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Minnesota Rabbinical Association records

Identifier: umja0032

Scope and Content

This collection consists of administrative materials dated between 1948 and 1989 and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, statements to the community and press, newspaper clippings, and brochures. The Minnesota Rabbinical Association corresponded with many different organizations including Mount Sinai Hospital, Minnesota Jewish Council, Hillel, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish War Vets, Talmud Torah, the Minnesota Board of Education, Minnesota Council on Religion and Race, all congregations across movements, kosher butchers, sectarian hospitals, local state governors and legislators, and more.


  • 1948-1989


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 Minnesota Rabbinical Association began with a letter from Rabbi Albert G. Minda from Temple Israel, sent on January 9th, 1948 to his fellow colleagues across the state. "At this particular time, we need an exploring of rabbinic minds on the matter of release time and other phases of the problem of religions education and public school." He called for a meeting on January 19th, 1948 to discuss forming a rabbinic association, although the first official meeting of the Rabbinical Association did not occur until October 19th, 1949 at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Rabbi Gunther Plaut acting as host. The ten rabbis present discussed visiting veterans hospitals, elderly care, welcoming newcomers into the community (particularly displaced people), and working with the Jewish Family and Children's Service.

The Minnesota Rabbinical Association continues to meet, providing a forum for rabbinical collegiality and discussion of communal issues, while also serving in an advisory and consultative capacity to other Jewish communal institutions as well as to the broader community.


1.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes -- 1 Paige box, 1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of administrative records detailing the Minnesota Rabbinical Association, a group comprised of Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis throughout the state.


This collection is arranged by type of material and date, folders listed below.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in three parts between 1988 and 1990 by the Minnesota Rabbinical Association. The first donation in 1988 was provided by Rabbi Howard Jaffee of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

Separated Materials

Further records can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society. Association records from 1959-1967 are on microfilm (Microfilm Call #M110). For more information contact the Minnesota Historical Society.

Further microfilm records from 1948 to 1973 are available at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (MF-2261 to MF-2262 and MF-1155) and do not appear to be restricted. For more information contact the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Minnesota Rabbinical Association records, 1948-1989
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
January 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area