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Shul Link

Beth Jacob seeks to remain connected to and supportive of our High School graduates as they leave us for college and young adulthood. Several times throughout the year, the College Link committee reaches out to these young people with mailings and other opportunities of connection to their shul and Beth Jacob community both while away and upon their visits back home.

Kol Ya’akov: Our Monthly Bulletin

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Welcometo Beth Jacob Congregation! We are an 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. More »

Beth Jacob Library

EXPLORE THE JEWISH WORLD IN THE BETH JACOB LIBRARY

There’s Biblical history, the Holocaust, and Israel. Shabbat and the holidays. Lives of Jews. Literature. Jewish law. Talmud and Midrash.

THE SYSTEM

  • The BJ Library is organized using a classification system designed for Jewish libraries. We use only the categories and subcategories posted in the library.
  • Use the posted number system to find a book on the shelves. Within a given number, the books are alphabetized by author’s last name.
  • Currently, we do not have a catalogue of the collection. One of the Library Committee’s goals is to create an on-line, searchable database for the collection. If you are interested in helping, please contact one of the people below.

USING THE COLLECTION

Borrowing books

  • If the book has a number on the spine, and if it is stamped PLEASE RETURN TO BETH JACOB CONGREGATION, you may borrow it.
  • The BJ library operates on the honor system. To borrow a book, you simply take it with you. Please try to return the books within three weeks. But most of all, please return the book. Even if you have kept a book longer, returns are welcome — no questions asked.

Books that remain in the library

  • Reference books (Encyclopedia Judaica, Talmud, siddurim, some commentaries) may be used in the BJ library, but may not be borrowed. These books do NOT have a number on the spine.
  • Books on the shelf labelled “Tefillah Project” are to remain in the BJ Library for use as part of that project.

Returning books

  • Please return your books when you are finished with them. Remember that these are a resource that the community shares.
  • Please DO NOT reshelve book(s) you are returning. Place your book on the edge of one of the shelves, and the Library Committee will return it to its proper place.

DONATIONS

While donations are welcome, the BJ Library has limited space. If you want to donate books, please contact the Library Committee to check if the book is needed. With few exceptions, we are trying to avoid duplications. Please check with the Beth Jacob office before dropping off books so that we can arrange storage for them until we can process them.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lydia Schultz: lydia.a.schultz AT gmail DOT com

Penny Simison: penelopesimison AT comcast DOT net

 

K’tanim | Family Education

K’tanim is for families with children through 2nd grade so that our youngest families have a special place in the community of our shul. We host unique opportunities for families with young children to learn and grow together. Programs around the Jewish calendar include apple picking for Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah celebrations, a Tu BiShvat seder for the festival of trees, picnics, and butterflies. There are also programs on Jewish parenting.

Beth Jacob always has childcare available on Shabbat morning and often as part of congregational programs and events.




Calendar

To select just the calendars you’d like to view, click the little down arrow at top right corner of the calendar.

To add a Beth Jacob event to your calendar, click on the event and then click “copy to my calendar”.

To add one or more Beth Jacob calendars to your own calendar:

  • For Google Calendar users, click +GoogleCalendar button at the bottom right corner of our calendar and select which ones you want to add.
  • For Outlook or iCal, use the links under the calendar to download iCal files.

Click the name of a category to download its iCal .ics file.
Consult your calendar’s help or support for more details about adding an iCal feed to your calendar.

BJUSY Beth Jacob USY events and conventions
Children Events and programs for children 0-12 (not BJUSY and Kadima)
Education Classes, discussions and learning opportunities for adults
Events Beth Jacob Congregation special events
Kadima Beth Jacob Kadima events and conventions
Meetings Meetings of committees and such at Beth Jacob Congregation
Services Daily, weekly and holiday services
Youth Education Beth Jacob Iyunim and Kehillat Shabbat youth education programs
Jewish Calendar Jewish calendar with candle lighting and Havdalah times for Mendota Heights (Havdalah is 43 minutes after sunset.)

Congregational Learning

Study it and review it - you will find everything in it. - (Pirkei Avot 5:24)

A community engaged in Congregational Learning is one in which all of its members, children through adult, are actively and collaboratively learning about and becoming more deeply enriched by our Jewish tradition in any or all of its many dimensions. Our Congregational Learning vision includes a commitment to the study of Jewish texts, Jewish arts and Jewish living using both formal and informal classes as well as other learning opportunities and experiences imbued with intellectual, experiential and hands on engagement both as individuals and as community.

Our learning environment strives toward being welcoming to all of our learners of all ages, learning styles and levels of knowledge, children through adults, giving active attention to issues of inclusion both in our formal classes as well as elsewhere in the life of our community.

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Resources

8 DAYS OF TORAH

Beth Jacob’s Rabbis are sharing teachings on each day of Chanukah! You can find them on Facebook (like the BJC FB Page, and join the BJC FB Group to be notified), Twitter, Instagram, or update your email preferences to be added to an email list to receive them in your inbox (make sure to check “Congregation List 1” to continue to receive other BJC email!)