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St. Paul Jewish Community Center Records

Summary Information
Title: St. Paul Jewish Community Center Records
Dates: 1919-2000
Creator: Jewish Community Center (St. Paul, MN)
Extent: 17 boxes (12 cubic feet)
Location: All photographs (Series 6) are currently stored off-site with the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. Allow time for retrieval.
Language: Collection materials in English.
Collection Number: umja0002
Abstract:
The Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, opened in 1930 first under the name of the Jewish Educational Center, began as a space for religious education and community activity programs, creating a place the St. Paul Jewish community to come together for Jewish culture, child care, fitness, recreation and socialization.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Copyright:

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.


Arrangement

The collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Administrative and Correspondence

Series 2: Board Meeting and Committee Meeting Minutes

Series 3: Programs and Activities

Series 4: Publications and Publicity

Series 5: Scrapbooks

Series 6: Photographs


Historical Note

Before the present-day Jewish Community Center of St. Paul was created in 1948, there were other community organizations that paved the way to their success. The Neighborhood House, an organization to help poor immigrants on the West Side was founded in 1900 under the auspices of the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society and the Rabbis of Mt Zion. The Settlement House offered classes in English, homemaking, and social and recreational activities. The Lowertown Community Center (Central Community House) opened in 1921 with the mission of preventing juvenile delinquency. Later in the 1920s both Houses became more nonsectarian and Lowertown had become a Community Chest beneficiary. Other organizations such as B'nai B'rith, the YMHA and YWHA, and social clubs such as Aleph Beth sponsored activities at the houses with Jewish content. All of these groups contributed to the emergence of the JCC in St Paul. In 1930 the first iteration of the St. Paul Jewish Community Center (JCC) was opened as the Jewish Educational Center (JEC). The building, which housed both a Hebrew school and recreational facilities, quickly ran into financial difficulties due to the Depression. The JEC association turned to the Community Chest for assistance and, following their suggestions, was reorganized in 1934 into three parts: one part dedicated to owning and operating the building, one part dedicated to operating and maintaining the Hebrew School (the JEC), and one part dedicated to taking charge of the community activity programs. The part dedicated to community activity programs was the Jewish Center Activities Association (JCAA) which became eligible for Community Chest support; from this the present-day Jewish Community Center was created in 1948. The JCAA developed musical, theatre and scouting groups, and became the center of the St Paul Jewish community, although secondarily its programs were open to the wider community. In 1956 the original building on Holly and Grotto was sold and the programs were operated from temporary facilities in the Highland Park area. During 1958 the Jack Butwin Day Camp was established in the Rosemount area to meet the needs of middle-class families. Ground was broken for the present Jewish Community Center location in 1963 where the JCC continues to serve the mission of providing individuals, families and communities a place to come together for Jewish culture, child care, fitness, recreation and socialization in an inclusive and welcoming environment.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Records include administrative materials such as correspondence, board and committee meeting minutes, and program planning correspondence. Various publications, such as activity program schedule pamphlets, newsletters, and writing workshop booklets are also included. Photographs comprise their own series of materials, organized by subject and many are undated. Scrapbooks are oversized and in varied states of physical condition, most housing newsprint clippings.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Jewish Community Center (St. Paul)
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Community centers
  • Jewish community centers
  • Jewish camps
  • Jewish religious education
  • Jewish educators
  • Jewish outreach
  • Jewish families
  • Camps
  • Summer camps
Contents List
 Location  Title
 
Series 1: Administrative and Correspondence 1926-1994  
Box 1
JCC/JEC history, committee minutes, correspondence, press clippings 1919-1931  Box 1
 
Jewish Educational Center legal documents 1930-1941  Box 1
 
By-laws of JCAA, JEC 1934-1935  Box 1
Box 2
JEC reorganization 1933-1934 committee of seven, recommendations, community chest involvement, correspondence 1931-1935  Box 2
 
JEC/JCAA budgets 1931-1940, financial correspondence 1930-1942  Box 2
 
Save the Center Campaign 1932-1933  Box 2
Box 3
Population Study 1957-1959  Box 3
 
