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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

Hunger Walk Team

7 am Thanksgiving Morning; Sign Up Now!

Walk to End HungerThanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday in which we celebrate plenty. Yet, we know that many among us suffer from a lack of food and healthful nutrition. So, in the spirit of Tikun Olam, join the Beth Jacob Congregation Team, raising money by walking in the Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning!

If you are unable to join us on walk day, you can still support our team and fight hunger with a donation or registering as a Sleep Walker. Double the impact of your gift and find out if your company might match donations through a matching gift program!

Please join the team or donate by going to Beth-Jacob.org/HungerWalk, then meet us at 7:10 am Thanksgiving morning outside Barnes & Noble (after all, we are the “people of the book”) on the first floor on the east side of the mall. You’ll feel good about eating your meal having enabled others to eat theirs!

Project Home Starts in January; Sign Up Now  

Beth Jacob has already contributed clothing and household items to Interfaith Action’s Project Home (read their thank-you letter here), and, in January, we take the next step: hosting people overnight at shul for one month!

Volunteers are needed for 2 shifts each night; a separate detailed email was sent about this. Read the full email here, or go to Beth-Jacob.org/PH to sign up now!

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).

Rabbinic Transition Process

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.

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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Interfaith Households Warmly Welcomed!

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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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