Farm to Sukkot Dinner | Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022 @ 6 pm Join us for a Farm-to-Table dinner. This communal meal will celebrate our harvest festival in it’s truest form, as we serve food that is locally sourced and recently harvested. The meat meal will feature gourmet chopped liver and kosher chicken from Martha & Jeffery Black’s Avodah Farm. Vegetarian […]

Tisha B’av at Beth Jacob

Saturday, August  6 at 8:30 pm

8:30 pm: Learning Session:
The Continuing Relevance of Tisha B’Av — It’s Not About Missing the Temple Sacrifices
With Rabbi Adam Rubin
9:22 pm: Havdalah
9:30 pm: Ma’ariv Service: with chanting of Eicha (Lamentations) and Kinot (songs of lament)
Candles will be provided

Sefer B’reishit

Parashat B’reishit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

God creates the heaven and the earth, along with all living beings, enjoining them to “be fruitful and multiply.” Beholding Creation, God sees that it is “very good.” God’s plan, however, is disrupted by sin: disobedience in the Garden of Eden, Cain’s slaying of Abel. God regrets the creation of the human race, but finds hope in Noah.

Parashat Noah

Genesis 6:9-11:32

While the flood wreaks great destruction, life is preserved in Noah’s Ark. God establishes a covenant: Never again to destroy the earth. The generations of Noah’s descendants flourish. They build the Tower of Babel to pierce the heavens. God thwarts their efforts by confounding “the language of all the earth” and scattering its inhabitants.

Parashat Lekh L’kha

Genesis 12:1-17:27

Abram answers God’s call and leaves Haran for Canaan. In the new land, Abram and Sarai establish themselves as prominent and righteous figures; they gain God’s blessing along with new names – Abraham and Sarah. Ishmael is born, Isaac’s birth is promised, and circumcision is instituted as a sign of God’s covenant with Abraham.

Parashat Va’yera

Genesis 18:1-22:24

God sends three messengers to visit Abraham, confirming that Sarah will indeed bear a son. They also announce the destruction of Sodom. Abraham challenges this decree, but when his conditions cannot be met, God destroys Sodom. Isaac is born. In response to Sarah’s demand, Abraham banishes Ishmael. God then tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice his beloved Isaac.

Parashat Hayye Sarah

Genesis 23:1-25:18

Upon Sarah’s death, Abraham acquires the Cave of Makhpelah as a burial ground. Before his own death, Abraham dispatches his servant, Eliezer, to Haran in search of a wife for Isaac from among his kin. Rebecca, Abraham’s great-niece, is gracious to Eliezer and agrees to the marriage.

Parashat Tol’dot

Genesis 25:19-28:9

Rebecca bears twin sons, Jacob and Esau, rivals from birth. Esau sells Jacob his birthright. Rebecca helps Jacob secure Esau’s blessing by deceiving Isaac, to Esau’s fury. Fearing for Jacob’s life, Rebecca implores Isaac to send Jacob off to her brother Laban, in Haran, to seek a wife.

Parashat Va-yetze

Genesis 28:10-32:3

As he begins his journey, Jacob dreams of angels, ascending and descending. Awed, he vows to return from this journey and follow God’s ways. After reaching Haran, he marries Laban’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, sires children, and prospers while raising cattle for Laban. After twenty years, Jacob finally fulfills his pledge to return to Canaan.

Parashat Va-yishlah

Genesis 32:4-36:43

As he prepares to face his brother Esau upon returning to Canaan, Jacob wrestles with an angel, who confers upon him the name Israel. The meeting with Esau goes well, yet Jacob, fearful still, is quick to part company with him. Jacob’s camp reaches Shekhem, where his daughter, Dinah, is raped; two of Jacob’s sons take brutal revenge. Jacob then builds an altar at Bethel, as God instructs. Rachel dies in childbirth; Jacob and Esau also bury Isaac.

Parashat Va-yeshev

Genesis 37:1-40:23

Joseph offends his brothers with his dreams of grandeur. They sell him into slavery and lead Jacob to believe his son is dead. Yet Joseph, in Egypt, finds favor with his master. Even when thrown into prison, Joseph’s abilities are recognized. He interprets the dreams of his fellow prisoners, the steward and chief baker of Pharaoh.

Parashat Mi-ketz

Genesis 41:1-44:17

When a dream troubles Pharaoh, his steward recalls Joseph’s gift for interpretation. Joseph is summoned and foresees seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh believing Joseph, places him in charge of Egypt’s preparation for the lean years. Jacob sends his sons to Egypt for grain; Joseph chooses to conceal his identity from them. Joseph orders that his goblet be hidden in Benjamin’s sack; when it is found, Joseph detains him.

