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The Silberstein family picnicking at Turtle Lake (4419520462)

The Silberstein family picnicking at Turtle Lake (4419520462)

Date: 1918 Source: 10 cm x 8 cm Format: Black and white postcard Subject: Sports and recreation; Family events Coverage: Turtle Lake; Hennepin; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier: S6#1 Link to our reco... More

Celebration of Phillip Cohen's bris at the Cohen home, Eveleth (4418709275)

Celebration of Phillip Cohen's bris at the Cohen home, Eveleth (441870...

The picture includes several generations of Cohens, including a set of Old-World-looking grandfathers. The mohel wears the Tallit and Kippah: he performed the ritual circumcision at the bʀɪs. Date: 1908 Sourc... More

David and Harry Silverman in their fruit peddling cart, St. Paul (4418714855)

David and Harry Silverman in their fruit peddling cart, St. Paul (4418...

Original title: David and Harry Silverman in their fruit peddling cart, St. Paul. Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Set 72157623459584475, ID 4418714855. Many Jews were in the peddling business i... More

Joe Numero in World War II uniform (4419525218)

Joe Numero in World War II uniform (4419525218)

Joe Numero and his business partner, Fred Jones, were responsible for the creation of the first refrigerated truck. Their invention, financed by Numero and engineered by Jones, revolutionized interstate comme... More

North High School Girl Scout troop (4419511046)

North High School Girl Scout troop (4419511046)

Date: 1928 Source: 24cm x 15.5cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Social issues; Youth-Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Coverage: Minneapolis; Hennepin; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier: P100 Link to our... More

Store front of Ace Auto Parts and Supply Company, University Avenue, St. Paul (4419481164)

Store front of Ace Auto Parts and Supply Company, University Avenue, S...

A Jewish-owned business on University Avenue in St. Paul. Date: 1933 Source: 20 cm x 25.2 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; St. Paul--businesses; Auto supplies, Auto Parts; Auto ... More

Football players in front of John Hay School (4418699671)

Football players in front of John Hay School (4418699671)

John Hay School was the elementary school for many Jewish families living on the North Side neighborhood from the 1920s through the 60s. Date: 1940 Source: 8 cm x 10.4 cm Format: Black and white reprint photo ... More

Hadassah women fundraising (4419473388)

Hadassah women fundraising (4419473388)

This fundraiser was held in 1946, and featured a discussion of "Blueprints for the Future", the organization's planned expansion of medical services in Israel. Pictured left to right: Mrs. George Stillman, Mr... More

Friday Study Group, Minneapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (4418727593)

Friday Study Group, Minneapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jew...

The Minneapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1894 by Nina Morais Cohen. Cohen was a nationally recognized leader: when Susan B. Anthony came to Minneapolis, she stayed at Nin... More

Maurice Engler in his band uniform (4419528226)

Maurice Engler in his band uniform (4419528226)

Date: 1898? Source: 10 cm x 14.2 cm Format: Sepia-toned original photo Subject: Arts and architecture; Portraits; Engler, Maurice Coverage: Minneapolis; Hennepin; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier: P-... More

Minneapolis Talmud Torah 1954 Graduating Class

Minneapolis Talmud Torah 1954 Graduating Class

Most of the young people in the photo are about 13, the age at which they would participate in their bar or bat mitzvah. Date: 1954 Source: 8 x 10 Format: Black and white commercial photo Subject: Religion; Ta... More

Truck gift to Israel1949

Truck gift to Israel1949

Dignitaries delivering gift from the city of Austin to the people of Israel. The truck was offered by a Jewish family that owned a Chevrolet dealership in Austin to a kibbutz in Israel. עברית: משאית שנתרמה ל... More

Berman Family New Year's greeting card (4419529348)

Berman Family New Year's greeting card (4419529348)

The Berman Family sent out Rosh Hashanah cards to friends and family during the 1950's and 60's. Date: 1957 Source: 4 x 5 Format: Black and white commercial photo Subject: Religion; Holiday Celebrations--Domes... More

