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You can help preserve our Jewish Midwest history

The story of the Jews in the Upper Midwest goes back nearly 200 years. The places where today we live, work and play are the same places our predecessors encountered as immigrants, sodbusters, business owners, community leaders and neighbors. Our story is urban and rural, religious and secular, joyful and tragic.

For over 35 years, the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has collected and preserved this history, and provides us all with rich resources, exhibits, publications and events that enable you to place yourself right here where it happened… where it’s happening today. 

When you contribute to JHSUM, you ensure Jewish history will be safely preserved and made available for research, educational programs and exhibits for years to come.

JHSUM is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations made to JHSUM are tax-deductible. If you need our EIN or further information, please email us at

JHSUM Endowment Funds
Endowment gifts ensure that JHSUM can continue our important work. Please consider contributing to an endowed fund in any amount:

  • Founders’ Fund

  • Dedicated Fund

  • Collections Access Fund

  • Bernice Cowl Gordon Fund for the History Journal

  • Dr. Linda Mack Schloff Research Award Fund

  • Frank and Freda Schochet Fund for JHSUM Publications

  • Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Face the Future with your Past

  • L’Dor v’Dor Fund

  • The Edward and Idell Hillman Silberman Operating Fund

  • Steinfeldt Executive Director Fund

Please include the fund you would like to donate to on the donation form in the comment section. 
Planned giving is a meaningful way to connect past and future through the value you place on collecting, interpreting and sharing history. If you would like to discuss the benefits of establishing your own endowment fund, please contact Juliana Sellers at 

To learn more or seek assistance, email us or call 952-381-3360.

  • Become a member.
    JHSUM’s Annual Campaign supports the mission of promoting the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education. Fill out our membership form online, or download this form to send with your payment.
  • Make a donation or tribute gift.
    Any amount allows us to provide more programming and document more stories through initiatives such as Story Corps. Donate online, or download this form to send with your payment.
  • Transfer assets such as stocks and bonds, or plan distributions."
    You will receive a charitable deduction for the entire value of the stock and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation.
  • Extend your legacy with planned giving.
    Making a planned gift to JHSUM ensures that your passion for history will be part of your legacy, leading by example, for others to give back.
  • Volunteer.
    We know that without our volunteers, we’re history. We’re always looking for history enthusiasts to lend a hand with recording oral histories, or special projects.
  • Donate your treasures.
    Contribute your attic finds to preserve history. Learn more.
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