a starvation experiment for science and the war effort. The exhibit features nine graphic panels, audio interviews, songs of the period and a “Letter Stories” bin.  B’nai Abraham Synaogoue will also be hosting JHSUM’s WWII exhibit.

Talk by Seitu Jones, Northside native and nationally recognized visual artist discussing art & community development
June 26, 2011, noon

Tour Plymouth Avenue with urban historian, Iric Nathanson, focusing on the neighborhood transformations of the ‘60s & ‘70s.
On June 26, 1:30-2:30 pm

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story
March 30, 7 PM
Theatres at Mall of America, located on Level 4, South of the Mall

To Jewish immigrants, baseball was both a fanatical pastime and a crack at the American dream. This lively documentary, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, includes interviews with Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, Kevin Youkilis, Ron Howard, Larry King, and two baseball-loving rabbis, as well as a musical score featuring Benny Goodman, Yo-Yo Ma and Rush. Director Peter Miller’s tribute to the 160 Jews who have played in the major leagues portrays both the players’ pride in their heritage and their encounters with anti-Semitism. This all-American Jewish story hits a home run – and you don’t have to be a baseball nut to join in the fun!

Dreidel Dash 5K and Maccabee Mini Mile
Sunday, December 5, 11:00 AM
Temple Of Aaron
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd St. Paul, MN 55116

Dust off your running shoes, we’re racing in December! Now in it’s third year, the Dreidel Dash 5k and Maccabee Mini Mile is projected to double its participant numbers from last year!

Held on Sunday, December 5, this USATF certified, chip timed 5k race starts at Temple of Aaron, runs along Mississippi River Boulevard, through the Highland Park neighborhood and finishes at the St. Paul JCC. Free shuttle transportation is available between Temple of Aaron and the St. Paul JCC from 11:00am to 2:00pm. This event is open to everyone in the community – children, families, adults, teens, grandparents and is a great opportunity to burn off that holiday steam! The event, planned by more than fifteen community partners, includes a Hanukah celebration and community open house style event at the culmination of the race. Join us for activities and crafts for all ages, Hanukah goodies, and uust for the kids, a moon bounce and the chance to preview the all-new “Shalom Sesame” interactive media program with everyone’s favorite Muppets.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th 6-10 p.m.
DQ CLUB Attached to the TCF Bank Stadium
2009 Southeast University Avenue Minneapolis 55455
$36 per person

Take a tasty trip down memory lane. Sprint to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, October 16th from 6 to 10 pm. Greet old friends and meet new ones. Sample delicious foods inspired by popular Twin Cities restaurants. Menu selections by Sue Zelickson. Enjoy cocktails and great music. Tour behind the scenes at the brand new TCF Bank Stadium.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 2-4 p.m.
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411
Free open to all

Come hear Iric Nathanson talk about the history of Minneapolis and the North Side in particular. Iric Nathanson has written and lectured about local history for more than two decades. He teaches a course on Minneapolis history for the University of Minnesota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and writes a local history feature for the on-line daily MinnPost. Iric is a Minneapolis North Side native and former board member of JHSUM.

He is the author of Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: the Growth of an American City, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2009. About his book “Readers reap the rich bounty of Iric Nathanson’s two decades of researching, teaching, and writing about the city’s history. Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century is, of course, a story of urban growth and prosperity, but the author doesn’t ignore the city’s dark side, including political and police corruption, union suppression, racial violence, and anti-Semitism. Nathanson brings history alive in this clearly written account, giving Minnesotans a deeper sense of their own shared past.”

Sunday, July 25 3-4:30 p.m.
Meet at Mikro Kodesh Synagogue
1000 Oliver Avenue North
Guides: Bob Roscoe and Iric Nathanson

Celebrate summer this year with our walking tour of historic North Minneapolis. JHSUM, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC), and Preserve Minneapolis invite you to learn about the Minneapolis North Side synagogues and neighborhood.

This year’s summer walking tour highlights some of the gathering places of North Minneapolis’ Jewish community in the early- and mid-20th century. Visit a neighborhood with three synagogue buildings, the Emmanuel Cohen Community Center, and the Jewish Shelter Home for Children. Learn about the architectural history of these buildings and the communities that have gathered here. We hope to be able to offer an inside peek of at least one of the synagogues to view decorative frescos and other interior features.

Our tour leaders are Bob Roscoe, architect and historic preservationist, and Iric Nathanson, historian and author of the award winning new publication Minneapolis in the 20th Century. Tour takes place rain or shine, so bring your umbrella. No reservations necessary.

For more information click here.

Mikro Kodesh

Sunday, July 18, 2010 4 p.m.
1778 Colvin Avenue, St. Paul
$72 per guest

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council join forces to present “An Afternoon of Art in the Garden” on Sunday, July 18, 4-7 p.m. The event – a benefit for the two organizations – features an entrancing private garden in St. Paul, art by 10 Minnesota Jewish artists, wine, and Minnesota’s summer bounty prepared by local chefs.

Local resources and homegrown talent are the twin themes of “An Afternoon of Art in the Garden” and of the two organizations that are producing the event. A cross-section of outstanding Twin Cities Jewish visual artists will install their work throughout the acclaimed St. Paul garden of JHSUM Executive Director Katherine Tane. Tane’s garden features sweeping views, unusual plants, great stonework, and beautiful curved paths.

