Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.jhsum.org

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Society is to promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education.

Main Programs

  1. Prairie Perspectives: Our Jewish Veterans Remember World War II
  2. Kosher Merlot and Chocolate Truffles—A New Menu for American Judaism
  3. We Couldn’t Live at Home
  4. Re-Release of North Side Documentary on DVD
  5. Putting a Face on Family History
Service Areas

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International

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest serves an international audience. JHSUM is the only organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to preserving these unique stories and educating the community about Jewish history in the region.

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2004

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Katherine Tane

Keywords

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Jewish, History, Education, Archives, Research, Arts, Humanities

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Also Known As

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

EIN

36-3337514

 Number

4364914061

Physical Address

4330 S. Cedar Lake Road

Minneapolis, MN 55416

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Overview

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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—www.jhsum.org—to insure that our Jewish past will help us gain perspective on persistent, complex and compelling human issues.

COLLABORATING
JHSUM partners with diverse area institutions to broaden its audience and maximize the impact of the stories we collect. Partners include the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning and now the Minneapolis Public Library and more than 100 community organizations in connection with JHSUM’s Sheltering Home Chronicles.

Programs

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Program 1

Prairie Perspectives: Our Jewish Veterans Remember World War II

Prairie Perspectives: Our Jewish Veterans Remember World War II, a volume of personal recollections by local Jewish war vets, as part of our acclaimed biennial journal series Upper Midwest Jewish History. The outcome of a three-year oral history project, Our Jewish Veterans celebrates the memories and insights of veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, whose stories, if left untold, could soon be lost forever.

Veterans also gathered to participate in three well-attended panel discussions at the Sabes JCC, the St. Paul JCC, and the Minnesota Historical Society. A high-quality touring exhibit, Saving World War II Memories: The Upper Midwest Jewish Story, which includes collages, oral histories, photos, journals, letters and memorabilia, also toured the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC before taking up permanent residence on our website, www.jhsum.org. Presented in a richly textured, interactive format, the exhibit can now be viewed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, from the comfort of home.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

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Program 2

Kosher Merlot and Chocolate Truffles—A New Menu for American Judaism

In January 2007, we warmed things up with a wine- and chocolate-tasting event and lecture offered in partnership with the Sabes JCC, Darchei Noam Congregation, the Jewish Singles Collaborative and the Indie Jews. “Kosher Merlot and Chocolate Truffles—A New Menu for American Judaism” featured a lively presentation by Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, on what it means to be Jewish in America today and the multiplicity of choices for defining one’s Judaism in the context of personal history and beliefs.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 3

We Couldn’t Live at Home

Curated by Kate Searls under the aegis of JHSUM, We Couldn’t Live at Home earned kudos from many quarters when it opened at the Minnesota Historical Society in June 2008. Inspired by Searls’ volunteer work with homeless youth in North Minneapolis, the exhibit emphasized the connections between homelessness in the past and homelessness today and featured photos by acclaimed photographer Wing Young Huie.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 4

Re-Release of North Side Documentary on DVD

North Side enthusiasts had another cause for celebration in 2008—JHSUM’s release of We Knew Who We Were: Memories of the Minneapolis Jewish North Side on DVD, making this popular documentary available to a wider audience.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 5

Putting a Face on Family History

Community members of all ages exercised their creativity by making colorful, family-inspired collages using family photographs, maps, letters and personal images. The workshop complemented Weinberg’s exhibit, Putting a Face on Family History: The Paintings of Susan Weinberg, in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery. During its six-week run, the Weinberg Exhibit attracted audiences from around the region intrigued by the intersections of history, research, and art.

Category

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest serves an international audience. JHSUM is the only organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to preserving these unique stories and educating the community about Jewish history in the region.

Funding Needs

JHSUM appreciates gifts of financial support, family artifacts and volunteer time.  We invite you to consider making a contribution to help bring Jewish history to life today and for generations to come. To ensure our future, JHSUM must establish new permanent endowments. In that spirit, we are announcing our first endowment campaign Face the Future with Your Past. We intend to increase our endowment assets to $3 million in 3 years. With a substantial increase in endowments, we can continue to maintain our archival facilities, sustain our programming and attract and keep the staff we need to uphold our reputation for excellence. We are offering individuals, families and organizations the opportunity to inspire the next generation and generations after that through an endowment gift to JHSUM. Your donation allows us to continue to showcase our region’s vibrant Jewish story.

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JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE UPPER MIDWEST
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Katherine Tane

BIO

Katherine Tane, a seasoned Jewish community organizer, brings more than 23 years of experience with nonprofit agencies and successful implementation of community-wide programs.  A past president of the Jewish Historical Society, Tane was a co-chair on the 2005 St. Paul Maccabi Games and has served on the board of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area.

At the JCC, Tane serves on the development committee and is past chair of the volunteer involvement committee and Camp Butwin committee. She is a founding member and active volunteer leader at Shir Tikvah Congregation.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Explore all of our online exhibits and see how oral histories, letters, diaries, memoirs, articles and photographs create a compelling and personal story of Upper Midwest Jewish life. Check us out and discover what everyone else has. Or visit us at the Kaplan Family History Center on the Barry Family Campus and The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Andersen Libraries to dig into the archives yourself."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jamie Heilicher

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