From North Dakota to the North Side
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) is the leading organization in the region dedicated to telling the story of Jewish history — from North Dakota to Minneapolis’ North Side, and everything in between.
Founded in 1984, JHSUM was originally a labor of love and scholarship, which grew and expanded as the physical collection of artifacts and oral histories expanded. In 2013, this substantive collection was gifted to the University of Minnesota, forming the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives in the Andersen library. Learn more about the collection including how you can access materials.
With the collection permanently and safely homed, JHSUM could turn its full attention to interpretation, publications, events, and special projects.
Learn about our full range of current programs.
We continue to use our passion for history to expand our knowledge of the ways Jewish history intersects with and informs the culture around us.
We are entirely supported through membership and donations. Take your place in history today – learn more about how you can support us.
The purpose of the Society is to promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education.
Our all-volunteer Board is a group of engaged community members, passionate about the preservation and celebration of history.
Jamie Heilicher - President
Barbara Ritzen - Treasurer
Norman Pink - V.P. of Admin.
Susan Weinberg - Secretary
Joanne Sher - Regional Representative
Rabbi Avram Ettedgui
Robin Doroshow, Executive Director
Julie Tarshish, Communications and Marketing Manager