Bet Shalom is a community, as well as a congregation. We are single, married, widowed and divorced. We are LGBTQ, and we are straight. We are single parents, interfaith families, coupled parents, Jews by birth and Jews by choice. We are proud of this diversity and provide a variety of ways for each individual to express their Judaism.

Upcoming Events

Winter Clothing Donation Drive

December 7 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This year, we are collecting new or like-new winter items that will be donated to families who are in Webber Park's child care program and families across North Minneapolis. Items that can be donated include: -Coats/Jackets -Hats -Glove -Scarves Drop-off Information: Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 5:00-6:00 PM At Bet Shalom, outside the …

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Winter Clothing Donation Drive

December 8 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This year, we are collecting new or like-new winter items that will be donated to families who are in Webber Park's child care program and families across North Minneapolis. Items that can be donated include: -Coats/Jackets -Hats -Glove -Scarves Drop-off Information: Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 5:00-6:00 PM At Bet Shalom, outside the …

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Blog

Jewish Literacy: Part One In a Two Part Series

In this episode of Between Two Rabbis, Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings and Steve Barberio introduce the concept of Jewish Literacy trying to answer difficult questions such as, “Can someone be Jewishly incompetent?”  Throughout the discussion, they consider the way the transfer of Jewish knowledge and practice has changed through history, how Google has affected learning, and the joy …

Reflecting On The Past To Consider Reform Judaism’s Future

Steve Barberio, Rabbi Crimmings, and Rabbi Locketz consider the future of Reform Judaism. What does it mean to be interfaith? How has the pandemic shaped Bet Shalom, both currently and in the future?

High Holiday Sermons

https://vimeo.com/459201355 Rabbi Locketz's Rosh Hashanah Sermon https://vimeo.com/459195094 Rabbi Crimmings' Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon https://vimeo.com/459522013 Rabbi Cohen's Special Rosh Hashanah Sermon

Approaching 5781 With Bet Shalom: Challenges, Opportunities, and What’s Next?

As Bet Shalom approaches the new year, we want to give an update on High Holidays, our Religious School, and more. Listen now!

Rabbi Crimmings on NPR

Rabbi Crimmings was featured on NPR regarding the Minnesota Rabbinical Association’s statement on choosing to stay closed at this time. To listen, CLICK HERE.

Stay Safe, Minnesota

Dear Bet Shalom, In just a few hours, the Stay Home order in Minnesota becomes the Stay Safe order and our state will start to reopen.  We urge you to take caution and stay safe.  There are so many opinions about how to behave.  Some of those opinions are scientific and based in real medical …

Covid-19 Pandemic

How has Covid-19 impacted Bet Shalom? Rabbi Crimmings, Rabbi Locketz, and Steve Barberio discuss. Listen now.

Shalom From Rabbi Locketz and Updates

Dear Bet Shalom Family, As Shabbat approaches this week, it is hard to believe we have been physically distant for close to two months. We have learned a lot about ourselves and our community during this time. We are physically distant, but we remain close in so many ways. There have been some tiny, tiny silver linings that …

Passover Message from Our New Cantor

Shalom, Bet Shalom!   I just finished “Zoom Tefillah” with the current Year In Israel students of Hebrew Union College who abruptly had to scatter all over the world to finish their year because of the pandemic.  They began singing the words of Rebbe Nachman of Batslav’s -”Kol Haolam Kulo Gesher Tzar M’Od/Lo Lfached Klal” – …

COVID 19 – Updates

Dear Bet Shalom Community, We are taking the potential spread of the Coronavirus very seriously and are assessing every day how we can best serve the needs of all our members. Our goal is to mitigate the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” of infection. We now believe the best way to help …

Day In The Life

You can now listen to our next episode on Between Two Rabbis!

Vote Reform!

Dear Bet Shalom, If you only read one paragraph, read this one and follow the link to vote: The next World Zionist Congress convenes this coming October in Jerusalem. Our job now is to ensure that our Reform Jewish values are represented by voting for delegates who represent ARZA. Voting for delegates is open to those …

Congregation Convening with Beacon on January 30

Bet Shalom Congregation is a collaborative congregation of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Last year in January we hosted Beacon’s biannual convening which included Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan as speakers. Beacon and their supporters have been involved in advocating for the need of affordable housing and addressing the needs of our homeless citizens which …

IJS Live Stream Event

Dear Friends, I pray that your celebration of Thanksgiving was fulfilling for you and your loved ones. Did you happen to notice, in this week’s HaEtone, the inclusion of an event entitled The Inner Light of Hanukkah: A Celebration of Practice and Learning? Bet Shalom will be hosting a live-stream, world-wide broadcast on Sunday, December 8between 12:30-2:00 pm Central …

Rabbi Locketz Invites You to Scholar-in-Residence Weekend With Rabbi Norman Cohen

I am excited to invite you to come and learn with our teacher and Bet Shalom Founding Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Norman Cohen as he serves as our scholar in residence during the weekend of November 8-10. Rabbi Cohen is one of the great students of Judaism, having never stopped studying and researching even during the busiest …

Yom Kippur Sermon: Our Relationship with Israel (Audio Only)

Rabbi Locketz: I was in utero during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and born a month later.  That was just 25 years after Israel’s founding and 28 years after the official end of the Holocasut.  My religious identity formation was marked by the refrains of “Never Again” and “Am Yisrael Chai…the People of Israel lives.”  …

Kol Nidre Sermon – Where is God?

