Bet Shalom Congregation was formed in 1981 with the intent of creating a small, intimate and welcoming Reform synagogue with a warm approach to Jewish tradition. While our congregation has grown to over 800 families since those early days, we remain committed to preserving our intimacy even as membership increases. 
 
Bet Shalom is a community, as well as a congregation. We are single, married, widowed and divorced. We are LGBTQ.  We are single parents, coupled parents, Jews by birth and Jews by choice. We are proud of this diversity and provide a variety of ways for each individual to express his or her Judaism. 
 
After meeting as a congregation at the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park for four years, our first home of our own was in Hopkins where we remained for 17 years. We dedicated our current building in May of 2002.  Soon after the formation of Bet Shalom,  Rabbi Norman M. Cohen became our first Rabbi, and after more than three decades became Rabbi Emeritus on January 1, 2016. Rabbi David Locketz came to Bet Shalom in 2004 as Assistant, then Associate Rabbi. On January 1, 2016 he was elevated to Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Jill E. Crimmings, our Rabbi Educator, joined our community in 2013. Cantor Sarah Lipsett-Allison has been with us for over 18 years.