July 24, 2021| Parashat Vaetchanan/Shabbat Nachamu | 15 Av, 5781
Candlelighting: 8:30 pm | Havdalah: 9:30 pm
Shabbat Service/Online Kiddush Zoom: Beth-Jacob.org/Shabbat
Shabbat Service Livestream: Beth-Jacob.org/YouTube
Weekday Service Zoom: Beth-Jacob.org/Minyan
Morning Minyan - Now Every Day!
Morning Minyan at Beth Jacob has returned to in-person every day, as well as being on Zoom at Beth-Jacob/org/Minyan! Join us at 7:15 on weekdays, 8:30 on Sundays and holidays.
Blueberry Picking
11 am July 25

This event is for all ages! You pay for the blueberries you pick. Blue Ridge Growers is opening early just for us! Come at 11, bring a sack lunch, pick blueberries to your heart's content, and stay to enjoy lunch together as we admire the literal fruits of our labors!

Any blueberries picked that you can't use, Beth Jacob will be happy to accept as donations for goodies for the next week's kiddush! In fact, we will be gathering that afternoon to bake all the blueberry goodies!
Blueberry Baking
2 pm July 25
At Beth Jacob

What can we do with all the leftover blueberries from the Blueberry Picking event in the morning? We can bake delicious goodies for the next week's kiddush! Expert bakers and novices are all welcome as we join together to nourish our community!

(12+ need to have been vaccinated; everyone needs to wear a mask in the kitchen.)
BJC Community Get-Togethers
Join Beth Friend and Richard Heinrich for an outdoor Havdallah celebration!
Tomorrow. Saturday, July 24; guests welcome at 8:30, Havdallah is at 9:30.
15 Orme Court, St.Paul (Highland Park)

Join Beth & Gordon Gendler for an outdoor gathering for empty nesters (temporary or permanent), with snacks and drinks.
Tuesday evening, July 27, 6-8 pm at the Gendler Estate:
Shabbatluck/Kabbalat Shabbat Tonight, July 23
6 pm Fridays at Beth Jacob

This summer, we are having Kabbalat Shabbat services outdoors every other week, followed by an outdoor potluck Shabbat dinner.

We will begin with Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 pm, followed by a dairy potluck dinner, and Ma’ariv. Join us!

Upcoming dates: August 6, 20
Class with Rabbi Tamar Monday Evening
All classes Monday evenings at 7:30 pm
On the Beth Jacob Lawn
No cost, no RSVP necessary.

"For I Desire Kindness": Rabbinic Approaches to Reorienting and Reintegrating After Upheaval
July 26 with Rabbi Tamar.

As we enter the month of Av, we'll examine the various responses of the sages as they faced a new reality after the destruction of the Temple. What wisdom might we find in their creative reworking of ancient texts and practices and how might that inform the challenges we face in our own Jewish community today?

Next up in the Beth Jacob Summer Learning Series:
Elul Zman: Reflect. Recommit. Re-engage.
With Rabbi Adam Rubin & Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm
Prepare for High Holy Days by attending any or all of this 4-week series during the month of Elul. As Alan Lew reminds us, the Season of Repentance is really "a journey of transformation," one that begins with the somberness of Tisha B'Av and takes us through the unbridled joy of Sukkot. Using Lew's book as a resource, we'll examine the beauty and wisdom of the prayers and rituals that guide us on that journey each year. 
August 9, 16, 23, & 30
Share a Shabbat Table
Friday, August 13
Sign-up Deadline: August 4

Would you like to get to know other members of Beth Jacob better? Whether you are a new member or an old-timer, you will love this program that will help all of us to reach beyond our usual social circles in the shul and engage the entire community. On August 13, Beth Jacob will re-launch “Share a Shabbat Table”, a program that aims to bring together the entire Beth Jacob community with a series of Shabbat dinners hosted by members in their homes. The goals are to connect congregants with each other to help us all make new friends, and to share a congregation-wide erev Shabbat dinner together. We hope everyone will participate!

PLEASE NOTE: in keeping with the shul's policy of requiring Covid vaccinations to participate in services, we ask that only vaccinated congregants sign up for Share a Shabbat Table. 

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Silver aaron@teamsilver.infoor Leslie Morris morri074@umn.edu.
New Bernard Levinson Article
The Founding of Israel’s Judicial System

Read a fascinating article published very recently by our own Bernard Levinson, professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies at the University of Minnesota. The article appeared on the website thetorah.com, a widely read and important gathering place of scholarship on the Hebrew Bible aimed at laypeople and academics alike. The site publishes articles that seek to bridge the worlds of modern, critical-historical scholarship and passionately engaged traditional learning, and it attracts some of the finest scholars of Bible in the world (including a number of very distinguished non-Jewish academics). As you'll see, Bernie's article balances scholarly erudition with spiritual relevance.
Kayitz Kefi: Shabbat Summer Fun for Kids - This Week!
Minyan Katan will be held each week at 9:30 am Saturdays.

Kayitz Kefi - Every other week all summer!
10 am outside Beth Jacob
Dates: July 24; August 7, 21

Our wonderful Iyunim teacher, Tauby Mintz, will lead activities geared for children in grades PK-4, with younger or older children welcome to participate as well!

