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Minnesota Jewish Group Home Inc. records

Identifier: umja0096

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of administrative materials for Minnesota Jewish Group Home, including: correspondence, meeting minutes, bulletins, legal materials, reports, board and administrative materials, financial materials, and newsclippings.


  • 1977-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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 idea to create the Minnesota Jewish Group Homes (MJGH) started in 1975 at a parents' meeting at the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center. Their principle goal was to provide a normal living and developmental environment for adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. After assistance from the Minnesota Welfare Department, the Minneapolis Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service, the group was finally incorporated in 1977. The organization soon purchased and established Chai House in St. Louis Park, housing six residents and two houseparents. Chai House was a succesful experiment, creating an environment of learning and development for the residents. The group decided to establish a second group home, Tikvah House, in 1981, housing and providing services for adults with more severe mental handicaps. One challenge the group faced was appealing to Jewish families with handicaped relatives, as they found that only a minority of their residents were Jewish. As the programs at Tikvah House developed, standards for providing services increased, creating financial and regulatory constraints on the Minnesota Jewish Group Homes. After a few difficult years, the Board of the MJGH voted to sell the homes to another provider, Dungarvin Inc.


1.15 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box)


This collection contains administrative and board materials, meeting minutes, correspondence, and bulletins from the Minnesota Jewish Group Homes, a place for developmentally disabled community members to reside and receive care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1993 by Dorothy Sipkins, president of the Minnesota Jewish Group Homes, Inc.
Minnesota Jewish Group Home Inc. records, 1977-1993
Erin Smerage
April 2017
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Collecting Area Details

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