Moses D. Pass, Pioneer Jewish Physician and Drugstore Owner of Nebraska

Moses D. Pass

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Moses Pass was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine in 1861.


Along the way . . . .

Moses Pass came to New York, in 1882.

He was a bookbinder at the time.

In 1895, Pass was naturalized as an American citizen.

Pass studied homeopathic medicine at the Cleveland Medical College (now Western Reserve University). He graduated, in 1896.

Dr. Pass continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, Louisville, earning his graduate degree, in 1899.



Nebraska, Vintage Postcard

Nebraska, Vintage Postcard

In 1881, Dr. Pass registered as a physician in Douglas, Lincoln and Thomas Counties in Nebraska.

In 1901, Dr. Pass practiced medicine in Elba, Nebraska

He also bought and sold real estate, earning a profit.

In 1906, Dr. Pass practiced medicine and worked as one of the town druggists in Wallace, Nebraska.

In 1909, Dr. Pass moved to Seneca, Nebraska.

Since they did not have a physician or drugstore, he bought land and moved his practice there.

His drugstore had a Star of David on it, proclaiming that the proprietors were Jewish.

Dr. Moses Pass' Drug Store circa 1910, Vintage Postcard

Dr. Moses Pass’ Drug Store circa 1910, Vintage Postcard

Not only did Dr. Moses Pass serve the people in Elba, Wallace and Seneca, but he was a railroad physician serving the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad.

He was also a “Union Pacific Surgeon.”


In 1915, Dr. Pass moved to Omaha, Nebraska and opened a new drugstore there.

In 1916, Moses Pass and his family moved to Broadwater, Nebraska.

He became the town physician and Yetta, his wife, sold notions (personal items) and drugs.



In 1937, Moses Pass spoke out against Fascism and Anti-Semitism.

In 1943, he contributed to the “Smokes for Service Men” campaign, which collected more than 1,700,000 cigarettes for overseas servicemen.



Moses Pass married Yetta Brodsky (1872-1971) in 1898 in Meridian, Connecticut.

Yetta was also an immigrant from the Ukraine. She was born in Kiev.

Together they had four children: Ruth, Miriam, Emanuel (d.1994) and Raphael (d.1997).


Dr. Moses Pass died in 1948 in Broadwater, Nebraska.

He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Tombstone of Dr. Moses Pass

Tombstone of Dr. Moses Pass


For more information see the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Pollak, Oliver B., “Moses D. Pass, MD and Stars of David in Nebraska Sand Hills.” Western States Jewish History, Vol. 46 Issue #4.


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