About Us

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.

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, you will find that B’nai Israel Synagogue provides worship services and holiday celebrations, education programs, congregational activities and hospitality to all who enter our doors.

Our Mission

Be a Jewish home for study, gathering, and prayer, responding to the Jewish needs of the local community as well as patients and visitors.

Our Vision

To be a center of Jewish learning engaging all generations in understanding, appreciation, and love of Judaism by:

  • Creating an active and proud Jewish community
  • Actively including Jewish families of all compositions
  • Offering Jewish educational opportunities for all segments
  • Meeting the observance needs of the entire congregation
  • Creating an environment of respect for the whole spectrum of Jewish observance
  • Promoting knowledge of Judaism and Jewish culture in the community
  • Welcoming and addressing the needs of Jewish visitors to Rochester
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Our Torah Scrolls

B’nai Israel Synagogue – Dan Abraham Jewish Cultural Center is also privileged to be the current caretaker of the Kolin Scroll, a 350 year-old Torah scroll from the Czech Republic that survived the Holocaust.





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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)