Doll and Buggy Parade on Center Day (4418758499)

Doll and Buggy Parade on Center Day (4418758499)

Date: 1938 Source: 24 cm x 19.5 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Education; St. Paul--Buildings; Jewish Educational Center Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Part of: St. P... More

Hadassah costume party, St. Paul (4419480538)

Hadassah costume party, St. Paul (4419480538)

Founded in 1912, Hadassah is the second-oldest independent Jewish women's organization in the United States. Hadassah draws on both the ideology of Zionism and on women's sense of social responsibility to eli... More

Sam Ziff in front of a generator to be sent to a kibbutz, St. Paul (4418726491)

Sam Ziff in front of a generator to be sent to a kibbutz, St. Paul (44...

Mr. Ziff was the local chapter president of the League for Religious Labor in Palestine, a national organization which promoted "religious labor", i.e., non-socialist labor organizing on kibbutzim in Palestine... More

Members of the Adas Israel Synagogue, Duluth (4418710483)

Members of the Adas Israel Synagogue, Duluth (4418710483)

Adas Israel was formed in the 1890s by members of the Moses Montefiore Congregation, an earlier Orthodox congregation comprised of Lithuanian Jews. By the turn of the century, there were close to 1,500 Jews li... More

Young adults on the front steps of the Jewish Educational Center in St. Paul (4419460978)

Young adults on the front steps of the Jewish Educational Center in St...

By the time this photo was taken, there were over one hundred groups affiliated with the JEC. Date: 1940 Source: 24.5 cm x 20 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Sports and recreation; St Paul J... More

BBYW District 6 Convention (4418705487)

BBYW District 6 Convention (4418705487)

BBYW is the B'nai Brith Young Women's organization. It was part of the women's division of B'nai Brith, the oldest continuously operating Jewish service organization in the world. Date: 1946 Source: 24 cm x ... More

"The Social Gathering" a North Side neighborhood women's group (4418727447)

"The Social Gathering" a North Side neighborhood women's group (441872...

This group of neighbors meet informally at members' houses over the years. Their connection was geographic--North Side--rather than congregational (synagogue-related.) Date: 1940 Source: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm For... More

Hebrew class of West Side B'nai Israel Synagogue in Duluth (4419511918)

Hebrew class of West Side B'nai Israel Synagogue in Duluth (4419511918...

The photo was taken at a class outing in Lincoln Park in Duluth. B'nai Israel consolidated with congregation Adas Israel in 1930. Date: 1915 Source: 21 cm x 15 cm Format: Black and white reprint Subject: Educ... More

Jewish Community Center Youth Night Dance (4418699171)

Jewish Community Center Youth Night Dance (4418699171)

St. Paul JCC Youth Night Dance. The JCC of St. Paul was located at Holly and Grotto. The dance featured Yale Libman, a local musician, and his Orchestra. Date: 1939 Source: 24 cm x 20.5 cm Format: Black and ... More

National Jewish Workers Alliance Home, Minneapolis, segment One (4419496544)

National Jewish Workers Alliance Home, Minneapolis, segment One (44194...

Members are standing in front of the meeting hall, which appears to be a personal home. NJWA was the Americanized name for the Farband. Date: 1920? Source: 15 cm x 24 cm Format: Sepia-toned photo Subject: Soci... More

National Jewish Workers Alliance Home, Minneapolis, Segment Two (4419496774) (cropped)

National Jewish Workers Alliance Home, Minneapolis, Segment Two (44194...

Members are standing in front of the meeting hall, which appears to be a personal home. NJWA was the Americanized name for the Farband. Date: 1920? Source: 15 cm x 24 cm Format: Sepia-toned photo Subject: Soc... More

Ruth Melamond, Dr. Owen Wangensteen, and Luella Maslon at a Mt. Sinai Women's Auxiliary function 1951

Ruth Melamond, Dr. Owen Wangensteen, and Luella Maslon at a Mt. Sinai ...

