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  • Announcements
  • Upcoming Events
  • Adult Education
  • Youth
  • Community Events
  • Connect with our Clergy
  • BJC COVID Policy

Beth Jacob E-Ya'akov

Shabbat Shalom!

Parashat Behalotecha

Saturday Services begin at 9:00 am

June 21 - 22, 2024 | 16 Sivan 5784

Candle Lighting: 8:44 pm | Havdalah: 9:45 pm

East Metro Morning Minyan at Beth Jacob

Monday - Friday: 7:15 am

Rosh Chodesh and Chol Hamoed: 7:00 am

Federal Holiday: 8:30 am

Join any of these services online via Zoom at:

East Metro Minyan at Temple of Aaron

Monday - Thursday Evenings: 6:00 pm

Sunday Morning: 9:00 am

Join any of these services online via Zoom here

Calendar Kol Ya'akov Shabbat Livestream Service Sheet

This Shabbat

This week's kiddush is unsponsored and supported by donations made to the Kiddush Fund. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the fund to make this kiddush possible. If you would like to help offset costs of kiddush, please consider making a donation to the Kiddush Fund to allow Beth Jacob's kiddush tradition to continue.

If you would like to sponsor an entire kiddush in the future, please reach out to Sonya Rapport at

Contribute Here

D'var Torah

Thank you to Rebecca Noecker for sharing words of Torah with us this week.

Affordable Child Care and Early Learning in St. Paul with Rebecca Noecker

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Approximately 12:30 in the Sanctuary

Making sure all children get off to a great start is one of the best investments we can make in our community. More than 90% of brain development happens before a child turns 5, so helping families afford quality early learning and childcare is critical.  When families can’t access quality care, kids aren’t prepared for kindergarten, parents can’t work to support their families, and employers struggle to retain their workers. Lack of affordable child care also contributes to the significant racial disparities our city faces. On Election Day, St. Paul voters will have the chance to vote for a special levy that will make child care and early learning more affordable and accessible. Come learn more about the Yes for St. Paul Families campaign and how you can help.

PLEASE - Sign up to be a kitchen or greeter volunteer!

We have a lot of open shifts for greeting and kitchen crew in the coming weeks. If you have not already signed up, please consider doing so at this time for one of the open shifts using the link below. 

Thank you so much to everyone that regularly volunteers for the kitchen crew or greeting on shabbat and chag days! We really appreciate your help and participation!

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Community Highlights

A huge thank you to the amazing team that we had this past year. We want to wish all the best to our outgoing staff - Brian Millberg, Ethan Fine and Chunnara Chhay - on the next steps of their journey. We are immensely grateful to all of them and their contributions to the Beth Jacob community through their dedication and hard work. We will greatly miss working together with you all.

"Vulnerability and Belonging at BJC" a reflection by Pam Winthrop Lauer after Shavuot

"It seems to me it takes a long time to feel a sense of belonging in a congregation and it can take very little time for that sense of belonging to evaporate, at least temporarily. I'm not saying that has happened to me, at least not recently. I'm just aware of how fragile, for so many of us, our sense of belonging is."

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Simcha:

July 6 - Louis Hunter & Giulia Girgenti's Aufruf

Friday Night Shabbatluck

June 28, 2024

Rogers Lake Park: 994 Wagon Wheel Trail

Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Kabbalat shabbat services will begin at 6:00 pm with a potluck dinner to follow. Sign up below to bring a vegetarian dish for our shabbat potluck. Please bring your own serving utensils.  

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Post Kiddush Learning Opportunities

The Chanted Torah with Jacob Rapport

Saturday, July 13th, 2024

Approximately 12:30 in the Sanctuary

Meticulously studied, rehearsed, and chanted from beginning to end, Jacob has taken every effort to ensure that this aural Torah is spoken with accurate pronunciations, emphasis, and trope. His hope is for this to be useful for cantors and rabbis, teachers and b’nai mitzvah, congregations, meditations, Jews and non-Jews. Ultimately, a project like this one is Jacob’s very personal commitment and contribution to preserving our own tradition from generation to generation.

