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Talmud Torah of Minneapolis records

Identifier: umja0054

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis from the early to late twentieth century. Documents include: financial reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, student and alumni work, journal articles, among other items. Materials are in both English and Hebrew. The materials are not comprehensive and there are numerous gaps.


  • Creation: 1913-1993


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

The Talmud Torah of Minneapolis began in 1895 as a cheder (an old-world-style school for boys) in North Minneapolis called The Hebrew Free School. A few years later, the school moved to Kenesseth Israel synagogue, and again in 1911 to its own building. George Gordon initated the 1911 move along with leading other transformations to create a modern coeducational curriculum. Yiddish was abandoned as the teaching language in favor of Hebrew. Students learned about Jewish heritage and customs as well as religious foundations. In 1913 the name changed to The Talmud Torah of Minneapolis before moving again in 1915 to a building on Eighth and Fremont Avenue North in North Minneapolis, a space that would remain their home for almost forty years. In 1970 the classes moved to its St. Louis Park branch. Currently the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis is a 2nd-8th grade Jewish education program. At its peak, between 1993 and 1995, over 830 students were enrolled. Currently most of the students come from families affiliated with three Minneapolis-area Conservative synagogues: Adath Jeshurun, Beth El, and Sharei Chesed. For more information, visit their website at


4 Cubic Feet (5 boxes -- 3 Paige boxes, 1 oversize boxes, 1 Hollinger box -- and 2 custom enclosure volumes)

Language of Materials




This collection consists of documents relating to administration, students and alumni, and various events and clubs within the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Administrative records

Series 2: Students and alumni

Series 3: Events and organizations

Series 4: Miscellaneous

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Talmud Torah of Minneapolis

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis records, 1913-1993
Finding aid created by Ashley Skwiera
October 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area