Dr. Owen Wangensteen of University Hospitals was a supporter of Mt Sinai. He originally proposed that the hospital be built on University of Minnesota property on the West Bank, but the idea never gained trac... More

Poalie Zion ("Workers of Zion") group Minneapolis, supporting striking New York garment workers (4419478980)

Poalie Zion ("Workers of Zion") group Minneapolis, supporting striking...

Poalie Zion was a Zionist-Socialist-Laborite group founded in Russia. Chapters of the organization were established in the United States, where they helped raised funds for Jewish immigration to Palestine. Dat... More

Rosenbloom-Schanfield wedding in northern Minnesota (4419485816)

Rosenbloom-Schanfield wedding in northern Minnesota (4419485816)

The Rosenblooms were an Ely family. Date: 1896 Source: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Religion; Synagogue-sponsored events; Weddings; Marriage; Brides; Grooms Coverage: Tower; St. Lou... More

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis Ladies Auxiliary (4418769973)

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis Ladies Auxiliary (4418769973)

Founded in 1911, the Ladies Auxiliary raised money for a variety Talmud Torah related functions by sponsoring dances and food and rummage sales.. An early outcome of providing women with a role in Jewish educ... More

Graduation class of the St. Paul Hebrew Institute (4419512232)

Graduation class of the St. Paul Hebrew Institute (4419512232)

St. Paul differed from Minneapolis in that it supported two Hebrew schools rather than one centralized school. The Hebrew Institute and the Capitol City Hebrew School maintained their affiliations with foundi... More

Max Shapiro and family members in front of Shapiro's Butcher Shop, Tower (4418708625)

Max Shapiro and family members in front of Shapiro's Butcher Shop, Tow...

The Shapiro family lived on the second floor of the building above the butcher shop. The woman in the upstairs window is Rose Shapiro. The man to the left of the fire hydrant is Max Shapiro, and the man in th... More

Waiting to go to summer camp (4419464242)

Waiting to go to summer camp (4419464242)

These boys are enrolled in "Stay At Home Camp" a successful summer camping program that allowed St. Paul kids to engage in camp activities in the Hill neighborhood. Date: 1940 Source: JCC Photo Collection; 24 ... More

Wartime Seder

Wartime Seder

Family Passover gathering including family and friends of Irving and Sonia Leveneson. Date: 1943 Source: 5.5 x 11 Format: black and white snapshot Subject: Religion; Levensen, Irving; Levensen, Sonia; Seders; ... More

Congregation B'nai Abraham, Minneapolis (4418705207)

Congregation B'nai Abraham, Minneapolis (4418705207)

Congregation B'nai Abraham occupied what was originally a Methodist church at the corners of 13th Avenue S. and 9th Street in Minneapolis. The Orthodox congregation was founded by Rumanian Jews who settled in... More

Hey and Vav Club (4419473884)

Hey and Vav Club (4419473884)

A social club for members of the Jewish community in Duluth. Because Jews were excluded from gentile clubs, the community formed its own, which helped forge social and business connections among members. Mem... More

Hubert Humphrey, Harry Goldie and Walter Mondale at the grand opening of the Calhoun Beach Club (4418758931)

Hubert Humphrey, Harry Goldie and Walter Mondale at the grand opening ...

Harry Goldie had an interesting career, which included amateur boxing, coaching, and real estate development. He spearheaded the creation of the Calhoun Beach Club, and is shown here welcoming Minneapolis Mayo... More

JEC Women's Auxiliary (4419463618)

JEC Women's Auxiliary (4419463618)

Women's auxiliaries always played the key role in planning and staffing fundraising events. The publicity photo shows many of the St Paul women who had ongoing involvement supporting the JEC programming. Date... More

Mount Sinai Auxiliary Luncheon

Mount Sinai Auxiliary Luncheon

The Auxiliary was both a fund-raising arm of Mt. Sinai Hospital and a leadership training ground for some of the women that spearheaded fundraising events. The Auxiliary's work pushed Jewish community visibi... More

Neighborhood House Sewing Club, St. Paul (4418713873)