In Kayitz Kefi, we'll explore through play, song and story the themes of Earth/Adamah, Water/Mayim, Wind/Ruach, Sky/Shamayim. Each theme will incorporate Hebrew vocabulary and connect to a Torah story as well. As we engage in these themes, we'll also be working on helping reorient ourselves to shul spaces and social interactions, as well as processing the experience of being in a kehillah together and what that means. The atmosphere is meant to feel more relaxed (similar to camp) and because we will be primarily outside, we ask that children bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel each time.
From the Reopening Committee
As we continue to re-open the shul, the Beth Jacob Reopening Committee has some information to share:

  • Shabbat services are now in-person and livestream-only (no Zoom) on our YouTube channel at Beth-Jacob.org/YouTube. That means people will still be able to watch services from home, and will not need to be let in by a tech gabbai. We will also have less technology on the bimah allowing for a service that adheres more closely to halacha.
  • Beginning next week, July 31, we will be moving to conventional kiddush again. Consequently, we are no longer offering kiddush kits.
  • Morning Minyan is now in-person as well as on Zoom every day, at Beth Jacob or at Beth-Jacob.org/Minyan.
Kiddush Kits - Final Week!
Kiddush kits this week are sponsored by Hanne, Bernie, and Joseph Levinson in honor of their upcoming temporary move to Philadelphia and then Jerusalem.

Beginning July 31, we are moving to in-person kiddush again. That means we are no longer offering kiddush kits starting next week. For those who are medically unable to attend shul, we will work on a solution that allows you to still participate in kiddush. Please watch your email for more information on kiddush (and kiddush kits) in the near future.
Quick Links
  • Rabbi Allen's Daily Musings: July 22

Service Schedule
  • Daily minyan: 7:15 am weekdays, 7 am on Rosh Chodesh; 8:30 am Sun. & Holidays. Morning minyan is currently meeting in person AND on Zoom every day at Beth-Jacob.org/Minyan.

  • Shabbat Morning Service: 9 am Saturdays; In-person, and streaming here: YouTube Livestream.
BJC Summer Series:
“For I Desire Kindness:" Rabbinic Approaches to
Reorienting and Reintegrating After Upheaval
7:30 pm Mondays: July 12, 19, 26
With Rabbi Adam Rubin and Rabbi Tamar Magilll-Grimm

Elul Zman: Reflect. Recommit. Re-engage.
7:30 pm Mondays: August 9, 16, 23, 30
With Rabbi Adam Rubin and Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm

Series: Renewal, Resilience, Hope: Jewish Responses
With Hineni. As a community, we have a rich tradition that can help us navigate troubling times – from personal hardships, to communal tragedy, to global calamity. This summer, nine members of our local clergy, through texts ancient and modern, will explore some of these responses.  Sessions/info

All sessions are FREE and open to anyone. Drop in for one session or come to all of them! No registration required. Join all sessions via Zoom at this link.

Ongoing Adult Classes
Just show up or click the Zoom link at class time to join. More class info here.


  • 11 am - Parashat HaShavuah in person at Beth Jacob - with Rabbi Tamar.

  • (On Hiatus for July) 9:15 – 9:45 am, 2nd & 4th Shabbatot of the month - Shabbat Morning Meditation in-person and at Beth-Jacob.org/Meditation - with Sara Lynn Newberger


  • Monday, August 2, 6 pm: Eight accomplished artists including Carolyn Levy and Noam Sienna will take the stage outdoors at the ninth annual P’Chotchka, a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas, produced by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council. The event, a benefit for Rimon, will be held at bucolic Como Lakeside Pavilion. Admission is $60, which includes vegetarian food and a beverage. The deadline for making a reservation is July 21. Click for more information; click for tickets, or call 952-381-3449.

  • Wednesday, August 4, 8:00-9:15 pm via Zoom: Planning for Fall and Beyond in the Era of COVID: Vaccinations, Safety, and School-Aged Children. Join a panel of experts to explore how to navigate this phase of the pandemic. We will focus on how to best support the mental and physical health of our children as vaccinations open to younger children and safety measures and mandates change. Experts in mental health, pediatrics, and public health will highlight crucial information to assist parents and caregivers in their planning and decision-making processes. Register here.

  • The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School is seeking part-time Hebrew and Middle School Jewish Studies Teachers for the 2021-2022 academic year. For more information or to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. David Ackerman, Director of Jewish Living and Learning, at dackerman@hmjds.org.


For Kids and Families:

  • USY Summer Online Programming From Photography to Israeli Dancing to College Prep, USY has a ton of ways for you to engage virtually over the summer! All weekly programming offered by USY is available to 5-12th graders by purchasing an All-Access Pass for $18. Programs offered in conjunction with Prestige Prep are pay-per-program.

Resources & Miscellaneous:

  • JFS Services, including Community Support Program, Connection to Community Resources, Counseling & Mental Health Services and more!

  • Jewish Genetic Disease Screening It's important that anyone of Jewish heritage know whether they're at risk of having a child with a serious or possibly fatal disease, preferably before they become pregnant.