Jewish Historical Society of Upper Midwest Inc

A nonprofit organization

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There's never been a better time to support JHSUM. Thanks to the Heilicher Family Foundation, all donations received now thru November 17, 2022 will be doubled up to $5,000.  Thanks for your support! Everyone who gives now thru November 17 will be entered to win a signed copy of Aberdeen: A Jewish History.

Fall is historically the season of giving

 Along with prayer, introspection and family, fall is a time of year when we like to give tzedakah. Donors can give tzedakah to JHSUM in multiple ways.

Membership tzedakah helps JHSUM collect oral histories and artifacts and funds our programs, exhibits, mini-documentaries and other JHSUM operations. The stories we collect and share teach the next generation about our region’s Jewish history and impact on the broader community.

Your membership tzedakah enables FREE full participation in JHSUM initiatives for everyone. We are a fully inclusive organization and invite everyone to share in our experiences. On our recent Shabbaton in Aberdeen, SD, we had the opportunity to share a special celebratory weekend with their small Jewish community. We had a mini-documentary screening and book talk at the local library where we engaged and made new friends with about 40 of the non-Jewish Aberdeen residents who were eager to learn more about their community’s history. We are grateful to our members, donors and leaders who made this experience such a success! Memberships start at $18. 

Tribute tzedakah sustains JHSUM and tzedakah is also a traditional vehicle for us to remember a life cycle occasion. Tribute donations to JHSUM may be made in honor of a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, to express sympathy, to honor a memory of a loved one, or as an expression of gratitude. A L’Dor membership is a perpetual tribute gift. We now have two levels of L’Dor memberships, which are endowed and provide operating funds each year. Your loved one’s name(s) will be written each year in our annual report where we honor our members and donors. 

Legacy tzedakah secures JHSUM’s future work and doesn’t dent your current budget. Inflation and market fluctuations can make us nervous about financial security. We still want to support JHSUM. Please consider making an afterlife tzedakah commitment to JHSUM by naming JHSUM a beneficiary of your IRA, a life insurance policy, trust or will.

Through such tzedakah, you will provide much needed future support to preserve and share our region’s Jewish history AND it won’t cost you any money today. Our Development Director, Juliana Sellers, can help you structure a named gallery, lecture series, endowment fund, etc. To secure JHSUM’s tomorrow today, please contact Juliana Sellers at

About JHSUM:
For more than 38 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. 

We bring our materials to life by sparking public dialogue, exhibiting at major venues and producing high-quality publications; to insure that our Jewish past will help us gain perspective on persistent, complex and compelling human issues.

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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Jewish Historical Society of Upper Midwest Inc

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4330 Cedar Lake Rd S
St Louis Park, MN 55416



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