Parashat Va-yigash

Genesis 44:18-47:27

With Benjamin caught in Joseph’s trap, Judah begs to take his place for Jacob’s sake. Greatly moved, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers at last. They reconcile, whereupon Joseph has them bring Jacob and the entire family to dwell in Goshen for the duration of the famine. The aged patriarch is formally received at Pharaoh’s court.

Parashat Va-y’hi

Genesis 47:28-50:26

Jacob, nearing death, blesses Joseph and his sons, Menasheh and Ephraim: he then offers his final words to each of his twelve sons. Pharaoh gives Joseph permission to bury Jacob in Canaan. Later, as Joseph himself is dying, he instructs his kin to carry his remains back to Canaan one day, for surely, he says, God will remember them and return them to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Beth Jacob Youth Education

Beth Jacob Youth Education 2022-2023 (5783)

Joyful, enriching, learning for children and families at Beth Jacob Congregation!

Register for Shabbat Classes for 2022-2023 HERE

Beth Jacob’s robust learning opportunities for children prepare them to be lifelong learners who care deeply about, and contribute to the ongoing conversation about, what it means to live Jewishly in an ever-changing world.

The main elements of our children’s learning and development include:

Shabbat Classes at BJC: Iyunim and Kehilat Shabbat

Weekday Hebrew and Judaics learning (Day School or Supplementary):

Reach out to us

We are very excited to be part of your child’s Jewish learning, development and growth. Please feel free to reach out to Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm, our Rabbi Educator, with any general questions or concerns about youth education at (651-452-2226) or rabbitamar@beth-jacob.org.

Shabbat Learning Program

Shabbat learning is complementary to weekday communal Jewish learning. We are happy to help make connections to the community schools for Jewish and Hebrew language learning — at one of the Talmud Torahs, one of the day schools or private tutoring. Shabbat classes meet most Saturdays at 10am-12pm.

Register for Shabbat Classes for 2022-2023 HERE

Iyunim: Jewish Explorations (Grades PPK-4)

Iyunim is Beth Jacob’s hands-on, curiosity-driven Hebrew language and Jewish learning program for children ages 3 years through 4th grade. In Iyunim our children explore Hebrew language, Jewish stories, and create learning that will grow with them their whole lives. The values that drive the practice of our learning, in Iyunim and beyond, are these:

  • We value children and adults as responsible partners in learning, together creating the next layers of our ongoing Jewish conversation.
  • We value genuine listening that allows us to express and learn from multiple perspectives, creating a learning community in which each child and family is truly welcome.
  • We value living in Jewish time and using Hebrew language; Jewish stories are at the center of our learning.
  • We value a joyful, embodied, exploratory approach to learning, motivated by our children’s questions and curiosity.

Iyunim was created with strong parental and communal involvement and drew inspiration from the Jewish Enrichment Center in Chicago.

Kehillat Shabbat (Grades 5-8)

Beth Jacob has gathered an amazing team of teachers to work with your children. We are here to make meaning with them, to share learning with them, to teach, to be delighted in our Jewish learning, and to make community. Please join us!

  • 5-6th graders focus on Tefillah and Torah, exploring ideas and narratives in the text. They will deepen their understanding of how Torah becomes part of Jewish life through story, interpretation, prayer, and language. They also learn and reinforce their skills of Hebrew, trope, and tefillah.
  • 7-8th graders will learn new ways to apply Jewish values in their own lives, reflecting their own new stages of life and sensibilities. 

Madrichim

Our teens are an essential part of youth learning at Beth Jacob. They help to lead youth tefillah and are madrichim in the nursery and in our older classes, working one on one and with small groups of children guided by their teachers. Our teens often read Torah and lead services in the main sanctuary, and participate in a teen sicha, a discussion on current issues and topics of interest led by our youth leaders.

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Have an impact on the way public safety officers handle challenging situations

Join as Beth Jacob participates in the “Building the Beloved Community” Public Safety Project organized by Interfaith Action, in coordination with Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety, John Harrington.

We will walk through real-life ethical dilemmas faced by police officers, with the goal of providing collective feedback to Commissioner Harrington about creating a better system of public safety and policing in Minnesota.

Community Zoom Conversation

Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:30 pm

Beth-jacob.org/safety

Sefer Sh’mot

Parashat Sh’mot

Exodus 1:1-6:1

A new Pharaoh fears the growing number of Israelites and enslaves them. He orders their newborn sons slain. Moses, cast adrift in the Nile, is rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter and grows up in the royal court. After slaying an Egyptian taskmaster, he flees to Midian and marries there. At a burning bush, Moses encounters God, who sends him back to Egypt to free the Israelites-only to anger Pharaoh, who increases the slaves’ burden.

