We find ourselves in remarkable circumstances, physically separated from each other, and yet reaching out by phone and online to engage and gather virtually and continue to learn and grow. Over the coming weeks, we are going to try to find and share with you unique and interesting online learning opportunities as we find them.

Beth Jacob Services:

9 am Saturday
At Beth-Jacob.org/Live

We are not streaming Kabbalat Shabbat Services Friday evening.

Saturday morning we will stream starting at 9; then afterward, the Torah & Haftarah readings, as well as a d’var Torah, will be available on our YouTube Channel after davenning is done.

11 am Saturday
At https://macalester.zoom.us/j/551218396
Join Rabbi Emma and Benj for a half hour of kids’ tefillah on Zoom. We’ll sing and dance. The usual stuff. Just from all our living rooms. PJs welcome. Bring your tallis or another cloth to make a tent with. Bring a stuffed Torah or something else to carry for the Torah parade. PDF siddur available at Beth-Jacob.org/MKsiddur.

7:15 am M-F; 8:30 Sundays; 7 am Rosh Chodesh
At Beth-Jacob.org/Live
Morning Minyan via Zoom. Just click the link above when it’s time for minyan.

You can find the siddur here: Beth-Jacob.org/Siddur.

Noon Saturday
At Beth-Jacob.org/VK


Online fun for kids

Bedtime stories for all ages on our Facebook Group. Weeknights at 7 pm, Friday night at 6:30 pm (this week with grade 3/4 teacher Tauby Mintz), and Saturday night Havdalah followed by story time at 8:15 pm (this week with Elena Leavitt)!

Also, to make sure you don’t miss anything, make sure you’re a member of the Beth Jacob Facebook Group (if not, or if you’re not sure, click here to join or check: facebook.com/groups/BethJacobCongregation).

We’re also putting the videos on a playlist on our YouTube channel that you can access anytime! It’s available now at Beth-Jacob.org/Storytime, and we’ll be adding to it in the coming days.
If you would like to read a story, contact Frances.

Sunday 10 am
At zoom.us/j/246070552
Families with young children are invited to join Rabbi Tamar this week for some morning tefilot/songs and a short Hebrew lesson via zoom. Plan for about 15-20 minutes. If you’d like to help lead in the future, contact Rabbi Tamar.



Parashat  HaShavuah
Thursday Mornings at 11 am
At https://zoom.us/j/486240403
With Rabbi Tamar; Study of this week’s Torah portion, using the book The Heart of Torah by Shai Held.

Thinking about Pesach: Good, Old-Fashioned Text Study
Wednesdays, March 25 & April 1, 12:30-2:00 pm
At https://zoom.us/j/135970856
Teacher:  Sara Lynn Newberger

Join Sara Lynn for some interactive text study.

  • Exodus Chapter 1, How did it all begin?  Issues, motifs, and conflicts from the start.
  • Exodus Chapter 12, The last night in Egypt – first steps to freedom that echo to our own day.

Thinking about Pesach: Seder: Form and Function
At https://zoom.us/j/422806548
Thursdays March 26 & April 2, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Teacher:  Sara Lynn Newberger

  • March 26: Seder basics:  what are the parts, how do they fit together, and what are they trying to
    get across to us?
  • April 2:  Now what? An open discussion to share ideas and ways to manage Seder in this very
    strange season of our liberation.


Outside Opportunities

Justice and Repentance: Louis Newman and Jeff Rosen in Conversation
– This event will be taking place via Zoom. Click here to sign up and receive the link.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Stanford professor Louis Newman will engage in an informal dialogue around the interplay of Jewish ethics and civil justice in the United States. Their conversation will be followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to ask questions.

JCRC: Ambassador Dennis Ross
Friday, April 3, 12:30 PM
Join veteran diplomat Ambassador Dennis Ross for a conversation about the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the Middle East, and the rapidly shifting sands in Israeli politics. Living Room Learning is a webinar series produced by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. All JCRC webinars are free and open to the public. We hope these webinars provide opportunities for our constituents to learn and engage with important topics during these challenging times.

St. Paul JCC’s Virtual JCC page

A directory of streaming services from the Cantor’s Assembly at Cantors.org/servicesonline

An array of offerings from American Jewish University‘s  B’Yachad Together
Podcasts, discussions, webinars and more from The Shalom Hartman Institute


Ramah Wisconsin has launched “Kikar from afar,” an on-line set of programs and resources to engage the Ramah and broader communities during this time of quarantine.  The landing page, here, will be continually updated with information as they roll out additional programs in the coming weeks.  There is Kikar dancing on Friday afternoon, and will be havdalah, shirah, omanut, mitbachon, and other activities, as well as games, milat hayom, and other resources.

PJ Library has a wide variety of resources for different ages available here.