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Our Mission

Be a welcoming Jewish home for members, visitors and the local community for worship, study, friendship and support to increase the understanding and appreciation of Judaism.

Security Donations

Please consider making a Security donation to B'nai Israel Synagogue.  Security donations will be used for police presence at services, religious school, other events as well as for other security costs.

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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 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


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. Contact us at 507-288-5825.

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