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Online campaign launched to fund local synagogue repairs

Kristen Knudsen from MGI Landscapes and Outdoor Living takes measurements for renovation work around Temple Beth El in Fargo. The temple is raising money via a GoFundMe page to fund repairs to its 60-year-old synagogue in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO – A local Jewish congregation is asking the community to help save its synagogue.

Temple Beth El, one of two synagogues in North Dakota, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for repairs to its 60-year-old building at 809 11th Ave. S.

GoFundMe is an online forum where the public can fund various causes, and donators can track the progress of the fundraising.

The campaign has raised more than $5,900 of the $70,000 goal, which will be used toward a new roof ($44,000) and plumbing system ($26,000).

The congregation, composed of about 30 family units, created a GoFundMe account since they don’t have an ongoing pledge for a building fund.

“Temple Beth El’s been an important part of our community for many years, and it’s not only a place for Jews, it’s a place for our non-Jewish community members to come and learn,” says congregation President Bev Jacobson.

Jacobson’s been a member of the synagogue for 20 years and says it’s important that the congregation keep its current building.

The building is worth $398,600, according to the city of Fargo.

“Without the building, we would probably be forced to rent space, which doesn’t lend itself to quite as nice of community gathering spaces or learning spaces,” she says. “The building was built in the early ’50s so it’s sort of been a mainstay of the community.”

How to help

Visit to donate, or mail checks to:

Temple Beth El, 809 11th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103

Anna G. Larson

Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace 

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