Neighborhood House Sewing Club, St. Paul (4418713873)

Neighborhood House was founded by the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society. Neighborhood House was founded primarily to provide recreational, educational and social activities to residents of the West Side neighbo... More

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis Elementary graduating class (4419515176)

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis Elementary graduating class (4419515176)

By 1924, when this photo was taken, the Talmud Torah had moved to a new building space. The old building remained a community center, but the Hebrew school moved to the Emanuel Cohen Center. The school was al... More

Temple of Aaron confirmation class, St. Paul (4418752947)

Temple of Aaron confirmation class, St. Paul (4418752947)

In Conservative congregations, girls graduating from confirmation classes wore white: in Reform rituals, participants wore secular clothing, suggesting a more "Americanized" approach. Date: 1945 Source: 25 cm ... More

Entrance to the Jewish Education Center building (4419463774)

Entrance to the Jewish Education Center building (4419463774)

This posed shot is significant in that one of the principle funders of the Center, businessman and philanthropist George Kaplan is in the photo. The Jewish Educational Center was the precursor to the St. Paul ... More

David and Joe Gantman inside Gantman's Meat Market, St. Paul (4419482394)

David and Joe Gantman inside Gantman's Meat Market, St. Paul (44194823...

Gantman's Kosher Meat Market was located at 682 Selby. Date: 1945? Source: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; St. Paul--businesses; Butcher shops; Meat markets; But... More

Unknown woman on a North Side Minneapolis St. (4419489590)

Unknown woman on a North Side Minneapolis St. (4419489590)

Date: 1920? Source: 16 cm x 10.2 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Environment; North Side Minneapolis; Women; Street scenes Coverage: Minneapolis; Hennepin; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier:... More

Boys from the Emanuel Cohen Center at Sumner Field, Minneapolis (4419494698)

Boys from the Emanuel Cohen Center at Sumner Field, Minneapolis (44194...

Sumner Field was a large commons area that served as a playing field for North Side neighborhood children. Recreational opportunities for children and young people were funded and organized by the Emanuel Coh... More

Portrait of musician Robert Lazarus (4418760871)

Portrait of musician Robert Lazarus (4418760871)

Lazarus played violin with both the Chicago and Oakland (CA) Symphony Orchestras during the 1920s. After his professional playing career ended, he opened a violin repair shop in downtown St. Paul. Date: 1918?... More

North Side High School varsity football team

North Side High School varsity football team

Many of the players on the team when this photo was taken were Jewish boys from the North Side neighborhood, including # 25, Phil Levin, #55 Zell Schrell, and #68, Dick Jacobs. Al Berman, the coach, is on the ... More

State St. Homes, West Side (4418704365)

State St. Homes, West Side (4418704365)

Two small clapboard homes, typical of the style found in the Westside Flats neighborhood. Date: 1935 Source: 7.9 cm x 10.5 cm Format: Black and white snapshot Subject: Arts and architecture; Locations--St. Pau... More

Interior of the Kenner Grocery Store in Duluth (4419504256)

Interior of the Kenner Grocery Store in Duluth (4419504256)

Left to Right, Ben Kenner, Rose Kaner; Hattie Goldish. Kenner's was located at 1st Avenue East and 1st Street. Date: 1923 Source: 25 cm x 16 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; Bu... More

Marriage of Bessel and Rosalie Weiss (4418754943)

Marriage of Bessel and Rosalie Weiss (4418754943)

The Weiss's were members of Mt. Zion in St Paul. Date: 1920? Source: 24 cm x 16 cm Format: Sepia-toned original print Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier: S1b-ND-2 Link to our... More

141 Eva St., West Side (4418703301)

141 Eva St., West Side (4418703301)

A home typical of the West Side Flats neighborhood in St. Paul. The "Flats" was a working class area that was home to numerous immigrants, including a large Jewish population. There is actually a figure sleep... More

Building Committee of Congregation Kenesseth Israel (4419518540)

Building Committee of Congregation Kenesseth Israel (4419518540)

The men in the picture represent the leadership of one of the most influential congregations in the City of Minneapolis at the time. Rabbi Silber is in the first row, middle. Date: 1913 Source: American Jewis... More

Sylvia Borken, at the family store, Knox Market, at Knox and Plymouth Avenues in North Minneapolis

Sylvia Borken, at the family store, Knox Market, at Knox and Plymouth ...

