This Email Contains

  • This Shabbat
  • Last Week's D'var Torah
  • This Weekend
  • Announcements
  • Upcoming Events
  • Adult Education
  • Youth
  • Community Events
  • Israel Solidarity
  • Connect with our Clergy
  • BJC COVID Policy

Beth Jacob E-Ya'akov

Parashat Ki Tisa

Saturday Services begin at 9:00 am

Mar. 1 - 2, 2024 | 22 Adar I 5784

Candle Lighting: 5:42 pm | Havdalah: 6:44 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 in person or online via Zoom here

Calendar Kol Ya'akov Shabbat Livestream Service Sheet

This Shabbat

Kiddush this week is co-sponsored in honor of Manny Steinman's birthday by his many friends, and by Manny in appreciation of the community.

Additionally, it is sponsored by BJC's Board of Trustees, who invite you to join them at the L'Dor VaDor Gala on March 3rd and to express a heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who are making the Gala possible. 

Click Here to Help Sponsor

D'var Torah

Thank you to Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm for sharing words of Torah with us this week.

Tot Shabbat Service

March 2 at 10:00 - 10:30 am

Beth Jacob Nursery

Calling all little ones and their big ones! Join us Saturday, March 2nd 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 (snack) and playtime for parents to schmooze and kids to play. 

Reach out to Rabbi Justin Held to RSVP and with any questions at:

Sign up to be a greeter or to help in the kitchen!

We need 6 people to help with Kitchen Crew and 4 Greeters each week. Our shul runs smoothly due to the strong involvement of our lay leadership. Please sign up to help!

Click Here to Sign Up

D'var Torah

Thank you to Rafi Forbush for sharing words of Torah with us last week. For those who missed it or would like to view it again, click the link below.

Click Here to Watch

This Weekend

Beth Jacob Spring Gala

Sunday, Mar 3, 2024

Calling all procrastinators 👉 Last chance to buy your tickets!

Click Here to Get Tickets


Rabbi Justin Held's Monday evening Talmud classes will be on hold for the time being.

Jew in the Pew will not be meeting this Shabbat.

Community Conversations

It is time to sign up! Please check your email this Friday to register to join an authentic conversation about who we want to be as a shul, going into the next decade of congregational life.In case you missed it, please click here to read the letter introducing this important community project.

Board Recap

Key decisions at Beth Jacob are made in partnership by a leadership team of our lead rabbi, our staff, and our lay leaders. Our lay leadership acts through our Board of Trustees. Our Board normally meets monthly (over Zoom), but can also act through electronic voting. Most, if not all, action items come to the Board with recommendations from our committees. Committees report to a Vice-President for their functional area (or the President). Committees develop and maintain expertise to tackle the tough decisions underneath many aspects of our synagogue community.


We use “Board Recap” to help the congregation understand the issues that are coming to and being decided by our Board of Trustees. You can get more details by following the link below. Significant issues and results are usually sent as separate emails to the congregation. If you need more information, feel free to contact any member of the Board.   

February 2024 BOARD RECAP

In February 2024, the Board was working on or heard updates about the following 4 areas: (1) A new Beth Jacob Tzedakah Chevra, (2) Ongoing Financial Management, (3) Ongoing Programs, including the Blood Drive, the Gala/Fundraiser, and Community Conversations, and (4) Strategic Planning, including Congregational Feedback.

For Details, Click Here

Donations for IDF Soldiers

Rabbi Justin will be bringing an extra suitcase with him to Israel at the end of March on the St. Paul Federation mission trip to Israel. We are asking the Beth Jacob community to fill the suitcase with donations of clothes and other supplies for families whose lives were uprooted on October 7th and for the IDF soldiers who have been risking their lives. We will be collecting donations which can be dropped off in the main office during standard business hours (Tue-Thur 9 am - 5 pm and Fri 9 am - 3 pm). We will share updates as donations come in. Please reach out to Rabbi Justin with any questions at

Upcoming Events

Click Here for More Info

Adult Education

Foundations of Judaism – offered jointly with Temple of Aaron

Jewish History 1: Feb. 13, 20, & 27 - Tuesdays at 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Taught by Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein at Temple of Aaron 

Join on Zoom here:

Morning Mishnah with Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm

Wednesdays at approx. 8 am (after minyan) in the chapel and online

Join on Zoom here:

Dirshuni: Contemporary Women’s Midrash

with Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm 

Thursdays at 11 am in the Beth Jacob chapel

Join on Zoom here:

Click Here For More Information


USY Summer Programs

It's not too late to sign up for a USY Summer Program! Travel the US or to Israel this summer while you embrace your Judaism and deepen your connection to the Jewish homeland. Learn more about USY Summer Programs here. (And bonus points if you can find the photo of Youth Director Ethan Fine on his summer program on the website!)

8165a637-e2f2-441c-a8ad-4e3faa1e3c77 image

BJUSY Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, March 1

Don't forget to sign up for BJUSY monthly Kab Shab Potluck this week! We will start services at 6:00 PM and then go to our host's house for dinner. 

Sign Up ASAP!

Community Events / Resources

Dina O'Sullivan Quilt Gallery

Wednesday, March 6

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Steeple Center in Rosemount

14375 South Robert Trail

Rosemount, MN 55068

Dina will be there to tell you about her process and answer questions about her art quilts. While Dina produces quite a bit of Judaica art, this show, while including some Judaica, is not focused on Judaica.

Click Here to See Her Art

Caregiver Grief and Loss Course

Thursday, March 28

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Shaller Family Sholom East Campus

740 Kay Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55102

Learn about different kinds of grief and loss caregivers and care receivers may experience and how to move through those experiences.

Click Here to Learn More

Mourning, Supporting, and Praying for Israel

Click Here For Resources

Connect With Our Rabbis

Rabbi Tamar Magil-Grimm:

To make an appointment:

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.

Click Here for Mi Sheberach Form

COVID Awareness

We've noticed an uptick in COVID cases and other winter germs in our shul community. 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

Facebook  Instagram  YouTube