Minnesota

Mount Zion Temple of St. Paul, Minnesota’s First Synagogue, 1856-

Mount Zion Temple, Minnesota’s First Synagogue Mount Zion Hebrew Association was founded in St. Paul in 1856 by eight German-Jewish families who came up the Mississippi from St. Louis. The total population of St. Paul at that time was 1,200.   Joseph Ullman and Isidor Rose were in […]

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Shaarai Tov / Temple Israel of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1878 –

Temple Israel, Formerly Congregation Shaarai Tov, 1878 –   In 1877, the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society was established in St. Paul, Minnesota. Shaarai Tov was founded in 1878 as an Orthodox congregation. Twenty three founders rented space at Nicollet and Washington Avenues.   Rabbi Henry Friedman was […]

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Isaac Marks, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of Manketo, Minnesota

Isaac Marks, Merchant Values Codes: I-E-L   Isaac Marks was born in 1823, in Prussia.   Along the way … In 1840, Isaac Marks came to America, at the age of 17. He traveled to the Mississippi River, and then headed North from St. Louis. Wherever he settled, Isaac […]

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Jacob Jackson “JJ” Noah, Early Pioneer Jewish Attorney of St. Paul, Minnesota

Jacob Jackson Noah, Pioneer Attorney Values Codes: I-E-L   Jacob Jackson Noah was born in 1830 in New York. He was a descendant of early Jewish colonists of Georgia.   Along the way . . . In 1849, Jacob Jackson Noah moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. There […]

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Julius Austrian, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin

Julius Austrian, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin Values Codes: I-E-L-P   Julius Oesterreicher was born in Wittelshofen Bay, Bavaria, Germany in 1821. He left for America in 1844, at the age of 23, changing his last name to “Austrian.”   Along the way […]

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The Elfelt Brothers, Edwin, Charles & Abram, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchants of St. Paul Minnesota

The Elfelt Brothers: Edwin, Charles & Abram Values: I-E-L   Edwin (b. 1823), Abram (b.1827) and Charles Elfelt (b.1828) were born in Millerstown, Pennsylvania.   Along the way . . . In 1849, Charles Elfelt moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. With a small amount of money, he established […]

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