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Rabbi Lewis Ginsburg papers

Identifier: umja0193

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents from various synagogues and includes photographs, letters, cards, administrative materials, school work, and newspaper articles.


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Ginsburg was born in 1924 in Minneapolis. He grew up in North Minneapolis and attended North High School. He worked as city editor of the American Jewish World newspaper for a time, and completed his rabbinic training in 1952. He served as rabbi at Kenesseth Israel Congregation in Minneapolis before serving for more than 20 years at Beth Israel Congregation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He retired from the pulpit in 1986 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 69.


2.8 Cubic Feet (2 Paige boxes, 1 oversized box )

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This collection includes material from the life of Rabbi Lewis Ginsburg, who grew up in Minnesota and spent time as a rabbi in Minneapolis before serving in Alberta, Canada.


This collection is divided into series: (1) Early life and education

(2) Rabbinical and synagogue materials

(3) Photographs

(4) Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta in August 2022. The materials were gifted to the historical society by Beth Israel Congregation in Calgary, Alberta, where he served. The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta kept the materials as they related to Canadian history, and donated the Minnesota-related materials to UMJA.

Rabbi Lewis Ginsburg papers, 1919-1980
Kate Dietrick
November 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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