The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has welcomed Robin Doroshow as its new executive director.
“I’m looking forward to working with people in the community who have stories to share and are excited about this kind of stuff, same as I am,” Doroshow said.
She is also excited to educate the community about Jewish history.
“(My vision for the organization is) to continue to provide education, events and exhibits of interest to Jewish and general communities about the Jewish history of the upper Midwest,” she said.
After many years working part time, Doroshow wanted to return to a full-time position but was not sure what to do. She joined the historical society in early December.
Doroshow worked with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, at private law firms and wrote several published pieces for The American Jewish World, The Forward, The Daily Planet and TC Jewfolk.
“The consistent piece was that it was always working in the public interest with nonprofit organizations serving minority populations,” she said. “Will (my next job) be legal path or nonprofit? I looked at both. I happened upon this job.”
Despite not having an advanced history degree, Doroshow landed the job.
“To me it seemed like a great fit,” she said. “I’m really interested in history especially when it involved the Midwest and Jewish history because that’s my history.”
The organization’s board of directors agreed.
“We are confident that she is the best candidate to lead our next phase at Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest,” said Board President Jamie Heilicher. “She is dedicated to our mission of promoting the vitality and continuity of Jewish life through the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the Jewish cultural experience in the Upper Midwest.”
Doroshow believes five years of freelance writing will help in her new position as she seeks to connect with other organizations, apply for grants and attract new members.
Doroshow has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Judaic studies from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She also completed coursework at The Jewish Theological Seminary, Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.
She lives in Golden Valley with her husband Rich Kronfeld and children Theo, 14, and Raina, 13. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, meditation, genealogy and spending time with family and friends.
For more information about the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, visit jhsum.org.
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