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The Leona G. and David A. Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives

The Leona G. and David A. Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives

This University of Arizona web exhibit focuses on the Jewish community and its historical contributions in Tucson, Arizona. Traditionally, United States Southwestern history has focused on the contributions of Native Americans, and people whose ancestral roots are in Mexico and Europe. Until recently, little has been written documenting the pioneer Jewish experience. Visitors to this website will learn that Jewish pioneers not only built Jewish communities, but that they also made significant contributions to the development of the Southwest. The Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives at the University of Arizona Library presents several educational exhibits. First is Jewish Images of the Southwest which presents the Jewish pioneer experience. Second is Synagogues of the Southwest, reinforcing that pioneer Jews placed a priority on maintaining their beliefs, values, and traditions even amid the hazards of the nation's frontier.


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