Some Early Jewish Pioneers of North Dakota, Before 1900

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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 or inform us of any information about these pioneers.

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North Dakota Postcard


Early Jewish Pioneers of Fargo, North Dakota, before 1900

Jacob Ackerman

Hugo & Herman Bachemheimer

Charles Barenstein

I. Herbst

Nathan Horwitz, traveling salesman

Maurice and Aaron Kaufman

Wolf Rutz

Jacob and William Shcotch

Alex and Max Stern, businessmen

Samuel and Alex Zurakov


Grand Forks

Early Jewish Pioneers of Grand Forks, North Dakota, before 1900

Aaron Apel, Men’s Cothier

N'nai Isreal of Grand Forks, ND

B’nai Israel of Grand Forks, ND

Frank Ephraim, Men’s Clothier

Michael Fishman

Samuel Giller and Anna Black Giller

Abe and Sarah Goldstein

Adolph Goldstein and Toby Rubensky Goldstein

Harry Goldstein, first Vice President of Congregation of the Children of Israel

John Goldstein and Thea Aronovitch Goldstein

Nathan Greenberg

Simon Heller

Abraham Horwitz and Ana Schein Horwitz

Aaron Horwitz

Moses Lifshitz, brother-in-law of Rabbi Papermaster

Israel Paletz, of Platky’s Department Store

Reverend Benjamin Papermaster

Morris Papermaster

Max Rabinovich, 1st President of Congregation of the Children of Israel

George Schwam, 1st Secretary of Congregation of the Children of Israel

Wolf Sherowitz and Bertha Frankel Sherowitz

Max Wittlshofer, Jewler

Harris Ziskin

North Dakota Geographical Center Monument Paostcard

North Dakota Geographical Center Monument Paostcard


Devil’s Lake

The Devil’s Lake Colony, was founded by the Jewish Colonization Association in 1883, and financed by Baron de Hirsch.

Ben Zion Greenberg was Postmaster & Justice of the Peace


The following Devil’s Lake colonists eventually moved to Grand Forks:

J. Aronovitch

Michael Fishman

Nathan Frankel

Moses Goldstein

Nathan Greenberg

Joseph Horwitz

Sam Levy

S. Linetzky

Pincus Schrieerman

Moshe Sprung



Jacob Thal, farmer


For more information see a Three Part extended article in Western States Jewish History:

  • A History of North Dakota Jewry and their Pioneer Rabbi, by Isadore Papermater, Vol X, #1, 2 & 3.

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