Parashat Va-era

Exodus 6:2-9:35

God again charges Moses to confront Pharaoh and say: “Let my people go.” Aaron becomes the spokesman for a hesitant Moses. He performs a wonder before Pharaoh, but to no avail. Following God’s instructions, Moses calls down seven plagues, increasing in intensity, upon the Egyptians. Pharaoh will not yield.

Parashat Bo

Exodus 10:1-13:16

Three more plagues occur: the last and most dramatic is the slaying of the Egyptians firstborn, which leads to the Exodus. The Israelites dab the blood of the paschal lamb on their doorposts to avert death in their midst. Come midnight, God strikes the Egyptians; they are quick to let the Israelites go. After four hundred thirty years in Egypt, the Israelites depart that very night.

Parashat B’shallah

Exodus 13:17-17:16

Pharaoh regrets losing his slaves. Pursuing the children of Israel, he traps them at the Sea of Reeds. God splits the waters, allowing Israel to cross safely. The Egyptians follow-only to be engulfed, at God’s hand, in the swirl of returning water. Moses and Miriam lead the people in joyous song, extolling God. Yet the Israelites soon complain of thirst and hunger. God responds, providing water and manna. When Amalek attacks, God helps Israel prevail.

Parashat Yitro

Exodus 18:1-20:23

Moses spends much of his time explaining God’s statutes and laws to the people; his father-in-law, Jethro, suggests that he delegate some of this judicial authority. After ascending Mount Sinai to speak with God, Moses returns to prepare the people for Revelation. Amidst awesome thunder, lightning, and flame, God, glorious and holy, reveals the Divine Presence-and the Ten Commandments-to Israel.

Parashat Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1-24:18

The civil laws, along with moral and religious precepts, are presented after the Ten Commandments. The people accept the Torah wholeheartedly: “All that Adonai has commanded we will do.” Israel affirms the covenant, and Moses returns to Mount Sinai to receive the law, etched in stone, from God.

Parashat T’rumah

Exodus 25:1-27:19

While Moses remains on Mount Sinai, God provides detailed instructions regarding the construction and decoration of the Mishkann. This Tabernacle is to house the Ark and allow the Divine Presence to dwell among the people of Israel.

Parashat T’tzaveh

Exodus 27:10-30:10

God commands that a lamp, filled with oil, burn all night in the Mishkan, that priests serving therein wear holy garments, and that the High Priest wear a breastplate with twelve precious stones, one for each tribe. God provides direction for the consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests, and prescribes their duties.

Parashat Ki Tissa

Exodus 30:11-34:35

God names Bezalel as chief artisan, to oversee the crafting of the Mishkan’s appointments. God then presents Moses with two stone tablets, God’s words etched upon them. In Moses’ absence, however, the people have made a golden calf as a god. God sends Moses down; Moses sees the calf, and, in anger, shatters the tablets. God punishes the Israelites, whereupon Moses intercedes on their behalf. He then returns to Mount Sinai to receive a new set of tablets.

Parashat Va-yak-hel

Exodus 35:1-38:20

The Israelites enthusiastically contribute precious materials for the Mishkan, until Bezalel finds there is more than enough to complete the work. Moses halts the donations. Bezalel crafts the Ark and other sacred furnishings of the Mishkan.

Parashat P’kudei

Exodus 38:21-40:38

The children of Israel bring the completed parts of the Mishkan to Moses, who confirms that the work has been done as God commanded. Moses blesses the people. God now commands Moses to erect the Mishkan and to anoint the priests. God’s glory then fills the Mishkan.

Morning Minyan

Beth Jacob has a lovely, warm, and dependable daily morning minyan. Typically, 15-30 people gather in the chapel in the early morning to daven shacharit and begin the day at shul. Smachot are celebrated, mourners are comforted. Please consider making daily shacharit part of your day.

Services begin at 7:15 am Monday-Friday, 8:30 am Sunday (and select legal holidays: Jan.1, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25), and 7:00 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh. They typically last 35 minutes Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 45 minutes Monday and Thursday, and 50 minutes on Rosh Hodesh.

To read Torah on a weekday, contact Eric Pasternack: 651-994-9793, outpetro AT aol DOT com

To learn to lead Shacharit, contact Jonathan Ehrlich: 651-686-5140, jnehrlich AT gmail DOT com

Learning Mahjong : Wednesday August 10 & 17 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Beth Jacob Social Hall

Ever wanted to learn how to play MahJong? Need a refresher course? Join as Frances Fischer leads a two part “How to Play” educational series. Classes will be held on Wednesday, August 10 & 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Beth Jacob. No “fee” to join, however a donation would be appreciated. Nosh will be served.