Hibbing Drive-In Theater on a 1972 Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online (MHAPO) aerial photograph.
The 350 car Hibbing Drive-in Theater,11364 East Highway 37, Hibbing, MN, opened in 1955 and was sold by the family in 1980. It closed in 1985.
Photograph courtesy of Clint Lindstrom
The Jewish community was so small that Hibbing did not have a rabbi. When it came time for Bob to study for his bar mitzvah a rabbi arrived by bus from New York. The rabbi was a very old man, with black robes and a white beard, like a character from the Old Testament. The Jewish community found him a room downtown and, every day after school, Bob went there and studied with him. Bob had his bar mitzvah in May 1954. There was a party for 400 guests at the Androy Hotel, with relatives driving in from Duluth and beyond. Afterward, the Jews did not want to keep the Orthodox rabbi on — he looked too old-fashioned in go-ahead 1954 Hibbing — and so he went back to New York.
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The Hibbing synagogue, Agudath Achim congregation bought the Swedish Evangelical Emanuel Lutheran Church from the Oliver Mining Co. in 1922 and had it moved from North Hibbing to 2nd Avenue West. The steeple was removed and the interior reconfigured for use as a Jewish house of worship. The congregation disbanded by the 1980s when the structure was sold and turned into an apartment buiilding.
“The Zimmermans have another son, David, 17, a serious music student and fine piano player. He also has an excellent voice and occasionally performs as a volunteer cantor in the Hibbing synagogue, chanting the entire service with admirable intonation. David’s chanting, if one listens closely, sounds a bit like Bobby’s. It seems to come from the heart and reaches out to other hearts.”
I went to church on Sunday and she passed by,
My love for her is taking such a long time to die…
“The former Agudath Achim Synagogue in Hibbing, Minn., where Bob Dylan became bar mitzvah. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the building that formerly housed Agudath Achim Synagogue, at 2320 W. Second St., in Hibbing, Minn., the Orthodox shul where the Zimmerman family worshipped and where 13-year-old Bobby Zimmerman marked his religious coming of age by chanting the haftarah when he became bar mitzvah, is up for sale. The white building with four golden stained-glass windows and a three-color circle with the Star of David at the south peak is listed for sale on the website Craigslist and is being shown by Perella & Associates as a possible single-family home or duplex, and the asking price is $119,000.”
Bob Zimmerman’s Bar Mitzvah (בר מצוה)10:00 Saturday 12 June 1954
20:00 Dinner Dance, Georgian Room, Androy Hotel
“The Fifties were a simpler time. You had the whole town to roam around in, and there didn’t seem to be any sadness or fear or insecurity. It was just woods and sky and rivers and streams, winter and summer, spring, autumn. The changing of the seasons. The culture was mainly circuses and carnivals, preachers and barnstorming pilots, hillbilly shows and comedians, big bands and whatnot. Powerful radio shows and powerful radio music…”
The Georgian Room, Androy Hotel, Hibbing, where the bar mitzvah dinner took place
The Maki Trio Famous Song & Dance Orchestra
Arvo Maki — accordion
Signe Maki — saxophone
Sulo Maki — drums
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