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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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Featured Events & Activities

SUMMER KABBALAT SHABBAT & SHABBATLUCK DINNERS

6 pm Fridays at Beth Jacob

This summer, we are having Kabbalat Shabbat services outdoors every week!

Every other week, services will be followed by an outdoor potluck Shabbat dinner.

Our next “Shabbatluck” will be on Friday, July 9 at Beth Jacob. We will begin with Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 pm, followed by a dairy potluck dinner, and Ma’ariv. Join us!

SHARE A SHABBAT TABLE

Friday, August 13; Sign-up Deadline: August 4
Sign up at Beth-Jacob.org/Share.

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 program that will help all of us to reach beyond our usual social circles in the shul and engage the entire community. On August 13, Beth Jacob will re-launch “Share a Shabbat Table”, a program that aims to bring together the entire Beth Jacob community with a series of Shabbat dinners hosted by members in their homes. The goals are to connect congregants with each other to help us all make new friends, and to share a congregation-wide erev Shabbat dinner together. We hope everyone will participate!

PLEASE NOTE: in keeping with the shul’s policy of requiring Covid vaccinations to participate in services, we ask that only vaccinated congregants sign up for Share a Shabbat Table.

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Silver: aaron@teamsilver.info or Leslie Morris: morri074@umn.edu.

IN-PERSON SERVICES - NO SIGN-UP

Join us for Shabbat services in the Beth Jacob sanctuary – no sign-up required, no capacity restrictions, and no distancing restrictions! Attendees must be vaccinated if they are 16 years old or older, and everyone must wear a mask inside.

You have the option to pick up your Kiddush Kit after services and eat it outside. To do that, select the option when you order; YOU MUST ORDER a kit by the Tuesday preceding each Shabbat to get a kit. Click here to order. Beginning July 31, we will be moving to a conventional kiddush again. That means we will no longer be offering kiddush kits starting that Shabbat.

Also, on alternate weeks with Meditation, it will be in person (and on Zoom) in the Chapel at 9:15 am.

Morning minyan is currently meeting in person and on Zoom every day, weekdays at 7:15 am and Sundays at 8:30 am.

Read more about reopening in the Services Overview.

SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS

Most recent updates at Beth-Jacob.org/YEupdate.

Shabbat Youth Services

  • Minyan Katan: 9:30 am outside Beth Jacob for families with children ages 0 – 5
  • Kayitz Kefi/Summer Fun
    Every other week all summer
    10 am outside Beth JacobOur wonderful Iyunim teacher, Tauby Mintz, will lead activities geared for children in grades PK-4, with younger or older children welcome to participate as well!In Kayitz Kefi, we’ll explore through play, song and story the themes of Earth/Adamah, Water/Mayim, Wind/Ruach, Sky/Shamayim. Each theme will incorporate Hebrew vocabulary and connect to a Torah story as well. As we engage in these themes, we’ll also be working on helping reorient ourselves to shul spaces and social interactions, as well as processing the experience of being in a kehillah together and what that means. The atmosphere is meant to feel more relaxed (similar to camp) and because we will be primarily outside, we ask that children bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel each time.

    Kayitz Kefi Dates: July 10, 17, 31; August 14, 21

BETH JACOB CAMP SHIRTS

Camp Shabbat: Saturday, June 12

Camp is back, and so is the Beth Jacob Camp Shirt! On Shabbat, June 12, we will be celebrating sending kids off to camp, and we will have free shirts for all who are going.

While services will be in person, we know that some camp attendees will be in the pre-camp quarantine process and will be unable to attend. We will unveil the shirt at services, but they can be picked up at Beth Jacob anytime during business hours!

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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