Nanci and Allan Garon's Family Website
Jews of Greater Region - Introduction

Many of our Jewish ancestors imigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe and settled in Duluth and Superior, and the surrounding areas of Northern Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. They came in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This family website is about our family, our huge extended family and about many of the other Jews who settled and lived in this region. This page provides information and resources that are applicable to the Greater Region.


Nathan and Teresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives - - click here    (website)
University of Minnesota Libraries
Contain important archival holdings chronicling the activities of the Jewish community in the region

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest - - click here    (website)
jhsum.org where generations connect to get the whole story
GENEALOGY: Consider these research options if you are planning on diving into a search for genealogy-related information:

Jewish Businesses and Organizatons of the Greater Region - - click here    (page on this website)
Index of Jewish Businesses and Organizations with pictures and information

Obituary Index - Duluth News-Tribune Archives - - click here    (website)
This index contains names and dates of obituaries printed in the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald newspapers from 1962 to the present.
Copies of obituaries can be ordered online and copies are sent through the mail and cost $2.00 for each obituary.

Jewish Family Portraits (originated predominantly in the Vilna region) - - click here    (website)
Eilat Gordin Levitan Website
Indexed by city in the Old Country:
Dolhinov | Horodok | Krasne | Krivichi | Kurenets | Radoshkovichi | Rakov | Vashki | Vileyka | Vishnevo | Volozhin | Maladzyechna | Lebedevo | Dunilovichi | Druya | Glubokoye | Kossovo | Postavy | Ilja | Ivie | Kaziany | Novogrudok | Olshan | Smorgon | Sharkovshchyzna | Minsk | Deretchin | Vilna | Kovno | Oshmany | Lyntupy | Panevezys | Braslav | Rokiskis | Siauliai | Soly | Vidzy | Zaslav | Pasvalys | Viazhin | Krakow | Riga | Ivenetz | Birzai | Dvinsk | Pinsk | Grodno | Lida | Slonim | Warsaw | Baranowice | Krevo | Opsa | Bransk | Bialystok | Lodz
Indexed by family name:
Abramowicz | Abramson | Adler | Alperovitz | Alter | Arotzker | Avnaim | Axelrod | Baksht | Barbakov | Berger | Berkman | Berkovitz | Berlin | Berman | Bernstein | Berzon | Bloch | Bobrowicz | Bogin | Botwinik | Bozparozbany | Bronitsky | Bronstein | Brudner | Brudno | Budgor | Budovnitz | Bumstein | Bunimovitz | Cahanovitz | Chadash | Chagall | Chait | Chayklin | Chedekel | Cheres | Chomsky | Chosid | Codosh | Costrell | Danishevski | Dardak | Davidson | Deitch | Demsky | Deutsch | Dikenstein | Dimenstein | Dinnerstein | Dlot | Dokshitzki | Dolgow | Dorfan | Drechinski | Drenger | Dubin | Dudman | Durmashkin | Dworzecki | Eidelman | Eishiski | Ekman | Epstein | Erenburg | Etkind | Evans | Falk | Farberman | Feigel | Feygelson | Flant | Friedman | Futerfas | Garber | Garfinkel | Gdud | Gelman | Gershovitz | Gershwin | Gerstein | Ginsburg | Gitelzon | Gitlin | Gitlitz | Gold | Goldman | Golob | Gordin | Gordon | Greenholtz | Greenhouse | Grosbein | Gurevitz | Gutman | Harkavy | Hayutin | Heifetz | Helberg | Hillman | Hochstein | Hofenberg | Hoffman | Isaacson | Jackan | Jaffe | Kagan | Kaganovich | Kahan | Kalka | Kamenetsky | Kanterovitz | Kantor | Kapit | Kaplan | Katz | Katzowitz | Kazalovski | Kivilovitz | Klaczko | Klausner |Kline | Klingberg | Kopilovitz | Kosovsky | Kotler | Kowarski | Kramnik | Krechmer | Kremer | Kriger | Krivitsky | Kulbak | Kunstler | Kuperstock | Kur | Kuzenitz | Landau | Lane | Laskov | Lavit | Leibmann | Levin | Levitan | Liff | Lifshitz | Limon | Lipetz | Lunin | Luria | Luntz | Macht | Magid | Maisel | Malishkevitz | Malkin | Mandel | Meirovitz | Melamed | Meltzer | Milikowsky | Mordehowicz | Norman | Oshri | Pablovsky | Parlov | Penski | Perlin | Persky | Peschkowsky | Pintov | Podberesky | Pokempner | Pont | Popel | Potashnik | Ptalis | Pupkin | Rabin | Rabinovitz | Rabunski | Raichel |Rakower | Reitshtein | Reznik | Riar | Rogovin | Rogozin | Rolnik | Rosen | Rosenberg | Rosenblum | Rosenson | Rubin | Rubinson | Rubinstein | Ruderman | Rutkowski | Sacks | Sandler | Schlesinger | Schneerson | Schreibman | Segal | Shapiro | Sharett | Sheinhous | Shenker | Shepsenwohl | Shereshevsky | Shertok | Shiff | Shimshelvitz | Shiniyuk | Shmukler | Shochat | Shorr | Shperber | Shpringer | Shriro | Shubitz | Shulman | Shuster | Simon | Sklut | Skolnick | Slutsky | Smorgonski | Sobol | Soloveichik | Sosensky | Sparber | Spektor | Spilka |Spreiregen | Srebnik | Strashun | Strunsky | Stupel | Sud | Sutzkever | Swirsky | Szewach | Szyszko | Tabachovitz | Taibel | Tarshish | Tauger | Teitz | Turov | Twersky | Vaksmakher | Vishniak | Volcani | Wainer | Weisbord | Wilder | Wilkanski | Wolfowich | Wouk | Yafe | Yatzkan | Yudelowitz | Zaltzman | Zandman | Zavodnick | Zecharia | Zelmanovich | Zimbal | Zimmerman | Ziskind | Zuckerman | Zusman

