Bringing history to life

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest produces exhibits, events publications and activities that bring us closer to history… and to each other.

Whether you’re interested in author lectures, exhibitions, tours or learning sessions, JHSUM is where it’s happening.

We are always planning new programs and events. Find details and registration information about upcoming programs here.

JHSUM’s first permanent exhibit

“A Kehillah Comes Together” chronicles the extraordinary nine-decade history of the St. Paul JCC. Visit the exhibit in the Steinfeldt Family History Center at the newly renovated St. Paul JCC. A curved wall holds a life-size mural and screen, which supplements the exhibit with archived photos. The main wall tells the story of the JCC, from the time of the first Jews arrived in St. Paul to the present, in photos and narrative.

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Setting the stage

Setting the Stage: Jewish Theater in the Upper Midwest from Its Origin to the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, the latest journal produced by the JHSUM, is a joint project with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Its authors trace the roots of Jewish theater in Minnesota and neighboring parts of Wisconsin during the Great Depression, and now includes an award-winning professional theater which brings Jewish perspectives to a broad audience.

Purchase this and many other resources through our Shop.

Walking tours

Experience history you can see and feel — view the old North Side neighborhood through a Jewish lens. Trained volunteers will take you and your group on a tour of the North Side of Minneapolis with a through a Jewish lens. Tours can be customized to your group’s needs and interests. To learn more and schedule a tour, contact us, or call 952-381-3360.

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Visit the archives

Make an appointment to view the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the Andersen Library of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Contact archivist Kate Dietrick or call 612-625-0192 to schedule.

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Eloise and Elliot Kaplan Family Jewish History Center

Jay and Rose Phillips Building | Barry Family Campus

4330 S. Cedar Lake Road | Minneapolis, MN 55416

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