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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!

Rabbinic Transition Process

The Beth Jacob Congregation Rabbinical Search Committee is excited to share that we invited two candidates for Shabbat weekend visits and they both accepted! Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum will join us February 6 to February 9, and Rabbi Adam Rubin will join us February 27 to March 1. We are planning the visits now and will 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

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.

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 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

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 ( – 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!

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!

Medical Device Share

Many congregants have medical equipment in their homes that they needed temporarily, but no longer need. Many items are only gathering cobwebs (crutches, shower chairs, wheel chairs or “travel” chairs, etc.). Most of us would love for them to be used and are willing to lend them out.
Beth Jacob has set up a way to share your equipment or borrow what you need; go to Add your name and item to the list, or, if you need an item, contact the person who has it. Refuah Shleimah!





Beth Jacob Congregation teens went to DC along with other Twin City Jewish Teens for the “March for our Lives”, and we printed these shirts and sweatshirts! Proceeds help to support the cause (eliminating gun violence). Shirts are $10 each; sweatshirts $25. Want one?

Click here!

Kol Narishkeit

If you lost your copy, want to share it with out of state relatives, or just want to use electricity while reading it, here is the Kol Narishkeit, part of BJC’s annual Purim dose of wackiness. Happy Adar!

Kol Narishkeit Archive

Winter Light at the Arboretum with Beth Jacob


Thursday Dec 29, 6:30pm

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Winter Light exhibit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and experience the stunning light exhibition of acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. The large-scale outdoor installations of colors and sounds create a unique and powerful experience that marries artistry and nature. What better way to celebrate Hanukkah than with thousands of colorful radiant lights in the gardens!

Meet at Beth Jacob at 6:30 for a chartered bus to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, tour the grounds and enjoy the exhibit. Eat early, bring a picnic, or enjoy vegetarian food for purchase at the Arboretum. The bus ride will be full of Hanukkah reverie, with snacks, songs, and even a bus-friendly candle lighting!

The price is $10 per person. Register today!