Hineinu.  Here we are.  We have joined together in perhaps one of the most important events of the Jewish communal year.  We’re here in our sacred space…we’ve taken the Torahs out…the heart of the Jewish people and perhaps in this moment…God’s stand-in…and we’ve begged for mercy.  We’ve asked forgiveness for our sins which we have …

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Embracing Anger

We arose early in the morning.  My father in front riding his donkey and I was right behind him, next to the servants who were carrying the wood for the offering. We hadn’t made it even a few hours when my father instructed us to stop.  From here, the servants would stay back with the …

Rosh Hashanah Sermon: The New Age of Anti-Semitism

By now you may have noticed that our cabinet here in front where we usually keep our Holocaust Torah Scroll is empty.  That Sefer Torah was saved from the ashes of the Klatovy Jewish community in today’s Czech Republic…a Jewish community decimated in the Holocaust.  Every Torah is a symbol of the Jewish people…but that …

Between Two Rabbis

Shabbat Message from Rabbi Locketz

Dear Bet Shalom, We are taught in the Talmud, in tractate Shevuot, that kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh – the whole House of Israel is responsible for one another. Functionally, in Jewish law, this became the basis that we must keep each other from misdeeds when we see another member of the community faltering toward unacceptable behavior. Practically, this …

Response to Hate Speech

Jewish tradition takes the spoken and the written word very seriously, so much so that there are entire law codes dedicated to the concepts of slander and tale-bearing (lashon harah and rechilut). In one passage of the Talmud, we learn that slander is more dangerous to humanity than individual acts of idolatry, adultery, and murder. The commentary …

Ushers Wanted for High Holidays & Shabbat

By Steve Barberio, Executive Director Serving as an usher or greeter at Bet Shalom is one of the most rewarding volunteer activities that a congregant can undertake during the year. Whether it’s a Shabbat service on Friday night or in  the morning on Saturday when a young person becomes a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, …

Confirmation: Connecting the Past to the Present

By Rabbi Locketz Please join us for an extraordinary celebration.  On Saturday night, June 8, at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary at Bet Shalom, we will reenact on the bima the moment when our tradition teaches us that Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai so many thousands of years ago.  At that time, we will celebrate …

Past Confirmation Gifts Given to Bet Shalom

Confirmation has a rich and unique history, tracing its roots back to Europe. At Bet Shalom, Confirmation is so much more than learning. We aim to have students connect with their peers and their community through leading services and participating in events. Confirmation students also participate in our Annual Flower Sale, raising funds to give …

Year End Review – Operations

By Stephen Barberio, Executive Director As the Bet Shalom fiscal year draws to a close, I would like to highlight three significant developments that have taken place in the past year. This marks the end of my first full fiscal year as Executive Director, and I am proud of how far we’ve come in such …

S’mores, Songs, and Sun: Camp Season is Coming

By Rabbi Crimmings Every summer, Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Cohen, and I each spend two weeks serving on faculty at our Reform movement’s regional Jewish overnight camp, OSRUI, in Oconomowoc, Wisc. During our two weeks, we work with counselors to prepare for services and integrate Hebrew- and Judaic-themed programming into camp culture… but that is not …

Here’s to You: Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat on May 3

By Steve Barberio A few weeks ago, I shared with the congregation our increasing focus on the importance of volunteers as key contributors to the health and vitality of Bet Shalom. There are many who help out as ushers, landscapers, committee members, kitchen helpers, and in so many other ways who deserve to be recognized …

How the Israeli Election Impacts American Jews

By Rabbi Locketz Israel’s election this week ended neck-and-neck with the political party, Likud, which is led by the sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Blue and White party led by Benny Ganz almost too close to call. Voting was very close, separated by only 15,000 votes, and both parties claimed 35 seats in …

Volunteers Matter at Bet Shalom

By Stephen Barberio Upon joining the leadership team at Bet Shalom, Rabbi Locketz and Julie Sprau helped me become aware of the importance of volunteerism at Bet Shalom. They impressed upon me how important volunteers are to the future of our synagogue and wanted to explore how we could strengthen our approach to volunteerism. During …

From Minnesota to Cuba: A Glimpse Through Rabbi Locketz’s Eyes

We have been traveling in Cuba on a Bet Shalom Humanitarian mission since Sunday morning when 15 Bet Shalomians left Minneapolis together.  It has already been an amazing trip.  Just 90 miles from Florida, we are in so many ways, in another world.  Cuba is a socialist country, defined by the revolution since 1959 and …

Comments from Rabbi Crimmings

On Tuesday evening, March 19, I had the opportunity to stand with other faith leaders at Northwest Islamic Community Center in solidarity and prayer. I was so touched to see so many Bet Shalom members come out in support of our neighbors at this difficult moment.  I know there were many others who wanted to …

Annual Confirmation Class Flower Sale

Think Spring! Bet Shalom’s 2019 Confirmation Class again is partnering with Gertens to sell beautiful flowers and plants. Proceeds will be used to purchase a gift from the class to the synagogue.  Click Here to view a brochure in color To order click here and complete the form, making sure to include your contact information, …

Letter from Rabbi Locketz

Israel often is in my heart and in my prayers. Over 900 years ago, the Spanish physician, philosopher and poet Yehudah Halevi wrote, “Libi b’mizrach… my heart is in the East, but here I am so far in the West.” I have been blessed with many opportunities to engage with the Land and the People …

Welcome to the New Bet Shalom Website!

Welcome to the new Bet Shalom website! We’ve listened to our members about what they want and need from the website to build a new, user-friendly site.

Bet Shalom Yeladim

See a glimpse of our loving Preschool for ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Religious School

Love being Jewish with our Religious School for ages 3-18.

Calendar

Check out what’s happening in the coming weeks at Bet Shalom.