[B'nai Israel] Community Event of Jewish Interest

B'nai Israel Bulletin via Bulletin bulletin at bnaiisraelnd.org
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 
worshiping/serving community.

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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