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Etz Chayim — Adath’s Environmental Initiative
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Contact: Carol Sarnat,; or Jonathan London,

The mission of Etz Chayim is to generate awareness and action regarding the connection between Judaism and environmental stewardship by helping congregants adopt more earth-friendly practices. Etz Chayim provides the tools to evaluate and reduce energy consumption and waste generation. Etz Chayim also has a partnership with Easy Bean Farm and farmer Mike Jacobs in Milan, Minn., to bring fresh vegetables to members who purchase farm shares through Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) in which members receive produce from the farm — boxed and delivered to Adath weekly throughout the summer. The shares are direct investments in sustainable farming practices.


Adath Jeshurun Foundation

The Adath Foundation is dedicated to building a strong synagogue endowment, ensuring that Adath will continue to instill Jewish traditions and values securing Adath’s well-being for this and future generations.


Hesed Committee of Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Chair: Sharon Garber

The Hesed Committee supports and collaborates with numerous programs involving social justice within Adath and in our greater community that advocate or provide financial assistance for hunger relief, affordable housing and children.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation – Havurah/Friendship Groups

A havurah is a small group that gets together for fun, socializing, learning or social justice projects. Adath can match you with a group of other Adath congregants that share your common interests. Do you enjoy socializing? Eating? Studying? Special Interest? Intergenerational activities?  Kid-friendly activities? Let us know.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Makom: Young Adults Group
Contact: Rabbi Aaron S. Weininger

Makom is an informal network of young adults sponsored by Adath Jeshurun to provide opportunities to connect with Judaism and with other young Jews in the Twin Cities. It strives to be a young vibrant community for down-to-earth Judaism. Connecting the spark of each person to the warmth of community, we believe Judaism can be a source of light wherever you are on your journey. All are welcome to attend events and there is no requirement to be a member of the synagogue.


Adath Jeshurun Women’s League
President: Ruth Harris

Adath Jeshurun Women’s League is an opportunity for women to become stronger through involvement in programs that benefit our synagogue, our community and our relationship with Israel. We welcome women of all ages.


Young Families at Adath
Contact: Casey Reiter

Adath has ongoing social and spiritual and prayerful programming for young families with children of all ages. This includes Family Fridays with dinner and musical service, Tumbling Tot Shabbat, and lots of opportunities for families to gather, volunteer through social action programs and form friendships. For families with children up to age 10.


Bais Chana Women’s Institute
400 Marie Ave. W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Fax: 651-698-1295
Dean: Rabbi Manis Friedman
Director: Hinda Leah Sharfstein

Live and Learn seminars for Jewish women seeking to discover or rediscover the role of Judaism in their lives. Anchored at Lubavitch House in West St. Paul, Bais Chana seminars are held throughout the year in Minnesota and at locations across the country, for teen girls, college students, adult women, single moms of all ages, and women 55+.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Simply Social
13613 Orchard Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-933-3238

Bet Shalom Simply Social is just that: an opportunity for the 25- to 45-ish members of our community to come together in a relaxed, fun and simply social setting to unwind, get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Still Social

Bet Shalom Still Social is just that: an opportunity for the 50-plus members of our community to come together in a relaxed, fun and simply social setting to unwind, get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company.


Women of Bet Shalom, a WRJ Sisterhood

Formerly Sisterhood, Women of Bet Shalom is an opportunity to bring women of all ages, backgrounds and interests together to serve our congregation and community, as well as to enrich lives through various social activities that help to create long-lasting friendships. Our affiliation with Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) brings our voices together with other women worldwide — creating one unified message: stronger together. For more information call Bet Shalom’s Main Office: 952-933-8525


Beth El Synagogue — Bethelders
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Chair: Freada Golden, 952-922-6667

If you like to see local entertainment, socialize and kibitz with others 60 and older, Bethelders is for you. Join us for plays and musicals, casino trips and more. For your convenience and accessibility we often offer bus transportation from the synagogue parking lot.


Beth El Synagogue — Women’s League

From social opportunities such as luncheons, book groups and baking, to volunteering and studying, Beth El Women’s League is the place for you to make friends, learn new things, share your talents, and help others. Women’s League is an integral arm of Beth El and is part of the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement.


Beth El Synagogue — Young Adults Group
Young Adults Coordinator: Carly Spencer

Single, married, gay, straight, native or newcomer — all young adults are invited to join us for happy hours, Shabbat dinners, volunteering and more. A great way to socialize, network, learn and volunteer. We leave the definition of “young” up to you. You do not need to be a member to participate. Find us on Facebook — search for “Beth El Young Adults Group.” We offer good food, good drinks, good company… good Jewish!


