In May 1981, Bet Shalom Congregation was formed. Our purpose was to create another warm welcoming Reform congregation in the Minneapolis area. Within just a few short months many of our goals were achieved, including the arrival of our spiritual leader, Rabbi Norman M. Cohen, and the start of our Religious School with 50 students. Since our first days we have grown to over 800 families with a Religious School of nearly 500 students. As we grow, Bet Shalom strives to preserve its identity as an intimate community.
Bet Shalom is a diverse group of Jews from as nearby as Minnetonka and as far away as St. Cloud. We welcome people of all abilities and strive to provide meaningful spiritual, educational and social opportunities to all of our congregants.