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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 News, Events & Activities

Announcing our new Executive Director!

From the Co-Presidents & President Elect

Dear Beth Jacob Community,

We’re thrilled to let you know that we’ve hired Jamie SkogBurke as our next Executive Director. She’s planning on moving here sometime in late January, and she will be doing some remote work beginning January 10th. With the conclusion of the search, we’d like to thank Mike Keller and the rest of the search committee (Amy Rogovin, Randi Roth, Carol Altshuler, Jeff Skochil and Leonard Oppenheimer.)

In Jamie’s words, she’s “a midwestern native who has 15 years of professional experience in the Jewish world. She has a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary with experience in Hillels, JCCs, youth groups, and summer camps across the country. Most recently she was the Director of Development for the Federation in her hometown of Omaha, NE. She comes to the team having previous ties to the Beth Jacob community through her experience as the EMTZA USY Regional Director from 2010-2012. She and her husband, BJ Burke, are excited to move to Saint Paul and look forward to connecting with the community, making time for outdoor adventure, and exploring the city.”

Please join us in welcoming Jamie to the Beth Jacob community, and in extending a huge THANK YOU to Geoff Marshall for all the work he’s done to get us through the transition. We don’t know what we would have done without him these past 5 months.

Robert Goffman and Neil Moses-Zirkes, Co-Presidents

Orit Ackerman, President Elect


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”.

The Kol Ya’akov print newsletter is typically mailed out once a month, and you can always read an online version of the most current issue (looks great on an iPad or other tablet, and you can click the links!) at Beth-Jacob.org/KY. To get added to the Kol Ya’akov distribution list, or to let us know if your phone, address, or email has changed, contact the Beth Jacob office at 651-452-2226 or BJCoffice@beth-jacob.org.

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

Divrei Torah

Check out our archive of Divrei Torah. These are available for those who missed them the first time, or who want to revisit them.

Click here to read them!

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; we hope to be able to reschedule in February. Sorry!

Book Signing Event: The End Of Bias: A Beginning

by Jessica Nordell, new Beth Jacob member and author. New date & time TBD.

In The End of Bias: A Beginning, award- winning science journalist Jessica Nordell gives gripping accounts of those who have actually changed biased behavior— The result? A more just, fair, and life- affirming world for us all.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas

For the full press release click here

From Beth Jacob’s Rabbis & Presidents: An important Covid policies update

To our Beloved Beth Jacob Community,

Due to concerns rising from the rapidly evolving Omicron COVID-19 outbreak in the Twin Cities, the reopening committee and the executive committee have made the difficult decision to suspend in-person kiddush lunch for the month of January. We will be providing simple menus for to-go boxes for lunch. The kitchen crews will be very small and will work with the vent hood on for maximum ventilation. Beth Jacob lay leadership and staff are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed of any further changes. We hope that we will be able to safely resume in-person kiddush lunch as soon as possible.

At this time, we plan to hold Shabbat morning services as scheduled, and morning minyan as well. If you wish, you can view the Shabbat Live Stream here, and you can join morning minyan via Zoom here.

To see the updated policies and information regarding our youth education programming, click here.

We know that the current situation is difficult for many in our community; more members of our community are getting exposed or sick and are worried about their health and the health of others. We also know that many of us are experiencing isolation and disconnection as the pandemic drags on through the winter. Please reach out to the shul if there is any support we can provide. In addition, the staff is working on developing a series of community building activities and we welcome any programming ideas that you may have. Stay tuned for more information on our engagement efforts!

Here are other new safety measures we are implementing:

• We are requiring that to enter the building, if you are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster shot you must do so by January 15th. This means everyone aged 16 years or older. Children ages 5-15 need to have received 2 doses of the Covid vaccine. We have re-opened the form for submitting proof of vaccination and we ask that you upload a photo or scan of your vaccine card with the booster shot showing up there. Please use this link to do this.

• We are now providing KN-95 masks in the lobby. We ask that if you don’t bring your own KN-95 or other high quality filtration mask that you use one we provide. We will no longer offer the surgical masks we have been using.

May the day come, speedily and soon, when it is no longer necessary to send out updates on Covid policies…and when the most distressing worry we face is what to wear for Purim!

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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