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    • Talmud Torah awards ceremony, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1938-04-19
    • Student award winners (left to right): Arnold Lifson, Joseph Brooks Memorial Award; Lorraine Phillips, Hannah Goldblum Prize; Harriet Lifson, Nathan Weisberg Prize.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Portrait of Etta and Abraham Bearman, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1903
    • Etta Zrive and Abraham Bearman were born in different Lithuanian shtetls in the 1870s. Their clothes and home furnishings suggest they were economically comfortable by the time that this photo was taken in the early 1900s.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Children in a Purim play at Temple Emmanuel in Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1940?
    • Children dressed in costume, standing outside of Temple Emmanuel. Purim is a religious holiday that celebrates the defeat of Haman, the Persian minister who plotted the annihilation of the Persian Jews. It is a holiday marked by re-enactments of...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Carley Shalch in front of the Sumner Housing Projects, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1940?
    • A toddler stands on the sidewalk wearing a snowsuit and mittens. The Sumner Field Homes were constructed by the W. P. A. in 1938. They were the first federally subsidized housing in Minnesota. Sumner Field replaced housing stock constructed in the...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • View of Temple Israel synagogue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1970-1980
    • Frontal view of Temple Israel synagogue. On Sept. 1, 1928, Temple Israel members attended the inaugural service of this new synagogue, designed by architect Jack Liebenberg. The Temple's pillared facade on Emerson Avenue, the site of the former...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Young women members of the Sunshine Club in Virginia, Minnesota

    • 1918
    • The Sunshine Club of Virginia was a young women's service and social club. The club's Americanized name suggests the second generation's disposition to claim their American identity: first generation organization names would have likely been...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Sigma Alpha Mu basketball team, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1921
    • Members of the Sigma Alpha Mu basketball team are posed in uniform. Sigma Alpha Mu was founded in 1909 at City College in New York as a Jewish fraternity. The University of Minnesota had an active chapter.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Hadassah members leaving on an Israel Bonds tour, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1954
    • A group of women belonging to Hadassah standing in front of an airplane. The women leading Hadassah groups learned and exercised leadership skills as the result of their work fundraising and participating in Jewish and Zionist education. Hadassah...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Minneapolis ICOR Picnic at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1930-08-12
    • ICOR, founded in 1926 in Philadelphia, stood for the "The Association for Jewish Colonization in the Soviet Union." ICOR promoted the survival and success of Biro-Bijan, a Jewish autonomous region in the Soviet Union. The inscription at the bottom...
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    • Birchwood Ark containing the Torah at Boy Scout Camp, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1948
    • A Boy Scout, in uniform, stands next to a simply designed and built Ark for the Torah at Boy Scout Camp. The scout in the picture is likely a member of the Beth El troop. The Ark contains the Torah, the scrolls used in worship services. The Torah...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Rabbi Milgrom at Hillel Seder, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1950
    • Rabbi Milgrom stands at the head of tables set for Seder while young men and women stand as well. The University of Minnesota Hillel Society was founded in 1940, with Rabbi Milgrom its first director. By 1941 the membership of more than 500 enjoyed...
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    • Kids using a clothes ringer, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • Boys use a clothes ringer while an adult supervises in the background. Perhaps the kids at camp used the clothes ringer to dry out bathing suits? Stanley Calof is the boy at the hand crank.
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    • Portrait of Moritz Kafka, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1890?
    • Kafka became Sexton (custodian) of Temple Mount Zion in 1874. He was responsible for the care of the Temple, keeping the heat on, collecting contributions, and carrying out the directives of the congregation president. Whether the pay for his...
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    • Portrait of the Lebeoff triplets, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1943?
    • Jonathan, Judy, and David Lebeoff stand behind a display of folded paper animals. Judy holds an instruction book on how to make the paper animals. Martin and Mary Lebedoff lived on the North Side of Minneapolis. The triplets were born in April of...
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    • Students at University of Minnesota, Hillel House, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1944
    • This ribbon cutting at the first Hillel House took place in 1944. Hillel House serves Jewish students attending the University of Minnesota. From the turn of the century through the early 1940s, Jewish student organizations did not have a...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • View of the third Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1903
    • Frontal view of the third Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minnesota, located at Holly Avenue and Avon Street, designed in the classical style. This was the location prior to the fourth and current Mount Zion on Summit Avenue, designed in the...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Temple of Aaron, Sunday school class, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1919
    • Sunday school is held on Sunday mornings, and covers basic Jewish religious concepts, holidays and life cycle practices.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Two young men on a tractor at Hachsharah farm in Anoka, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • A photograph of two men wearing hats, on a tractor. "Hachsharah" means "training" or "preparation" in Hebrew. Hachsharah were training farms for Jews who wished to settle in Palestine and become citizens. Harchsharah farms were located throughout...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Fanny Cohen in front of the family grocery store, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1919?
    • Photograph of Fanny Cohen standing in front of her family's grocery store holding a cat. The store was located at 115 S. Wabasha. Cohen was a widow when this picture was taken, and ran the business herself for many years.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Students at the West Side Hebrew Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1929
    • A photograph of four boys sitting at a desk while a fifth stands behind a podium. Orthodox synagogues on the west side of St. Paul jointly founded the St. Paul Hebrew Institute in 1911.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Bingo at Sholom Home, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1970 - 1980
    • Sholom Home residents sit and stand around a table for bingo hosted by Jewish War Veterans Minnesota Department. Sholom Home has enjoyed an over 100 year legacy in providing a broad continuum of residential, social service and health care services...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Members of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, Christmas Lake, Minnesota

    • 1927-05
    • A group of young men and women stand and sit outside of a building at Christmas Lake. Sigma Alpha Mu (also known as "Sammy") fraternity was founded at City College in New York in 1909. Originally a Jewish fraternity, it remained so until the...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Minneapolis Talmud Torah faculty hosted by the Gymal Doled Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • Photograph of men and women sitting at a long table set with coffee cup and water glasses. The Gymal Doled Club was a Minneapolis "town club"--an alternative to a "country club"--that provided opportunities for socializing without the attendant...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Chess match at the Jewish Educational Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • Two young boys concentrate on the chess board while a group of children look on. Children's and young people's programming was held at the J. E. C. Annex.
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    • Purim party put on by Beher Cholem Women's Aid Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1932
    • Purim is a time for acting out and speaking up. The women of Kenesseth Israel's auxiliary did just that, appropriating men's garb, including a tallis (prayer shawl) and a cigarette to declare a minute of breaking away from accepted roles and...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Peter Bellman, Loretta "Lucky" Bellman and Butch Levy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1943?
    • Loretta (Lucky) Bellman escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and settled in New York, where her father started a successful furniture business. Butch Levy met and fell in love with Lucky, marrying her in 1944. Peter Bellman, Lucky's brother, had been...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Home of "Komer the Schochet," St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1935
    • A view showing the front exterior of a single family residence in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The home belonged to Komer the Schochet. "Schochet" is a Yiddish and Hebrew term designating a Kosher butcher or slaughterer.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Oglansky Railroad Surplus Store, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • A photograph showing the front exterior of the Oglansky Railroad Surplus Store which sold discounted merchandise of all types. The Oglansky home is next door to the store on the left.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Dupont Avenue Cash Market, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1935
    • An exterior view of the Dupont Cash Market storefront, which was one of several family-owned markets that served the North Side community. It was located at 928 Dupont Avenue South.
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