[B'nai Israel] Community Event of Jewish Interest
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Sun Apr 19 09:47:07 CDT 2015
The Early History of the Jewish Community of Grand Forks
at MYRA HOUSE, SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2 PM, 2405 Belmont Road
Dr. Ken Dawes is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at UND, and as a
child he lived in the house previously occupied by the Papermaster
family. Dr. Dawes is a wonderful speaker and we hope you can join us.
Rabbi Papermaster (1859 - 1934) served as first Rabbi in Grand Forks
for more than forty years. A native of Lithuania and a graduate of a
very prestigious Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kovno, Lithuania,
he was called to Grand Forks in 1891 to serve a rapidly growing and
diverse Jewish community.
About sixty Jewish families representing several religious, cultural,
and educational traditions had taken up residence in the city and
many lived in the same near southside neighborhood. The task for
Rabbi Papermaster was to knit this diverse group into a common
Throughout his long service as Rabbi of the Grand Forks congregation
he also served Jewish families living in other parts of the
state. He was active in civic affairs and was an effective
spokesperson for the Jewish community even teaching Hebrew to Lutheran Pastors.
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