The Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Temple Israel, Beth El Synagogue and more help sustain a healthy Jewish community in the Twin Cities.
Since the early 1900s the Twin Cities has had a significant Jewish population—more than 45,000 Jewish people call Minnesota home. Founded in 1878, Temple Israel was the first Jewish congregation in Minneapolis and is now one of the 10 largest in the country. A reform synagogue with a diverse population, Temple Israel provides large-print prayer books and ASL-interpreted services as well as hearing devices. Mount Zion Jewish Temple in St. Paul is another reform congregation offering weekly Shabbat and daily services, but also a rich community in several other ways. Extended families with mixed religious traditions as well as members of the LGBTQ community are welcome at Mount Zion Jewish Temple. Beth El Synagogue is a conservative Jewish community in St. Louis Park, having originated in north Minneapolis in the 1920s and now serving more than 1,400 families. Located in Minneapolis, Shir Tikvah (“Song of Hope”) is a reform Jewish congregation that began with a group of six people meeting in a restaurant in 1988. Today, the synagogue welcomes individuals and families from different walks in the Jewish faith and has a membership of more than 435 households. The Twin Cities are also home to Orthodox Jewish congregations including the Adath Israel Synagogue of St. Paul, Minneapolis’ Chabad Lubavitch and Bais Yisroel in St. Louis Park.