Jewish Lithunia - Haruth Communications - - click here    (website)
Contains a compendium of information on Lithuanian Jews. If you click on “People of 1000 Towns” at the bottom, you will see links to photos of various towns in Lithuania and other countries in Eastern Europe. But the best part is the family links. If you click on a family name, you will get postings from people researching that surname. Fascinating! If you find anything on our relatives, please let us know. (from Pat Fuller)

Jewish Web Index - - click here    (website)
Huge list of resources for Jewish genealogy
created by Ted Margulis

Minnesota Reflections - - click here    (website)
A database of digitized original materials shared by cultural heritage organizations located across our state.
These materials include images, text, audio, film, and more, with new items added on a regular basis. The resources found on this site support research for scholars, educators, students, and the public. Minnesota Reflections is the premier project of the Minnesota Digital Library.
The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL), a service of Minitex, is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution via the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Additional funding is provided by Minitex. MDL's collaborative partners, including the University of Minnesota, also contribute substantial in-kind services.

Immigration History Research Center - University of Minnesota - click here    (website)
A Research Center of the College of Liberal Arts
Transforming our understanding of immigration in the past and present

Scrap Stories from the Upper Midwest - Peddlers to Processors - click here    (page on this website)
A VIP invitation to the Scrap Stories Exhibit displayed at the Sabes JCC in Minneapolis
created by Mryna Orensten and produced by Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Jewish Scrap Stories from the Upper Midwest - - book (107 pages)
Edited by Linda Mack Schloff
Upper Midwest Jewish History - Volume 7, Spring 2016 - produced by Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Duluth Greater Area Temples and Synagogues - - click here    (page on this site)
Historical information about the Temples and Synagogues in Duluth
Information from various other sources.

Exhibit Tells the Story of Baseball's Role in Jewish-American Life - click here    (website)
NBC News - by Jon Schuppe - published May 15, 2016 - courtesy of Charles Orlowek
"Very interesting! Maybe next time they'll mention Uncle Morrie (Arnovich)." comment by Nate Orlowek

From Exclusion to Integration: The Story of Jews in Minnesota - click here    (website)
MNOPEDIA - How Jews Have Shaped the State
Poverty, prejudice, and persecution sparked two waves of Jewish immigration to the US in the 19th century. The first wave (1820–1880) consisted of about 250,000 Jews from German-speaking regions of central Europe, fewer than 1000 of whom made their way to Minnesota. The second and largest wave (1882–1924) was made up of more than two million Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe. About twenty thousand settled in Minnesota.

Books about the Jews of Duluth and of the Greater Region - - click here    (page on this site)
A listing of reference books with cover pictures, information and summaries.
Books about Bob Dylan with info on his life as a Jew in Minnesota - - click here    (page on this site)
Books that can be purchased from your favorite book seller





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