Participating artists will be present at the event and include glass artists Shoshana Englard and Peter Zelle, painters Paula Pergament, Leslie Gerstman, and David Rich, textile artist Robin Getsug, master woodworker Allan Schultz, ceramicist Suzanna Schlesinger Altman, doll-maker Sandra Self, and photographer Leighton Siegel. See more about each artist below. All of the works will be available for purchase. A portion of the sales will benefit Rimon and JHSUM.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6 p.m.
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Boulevard W., St. Paul 55102
Free event/ Fee for parking

See the world premiere of Igor Dadashev’s locally made documentary film. Join local historians, authors and experts for a conversation about Minnesota history on Tuesday, June 8th, 7 pm at the Minnesota History Center History Lounge Program. Arrive at 6 pm to tour Minnesota Historical Society’s newest exhibit Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War,The Boom”. At 7 pm view, The American Voice of the Soviet Jews, the locally produced documentary film about Minnesota’s own Soviet Jewish World War II veterans. Enjoy a post screening discussion with film director Igor Dadashev and producer Kamil Dadashev along with two of the film participants.

JHSUM, Jewish Community Action, Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Paul Jewish Community Center, and Minneapolis Jewish Federation are partnering to present this important film depicting the World War II experiences of Minnesota’s Russian Jewish community members. Little known to Americans, the Soviet Union had its own “Greatest Generation”. More than 20 million Soviet citizens died in World War II – about 50 times the number of American deaths – including well over one million Jews. These men and women defeated fascism, but did not enjoy the freedoms of democracy; victory was soon followed by horrific Stalinist purges and authoritarian rule. Jews, in particular,experienced significant discrimination after the war, and most were unable to immigrate. Their stories are remarkable and, until now, have been largely overlooked.

For more information, please contact Lyudmyla Petrenko,VOICE: Community Building Initiative Program Director at or 612-867-8277   Or go to


Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
200 S. 6th Street Ste. 4000, Minneapolis 55402
$20 per person

Be sure and check out the article Because people used to say “We won’t work with a Jewish Lawyer”.

Temple Israel Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Getting SERIOUS At Sinai: Jewish Themes, Insights and History in the Coen Brothers’ A SERIOUS MAN
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Ave. S. Mpls., 55405
Free event

Join us on Erev Shavuot, the harvest festival that marks the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, for a study event, service and celebration. The discussion will center on the Coen brothers’ representation of 1960’s Twin City Jewry, rabbis, fate and divine justice. Our famous homemade cheesecake reception and Erev Shavuot service will follow.

7:00 p.m. Screening of the film, A SERIOUS MAN

8:45 p.m. Panel Discussion with
Colin Covert, movie critic at the Star Tribune
Sari Lennick, supporting actress in A Serious Man
Katherine Tane, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
Rabbi Sim Glaser

10:00 p.m. Homemade Cheesecake Reception

10:30 p.m. Erev Shavuot Service

For more information contact Wendy Schwartz, Adult Learning Coordinator at 612-374-0344 or

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 4 p.m.
Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. South, Minneapolis, Cost: $10.
Co-sponsored by Rimon Artist Salon Series
Elisa Korenne

You won’t want to miss singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne preview excerpts from her new show:” ‘Oy Vey’ is Jewish for ‘Uff-da’ ” in a performance/interactive dialog format as part of the always fascinating Rimon Artists Salon Series. Korenne, based in New York Mills, Minnesota, has gained national recognition as a songwriter and composer. She specializes in writing songs about unique individuals, uncommon people left out of history who add to the fabric of society.”

This past summer and fall Korenne spent many hours in the JHSUM archives researching the fascinating stories about little known Jewish immigrants who settled in the Upper Midwest. She has crafted poignant, always entertaining songs out of their lives and words. You will no doubt enjoy her performance about the ordinarily unsung Jewish immigrants who lived, worked and worshiped in the rural Midwest. Later this year, Elisa will be bringing a full production of this song-and-story concert to rural communities across Minnesota where Jewish culture is unfamiliar, and to urban communities where the stories of rural Jews are generally unknown.

“Elisa’s rich voice is amazingly addictive.”
— Pulse Weekly

To learn more about Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and order tickets for this Rimon Artist Salon Series performance, contact David Jordan Harris at either 952-381-3449 or or click here for more information.

JHSUM is co-sponsoring three films at The Sabes Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival.
All screenings will take place at the Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis 55416

Dealers Among Dealers
Wednesday, April 14, 12 noon
Individual tickets $6
Discussion with director Gaylen Ross after screening
$3 kosher lunch available by preorder.
Contact directly Peggy Mandel at the Sabes JCC, or 952-381-3466.

Killing Kasztner
Wednesday, April 14, 7:15 pm
6 pm NCJW sponsored dessert reception and discussion after with director Gaylen Ross
Encore screening:Thursday, April 15, 3 pm
Film introduced by director Gaylen Ross and Hebrew University Professor Elhanan Yakira

You will have the opportunity to hear the director discuss such questions as: is Kasztner a hero or villain; what impossible choices have to be made when negotiating with the enemy to save lives; are historic incidents as solidly black and white as we would like to think; does recorded history serve political purposes? You can decide for yourself if the filmmaker got it right.


Profiling: exploring the diversity in the Jewish community in ten minutes or less!
Sunday, April 18, 10 am
Pay what you can.

Who Do You Love

Sunday, April 18, 3 pm
Individual tickets $9
2 PM movie snacks and JHSUM exhibit of SOMA Records memorabilia sponsored by the Heilicher Family Foundation.
Ira Heilicher introduces film.