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The Jewish Museum of the American West

– A Virtual Museum – Only on Your Computer


. . . .is an ongoing creation of the Western States Jewish History Association, a California 501-3c Non-Profit Corporation.

Now in our 50th year, the Western States Jewish History Association is dedicated to the discovery, collection and dissemination of items and information pertaining to the Pioneer Jews of the American West, – and how and why they were so successful.

The Jewish Museum of the American West  consists of ever expanding Exhibition Halls for each of the regions, states and/or cities West of the Mississippi River that were considered a part of the American Wild West.

Each Exhibition Hall features that area’s early Jewish Pioneers and their families, how they got here, and what they were able to accomplish.

Jewish numbers were large – often 5% to 10% in larger Western settlements – cities – at a time when there was less than 1% of a Jewish population in the entire country!

Theirs is a story of importance for every Jewish Child, every Jewish Adult, and,  just as important, for the entire general public.


Importance for Everyone

Theirs is the story of what happened, when a group of people, persecuted for 2,000 years, were let loose in a vast new area – the American Wild West where no-one cared about their religion – and where they were allowed to do anything they wanted, in order to make a living and raise their families.


The Wooden Beam Across the Top of the Page

Click on these items on the Wooden Beam across the Top or one of the links below to get started.

Home Page: Clicking on “The Jewish Museum of the American West” on top of each page will always bring you back to this page – which is the Entry Hall of our museum. Come back here to go to various other parts of our Museum. There is no Ticket Counter. We are a Free Museum!

About Us: Who we are. Why we are.

Why the Jews: A short essay that explains why the early Jewish History in the American Wild West was unique.

Exhibition Halls: Each area of the West has its own Exhibition Hall. Exhibits of more Pioneers are added to each of these Exhibition Halls as well create them.

Indexes: Much of the material for our exhibitions come from articles published in Western States Jewish History during the past 50 years. Index lists People, Places and special editions of our Journal that are available for reading and research.

Our Affiliates: The Jewish Historical Associations that become part of our Virtual Museum, Historians of Western Jewish History, and Libraries that carry volumes of the Western States Jewish History Journal for those who seek further information for research and curiosity.

Newest Exhibits: This will be an ongoing list of new Exhibits as they open to the public. Comments are always appreciated.

Submissions: You can create an Exhibit for a Jewish Pioneer, a Jewish Organization or a Synagogue of the West.

Donations: This is the only way we support ourselves. We hope you will join us as Members and Subscribers.

Wall of Honor: Those Members and Subscribers who take that “extra step” in supporting our projects.

Contact Us: We need your information, ideas, corrections, and even your family stories.

Technical Note: We suggest you view this site on a regular computer with at least a 20″ screen. (The bigger the better) Most newer cellphones can access the museum at www.JMAW.org but the small screen dilutes and mixes up he full experience.

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