Our Clergy

Rabbi Morris J. Allen


The congregants of Beth Jacob synagogue have enjoyed the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Morris J. Allen since August 1986. With Rabbi Allen’s guidance, Beth Jacob has grown from a start-up congregation into a thriving community of over 410 households, receiving nine Solomon Schechter Awards from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for its innovative programming.

Honored by the Forward newspaper as one of America’s 50 most significant Jewish leaders, Rabbi Allen was invited to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference upon Israel’s 60th Anniversary, as one of then-president Shimon Peres’ hand-picked list of thinkers and doers. Social justice issues are a vital part of Rabbi Allen’s spiritual leadership at Beth Jacob. He currently leads the Conservative movement’s work on producing Magen Tzedek or Justice Certification, a means for determining if workers are humanely treated with dignity and respect as they produce Kosher food—and has testified at the Minnesota Legislature on behalf of a meatpacking workers’ bill of rights. (Visit Rabbi Allen’s Magen Tzedek blog.)

Rabbi Allen served as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Commission on Human Sexuality, is an outspoken advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel, and has been involved with Jewish Community Action’s work on behalf of non-documented workers, particularly in the Hispanic community.

Rabbi Allen is also an on-call chaplain for the State Department of Corrections, visiting with Jewish inmates around the state. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1984, Rabbi Allen has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married to St. Paul pediatrician Dr. Phyllis Gorin, and they are the parents of three children, Avi, Leora and Adina.

Remembering & Looking Forward: Martin Luther King Day 2015
Celebrating 30 Years of Growing An Affirming Community
Rabbi Allen – Our Judaism
After 25 Years, It’s Good to Know
A Battle Never Fully Won
Kashrut, Justice and Judaism
Call it Marriage
Shabbat Values: Sunday Through Friday
Chew by Choice
Video Messages from Rabbi Allen

Contact Rabbi Allen at mojo210al AT aol DOT com

Rabbi Tamar Grimm

Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi-Tamar-GrimmRabbi Tamar Grimm studied at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN and has also lived in Jerusalem, New York City, Los Angeles and the Quad Cities. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Brandeis University in 2001 and then worked as a Jewish Educator for three years before beginning her rabbinic education. Rabbi Tamar gained her pulpit experience as an intern at The Boston Synagogue, Temple Israel of Sharon, MA and Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge. She also had a fellowship with CIRCLE (The Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education), in which she developed interfaith programming and relationships with colleagues from different religious traditions. In the summer of 2009 she completed an internship in hospital chaplaincy. Before coming to Beth Jacob, she was Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in the Quad Cities. Rabbi Tamar has studied in Israel at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Machon Pardes, the Conservative Yeshiva, Machon Schechter and the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She particularly enjoys studying Talmud and Chasidic texts.

You can read more from Rabbi Tamar on her blog.

Contact Rabbi Tamar at RabbiTamar AT beth-jacob DOT org

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