Welcome (ברוכים הבאים) to Beth Jacob Congregation! We are a diverse, 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 »

A Milestone Shabbat

Saturday, June 30
Please join us at Beth Jacob for a very special Shabbat honoring Rabbi Allen! On June 30th, come for services and a beautiful kiddush lunch as we honor and celebrate Rabbi Morris Allen for 32 years of amazing leadership. This is Rabbi Allen’s last Shabbat on the bimah before he begins his sabbatical year; don’t miss it!

Post-Kiddush Learning: Aging in Israel

After Kiddush; Saturday, June 23

Join us for a Post-Kiddush Learning session to learn about innovative models of care, as well as challenges faced when aging in Israel’s multi-faith and multicultural society. Rabbis Lynn Liberman, Cathy Nemiroff and Sharon Stiefel will share insights from their recent study tour in Israel. The tour included dialogue with policy makers, innovators in the field, and experts on alternative models of aging.  They visited sites serving populations including frail elderly, people with dementia, kibbutz residents, Holocaust survivors, and Arab citizens.

K’tanim Monarch Adventure

Hearing Her Voice

Summer Education Series
Jewish women have used their voices for thousands of years – to teach, to celebrate, to comfort, to prod us to be better. Woman’s voices have always been present, though we have not always been culturally attuned to hear them. This summer, hear Jewish women’s voices. Learn how women’s voices have shaped, and continue to shape, our tradition. Hear their stories.

  • Over the summer we will post a weekly quote by a prominent Jewish woman. Spanning from ancient to contemporary women, the quotes will be posted on the Beth Jacob Facebook page; make sure to like our Facebook page (just click here, then click the “like” button) to see the quotes in your feed. You’re invited to comment – What are your thoughts & reactions about the quote?
  • Learning evenings: Wednesdays July 11, 18, and 25.
    We will encounter together contemporary teachers on this subject through audio and video material. Rabbi Tamar and D. Marcos will facilitate. Topics for discussion: egalitarianism and Jewish law; rabbinic voices on sexual assault; and the women in Deuteronomy.
  • Movie: The Women’s Balcony
    Wednesday, August 8 at 7 pm
    An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
  • Women of the Bible Through an Artist’s Eyes
    Wednesday, August 15, at 7 pm
    Artist Dina O’Sullivan exhibits her drawings of women of the Bible and describes her interaction with their stories.

BJC Israel Trip

Israel: 
A Journey of our Shared Love & Responsibility
Led by Rabbi Morris Allen
December 25, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Travel to Israel during this 70th year of its Independence to both grapple with the challenges it faces, and the successes it shares. It will be a journey to remember, an opportunity for deepening our love of and our responsibility to Israel. It will provide an opportunity for seeing the challenges of pluralism, the need for peace and reconciliation with our Palestinian neighbors, and the need to better understand the needs of the minority cultures inside the State.

 

Click here for more info or to register.
Email Rabbi Allen if you’re interested,
or if you have any questions!

Rabbinic Transition Process

For information and updates on the Beth Jacob Rabbinic Transition process, including the Search Committee makeup, Survey and Conversation reports, and a Timeline, go to the “Rabbi Transition” tab on the top of the page, or click here.

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