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Jewish Vocational Service of Minneapolis records

Identifier: umja0067

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of administrative materials and includes meeting minutes from various committee and board meetings; board materials and manuals; reports and annual reports; budget and financial records; and publicity materials including articles, newsletters, pamphlets, and newsclippings. All materials date between 1937 and 2010, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1970s to the 1990s.


  • 1937-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the 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

The history of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) goes back to 1910. Vocational servives began to be supported through B'nai B'rith Free Employment Bureau; that year also saw the founding of the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS), a later partner with JVS. By 1918 the group had become a charter member of Community Chest and in 1923 changed their name to the Jewish Welfare Association (JWA). In 1925 the Jewish Free Employment Bureau began; by 1936 they changed their name to the Jewish Employment Services (JES), and finally in 1942 JES merged with JWA to become the Jewish Employment Vocational Guidance Service. In 1978 the group changed their name yet again to Jewish Vocational Service. In 1985, Jewish Vocational Service was established as a division of Jewish Family and Children's Service with its own board and by-laws. They continued to care for the social welfare of the community. They continue to provide vocational services under JFCS in Minneapolis.

The mission of Jewish Vocational Service, as stated in 1985, is to meet the vocational needs of Jewish persons while being committed to serve the community on a non-sectarian basis, and to provide a range of services which optimize the self-sufficiency of its clients.


2.8 Cubic Feet (3 boxes -- 2 Paige boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of administrative materials for the Jewish Vocational Service of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a social services non-profit that is now a division of Jewish Family and Children's Services of Minneapolis.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into series:

Series 1: Meeting minutes

Series 2: General Administrative

Series 3: Publicity

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.

Jewish Vocational Service of Minneapolis records, 1937-2010
Kate Dietrick
August 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area