Acting Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm

Rabbi Tamar Grimm studied at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN and has also lived in Jerusalem, New York City, Los Angeles and the Quad Cities. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Brandeis University in 2001 and then worked as a Jewish Educator for three years before beginning her rabbinic education. […]

Director of Congregational Learning

Rabbi Justin Held

Rabbi Justin Held is a native of the Twin Cities. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he studied religion and Judaism. While in undergrad, Rabbi Justin spent a semester in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After college, he spent two years working at Minnesota Hillel, an organization he would later return to in his first rabbinic role. Rabbi Justin received smicha from Hebrew College where he also graduated with a Masters degree in Jewish Education, and a concentration in Israel education from the iCenter.


Executive Director

Sonya Rapport

Sonya Rapport is the Interim Director of Operations at Beth Jacob as of September 2023. She started her journey in the Beth Jacob community as the Director of Congregational Engagement in September of 2022. Her mission is to help support the Jewish community and to ensure that the Jewish community in the diaspora will be thriving for many generations to come. She is specifically happy to be a part of the Beth Jacob community and to make her impact here.


Finance Manager

Elaine Samuelson

Rabbi Emeritus

Morris Allen

The congregants of Beth Jacob synagogue enjoyed the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Morris J. Allen since August 1986. With Rabbi Allen’s guidance, Beth Jacob grew from a start-up congregation into a thriving community of over 350 households, receiving nine Solomon Schechter Awards from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for its innovative programming. […]