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Talmud Torah of St. Paul records

Identifier: umja0053

Scope and Content

This collection consists of: administrative materials that date between 1923 and 1992 and include correspondence, bulletins, brochures, class lists, programs, committee meeting minutes and board meeting minutes, and annual reports. Photographs and various media that date between 1946-2016 and include events, classroom, class/group, and graduation. Miscellaneous materials that date between 1961-2005 and include student writing, media coverage, and TCJMS time capsule. Note that pre-1956 materials come from one or another of the aforementioned schools, or the Bureau of Jewish Education.


  • 1923-2016


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

St. Paul was home to several supplementary Jewish educational programs in the first half of the 20th century, including the Capital City Free Hebrew School, the Jewish Education Center Hebrew School, the Hebrew Institute, the Kaplan Hebrew Seminary, and the Mount Zion Religious School. In 1948 the St. Paul Jewish Fund and Council initiated a merger of several of these programs to form the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). In 1956 the BJE was succeeded by the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, a central communal educational agency, modeled after the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. The Talmud Torah's first home, The George Kaplan Education Building, was located at 636 Mississippi River Boulevard, adjacent to Temple of Aaron Synagogue. In 1996 the Talmud Torah moved to its current location on Hamline Ave. So.

Talmud Torah does not solely focus upon children and young adult education. In 1985 the Talmud Torah joined with the St. Paul Jewish Community Center to form Project Ora, a community-wide adult Jewish educational program. Talmud Torah remains today, located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, with the mission of creating life-long learners, instilling a pride in Jewish identity, and fostering a responsibility to all as citizens of the world. For more information visit their website at


12 Cubic Feet (16 boxes -- 1 Hollinger box, 8 Paige boxes, 7 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of photographs, administrative, and miscellaneous material for Talmud Torah of St. Paul, Minnesota, a Jewish education center that focuses on Jewish learning and values.


This collection is arranged in the following series:



VHS tapes


Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Talmud Torah of St. Paul in 1988 and 1989. A further acquisition was donated to the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives in 2016.

Talmud Torah of St. Paul records, 1923-2016
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
September 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 12/16/2016: Revised to include new acquisitions

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area