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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.

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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 …

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 …

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! Podcast: Play in new window | Download …

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 …

Covid-19 Pandemic

How has Covid-19 impacted Bet Shalom? Rabbi Crimmings, Rabbi Locketz, and Steve Barberio discuss. Listen now. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS

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 …

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 …

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 …

Day In The Life

You can now listen to our next episode on Between Two Rabbis! Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Between Two Rabbis

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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 …

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). …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.