Welcome to Our Community

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B'nai Israel Synagogue - Dan Abraham Jewish Cultural Center

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On behalf of our entire congregation, I would like to say welcome. No matter what brings you to Rochester, we want to be your Jewish home. Whether you and your family are relocating to Rochester or you are visiting Rochester to receive care at one of our local medical clinics and hospitals, we look forward to seeing you. B’nai Israel Synagogue provides worship services and holiday celebrations, education programs, congregational activities and hospitality to all who enter our doors.

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.

Since our congregation was established over one hundred years ago, many things have changed in Rochester, but our commitment to warmly welcome those living in or visiting southeastern Minnesota has not.

I look forward to welcoming you to our Jewish home.

-Rabbi Michelle Werner


February 2018

Friday, February 2 – Nosh, Pray, Schmooze 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 –  Conservative Service – Sim Shalom 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 9 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 – Shabbat Service 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 16 – Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 – Meditation Service 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 23 –  Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 24  – Shabbat Service 9:30 a.m.

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

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Learn More About Our Congregation

B’nai Israel Synagogue provides a Jewish spiritual and community home to more than 100 families from southeastern Minnesota as well as visitors from all over the world who come to Rochester seeking medical care. Learn more about our history.

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Michelle Werner has served as spiritual leader at B’nai Israel synagogue since July 2006. In addition to her role at B’nai Israel Synagogue,  Rabbi Werner serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Mayo Clinic and has been an active leader and participant in the Rochester interfaith community. Learn more about Rabbi Werner.


B’nai Israel Synagogue is a Reform congregation and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Members and visitors are welcome to attend our worship services, which include:

  • Weekly Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services
  • Monthly Conservative Sim Shalom Shabbat morning service
  • High Holiday worship services
  • Hanukkah service and celebration
  • Tu b’Shevat Seder
  • Purim service and celebration
  • Congregational Passover Seder
  • Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) observance

Learn more about our worship services.


Whether you are relocating to Rochester or just visiting, we are here to help you by providing information on:

  • Finding Kosher food
  • Lodging and housing
  • Resources for children, teens, young adults and older adults
  • Spiritual support

Learn more about our hospitality services and read testimonials from those who have visited our synagogue during their time in Rochester.


Become a member of our engaging congregational community and have the opportunity to attend all worship services, education programs and events and participate on the Board of Directors or on a synagogue committee. Learn more about membership.


We offer a wide variety of education programs for both children and adults, including:

  • Toddler play  and learn group
  • Religious School for students in Pre-K through 8th grade
  • Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah preparation
  • Confirmation program for students in 9th through 12th grade
  • Adult Hebrew instruction
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn adult education program
  • Weekly adult Introduction to Spirituality/Mussar class

Learn more about our education programs.

Our Leadership

Congregation members volunteer to serve on the Board of Trustees, as committee chairs and as committee members and work with our Rabbi and administrator to achieve our mission to provide a welcoming and engaging Jewish home for those who live in or are visiting our area. Learn more about our leadership.


Our congregants are actively involved in a variety of committees that enhance our own congregation, our southeastern Minnesota community and beyond. Committees include:

  • Social Action/Social Justice Committee
  • Ritual Committee
  • Religious School Board
  • Membership Committee
  • Hospitality Committee
  • Innovative Programming Committee

Learn more about our congregational committees.


Contact us

Rabbi Michelle Werner
Office Sandy McEarchern, Administrator
Email sandy@bnaiisraelmn.org
Phone (507) 288-5825
Mail 150 7th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Office Hours Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



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In the News

Holocaust Victims Remembered in Rochester


B’nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester held a special ceremony on Sunday to recognize Holocaust Memorial Observance Day.

Celebrating the Holidays: Hanukkah Foods


B'nai Israel member and caterer Jacque Sourkes shares the wonderful Hanukkah traditions of making latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jam busters).

Synagogue remembers victims, survivors of Holocaust


B’nai Israel Synagogue held a moving Holocaust remembrance observance, with congregants of all ages participating and sharing stories.

Greenspace: Jewish holiday is celebration of trees, connection to nature


Rabbi Michelle Werner explains the significance of Tu B'Shevat.

Read more about B'nai Israel Synagogue in the news. (link to News section)