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Kenesseth Israel Congregation records

Identifier: umja0008

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of an Orthodox Congregation in Minneapolis from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Includes meeting notes, financial documents, membership information, correspondence, public relations articles, committee reports, and materials relating to associated organizations. Materials are in both English and Yiddish. There are numerous gaps.


  • 1894-1998


Use of Materials

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


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

Founded in 1894 on the North Side of Minneapolis, Kenesseth Israel is the oldest Minneapolis synagogue which still is Orthodox. The congregation grew out of two previous congregations -- Othel Jacob, founded in 1888 by a group of Lithuanian Jews, and Beth Medrash Hagodol. They eventually merged and were renamed Kenesseth Israel in 1891. In 1892 a rabbi was hired and a building was dedicated in 1894. A Hebrew Free School was created in the same year, the parent of the present-day Talmud Torah. The synagogue constructed a magnificent new building at 518 Lyndale Avenue North and moved there in 1913. They remained there until 1948 when the congregation purchased a building on Plymouth Avenue. They moved to their current location in St. Louis Park in the 1960s.


1 Cubic Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials





This collection consists of a wide array of administrative documents relating to Kenesseth Israel Congregation, the Orthodox Synagogue in Minneapolis.


The collection is listed below by folder title.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Edmund A. Gottlieb on behalf of the Kenesseth Israel Congregation.

Kenesseth Israel Congregation records, 1894-1998
Finding aid created by Sophie Friedman and Kate Dietrick
January 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

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