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Hadassah, Upper Midwest Region records

Identifier: umja0044

Scope and Content

This collection consists of administrative materials dating between 1916 and 2016 and includes meeting minutes, board directories, bulletins, newsletters, conference documents, programs, photographs, and scrapbooks.


  • 1916-2016


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

When Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America was founded in New York in 1912, Israel was not yet a state. Yet founder Henrietta Szold called for practical Zionism as she began proactive fundraising to meet the health needs of Palestine's people. Hadassah eventually grew to a nationwide social advocacy group engaging Jewish women to effect change in support for the people of Israel; currently there are 330,000 members and supporters nationwide. Their mission as a volunteer organization is to inspire passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel.

Hadassah, Upper Midwest covers various chapters across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota with over 4,000 members, associates, and supporters -- current chapters include Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, Des Moines, Fargo, Lake Superior, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Waterloo . The legislative concerns the organization is most interested in are women's issues, church and state, and children's issues; services provided include education on women's health, community service including literacy, tutoring, and partnering with Ronald McDonald House, leadership development training, and the Annual Jewish Women's Morning at the Capital. For more information, visit


4.45 Cubic Feet (5 boxes -- (3 Paige boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 Hollinger box))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of administrative records related to the Upper Midwest region of Hadassah, a women's Zionist organization; the Upper Midwest Region includes oversight of chapters in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Administrative materials

Series 2: Scrapbooks Series 3: Photographs

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Laurie Rosenwater, Executive Director of the Hadassah, Upper Midwest Region. Collection added to in November 2019 by Phyllis Harris.

Hadassah, Upper Midwest Region records, 1916-2016
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
August 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 2022: Revised to add newly found materials
  • December 2022: Revised to include newly donated materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area