Many small Jewish family-owned and run grocery stored served the North Side neighborhood. Small business ownership was an avenue to success that was open to the earliest group of Jewish immigrants. Date: 195... More

St Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduation

St Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduation

The St. Paul Talmud Torah was created in 1956 through the merger of several different Jewish education institutions as a beneficiary of the United Jewish Fund and Council. Oversight for Jewish education was c... More

Studio portrait of the Luvarre Trio, with (l to r) John Verall, cellist; Reva Harris, pianist; and Lucille Bacal, violin. (4419465542)

Studio portrait of the Luvarre Trio, with (l to r) John Verall, cellis...

Studio portrait of the Luvarre Trio, with (l to r) John Verall, cellist; Reva Harris, pianist; and Lucille Bacal, violin. Date: 1920 Source: 8 cm x 10.4 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Arts ... More

Interior of Tenzer's Hardware Store, St. Paul (4418716325)

Interior of Tenzer's Hardware Store, St. Paul (4418716325)

A Jewish-owned business South St. Paul. Date: 1918 Source: 17.2 cm x 10 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; St. Paul--businesses; Hardware stores; Hardware; House wares; Family bus... More

Felix Phillips, Captain of the University of Minnesota Men's Tennis Team

Felix Phillips, Captain of the University of Minnesota Men's Tennis Te...

Felix Phillips was the team captain of the 1955 men's tennis team at the U of M. Date: 1955 Source: 7.5 x 9.5 Format: Black and white amateur photo Subject: Sports and recreation; Sports--all but basketball Co... More

Sam Solomon at his business, Master Cleaners, International Falls (4418735775)

Sam Solomon at his business, Master Cleaners, International Falls (441...

Sam Solomon owned Master Cleaners in International Falls. The Jewish population in International Falls in 1930 was approximately 54. Date: 1934 Source: 24.4 cm x 20 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: B... More

Members of Boy Scout Troop -86 posing during a fall outing (4419510678)

Members of Boy Scout Troop -86 posing during a fall outing (4419510678...

Scouting, like sports, served as a way for young men to grow up under the attention and scrutiny of adults in addition to their hard-working parents. Beth El Synagogue sponsored Troop 86.Other Minneapolis tro... More

Minneapolis Talmud Torah faculty hosted by the Gymal Doled Club, Minneapolis (4419491146)

Minneapolis Talmud Torah faculty hosted by the Gymal Doled Club, Minne...

The Gymal Doled Club was a Minneapolis "town club"--an alternative to a "country club"--that provided opportunities for socializing without the attendant golf and status issues. Town clubs were secular in natu... More

Two brothers in military uniform (4419529188)

Two brothers in military uniform (4419529188)

Julius and Jack Bankman grew up in Virginia, Minnesota. They both served in the Army during the World War II. More than 3000 Jewish men and women served in the military during that war. Date: 1944? Source: 3.... More

Children in a Purim play at Temple Emmanuel in Duluth (4418751645)

Children in a Purim play at Temple Emmanuel in Duluth (4418751645)

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 the story and subversive mer... More

Hy Kirschner's father, Minneapolis (4418721025)

Hy Kirschner's father, Minneapolis (4418721025)

Kirschner wears the beard and cap of an "old world" man. Date: 1916 Source: 9.4 cm x 11 Format: Black and white photo Subject: Religion; Portraits; Kirschner family Coverage: Minneapolis; Hennepin; Minnesota; ... More

Local fundraising event in support of the American Federation of Polish Jews, Minneapolis (4419499774)

Local fundraising event in support of the American Federation of Polis...

