After years without rabbi, South Dakota is about to get one

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s small, tight-knit Jewish community has made do without a rabbi for several years, but the state’s status as the only one with no rabbi will change this winter when a family arrives from New York to open a Jewish community center.

Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz and his wife will open a Chabad House in Sioux Falls that will offer religious education, worship services and other programs.

Alperowitz will also travel across the sparsely populated prairie state to reach as many Jews — observant and nonobservant — as possible.

Alperowitz says the Chabad House will host social and cultural activities for children and adults.

Estimates show about 400 Jews live in South Dakota — less than a tenth of 1 percent of the state’s population.

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