JCC Self Study of recreational and educational activities 1947-1952  Box 3
 
Community Chest Recreation Study 1943-1958  Box 3
 
Correspondence and studies of JEC/JCAA by Community Chest 1934-1940  Box 3
 
JCC Correspondence with Temple of Aaron 1957-1971  Box 3
 
Mortgage retirement fund 1943-1944  Box 3
 
JCC Correspondnece with United Jewish Fund and Council 1958-1971  Box 3
 
Materials on Neighborhood House 1965-1969  Box 3
 
Rosters Army, Navy 1944; Board 1963-1975; Youth 1953-54 1944-1975  Box 3
 
Bequests 1953-1966  Box 3
 
Board Correspondence 1926-1945  Box 3
 
Series 2: Board Meeting and Committee Meeting Minutes 1926-1994  
Box 1
Board Minutes and Reports 1930-1937  Box 1
 
Board Minutes 1934-1942  Box 1
 
Board of Director Minutes 1930-1948  Box 1
 
Board Minutes and reports, 1931-36; duplicates board member lists 1931-1941  Box 1
 
Annual meetings and Reports 1945-1958  Box 1
 
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1958-1961  Box 1
 
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1966-1967  Box 1
 
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1968-1970  Box 1
 
Board Minutes 1971-1973  Box 1
 
Board Minutes 1973-1975  Box 1
 
Board Minutes 1976-1977  Box 1
 
Executive Committee Minutes 1971-1974  Box 1
 
Women's Auxiliary of JEC: Constitution and Minutes 1939-1942  Box 1
 
Executive Committee minutes 1957-1964  Box 1
 
Executive Committee 1978  Box 1
Box 2
Staff Meetings Minutes 1935-1941  Box 2
 
Staff Meeting Minutes 1966-1968  Box 2
 
Staff Meeting Minutes 1969-1972  Box 2
 
Federation of Centers and Settlements Minutes 1939-1940  Box 2
 
Miscellaneous Annual Meeting Minutes 1939-1941  Box 2
 
Annual Meetings Minutes 1940-1941  Box 2
 
Annual Meetings, president and executive director reports 1942-1955  Box 2
 
Annual Meetings Minutes 1931-1980  Box 2
 
Houses Committee Meeting Minutes 1930-1949  Box 2
 
Library Committee Minutes 1931-1941  Box 2
 
Membership Committee Minutes 1940  Box 2
 
High Holiday Committee 1940-1941  Box 2
 
Jewish Center Activities Association Stay at Home Camp Minutes 1941  Box 2
 
Endowment Committee Meeting Minutes 1930-1940  Box 2
 
Self Study Committee and Self Evalations 1935-1947  Box 2
 
Day Camp Committee Meeting Minutes 1958-1959  Box 2
 
Nursery School Committee background materials 1947-1966  Box 2
 
Building Committee Meeting Minutes 1957-1969  Box 2
 
Building Committee Meeting Minutes 1965-1973  Box 2
 
Senior Adult Advisory Committee 1934-1970  Box 2
 
Teen Advisory Committee 1969-1970  Box 2
 
Miscellaneous Committees 1965-1978  Box 2
Box 4
Annual Meeting for Centenary 1954  Box 4
 
Series 3: Programs and Activities 1926-1994  
Box 1
$100.00 Dinner Fundraiser 1934-1935  Box 1
Box 3
JCC Forum 1944-1947, Orchestra Program 1936-1966  Box 3
 
Program Proposals 1977  Box 3
 
Membership Campaign 1946  Box 3
 
Alumni Council Banquet 1936  Box 3
 
Brownies 1953  Box 3
 
Records Town Criers 1953-54 Leader: Sonia Enkel 1953-1954  Box 3
 
Brownies 1954-1956  Box 3
 
Brownies 1955  Box 3
 
Teen Activities 1969  Box 3
 
Teen Activities 1969-1971  Box 3
 
Teen Activities 1970-1971  Box 3
 
Board of Minutes for Aleph Beth BBG 1946-1966  Box 3
 
Israel Independence Day Celebration 1968-1974  Box 3
 
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Day 1966-1969  Box 3
 
Russian Day Camp 1979  Box 3
Box 5
Activity Bulletins 1959-1979  Box 5
 
Activity Bulletins 1971-1984  Box 5
 
Activity Bulletins 1958-1982  Box 5
 
Activity Bulletins 1971-1977  Box 5
Box 6
Activity Program Schedule Booklets 1970-1972  Box 6
 
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1973  Box 6
 
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1974  Box 6
 
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1975-1976  Box 6
 
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1977  Box 6
 
Activity Program Schedule Newsletters 1982-1987  Box 6
Box 7
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1971  Box 7
 