H.S. Berman and Mrs. A Birengberg present a check to Dr. Joseph Tennebaum, then president of the AFPJ. The organization attempted to protect Polish Jews during the Holocaust by eliciting Catholic Church inter... More

St. Paul Chapter of B'nai Brith Women Donor Luncheon (4419531456)

St. Paul Chapter of B'nai Brith Women Donor Luncheon (4419531456)

B'nai Brith Women was the women's division of B'nai Brith, the oldest Jewish service organization in existence. The St. Paul BBWO chapter held its annual luncheon at the Lowry Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. D... More

Sigma Delta Tau Sorority formal dance at Oak Ridge Country Club, Hopkins (4418741071)

Sigma Delta Tau Sorority formal dance at Oak Ridge Country Club, Hopki...

Oak Ridge Country Club was chartered by several prominent Jewish businessmen who had been denied membership in existing Twin Cities clubs. Initially, there had been a movement in the local Jewish community fo... More

Staff at the Emanuel Cohen Center, North Minneapolis (4418739857)

Staff at the Emanuel Cohen Center, North Minneapolis (4418739857)

The Emanuel Cohen Center provided recreation space and social services to the North Minneapolis Jewish community. The Center was names for Emanuel Cohen, an attorney and the Center's principle benefactor. Dat... More

Talmud Torah Elementary Graduating class with Dr. Gordon (4418748595)

Talmud Torah Elementary Graduating class with Dr. Gordon (4418748595)

Date: 1921 Source: 18.cm x 15.5 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Education; Talmud Torah--Minneapolis-; 20 and earlier; religious education Coverage: Minneapolis; Hennepin; Minnesota; United... More

Exterior of Mt Zion Temple (4418767179)

Exterior of Mt Zion Temple (4418767179)

The photo is taken facing north, looking at the education wing of the building Date: 1955 Source: 8 x 10 Format: Black and white commercial photo Subject: Religion; Synagogue Buildings Coverage: St. Paul; Rams... More

Several generations of the Kronick family, northern Minnesota (4418720681)

Several generations of the Kronick family, northern Minnesota (4418720...

The Kronicks were close-knit family from the Iron Range. Several other Jewish Range families are represented in this photo, including the Grais's, Gordons, Garbers, and Londons. Date: 1908 Source: 20.3 cm x 25... More

Tifereth B'nai Jacob congregants in the Social Hall, Minneapolis (4419485538)

Tifereth B'nai Jacob congregants in the Social Hall, Minneapolis (4419...

Tifereth B'nai Jacob was referred to as the "Elwood Shul" because of its location on Elwood Avenue. There was a striking concentration of Jewish community life around the Elwood Shul, including the Emanuel Coh... More

Young men's basketball team at the Jewish Educational Center in St. Paul (4419523472)

Young men's basketball team at the Jewish Educational Center in St. Pa...

The programming arm of the JEC, known as the Jewish Center Activities Association, oversaw social and recreational activities at the Center. Date: 1940? Source: 24 cm x 19.5 cm Format: Black and white original... More

Ben Berman holding grandson Arthur Goldberg (4418734827)

Ben Berman holding grandson Arthur Goldberg (4418734827)

The formal attire on the older man and the baby dressed in white suggests a ceremony or some kind, perhaps a naming. Date: 1920? Source: 14.3 cm x 9 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Social issues; Min... More

Adath Jeshurun Women's League costume party, Minneapolis (4419484936)

Adath Jeshurun Women's League costume party, Minneapolis (4419484936)

Costume parties provided an informal means for women to socialize together in a way that allowed for creativity and a bit of role-playing. Date: 1934 Source: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm Format: Black and white photo Sub... More

Boy scout helping an elderly man with directions (4419510496)

Boy scout helping an elderly man with directions (4419510496)

The notation on the photo points out that the photo was not posed for effect! Date: 1920? Source: 11.5 cm x 9 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Social issues; Youth--Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Coverage: Mi... More

Council Camp canoers (4418698521)

Council Camp canoers (4418698521)

Council Camp was establish in 1937 in Hinckley and moved in 1949 to Aitkin. Council Camp began as a WPA program site: the Jewish Camping Program oversaw that at least 1/3 of the campers were low-income. Though... More

Jewish Mothers Club fifteenth anniversary banquet in St. Paul (4419507100)

Jewish Mothers Club fifteenth anniversary banquet in St. Paul (4419507...

