Black-and-white photograph of the interior of the Temple of Aaron during a worship service c.1960.

Temple of Aaron

Black-and-white photograph of the interior of the Temple of Aaron during a worship service c.1960.

Temple of Aaron, St. Paul

By 1910, some of St. Paul's Eastern European Jews had moved from their original immigrant neighborhoods in Lowertown and the West Side to the Cathedral Hill district. A group of Orthodox men met that year to discuss creating a new congregation there. It would conserve traditional Jewish practices, but modernize them to appeal to the next generation.

Black and white photograph of the front exterior of B'nai Abraham Congregation taken in 1922.

B'nai Abraham Congregation, Minneapolis

Photograph of the front exterior of B'nai Abraham Congregation taken in 1922. The building, at the corners of Ninth Street and Thirteenth Avenue South in Minneapolis, was originally a Methodist church.

B'nai Abraham Congregation, Minneapolis

B'nai Abraham Congregation grew out of the Romanian Jewish community that developed in South Minneapolis in the 1880s. The congregation prospered until the neighborhood's Jewish population shrank after World War II. A move to St. Louis Park in the early 1950s rejuvenated membership, and B'nai Abraham merged with Mikro-Tifereth in 1972, creating a new congregation: B'nai Emet.

Black and white photograph of the construction of a new building for B'nai Abraham Congregation (later B'nai Emet Synagogue) at Ottawa Avenue and Highway 7, St. Louis Park, December 8, 1958.

Construction of B'nai Abraham Congregation (later B'nai Emet Synagogue)

Construction of a new building for B'nai Abraham Congregation (later B'nai Emet Synagogue) at Ottawa Avenue and Highway 7, St. Louis Park, December 8, 1958.

B'nai Emet Synagogue, St. Louis Park

The product of multiple mergers between some of the Minneapolis area's oldest congregations, B'nai Emet Synagogue held worship services at its St. Louis Park location from 1972 until 2011. The synagogue enjoyed a moment in the spotlight as a shooting location for a 2009 Coen Brothers film before joining with Minnetonka's Adath Jeshurun Congregation in 2011.

Black and white photograph of Men's board, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minneapolis, c.1950.

Men's board, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minneapolis

Men's board, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minneapolis, c.1950.

Black and white photograph of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, 1948.

Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis

Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, 1948.

Black and white photograph of children at Adath Jeshurun Nursery School, Minneapolis, 1938.

Adath Jeshurun Nursery School, Minneapolis

Adath Jeshurun Nursery School, Minneapolis, 1938.

Black and white portrait of Albert I. Gordon, c.1930, Rabbi of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis 1930-1946.

Albert I. Gordon, rabbi of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis from 1930 until 1946

Albert I. Gordon, c.1930, Rabbi of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis from 1930 until 1946.

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