Beth El Synagogue 1920-Present: Jewish Tradition Enriching Minnesota Life

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Beth El Foundation of Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2015
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

Progress indicators for the first (current) phase of this multi-phase project were met. The research report, as well as the newly-organized Beth El Archives are currently housed at Beth El Synagogue. The report has been added to Beth El's library and is available for perusal by interested parties. The report has also been sent to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.

These results were attainable due to the professional and efficient manner in which the research firm (Museology Museum Services) guided the project director and many volunteers toward the completion of this formidable project. Their skill, experience and enthusiasm was extraordinary. Financial support from the Minnesota Historical Society (in the form of this grant), as well as the tireless work of project volunteers and the dedicated staff of Beth El Synagogue contributed greatly to the project's successful outcome. Support from the Board of Trustees of Beth El Synagogue and the Beth El Foundation trough their approval for staff resources (i.e., project director) and office equipment (i.e., copies/scans) played an important part in maintaining the project's momentum.. We are grateful for the expressed continuing support of these boards as the project moves on to future phases.

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
Gary Krupp (President), Sally Forbes Friedman (Vice President), John Orenstein (Vice President), Rick Bunin (Treasurer), Bonnie Bongard Goldish (Secretary), Melanie Barry, Lou Ann Bongard, Andy Furman, Bonnie Heller, Anne Hope, Bob Karon, Gil Mann, Noah Marell, Isaac Rischall, Steve Sanderson, Stanley Segelbaum, Stan Smith, Paul Tuchman, Cantor Audrey Abrams, Rabbi Alexander Davis, Rabbi Avi Olitzky, Rabbi Kassel Abelson, Cantor Neil Newman
Project Overview

To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Beth El Synagogue in Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Beth El Foundation of Minnesota
Street Address
5225 Barry Street West
St. Louis Park
Zip Code