The Jewish Mothers Club was organized through the Central Community Center in St. Paul. It provided an opportunity for Jewish women, many of them immigrants, to socialize together. Date: 1934-06 Source: 25 cm... More

Kids on the playground at the Jewish Educational Center (4419524910)

Kids on the playground at the Jewish Educational Center (4419524910)

Date: 1946 Source: 20 cm x 16 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Education; St. Paul--Buildings; Jewish Educational Center Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Part of: St. Pau... More

Pre-school children sitting on the steps of the Jewish Educational Center before a fall outing. (4419462214)

Pre-school children sitting on the steps of the Jewish Educational Cen...

The Jewish Educational Center was the precursor to the St. Paul JCC. It served as a recreation and education, and by 1939 over 100 community groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts, a theater company, and two o... More

Patriotic tableau staged at the St. Paul JCC (4418693925)

Patriotic tableau staged at the St. Paul JCC (4418693925)

Date: 1940-09-22 Source: 24 cm x 18.5 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Social issues; St Paul Jewish Community Center; Patriotism Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Local I... More

Portrait of Etta and Abraham Bearman, Minneapolis (4419485976)

Portrait of Etta and Abraham Bearman, Minneapolis (4419485976)

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 th... More

Purim Party put on by Beher Cholem Women's Aid Society (4418727059)

Purim Party put on by Beher Cholem Women's Aid Society (4418727059)

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 brea... More

Public relations for Israel Bonds (4418768803)

Public relations for Israel Bonds (4418768803)

Marking the beginning of Chanukah, Harry Lerner of Minneapolis lights a candle in Jerusalem. Lerner spent time in Israel during the early years of the country's existence, one of thousands of Americans who le... More

State St. Home, West Side (4418702761)

State St. Home, West Side (4418702761)

A home typical of the West Side Flats neighborhood in St. Paul. The "Flats" was a working class area that was home to numerous immigrants, including a large Jewish population. Date: 1935 Source: 7.9 cm x 10.5... More

Sigma Alpha Mu basketball team (4418742139)

Sigma Alpha Mu basketball team (4418742139)

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. Date: 1921 Source: 14 .4 cm x 11 cm Format: Black and white photo Subj... More

Members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle (4419496318)

Members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle (4419496318)

Workman's Circle members were non-religious, politically active Jews, many of whom were Socialists. They espoused a classless society, favored the use of Yiddish for cultural expression, and created a variet... More

UJA "Caravan of Hope" Train at the Minneapolis Depot (4419505830)

UJA "Caravan of Hope" Train at the Minneapolis Depot (4419505830)

In 1949, the national United Jewish Appeal sent a train to different parts of the country, appealing for donations for the young state of Israel. The two final cars of the train contained exhibits on Israeli ... More

Theresa Ackerman in her Girl Scout uniform (4418698643)

Theresa Ackerman in her Girl Scout uniform (4418698643)

Theresa (Ackerman) Berman at Girl Scout Camp Tee Pee Tonka in Faribault. Jewish Girl and Boy Scout troops were primarily synagogue sponsored. Date: 1925 Source: 6.1 cm x 8 cm Format: Black and white original ... More

UJA "Caravan of Hope" Train at the Minneapolis Depot (4419506008)

UJA "Caravan of Hope" Train at the Minneapolis Depot (4419506008)

In 1949, the United Jewish Appeal sent a train to different parts of the country, appealing for donations to the young state of Israel. The two final cars of the train contained exhibits on Israeli agricultur... More

Warehouse and businesses at the corner of University and Simpson Avenues, St. Paul (4419483746)

Warehouse and businesses at the corner of University and Simpson Avenu...

