Muus v. Muus

Divorce in Minnesota's nineteenth century Norwegian-Lutheran community was a rarity. Legal separation between a leading pastor and his wife was unheard of. But an 1879 court case in Holden Township led to both those outcomes, and triggered a public debate about married women's legal rights.

Color photograph of Rabbi Stacy Offner with a congregant of Shir Tikvah Synagogue.

Rabbi Stacy Offner with a congregant of Shir Tikvah Synagogue

Rabbi Stacy Offner with a congregant of Shir Tikvah Synagogue.

Color photograph of Rabbi Stacy Offner.

Rabbi Stacy Offner

Rabbi Stacy Offner.

Color photograph of Shir Tikvah Synagogue.

Side view of Shir Tikvah Synagogue

A side view of the exterior of Shir Tikvah Synagogue on the former site of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.

Color photograph of Shir Tikvah Synagogue.

Shir Tikvah Synagogue

The front façade of Shir Tikvah Synagogue on the former site of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.

Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis

Shir Tikvah is a Reform congregation located in south Minneapolis. It was founded in 1988 after a dispute at St. Paul's Mount Zion Temple over the homosexuality of Associate Rabbi Stacy Offner. Offner resigned from Mount Zion in February 1988. She was the first woman rabbi in Minnesota.

Shofar used at Mount Zion Hebrew Association

Shofar used at Mount Zion Hebrew Association

Shofar (ceremonial ram's horn) used at Mount Zion Hebrew Association by hazzan Lion Kalmon. Shofars are used during the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Black and white photograph of the interior of Mount Zion Temple c.2012.

Interior of Mount Zion Temple c.2012

The interior of Mount Zion Temple c.2012.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of Mount Zion Temple c. 2012.

Mount Zion Temple c.2012

The exterior of Mount Zion Temple c.2012.

Black-and-white photograph of the third Mount Zion building.

Third Mount Zion building

Black-and-white photograph of the third Mount Zion building.

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