Welcome – a Word from the Rabbi

B'nai Israel Synagogue - Dan Abraham Jewish Cultural CenterOn behalf of our entire congregation, I’d like to say welcome. No matter what brings you to Rochester, we want to be your Jewish home away from home. Our active hospitality committee is here to make your stay easier. As Rabbi, I serve both as spiritual leader of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Jewish chaplain of the Mayo Clinic. Bridging the gap between practical and spiritual needs is an integral part of our mission. In other words, we are here to help.

Over the past hundred years in Rochester, many things have changed, but our commitment to hospitality has not.

-Rabbi Michelle Werner



July 2015

Friday, July 3 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30pm
Saturday, July 4 – Shabbat Service 9:30am
Friday, July 10 – Erev Shabbat Service 6:00pm
Saturday, July 11 – Shabbat Service 9:30am
Friday, July 17 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30pm
Saturday, July 18 – Shabbat Service 9:30am
Friday, July 24 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30pm
Saturday, July 25 – Shabbat Service 9:30am
Friday, July 31 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30pm

Please call the office at 507-288-5825 for any time changes.


Ever since Abraham welcomed strangers to his tent, hospitality has been one of the founding principles of the Jewish tradition. At B’nai Israel Synagogue we uphold this tradition and welcome all to our tent.
As a congregation, along with our Rabbi and staff, we provide Chaplaincy services, companionship with the local Jewish community and an extensive Jewish library with over 1500 volumes.

We are here to make your stay more comfortable. As Rochester locals, we can help you find kosher food, gluten free products and assist you with any other dietary concerns.  We provide spiritual support, and welcome you as one of our own. Contact us if you are already here or you are planning your trip to Rochester.

I can’t tell you how meaningful and inspirational it was for me to attend Shabbat services at B’nai Israel last week. I felt so at home, and everyone I met was so warm and friendly. When I entered the shul, I was really feeling “down” and quite stressed out, due to the long week of tests and doctors appointments that my husband was having. Welcoming the Shabbat, the beautiful music, the wonderful sermon, and the clear enthusiasm of the congregation really transformed me!

Thank you again for your welcoming atmosphere and the beautiful experience that I had at B’nai Israel. I hope I never “need” to come back there, but I know that I have a “family” in Rochester if I do return“. Rita

Contact us

Rabbi Michelle Werner
Office Sandy McEarchern, Administrator
Email sandy@bnaiisraelmn.org
Phone (507) 288-5825
Fax (507) 288-8562
Mail 150 Seventh Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Office Hours Monday through Friday
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM



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