We are a welcoming, traditionally progressive, egalitarian synagogue located in Mendota Heights, 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.
Light-Up Beth Jacob’s Menorah With Your Generous Donations
Soon we’ll begin to light our hanukkiot and tell the story of Hanukah, a story of hope and renewal. Hanukah reminds us that each flicker of flame makes the world a little less dark. Now more than ever, we need more light and hope in our world.
For many years now, Beth Jacob has launched our largest fundraising campaign of our fiscal year in the month of December with a match donation. This year, we do not have a match and yet we still have a need to raise a large amount of funds. We’ve set a goal to raise $90,000 and already have a pledge of $10,000, allowing us to light up the shamash (helper candle) on our Nerot of Renewal Challenge. Instead of a thermometer, we’ll light up the candles (nerot) of our hanukiah! Every $10,000 raised will light up another candle until they are all lit. We may not have a large match, but we
have a flickering flame, a beautiful and loving community.
We want to continue to build on the progress that’s been made in the last year after several difficult transitions. Beth Jacob has strived to be the place you can turn to for community, not just these last few difficult years, but throughout our entire history. The synagogue takes money to function, but it runs on community support and time. Please participate this month. Every donation is important. We have seen people step up over and over again to make this community work, and I know we can get there together.
Our shul runs smoothly due to the strong involvement from our lay leadership. As we are holding communal kiddush again, we are asking you to sign up to help on Shabbat Morning. This is a mitzvah that we ask of all members of our community. We need 6 people to help with Kitchen Crew and 4 Greeters each week.
Greeters work in two different shifts from 9:00-10:30 am and 10:30 am-12 pm. As we endeavor to ensure a safe building, a welcoming face at the door is very important. The greeter’s main role is to open the front doors and welcome our community.
The Kitchen Crew has two shifts: The Prep shift from 10 am-12 pm will help set up for the Kiddush, warm the food, and cut the challah. The second Clean-up shift will help serve the meal and clean up; this shift begins at 12:00 pm and concludes around 1:30 pm.
Please choose the upcoming date that works best for you. If you are not yet able to attend services in person, please email Branden Block at email@example.com to be placed on the list for spring.
There are lots of ways to stay current on what’s happening at Beth Jacob! We send a weekly email, along with other occasional updates, along with birth and death notices; to sign up (or manage your email subscription), go to Beth-Jacob.org/email, or just text BJCMAIL to 22828.