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Bet Shalom Congregation records

Identifier: umja0204

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative materials such as board meeting minutes, planning documents, strategic planning, committee materials, correspondence, and financials; member files; publications of newsletters and prayer books; media such as photographs, slides, VHS tapes, cassette tapes; and art.


  • Creation: 1920-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1980s-2010s


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

Bet Shalom was founded in 1981 when a small group of families looked to create a new Reform congregation in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bet Shalom, which means House of Peace, became the first new Reform Jewish congregation founded in Minnesota in 103 years. They first met at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and engaged Rabbi Norman Cohen as their first rabbi. They moved to their first home in Hopkins in 1984. By 2002 they had built a new synagogue in Minnetonka. When Rabbi Norman Cohen became Rabbi Emeritus in 2016, Rabbi David Locketz, who had been with the congregation since 2004, became senior rabbi. By 2012 the congregation membership numbered about 850 families.

More information can be found at their website:


32 Cubic Feet (32 boxes -- (25 paige boxes, 5 cassette boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize drawer))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the materials of Bet Shalom, a Reform Judaism synagogue in Minnesota that was founded in 1981. The congregation grew under Rabbi Norman Cohen and found their permanent home in Minnetonka, a western suburb of the Twin Cities.


This collection is divided into series:

-- Administrative files

-- Board materials

-- Newsletters and publications

-- Member files

-- Photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and art

-- Media

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bet Shalom Congregation in September 2021 and added to in February 2023.

Bet Shalom Congregation records, 1920-2019
Kate Dietrick
April 2023
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area