Important Update

Services return to ZOOM

Due to increasing Covid infection rates, we’re moving activities back to ZOOM until further notice. The link and information will be sent to newsletter subscribers.

Special Message

Please click below to read a special message from student rabbi George Altshuler regarding the recent hostage situation in Texas.

Fall Schedule

Services and classes are returning to Zoom for the time being. Updates will appear in the newsletter. Service/class dates are below.

Shabbat Services Friday night service begins at 7:30 pm. Saturday morning Torah Study begins at 10:00 am*, followed by adult education at 11:00. Student Rabbi George Altshuler will visit on the following weekends:

January 21,22
*Via ZOOM. Saturday morning starts 10:30am. Class subject “The Bedtime Shema”

February 25-26
March 25-26
April 15-16 
May 13-14

Welcome to B’nai Israel

B‘nai Israel Synagogue in Grand Forks, North Dakota is a small but vibrant congregation that provides lifelong opportunities for spiritual growth and learning based on modern Jewish values.

Our members represent a variety of Jewish traditions and backgrounds, and come from Grand Forks, the Grand Forks Air Base, the University of North Dakota and surrounding communities.

Members of every Jewish denomination are welcome to attend our services, as are non-Jewish visitors. Please introduce yourself so we can answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to arrange a group visit, please contact us in advance at .

We are located at 601 Cottonwood St in Grand Forks, ND. (MAP)
Please see the Contact page for our mailing address.

Keep in touch with the Newsletter and social media.

Olam Chesed Yibaneh

Olam Chesed Yibaneh

In these difficult times, many of us find solace in Jewish music. Here is a song that can provide us all with strength as we continue this work of holy tikkun, of holy repair. “Olam Chesed Yibaneh” declares that together we can build a world with love. The words are: Olam Chesed Yibaneh… I will build this world in love… You must build this world in love… If we build this world in love… Then God will build this world in love.


From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Taking a Breath for Life: URJ’s Actions to Build Resilience

Taking a Breath for Life: URJ’s Actions to Build Resilience jemerman January 19, 2022

On Tu Bishvat we celebrated trees and a season of new growth. I've been doing lots of thinking about trees, as I frequently do, and the role they play in providing oxygen for the planet. At the Union of Reform Judaism, we provide oxygen to our communities by creating compassionate spaces for our participants to grow and thrive. We can respond to current and future challenges by fostering resilience that reflect our Jewish values.

For Colleyville, Texas

For Colleyville, Texas jemerman January 18, 2022

This is a prayer of healing for the hostages freed from Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, Texas, as well as the congregation and the community.

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History jemerman January 14, 2022

Eighty years ago on January 20, 1942, the infamous Wannsee Conference took place in a large lakeside three-story mansion in suburban Berlin. Fifteen Nazi German leaders attended the meeting that coordinated plans to "orderly execute" ---murder--- millions of Jews during World War II.

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children”

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children” jemerman January 11, 2022

The upcoming holiday of Tu BiShvat -- the birthday of the trees - brings back a memory of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the museum is an enormous cross-section of a giant sequoia tree. Standing before it is a sublime experience. The cross-section overwhelms you with its sheer size, inspiring questions about the size of the tree it was cut from.