Bruchim Habaim – Welcome to Beth Jacob Congregation! We are a Conservative synagogue of more than 350 families located near St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 »
This Shabbat Morning, Nov. 1
State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield will convene a conversation after kiddush about Ebola. This will be an opportunity to engage in an open conversation about both the disease itself and its treatment- as well as the response to it.
Welcome to the Scriptorium!
Sundays: Nov. 16, 23, & 30 4-5:30 pm
A Calligraphy and Scribal Arts Workshop Series
with D.Marcos Vital
Join congregational educator and sofer (scribe) D.Marcos Vital for a 3-part workshop exploring one of the fundamental components of safrut: ritual Hebrew calligraphy. Together, we will get a taste of rabbinic rules which guide ritual calligraphy, explore some historical examples, and most importantly, get a chance to sit and practice! All ages and all levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary.
Friendship and Jewish Identity
Shabbat, Dec. 6th
Explore what it means to be Jewish friends through the lens of Jewish Luck, a 2013 book that recounts the intertwined stories of two women, Vera and Alisa, who, in their struggles against the anti-Semitism and patriarchy of the Soviet regime as well as the rebranded “New” Russia succeed by creating their own luck.
Local sister co-authors Leslie Levine Adler and Meryll Page, descendants of Russian Jews who fled in the early 20th century, developed a passionate interest in Russian Studies and family history; walking through their lives with Vera and Alisa was a unique journey into their friendship and deepened the authors’ connection to the women and to each other. If you immigrated from the Former Soviet Union, please bring your own insights to the discussion. Leslie can translate from Russian if you would like. To learn more or read the book for yourself:
Have you ever wanted to lift the Torah scroll, showing three columns of script, without dropping it? Want to perfect your havdalah ritual? Braid a gorgeous challah? Do you know how to do these things and would enjoy sharing your skill with others?
Deadline for signing up as a teacher is October 31. Teaching will be in November and December, dates and times and places to be arranged by the teacher. Students will have an opportunity to sign up once teachers have been arranged.