The Dakotas Exhibit Hall

The Jewish Settlement of Painted Woods, North Dakota

The Jewish Settlement of Painted Woods, North Dakota               Before North Dakota was admitted to the Union in 1889, the Dakota Territory was home to a Jewish farming settlement called Painted Woods. Established in 1882 near the towns of Bismarck and Washburn, the

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Joseph Nudelman: Jewish Farm Community Leader of North Dakota

Joseph Nudelman Values Codes I – H – E – L   Joseph Nudelman was born in 1844, in a small village outside of Odessa, Russia. His father was Mordechai Nudelman. Over a 40-year span – and with at least two wives – Mordechai had twelve children

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Some Early Jewish Pioneers of North Dakota, Before 1900

Some Early Jewish Pioneers of North Dakota, before 1900   The following Early Jewish Pioneers of North Dakota were found in articles about Reverend Benjamin Papermaster. We hope that visitors to the Jewish Museum of the American West will contact us to both add to this list

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“Reverend” Benjamin Papermaster: North Dakota’s Jewish Spiritual Leader

“Reverend” Benjamin Papermaster Values Codes  I – H – E – L – P   Benjamin Papermaster was born in 1860 in Anolova, near Lovno, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster received his smicha (rabbinic ordination) at the age of 18. Papermaster was

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The Franklins’ Fine Home in Deadwood: An Historical Marker

The Franklins’ Fine Home in Deadwood   From the Historical Marker Below . . . .   Harris Franklin, his wife Anna, and son Nathan arrived in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in 1877. A Jewish immigrant from humble beginnings, Harris Franklin earned his fortune through the wholesale liquor

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Deadwood’s Hebrew Hill (Mt. Zion) Cemetery Historical Marker

Deadwood’s Jewish Cemetery, Hebrew Hill   From the Historical Marker Below . . . . Deadwood is recognized as the site of the first organized Jewish Community in South Dakota. On August 28, 1892, the Hebrew Cemetery Association became the first organization to purchase a section of

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