Jacob Rapport invites you to this PKL where he will discuss the project's inspiration, its obstacles and complexities, and what's next. Visit for more.

Beth Jacob Reads a Book -

The Amen Effect by Rabbi Sharon Brous

Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Approximately 12:30 in the Sanctuary

In her book, The Amen Effect, Rabbi Sharon Brous addresses an essential question: In a time of loneliness and isolation, social rupture and alienation, what will it take to mend our broken hearts and rebuild our society? The Amen Effect offers an approach to the connection that can help us reawaken our shared humanity and begin to heal. Join Rabbi Tamar and Rabbi Justin in a discussion about these ideas and how they might resonate in our own community.

Community Conversation Forums:

Themes and Recommendations

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You are encouraged to attend a participatory check-in meeting to learn about the themes and recommendations that come out of the analysis of the Community Conversations.

Please register here for one of these dates:

Yes, please come even if you did not attend a conversation. All are welcome.

June 24 on Zoom at 7:00 PM

June 27 at Beth Jacob at 7:00 PM

Unable to make those dates? Stay tuned for additional ways to participate.

Encountering Challenging People

JCRC Security Training at Beth Jacob

July 21, 2024 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This training will feature a brief overview of the threat facing faith-based organizations and then allow participants to break into small groups to learn de-escalation skills. The small groups will be lead by professional coaches and feature professional actors who have years of experience acting as people in some form of crisis. The training is led by the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team, which has trained hundreds of public safety professionals in de-escalating situations with people in crisis.

Registration is required for this event. Limited space available, reserve your spot now!

If you've registered, please attend, each spot is generously paid for and covered by JCRC. 

Security Training Registration

Adult Education

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We are excited to announce Beth Jacob’s brand new youth education program beginning in September 2024! Limudim will meet twice a week for grades 2-8, and once a week for PreK-1st grade! 

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Tot Shabbat

July 6 2024 from 10:00 -10:30 am

In The Nursery

Join us on Saturday, July 6 in the nursery for Tot Shabbat. From 10:00 - 10:30, we will have a song-filled Shabbat Morning Service for BJC's littlest ones (0-3 years old). We will then have an oneg and playtime for parents to schmooze and kids to play.

Community Events

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June is Pride Month! J-Pride has lot of great opportunities planned throughout the month of June! Please join in celebrating LGBTQ+ Jewishness. Please reach out to Hunter at with any questions. Click below to check out J-Pride programming.

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Israeli Scouts Tzofim Friendship Caravan

Sunday, 7/7: Mount Zion Synagogue; 11 am

Monday, 7/8: Sholom Home East; 2 pm

Tuesday, 7/9: Minneapolis JCC; 5:30 pm

Thursday, 7/11: Sholom Home West; 2 pm

Friday, 7/12: St Louis Park ROC (Hosted by Beth El Synagogue); 5:30 pm

Due to heightened security, these times and places will NOT be listed on the website. For more information regarding public concerts, contact the venue or email Sharon Rosenblum (Minnesota Israeli Scout coordinator) at

Donations to support the Israeli Scouts in our community (we are not supported by any organizations) can be made though our gofundme at (or search for Support the Tzofim Friendship Caravan in MN).

Connect With Our Rabbis

Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm:

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Rabbi Justin Held:

To make an appointment:

Our clergy want to best support the Beth Jacob community in times of need. If you or someone you know in the Beth Jacob community is in need of prayer for healing, please fill out the form below. If you are filling out the form on behalf of anyone besides yourself, please make sure to ask for permission before submitting the form. This information will only be shared with our rabbis, and otherwise kept confidential.

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COVID Awareness

If you are not feeling well, please stay at home, follow the guidelines, and feel better! We will miss you and look forward to seeing you when you're healthy.

As a reminder, our current policy includes:

Masks continue to be optional in our building, except for the following:

  • On Shabbat, Section A (the far right section) is the Mask Required space in the sanctuary.
  • Masks are always required on the bimah during the Torah service.

Check out our COVID policy at

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