Activity Program Schedule Booklet 1975-1984  Box 7
 
Summer Programs 1979-1980  Box 7
 
Winter/Spring Programs 1979-1981  Box 7
 
Fall/Winter Programs 1978-1986  Box 7
 
Series 4: Publications and Publicity 1926-1994  
Box 3
Senior Citizen Writings 1970-1989  Box 3
Box 4
Centerpiece Newsletter 1932-1937  Box 4
 
Centerpiece Newsletter 1948-1949  Box 4
 
Centerpiece Newsletter 1961-1969  Box 4
 
Centerpiece Newsletter 1951-1959  Box 4
 
Centerpiece Newsletter 1959-1966  Box 4
 
Centerpiece Newsletter 1966-1980  Box 4
 
Miscellaneous center activities 1939-1940  Box 4
 
News clippings 1935-1957  Box 4
 
Publicity Clippings Senior Citizens 1957-1959  Box 4
 
News clippings 1972-1973  Box 4
 
Leisure League writings to commemorate Jewish Book Month 1970-1972  Box 4
 
"What's Nu!" newsletter 1989-1993  Box 4
 
"Reflections" Senior Citizens Writing Workshop 1985-1992  Box 4
 
"Reflections" Senior Citizens Writing Workshop 1993-2000  Box 4
 
Series 5: Scrapbooks 1926-1994  
Box OS 001
JCC Women's Group Clippings 1951-1952  Box OS 001
Box OS 002
News clippings 1964-1965  Box OS 002
 
Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans clippings 1941-1943  Box OS 002
 
JCC Women's Group Clippings 1953-1954  Box OS 002
 
News clippings 1944-1967  Box OS 002
 
News clippings 1942-1945  Box OS 002
Box OS 003
News clippings 1964-1968  Box OS 003
 
Series 6: Photographs 1926-1994  
Box P 22
Buildings, New, Groundbreaking, F. 1 not dated  Box P 22
 
Buildings, New ,Plans, F. 2 not dated  Box P 22
 
Buildings, New, Miscellaneous, F. 3 not dated  Box P 22
 
Buildings, New, Model, F. 4 not dated  Box P 22
 
Buildings, Old not dated  Box P 22
 
Events, 50th Anniversary not dated  Box P 22
 
Events, Annual Dinners not dated  Box P 22
 
Events, Annual Meetings not dated  Box P 22
 
Events, Campaign Events not dated  Box P 22
Box P 23
Events, Celebration 1981 not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Festival of Life not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Fundraiser 198 not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Meetings not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Miscellaneous not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Service Organizations not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Spirit of Israel not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Sukkot not dated  Box P 23
 
Events, Israel not dated  Box P 23
 
People, Children and Youth not dated  Box P 23
 
People, Leadership not dated  Box P 23
 
People, Staff not dated  Box P 23
 
Portraits, F. 1 not dated  Box P 23
Box P 24
Portraits, F. 2 not dated  Box P 24
 
Programs (Adult), Athletic not dated  Box P 24
 
Programs (Adult), Cultural, F. 1 not dated  Box P 24
 
Programs (Adult), Cultural, F. 2 not dated  Box P 24
Box P 25
Programs (Adult), Cultural, F. 3 not dated  Box P 25
 
Programs (Adult), Elderly, F. 1 not dated  Box P 25
 
Programs (Adult), Elderly F. 2 not dated  Box P 25
 
Programs (Adult), Social not dated  Box P 25
 
Programs (Adult), Russian not dated  Box P 25
Box P 26
Programs (Childrens), Athletics, F. 1 not dated  Box P 26
 
Programs (Childrens), Athletics, F. 2 not dated  Box P 26
 
Programs (Childrens), Athletics, F. 3 not dated  Box P 26
 
Programs (Childrens), Camp Butwin, F. 1 not dated  Box P 26
 
Programs (Childrens), Camp Butwin, F. 2 not dated  Box P 26
Box P 27
Programs (Childrens), Camp (day), Pre-K – Kindergarten not dated  Box P 27
 
Programs (Childrens), Centerland Camp not dated  Box P 27
 
Programs (Childrens), Cultural, F. 1 not dated  Box P 27
 
Programs (Childrens), Cultural, F. 2 not dated  Box P 27
Box P 28
Programs (Childrens), Cultural, F. 3 not dated  Box P 28
 
Programs (Childrens), Cultural, F. 4 not dated  Box P 28
 
Programs (Childrens), Nursery School not dated  Box P 28
 
Programs (Childrens), Social not dated  Box P 28