Shir Tikvah records
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of various business and administrative materials spanning the years 1984 to 2009 and includes: administrative materials; programming and special events materials; board and committee meeting minutes; service materials, including song sheets and service planning; religious education materials, and newsletters. There are also numerous CDs and cassette tape recordings of services taking place during Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
- Creation: 1984-2009
- Shir Tikvah Congregation (Minneapolis, Minn.) (Organization)
Access to Collection
Open for use in Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
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
Shir Tikvah was founded in 1988 by a group of congregants who broke away from Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minnesota. The congregants aimed to form a new, more inclusive congregation, after disputes at Mount Zion Temple regarding the homosexuality of Associate Rabbi Stacy Offner. Forty families held their first Shabbat in May 1988 at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, and Rabbi Offner was formally hired in August to head the newly named Shir Tikvah (Song of Hope). In 1990 the congregation voted to join the Reform movement, and in 1994 they bought a former Universalist church in south Minneapolis.
In 2008, Rabbi Offner left the congregation to become vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism in New York City. Rabbi Michael Latz became the congregation's second permanent rabbi in 2010. For more information on Shir Tikvah, visit their website at shirtikvah.net.
6 Cubic Feet (13 boxes total - 4 Paige boxes, 1 half Hollinger box, 9 cassette tape boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection contains the records of Shir Tikvah, a reform congregation located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that broke off from St. Paul's Mount Zion Temple in 1988.
This collection is organized into series: Series 1: Administrative and Programming Series 2: Board and Committee Meeting minutes Series 3: Service Materials Series 4: Religious Education Series 5: Newsletters Series 6: Miscellaneous media
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Shir Tikvah in 2003. Collection added to by David Harris donation of music.
- Shir Tikvah records, 1984-2009
- Kate Dietrick
- July 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- September 2017: Revised to include newly found materials.