B’nai Israel Synagogue

Jewish Cultural Center Serving Rochester And Worldwide Visitors

Replacing a former Mormon meeting house that had been its home since 1977, the B’nai Israel Synagogue creates a symbolically appropriate home for the congregation as the first purpose-built Synagogue in southern Minnesota. The simple building is laced with profound symbolism, providing an enlightening presence for the Rochester Jewish community and Mayo Clinic visitors. Wider in plan than deep, the Sanctuary reinforces communal gathering and participation. The focus is an onyx-clad Ark and translucent screen wall. Material and light are meticulously layered to evoke the Divine Presence and create a sense of calm and tranquility. Carefully proportioned spaces enhance intimacy while mahogany and buff-colored brick evoke a sense of warmth. Adjacent to the Sanctuary is a flexible Social Hall that accommodates a range of activities, from overflow seating for High Holiday to weekly Oneg Shabbat, theatrical performances, and educational seminars.


Rochester, MN

Building Type



15,000 SF

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