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 »
“I appreciate having the chance to make these meaningful relationships in an INFORMAL setting. It made a difference the next shabbat to say hello to my host and table mates and BJ felt like a closer community.”
-Share a Shabbat Table Participant
Would you like to get to know other members of Beth Jacob better? Whether you are a new member or an old-timer, you will love this new program that will help all of us to reach beyond our usual social circles in the shul and engage the entire community. The second “Share a Shabbat Table” program will take place on May 5th.
“Share a Shabbat Table” is a new program to bring together members of the Beth Jacob community with a series of shabbat dinners hosted by members in their homes. The aim of “Share a Shabbat Table” is to connect congregants with others they might not yet have had a chance to get to know by sharing an erev shabbat dinner together. We hope everyone will participate! Make sure that you sign up at www.Beth-Jacob. org/ShabbatTable (the form will be available on April 6) or contact the office to sign up. The signup questions will help us with the logistics of finding the right place for everyone, either as hosts or guests. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Silver: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Leslie Morris: email@example.com.
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Why anti-Semitism? Why target the Jews? The Beth Jacob Adult Education committee is offering a post-kiddush book discussion on April 29th to look at a selection from “Why the Jews?” by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin. “Why the Jews?” explores some reasons for anti-Semitism, examines how that anti-Semitism has played out in history, and proposes some ideas on what is to be done. Handouts for our discussion will be on the lobby table. Rabbi Telushkin will be at the JCC on Thursday evening, 4/27 at 7 pm to talk about this book in addition to his book “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson.”
Dedicate One Today!
The new Siddur Lev Shalem prayerbooks are on their way to Beth Jacob thanks to the Edward Paster family, and soon we’ll begin using them for services. Now is your opportunity to dedicate one of our brand new prayerbooks in someone’s memory or in their honor. To dedicate a siddur, click here.
Cost to dedicate is currently $25; beginning May 1, cost will increase to $36.
Shabbat & Sunday Morning, May 19-21
Professor Dov Weiss will be joining us for a weekend of learning during the 2017 Harold & Mickey Smith Family Scholar Weekend! Opportunities for learning include a Shabbat Dinner, a Post-Kiddush Learning session, and a brunch session Sunday morning.
Dov Weiss is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in the history of Jewish biblical interpretation and rabbinic theology. His first book, Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism, was recently published.
For more information about the Scholar weekend, or more about Dr. Dov Weiss (including links to articles he’s written) click here.
Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8:30 pm
Join Israeli Shelicha Eden Kohali for a special Yom HaZikaron event in the Beth Jacob Kitchen.
Taste of Memories was created by Eden last year to connect our community to Yom Hazikaron in a special way. The project includes “cooking sessions” held at different locations in the community.
Participants prepare the food and hear the story behind the recipes of families who carry on without their loved ones who were lost during their army service or in terrorist attacks. Last year, more than 125 people of all ages took part in seven cooking sessions. The program was significant and meaningful, and this year we will do it again with different recipes from families in Israel.
Sign up now at tinyurl.com/TasteOfMemories