Color image of the Description: interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of the Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

B’nai Israel Synagogue

B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

B’nai Israel Synagogue, Rochester

Small Jewish communities arose at the turn of the twentieth century in several southern Minnesota market towns. In each, Jews gathered for religious purposes. But it was only in Rochester that a formal synagogue, B’nai Israel, was established. The founding of Mayo Clinic in 1905 created a need for a local congregation that could serve Jewish patients. After almost a century of holding worship services in former residences, B’nai Israel built its first synagogue building in 2008.

Color photograph of Jane Smith Williamson’s gravestone at the Greenwood, South Dakota Cemetery.

Jane Smith Williamson’s gravestone at the Greenwood, South Dakota Cemetery

Jane Williamson’s tombstone in the cemetery on the former Yankton Reservation in Greenwood, South Dakota bears a Daughters of the American Revolution marker identifying her as a descendant of a Revolutionary War veteran. Photograph by Lois Glewwe.

Black and white photograph of Dakota Indians at Williamson home (Pajutazee Mission) near Yellow Medicine, 1862.

Dakota Indians at Williamson home (Pajutazee Mission) near Yellow Medicine

Dakota Indians at Williamson home (Pajutazee Mission) near Yellow Medicine, 1862. Jane Williamson is the third from the right in this photograph taken on Sunday, August 17, 1862, the day before the U.S. Dakota War broke out across the Minnesota prairies. The photo was taken by visiting photographer Adrian Ebell in front of the Williamson house at the Pajutazee mission. Others identified include, left to right: Margaret Poage Williamson, unknown child, Sarah Hopkins (Wanyahiyawin), Thomas Smith Williamson, unknown woman with child, Robert Hopkins (Caskedan), Jane Williamson, Samuel Hopkins, unknown woman.

Photogravure of Jane Williamson, undated.

Jane Williamson

Photogravure of Jane Williamson, undated. Reproduced in “What Israel Ought to Do,” a Sermon on Home Missionary Work in Minnesota, by Rev. Wm. C. Covert, October 12, 1899. Jane Williamson is the only woman pictured in this overview of Presbyterian missionaries in the early years of the Dakota Mission. The photograph from which this photogravure was made has never been located and its date is unknown.

Williamson, Jane Smith (1803–1895)

Jane Williamson was a schoolteacher and anti-slavery activist in Ohio before coming to the Presbyterian Dakota Mission at Lac qui Parle in 1843. She spent the remaining fifty-two years of her life working with the Dakota people.

Black and white photograph of Sholom Home groundbreaking ceremony

Sholom Home groundbreaking ceremony

Ada Rubenstein (right), president of the Sholom Home board of directors, and a Sholom Home resident break ground for a new building during the late 1970s. Reproduced in And Prairie Dogs Weren’t Kosher? by Linda Mack Schloff (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1996), page 196. Use permission granted by Ann Regan.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

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