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Fay Avivah Jonas Kaye papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1322

Scope and Contents

The Fay Avivah Jonas Kaye papers date from 2022, but discuss events from 1900 to 2000, and measure .025 linear inches in one folder. The entirety of the papers is made up of two essays composed by Kaye about the Jewish community in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and a biography of her mother. Photographs of Miriam Jonas, Beth El Synagogue, and its congregation are included within the essays.


  • Creation: 2022


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Fort Dodge, Iowa, housed a small Jewish community starting in the early 1900s. This community grew throughout the twentieth century. It peaked during the midcentury with upwards of thirty households attending services at the Beth El Synagogue. From the late 1980s, the Jewish population in Fort Dodge and the surrounding towns dwindled, and in 2000 the congregation at Beth El Synagogue disbanded.

Fay Avivah Jonas Kaye and her mother Miriam Jonas were passionate members of the Fort Dodge congregation from 1956 to 1989. In two essays, Kaye describes her mother’s harrowing journey out of Nazi Germany and the thriving Jewish communities of rural post-war Iowa.


.025 linear inches (housed in SCVF)

Language of Materials



Essays about the Beth El Synagogue and the Fort Dodge Jewish community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1673) were donated by Fay Avivah Jonas Kaye in 2022.

Fay Avivah Jonas Kaye papers
Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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