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Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives contain important archival holdings chronicling the activities of the Jewish community in the region in creating ethnic/religious communities and advocacy organizations, as well as efforts to promote social welfare in the larger community. The collection, formerly held by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, has moved to the University of Minnesota and has grown in size; it is available for personal and scholarly research is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding the American Jewish experience from a Midwestern perspective. For information on its holdings, as well as how to donate materials to the archives, visit:


Yiddish Vinkl
1421 E. River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Co-Chairs: Dorothy Marden, 612-339-1768 or:; and Annalee Odessky, 952-544-5423 or:

The group exists to explore and remember our roots, and to keep our language alive through history, literature, music, news, films and our life stories. This is a friendly, “heymish” group, and all levels of ability are welcome. Most of our programs are in Yiddish, but English is spoken as well. We meet one Sunday a month, September through May, at the Sabes JCC. Members receive mailed flyers of the various events. Membership is $15 a year for JCC members and $20 a year for non-members. Programs are open to the public. Concerts are $10, and general meetings are $5 per guest. Tuesday Shmoozday, where only Yiddish is spoken, includes conversation, literature, poems, etc. It is free and meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Sabes JCC weather permit.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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