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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.

Featured Events & Activities

Rabbinic Transition Process

The Beth Jacob Congregation Rabbinical Search Committee is excited to share that we have invited three candidates long-form visits and they have all accepted! Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum recently joined us February 6 to February 9, Rabbi Michael Werbow came from February 17 to February 19 and Rabbi Adam Rubin will join us February 27 to March 1 (see the schedule). In planning the visits, we are making sure to find ways for everyone who is interested to meet the candidates.

Our position continues to be posted with the RA, and we are considering additional candidates.
Please reach out to us with questions and thoughts.

-Ricka Kohnstamm and Rosanne Zaidenweber
bjrabbinicalsearchchairs@gmail.com

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

World Zionist Congress Elections

Support MERCAZ!

Every 5 years American Jews have the opportunity to vote in the World Zionist Congress and have influence in a way that American Jews rarely have in Israel.  While this may seem like a small arcane election, in fact, critical decisions, influential positions, and funding for Movements are all at stake in this coming election. The WZC makes decisions regarding key institutions which allocate nearly $1 Billion annually to support Israel and World Jewry.

Voting for MERCAZ is the best and most direct way to send a message to leaders in Israel that pluralism, democracy and equality are critical to creating a strong and vibrant Israel.

Read the Platform here

Our opponents on the ground will watch this election as a bellwether of where the American electorate stands. It is critical for them to see a strong and vibrant vote from the American Conservative movement of Judaism.

Cast your vote today at Beth-Jacob.org/Mercaz!

On One Foot: An Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm

Judaism is not just a religion or a culture or people, or even a way of living in the world – it is a world unto itself, encompassing ancient and newer rituals, complex ideas, and thousands of years of history. If you’ve been curious about Jewish learning but didn’t know where to start, this class is for you! Join Rabbi Tamar, as well as some guest teachers, for an adventure in Jewish learning using The American Jewish University’s On One Foot: An Intro to Judaism Coursebook created by friend and colleague Rabbi Adam Greenwald. The coursebook covers all of the essentials in an interactive format that encourages personal engagement. This course is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts, whether you grew up in a Jewish or Jew-ish home, or not. Tuition is on a sliding scale from $36 to $180 and is open to Beth Jacob members as well as the general community. Please go to Beth-Jacob.org/intro to register. For students interested in conversion, please indicate that when you register.

Classes will be offered twice a month beginning during Sukkot. The first class will be Wednesday, October 16th. After that, class will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm-8 pm, except in the case of holidays and other extenuating circumstances. The class will also celebrate Jewish Holidays together.

Sign up at Beth-Jacob.org/intro

Shabbat Enrichment

Please join our Shabbat learning community! Don’t forget to register your children for activities and education at Beth Jacob:
  • Iyunim for 4th grade and under
  • Kehillat Shabbat for 4th grade and older
  • Madrichim for 9-12 grades
Your children are the priority in youth learning at Beth Jacob. We foster their Jewish identity and strengthen their place in Jewish community through text, art, song, tefillah, and activities. We look forward to learning and growing with your children.
Contact Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm, Rabbi Educator, with questions (RabbiTamar@beth-jacob.org – 651-452-2226).

LOL Ya'akov - Purim Newsletter

If you missed it, or just want to read it again, here is the Purim newsletter, renamed this year to the “LOL Ya’akov“. And make sure to check out all of our 2019 Purim Posters too!


Out-of-town visitor?

Welcome! We look forward to worshiping with you, and sharing Shabbat and holidays. For Shabbat hospitality, please contact our office at (651) 452-2226. Find Us!

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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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