Our Synagogue 

On behalf of Beth Jacob, we thank you for your interest in our synagogue.  Whether you are a newcomer or have lived here for a long time, we are happy to welcome you into our “shul family”.  We hope this letter will provide some general information and give you a better understanding about our shul and the way it functions.

Beth Jacob is an Orthodox shul with Jews from all over the world. Its uniqueness and charm lie in the diversity of the religious backgrounds of our membership, which range from those with no Judaic upbringing, to those raised in Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox families.

Beth Jacob provides a warm and friendly place to explore and live the wonderful heritage that Jews have been proud of for the past 3300 years. We do this through minyan, our exciting Shabbat service and Kiddush, nightly educational classes Monday through Thursday, women’s classes, and the many holiday celebrations and extracurricular activities we enjoy together.

The decision to join a shul is sometimes a difficult one. If you would like to ‘test the waters’ before making a commitment, we would love to have you join us for Shabbat services and Kiddush lunch. 

We would love to have you become a part of our family.  For more information and to request free information packet, please call our office at 519.743.8422

Some frequently asked questions from potential members:

Why should I go to an Orthodox shul if I am not orthodox?

Members of our shul come from varied religious backgrounds. Our philosophy is that labels in Judaism (Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, etc.) divide rather than unite us. In truth, there is only one kind of Jew… and that is a Jew.

What if I am not comfortable reading Hebrew? Will I be able to follow the service?

All our daily prayer books include both Hebrew and English text. While the formal prayers are conducted in Hebrew, explanations regarding the prayers and Torah service are in English. We find comfort in knowing that G-d understands all languages. 

Why should I join a Shul? My life is too busy…I have so many other things to do on Saturday…

This is a tough one, mainly because most people have lived their lives with routines on Saturday that have not allowed them to capture and enjoy the beauty and gift that is Shabbat. The best way to explain what coming to Shul on Shabbat does for a person is this: How many times, as a parent, have you sat and tried to convince your child at the dinner table that the new food you have put before him is delicious, if only he would try it. So after a few minutes, your child agrees to take that bold step and ‘give it a taste.’ The next few seconds can only be described as ‘magical,’ as you watch your child’s eyes light up with a radiance of happiness that gives each one of us as parents a warm feeling…he loved it.

Mon, August 21 2017 29 Av 5777