Jewish History

Friends of B’nai Abraham Synagogue
1788 Maryland Ave N.
Golden Valley, MN 55427
A nonprofit organization that raises funds for the restoration of B’nai Abraham Synagogue, the last remaining synagogue on Minnesota’s Iron Range.


Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
4330 South Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) is the leading organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to telling the story of 170 years of Jewish history in the region. Founded in 1984, JHSUM provides programming, publications, exhibits, and curriculum to the local and regional community.


Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest are now located at the University of Minnesota within the Andersen Library at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The archives consist of synagogue and Jewish institutional records, as well as historical materials from rural Midwest communities, family and personal histories, oral histories, photographic and film collections, and genealogy materials. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community. For information on its holdings, as well as how to donate materials to the archives, visit:

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