Welcome (ברוכים הבאים) to Beth Jacob Congregation! We are an egalitarian Conservative synagogue of more than 350 families located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, easily accessible from all parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. We are guided by the principles of Torah (study), Avodah (meaningful worship and work), and Gemilut Chasidim (acts of loving kindness). We exist as a congregation in order to practice and further our understanding of Conservative Judaism through the celebration of Shabbat, holidays and lifecycle events, and daily practice. More »
Members of the Beth Jacob community have been spending their summer in myriad ways and places, and we’d like to see them! Send photos of you in far-flung (or near-flung) locales and/or doing exciting activities to Pics@Beth-Jacob.org, and click below to see others!
Sunday, August 21, 10 am
Saturday, August 27 after Kiddush
From The New Jim Crow:
“As the United States celebrated the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status — much like their grandparents before them.”
The Social Justice Committee invites you to read and discuss with us The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. For a copy of The New Jim Crow, stop by the Beth Jacob library to borrow one or add your name and contact information to the waiting list. Call the office if you’d like to check availability or add your name to the waiting list. When you return a copy, check the waiting list and let the next person in line know that it’s available. (Public libraries have long reserve lists for the book.) The book is $12.80 from Amazon, or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.
Join us at Beth Jacob to discuss The New Jim Crow on Sunday, August 21st at 10 am and/or Saturday, August 26th after kiddush.
Interested in learning about other faiths and creating relationships at the same time?
The Niagara Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to foster civic conversations and sustained relationships” among people of different cultures and faiths. One of their programs is to coordinate the gathering of small, interfaith groups.
A small group is comprised of at least three families or couples of different faiths. The people meet in each others’ homes three times after an initial orientation given by the Niagara Foundation. At that time, the group can determine their own agenda and whether they want to prepare simple or complete meals. Coordination of unattached individuals is possible under some conditions. To register, or to find out more, send an email to Minnesota@
We encourage you to give this interfaith program a try!
Sunday, August 21 , 2-4; Wabun Picnic Area
K’tanim are going to the Wabun Wading Pool! Splash and play on the playground; K’tanim will provide frozen treats to enjoy!
Many congregants have medical equipment in their homes that they needed temporarily, but no longer need. Many items are only gathering cobwebs (crutches, shower chairs, wheel chairs or “travel” chairs, etc.). Most of us would love for them to be used and are willing to lend them out.
Beth Jacob has set up a way to share your equipment or borrow what you need; go to Beth-Jacob.org/MedEquip. Add your name and item to the list, or, if you need an item, contact the person who has it. Refuah Shleimah!
Just as we are sustained by the Torah, individually and together as a community, so we must sustain and maintain the Torah for the future of our community, for our children and their children, for the next generation.
As we complete the repairs to the parchment and begin the repairs to the text of our Torah scroll, we are asking each and every family to dedicate some element of the repairs by making a donation to our Year of Torah Annual Fundraiser. Sign up using the form below, and remember, you can donate in any amount!
Your participation is essential to the future of the Beth Jacob community and to the work that we are doing both now and throughout the year. Please consider what elements of the Torah repair you and your family would like to sponsor, and consider whether you can do one level higher.
Together, let us transmit Torah from generation to generation both by physically repairing our Torah scroll for the next generation of Beth Jacob, and by supporting the shul community that has been there to support each of us at our moments of need. Together, we can plant the seeds that will be the proverbial carob trees for our children and grandchildren, for our friends and neighbors, for our shul. Thank you!