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Welcome to Beth Jacob Congregation

We are a welcoming, 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.

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High Holidays Greeter Registration

As important as it is for congregants and their guests to feel welcome, it is at least equally important for us all to be safe at Beth Jacob, especially during the High Holy days. Rabbi Rubin, Jamie, and security officials all agreed that it is important to have a record of who is at Beth Jacob during this time. This is the reason that more greeters are needed this year than ever before; 30 in all! We need everyone who is able to step up and help with greeting to do so. Thanks for your cooperation in ensuring safe High Holy days for everyone this year.

We are still looking for greeters. To sign up visit beth-jacob.org/hhgreeter
Thank you!

 

High Holiday 2022 Guest/Visitors

For those who will be in town for the holidays and need a place to daven, please complete this form to let us know when to expect you. We will look forward to you joining us this Fall. When you arrive please go to the table labeled “Visitors/Guests.” You will be asked to show your ID so we can check our lists. Should you have any questions, please let us know. Please note that Beth Jacob High Holidays Services are open to the community with no charge for tickets. However, any guest who would like to make a contribution are welcome to make a donation to our 2022 Kol Nidre Appeal

Jewels of Elul: Brief Thoughts on Preparing for the High Holidays part 2 from Rabbi Adam Rubin

In my last note, I discussed Rav Kook’s notion of teshuvah, which involves returning to the root of ourselves and in so doing, bringing about a return to God. But how is this accomplished? What is the path? 

The answer is that if we are created in God’s image and our souls contain a spark of the Holy One, then returning to ourselves IS a return to the Divine…which in turn is like going back home, to the foundation. 

In other words, a person’s return is simply to be oneself as much as possible. This is the teshuvah that God seeks. We must be ourselves more, hearing our own voice. A person should say: “The world was created for me” and try to find the special task for which one was born. Hence the famous story of Rabbi Meshulam Zusha, the brother of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk: “If they ask me in Heaven why I wasn’t Elimelech, I will know how to answer. But if they ask me why I wasn’t Zusha – I will have no words.” 

Rav Kook teaches: “The sin of Adam was that he became estranged from himself, yielded to the snake’s opinion, and lost himself. He failed to answer a clear response to the question God asks, ‘where are you?’ because he didn’t recognize his own soul, the real sense of self was lost from him. We seek ourselves – we seek and we will find.” Feeling uncomfortable, displeased, or alienated – these represent distancing from the internal self, from the divine seed planted within us. For Rav Kook, this distance is the real source of “sin.” The Days of Awe are a time when everything is erased and we are given an opportunity to start anew, to restart the lives we were supposed to live, to live the lives we imagine. May our return to ourselves bring us back to closeness with God and reveal and connect us to our inner Divine Spark.

BETH JACOB COMMUNICATION

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.

Our Facebook group is another place to find out about events, as well as connect with others in the Beth Jacob Community. To join, go to facebook.com/groups/BethJacobCongregation and click “Join”.

As always, let us know what works best for you. We want to hear your feedback!

Upcoming Events:

Farm to Sukkot Dinner | Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022 @ 6 pm Join us for a Farm-to-Table dinner.…

High Holidays 2022

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ORDER YOUR LULAV & ETROG

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High Holy Day Children’s Programming

On the High Holy Days, Beth Jacob offers engaging, fun-filled…

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Beth Jacob hosts a wide variety of activities serving the diverse interests and needs of our congregation.

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