Beth El Synagogue — Young Families
Director: Amanda Awend

All families with young children are invited to Apples and Honey Services on the first Shabbat of each month. Plus we offer Sunday social gatherings, parent education, family and service learning opportunities, Shabbat dinners, family field trips, weekly Shabbat morning and holiday childcare, and more. Call for details and to be added to our Young Family listserv.


Beth Jacob Dorothy Day Program
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Fax: 651-452-0573
Chairperson: Leonard Oppenheimer

Once a month, volunteers engage in the mitzvah of helping those less fortunate by serving breakfast at the Dorothy Day shelter in downtown St. Paul. Everyone who has taken advantage of this opportunity comes away with a strong sense of purpose and a knowledge that there is so much more we can do to make the world a better place for our entire community. You can help; contact us to find out how.


Beth Jacob Lifelong Learning;
Rabbi: Morris J. Allen
Assistant Rabbi: Tamar Grimm
Congregational Educator: D. Marcos Vital

Beth Jacob is a community with a passion for learning, whether it be:

  • Our youngest families engaging Shabbat through our weekly Minyan Katan program
  • Weekly Talmud, Parashah HaShavua, Aggadah, and Judaism for the 21st Century classes
  • Innovative hands-on, curiosity-driven Jewish learning Shabbat mornings in our Iyunim (Pre-K to 3rd grade) program
  • Learning Torah reading & service leading skills as well as Jewish ethics on Shabbat mornings in our Kehillat Shabbat (4-8 grades) program
  • Many post-Kiddush learning opportunities throughout the year on a wide variety of topics
  • Monthly challah-baking classes
  • All-night learning each year at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot
  • Book Discussions
  • Weekend-long learning opportunities during the Harold & Mickey Smith Scholar-in-Residence weekend

Come join us — we promise there will always be something new to learn!


Beth Jacob Social Justice
Co-Chairs: Pete Magee ( and JoAnn Pasternack (

Beth Jacob’s Social Justice Committee works to effect systemic change in the inequalities that plague our society, such as hunger, mistreatment of workers, prison reform, and unfair immigration policies. Committee members decide which issues to focus upon and what action to take. Action is often taken in cooperation with other community groups. Meetings are at 6:45 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Beth Jacob.


Beth Jacob 20s/30s Community

Chair: Elisheva Rosenberg (

We are a vibrant community of Jews in our twenty and thirties, ranging from cultural to observant. We gather regularly as a group of younger adults – singles, couples and families – barbecues, bike rides, cooking contests, snowshoeing, parties… YOU NAME IT! We participate in and create the active inter-generational Beth Jacob Congregation that we value.


Beth Jacob Interfaith
Chair: Belina Reisman (

This committee provides new opportunities for congregants to broaden their knowledge of the many faiths in the Twin Cities, and will contribute to furthering respect and tolerance among these groups in the general Twin Cities community. Activities have included inviting guests from the Muslim American Society to join together with us at a dinner in the Beth Jacob Sukkah. These actions align with the synagogue’s values of Gemilut Hasadim, participation, and justice.


Chabad Lubavitch of Greater St. Paul
Contact: Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Bendet


Chabad Lubavitch Mitzva Campaign
1816 Rome Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-698-2311
Director: Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum
Coordinator: Rabbi Meyer Rubinfeld

Distribution of tefillin, mezuzot, sukkas, and placing giant menoras at Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard, and at the State Capitol. Mailing of 10,000 Purim packets. Publication of Celebration Magazine, a holiday guide mailed four times yearly to all known Jewish households. Annual Sukkah Fair.


Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester
730 Second St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
Director: Rabbi Dovid Greene

Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester is a home away from home and Jewish resource center serving patients and their families at the Mayo Clinic as well as the general Rochester Jewish community. It provides a variety of material, spiritual and educational support, and programming for all ages and backgrounds, such as bikkur cholim (hospital visitations), meals-to-go and Shabbat hospitality, a shul and chaplaincy, to name just a few.


Eruv of Minnesota (St. Louis Park)
Eruv Status Line: 612-640-ERUV (3788)

A community designates a geographic area as a single domain, within which carrying on Shabbat is permitted. This eruv covers much of the first alphabet of St. Louis Park and part of the Minneapolis Lakes area, and is formed largely by existing utility poles and wires. Eruv of Minnesota is the nonprofit corporation that established the eruv in 1990 and maintains it according to Jewish law.


Minneapolis Chabad Lubavitch
2845 Hedberg Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-545-0776
Director: Rabbi Mordechai Grossbaum

A Jewish outreach and educational organization that creates innovative Jewish programming and study opportunities to strengthen Jewish pride, observance and affiliation throughout Minneapolis and suburbs. Serves as a Jewish resource for individuals and organizations.


