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Shir Tikvah records

Identifier: umja0065

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


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


6 Cubic Feet (13 boxes total - 4 Paige boxes, 1 half Hollinger box, 9 cassette tape boxes)

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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.

Related Materials

For more information on Shir Tikvah, see the Rabbi Stacy Offner papers (umja0012) which cover her time as rabbi for Shir Tikvah.

Shir Tikvah records, 1984-2009
Kate Dietrick
July 2016
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 2017: Revised to include newly found materials.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area