M & Left Motor Supply Shop, part of the Malmon automobile business.. Date: 1940? Source: 9 cm x 14 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; St. Paul--businesses; Auto supplies Coverage:... More

Young men hanging out in front of H and S Deli, North Side, Minneapolis (4419489708)

Young men hanging out in front of H and S Deli, North Side, Minneapoli...

L to right, Herschel Epstein, Selmer Lazar, and Irving Lichten caught by the camera in front of H & S Deli, a North Side lunch spot at the corner of Queen Avenue and Plymouth Avenue. Date: 1940? Source: 18 cm ... More

Boy wearing a Husch Brothers uniform for the St. Paul Winter Carnival (4419483922)

Boy wearing a Husch Brothers uniform for the St. Paul Winter Carnival ...

Husch Brothers was a Jewish-owned clothing manufacturer. Date: 1915? Source: 9 cm x 14 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; St. Paul--businesses; St. Paul Winter Carnival; Uniforms ... More

Hibbing ladies at a costume "Dress Up Party", Hibbing (4418708791)

Hibbing ladies at a costume "Dress Up Party", Hibbing (4418708791)

Dress Up parties were popular informal social events thrown by female friends, or occasionally by women's organizations. Parties offered an opportunity to dress out of character, socialize, and enjoy each o... More

Jewish War Veteran's Picnic, Minneapolis (4418733069)

Jewish War Veteran's Picnic, Minneapolis (4418733069)

Jewish War Veterans (JWV) was established in 1896 to honor Jewish veterans serving during the Civil War and wars abroad. This picnic took place during the year the United States entered WWII. Date: 1944 Sourc... More

Pre-school children's parade in front of the Jewish Educational Center on Center Day. (4419461978)

Pre-school children's parade in front of the Jewish Educational Center...

The Jewish Educational Center was the precursor to the St. Paul JCC. It served as a recreation and education center, and by 1939 over 100 community groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts, a theater company, an... More

Rabbi Silber speaking at the laying of the cornerstone for the Minneapolis Talmud Torah building (4419516178)

Rabbi Silber speaking at the laying of the cornerstone for the Minneap...

Rabbi Silber was the leader of Kenesseth Israel, the most influential synagogue in North Minneapolis at the turn of the century. He is speaking at the dedication of the "new" Talmud Torah, which housed classr... More

Rest period in the pre-kindergarten class at the Jewish Educational Center (4419522650)

Rest period in the pre-kindergarten class at the Jewish Educational Ce...

The Jewish Education Center was the precursor to the current St. Paul Jewish Community Center. It was built in 1930 at the corner of Holly and Grotto. Programming combined recreation and education, and by th... More

St Paul JEC "Stay at Home Camp" Circus (4418696557)

St Paul JEC "Stay at Home Camp" Circus (4418696557)

"Making Up" is the title of this publicity photo for the Stay at Home Camp Circus. Date: 1940-08-04 Source: JCC Photo Collection; 24 cm x 18.5 cm Format: Black and white original photo Subject: Sports and recr... More

Teachers at the St. Paul Talmud Torah Hebrew School (4419496160)

Teachers at the St. Paul Talmud Torah Hebrew School (4419496160)

Date: 1920? Source: 15 cm x 24 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Education; Talmud Torahs--St. Paul-before 1930; Hebrew Schools; Teachers Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Local Ide... More

Interior of Mona Lee Frocks, Minneapolis (4419498792)

Interior of Mona Lee Frocks, Minneapolis (4419498792)

The women's dress store was located on Lake Street. Edith Myers is identified standing the middle. Source: 24 cm x 17 cm Format: Black and white photo Subject: Business and industry; Businesses--Minneapolis--... More

Family Seder in Virginia (4419511760)

Family Seder in Virginia (4419511760)

Around the table are members of the Kaner, Shapiro, Milavitz, Hosen and Dorfman families. The Passover Seder celebrates the Jews passage to freedom from slavery in Egypt. Date: 1912 Source: 23 cm x 17 cm Form... More

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