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JUDAISM

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Temple Israel, Beth El Synagogue and more help sustain a healthy Jewish community in the Twin Cities.

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Minnesota has long been home to a significant Jewish population. As of 2016, more than 45,000 Jewish people called the state home. One of the 10 largest Jewish temples in the country, Temple Israel was established in 1878 as the first Jewish congregation in Minneapolis. This large, Reform synagogue serves a diverse group of people in an urban location. Additionally, Temple Israel provides large-print prayer books and ASL-interpreted services as well as hearing devices. Located in St. Paul, Mount Zion Jewish Temple is another Reform congregation that offers weekly Shabbat and daily services. Mount Zion is a welcoming house of worship, extending open arms to people of mixed religious backgrounds as well as members of the LGBTQ community. And in an idyllic neighborhood in South Minneapolis is Shir Tikvah, which means “song of hope.” The synagogue is a Jewish Reform congregation that welcomes all walks of life. Beth El Synagogue is a conservative Jewish community located in St. Louis Park that serves nearly 2,000 families. The Twin Cities also have several Orthodox Jewish congregations including Congregation Bais Yisroel, Congregation Darchei Noam and Kenesseth Israel Congregation, all of which are located in St. Louis Park.

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