Minnesota Rabbinical Association
Co-chairs: Rabbi Alexander Davis,; and Rabbi Sim Glaser,

The Minnesota Rabbinical Association (MRA) provides a forum for rabbinic collegiality and discussion of communal issues. The MRA serves in an advisory and consultative capacity to other Jewish communal institutions as well as to the broader community.


Mount Zion Temple Men of Reform Judaism / Brotherhood
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
President: Brian Serle

The Mount Zion Brotherhood is a group of Jewish men who come together to enrich their lives, experience a feeling of camaraderie, help improve the temple and serve the community.


Mount Zion Temple Prime Timers Club
Chair: Jill Spanier

Mount Zion Temple Prime Timers Club offers social, informational and educational gatherings to the 55 and older age segment of the Jewish community. Contact the temple office for a list of upcoming events.


Mount Zion Temple Women of Reform Judaism / Sisterhood
Co-Presidents: Ruth Garner and Sheri Frisque

The Mount Zion Sisterhood, an affiliate of the Women of Reform Judaism, gathers women to enjoy the company of other Jewish women in learning, social activities and support of the temple.


Mount Zion Temple’s 20s/30s Group: Noazim
Chair: Adam Bahr

Mount Zion Temple’s 20s/30s group welcomes singles, partners, couples and adults with or without children for a variety of programs and events. Adults-only Purim celebrations and so much more. Check the Mount Zion Web site or the Noazim Facebook group for more information and details about upcoming events, or contact Cantor Strauss-Klein.


N’shei Chabad Women’s Organization
1748 Hampshire Ct.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-698-1295
Director: Mrs. Moshe (Mindy) Feller

Upper Midwest Merkos — Chabad Lubavitch Women’s arm, which focuses on disseminating, through classes and literature, the core mitzvot for women: Shabbat candle lighting, kashrut and Jewish family purity — mikva observance.


Or Emet – Social Justice/Social Action  612 787 7812
Chairpersons: Arty Dorman, Claire Press

Or Emet’s Social Justice/Social Action Committee (SJ/SA) is led by co-chairs and a core planning group; any member can bring forward an SJ/SA concern.  SJ/SA 1) plans events for our congregation and partners with other organizations such as providing suppers at St. Stephen’s Shelter, collecting personal care items for Listening House clients, volunteering at Second Harvest’s food bank, and supporting reform of the criminal justice system, 2) disseminates information about issues by planning adult programs and delivering emails, Facebook and newsletter postings 3) recommends taking congregation-wide positions – in recent years, opposition to the “Marriage Amendment” and support for increasing gun sale background checks.


TAXY — Temple of Aaron Young Professionals
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116

TAXY is Temple of Aaron’s award-winning young Jewish professionals group for those in their 20s and 30s in the Twin Cities. TAXY is open to members and nonmembers of the synagogue, and prides itself on innovative programming and various access points into synagogue life. TAXY provides a selection of programs including happy hours, classes and charity events. For information, e-mail Adam bender at:


Temple of Aaron Men’s Club

The Men’s Club runs the Sunday morning minyan and provides breakfast to build community. An annual highlight is the weekend in which they run Shabbat services. Men’s Club volunteers make hundreds of pancakes for the annual Pancake Breakfast to start off each school year. In 2010, they purchased a sukkah for our Effress Family Garden, and provided members with an opportunity to honor family members with the purchase of a sukkah panel to enhance the personal connection with the holiday.


Temple of Aaron Sisterhood
President: Roxanne Portnoy

The Sisterhood is affiliated with the International Conservative Movement and annually supports the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Torah Fund. They organize learning opportunities, social programs and community service opportunities throughout the year. To enrich the Shabbat experience, they support our Shabbat babysitting option. They operate a nationally renowned gift shop with many dedicated volunteers.


Temple Israel’s 20s/30s
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Fax: 612-377-6630
Contact: Rabbi Jennifer Gertman

Temple Israel’s 20s/30s is a social group for Jewish young adults. We welcome all singles and couples. . Events include breakfast conversations, cooking classes and social outings around the Twin Cities.


Upper Midwest Merkos — Chabad Lubavitch
1748 Hampshire Ct.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-698-1295
Director: Rabbi Moshe Feller

Regional office of the world Lubavitch movement whose mandate, formulated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, is to bring Jews to the fulfillment of the mitzvot and the study of Torah, and to bring non-Jews to the fulfillment of the seven Noachide laws as stated in the Talmud.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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