Help promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education.

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.

This past fall 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

For more than 25 years the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has promoted the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education. JHSUM has been gathering and presenting the stories of the Jewish people of the Upper Midwest.

Everyone is an important part of the story. The Society encourages individuals to donate personal stories, documents, photographs and artifacts to its collections. JHSUM collections are housed in two prominent locations: The Eloise and Elliot Kaplan Family Jewish History Center in Minneapolis and the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives in the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.

COLLECTING At its core, JHSUM is a repository for regional Jewish historical materials of all types. Properly preserved, stored, and catalogued, these artifacts and documents provide a window to the unique challenges and contributions of Jews to the history of the Upper Midwest. The Society encourages donations of personal and institutional documents, photographs and artifacts to its collections.

INTERPRETING JHSUM is more than a storage facility. We bring our materials to life by sparking public dialogue, exhibiting at major venues, producing high-quality publications and maintaining a dynamic Web presence;; to insure that our Jewish past will help us gain perspective on persistent, complex and compelling human issues.

JHSUM Membership Your membership ensures that Jewish history will be safely preserved and made available for research, educational programs and exhibits for years to come. Individual ($25 level) Family ($35 level) Sponsor ($50 level) Benefactor ($100 level) Life Member ($1000 level) Life membership is $1,000 and can be paid at once or in installments. Contact JHSUM Executive Director Katherine Tane at 952-381-3363 or for information. Visit today to see history in motion. Join JHSUM’s email list and keep posted about upcoming JHSUM events and news, email to be added today!

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