The CHAIowan Newsletter

The CHAIowan—the newsletter of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society—was published from 1998 to 2012. It highlighted the activities of the IJHS, announced upcoming events, and presented brief articles on Iowa’s Jewish history as well as the individuals and institutions making history throughout our state.

The name of the newsletter and its logo are intended to convey the purpose and focus of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, namely Jewish life and living in Iowa yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Below is a list of the different editions of the newsletter with the major research topic highlighted. You can also download a spreadsheet version of this index for easy review.

 

Fall 1998

Alexander Levi, Founder of Iowa Jewry by David Gradwohl; Native Iowa Jewish Filmmaker Completes Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa

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Spring 1999

Julia Bloom Mayer by David Gradwohl; Keeping Yiddish Alive: The Workmen’s Circle in Des Moines

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Fall 1999

Abraham Shulkin-Designer and Wood Carver by David Gradwohl; Donation of The Schindler Cup

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Spring 2000

Connie and David Belin Memorial Established; Moses Bloom by David Gradwohl; Here’s Daddy: Reminiscences of Elaine Robinson

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Fall 2000

Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan Gift Announced and the Creation of the Martin Bucksbaum Fine Arts Center; Rabbi Eugene Mannheimer by David Gradwohl; Beginnings of the Ames Jewish Congregation: A Personal Reminiscence by David Gradwohl

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Spring 2001

A Member of the Diaspora by Ruth David, Ames, Iowa; Joseph Morris Sinaiko by David Gradwohl; From Our Archives: Ted Livingston

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Fall 2001

William Shephard Handler by David Gradwohl; IJHS to Share Materials with the Iowa Womens Archives; IJHS Oral History Project by Phillip Burns; The Aliber Company from oral history of Phil Burns

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Spring 2002

David W. Belin by David Gradwohl; A Witness Remembers- Yom Ha Shoah Address by Ronald Rabinovitz; IJHS Oral History Project: As I Recall by Alfred E. Lisey

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Fall 2002

Mary Cohen Davidson by David Gradwohl; From the IJHS Archives: Faye Schenck

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Spring 2003

Ellis I. Levitt by David Gradwohl; From the IJHS Archives: Benjamin “Babe” Witten

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Fall 2003

Far from Hitler: The Scattergood Hostel for European Refugees 1939 – 1943; Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Story

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Spring 2004

Veterans in a House Divided: My Jewish Great-Grandfathers in the American Civil War by David Mayer Gradwohl; A Proud Veteran Dispossesses: My Grandfather as a Decorated WWI Veteran and Refugee from Nazi Germany by Hanna Rosenberg Gradwohl ; Sioux City Does Its Part – World War II; Witnesses to History: Liberators – Bennett Gordon, Ronald “Uby” Rabinovitz, Archie Weindruch; Iowa Immigrant History on Display at the University of North Iowa

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Fall 2004

The Shawl- and a Blizzard in Council Bluffs, Iowa by Elaine Mayer Gradwohl; Life in Nazi Germany–Four Stories (Peter Pintus, Ruth David, Herbert David, Warner Bergh)

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Spring 2005

Samuel Gradwohl, A Jewish Merchant in Mt. Pleasant in the 1870s by David Gradwohl; Rosenthal’s Transfer and Storage; The Arenson-Sherman Family Groceries; Hockenberg, Sideman, and Caplan Grocerie; Immigration to Iowa: The Galveston Project Jewish Agricultural Society and the Industrial Removal Office by Jody Hramits

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Fall 2005

B’nai Israel Synagogue in Keokuk: The First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Iowa by David Gradwohl; Marv’s Market by David Arkovich

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Spring 2006

B’nai Israel Synagogue: An Abiding Legacy by William E. Ramsey and Betty Dineen Shrier; The History of Frankels Clothing Company by Jody Kolmen

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Fall 2006

Emanuel Philip Adler by David Gradwohl; New Friends of the IJHS: A Few Things I’ve Learned about my Family by Don Stoltz, Denver, CO

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Spring 2007

The Kinder Transport: Esther Bergh’s Journey to England, Israel, and America adapted by Krys Phillips; Sam’s Family by Marcia Levitt Goldstein

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Fall 2007

Iowa’s Jewish Cemeteries: Mirrors of History, Diversity, Continuity, and Change by David Gradwohl

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Summer 2008

Albert and Esther Rosenberg Family by Ray Rosenberg; Children of Israel Cemetery by Jonathan Yentis

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Fall 2008

Kristallnacht 1938 Observed: My Great-Uncles’s Eyewitness Account by Hanna Rosenberg Gradwohl; A Brief History of the Jews of Iowa City and Agudas Achim Synagogue by Rabbi Jeffrey Portman

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Summer 2012

In Search of Our Grandfather by Warren and Stuart Grover; Honoring Iowa’s Jewish Veterans; Iowans in the Civil Warby Lindsey Smith

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Fall 2012

Special Edition Recognizing 1,200 of Iowa’s Jewish Veterans

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