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Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker Email

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Rabbi Spilker

 

Rabbi Spilker has served as a rabbi at Mount Zion since 1997. When he and Cantor Spilker came to the congregation, he led adult and family education and youth activities for four years.  In 2001, he was selected as senior rabbi.  Rabbi Spilker graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Religious Studies from Duke University in 1991 and was ordained as a rabbi with a Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1997.  He and Cantor Spilker have three children.

For a humorous look at Sukkot, take a look at Rabbi and Cantor Spilker’s appearance on Prairie Home Companion in October, 2000.

For Rabbi Spilker’s social justice story: Click here

Read selected sermons online.

 

Rabbi Esther Adler Email

Rabbi Esther Adler

Rabbi Esther Adler

Rabbi Adler has served as a rabbi at Mount Zion since 2000. She also serves part-time as Associate Chaplain at Hamline University. Rabbi Adler graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980 with a B.A. in Music. She was ordained as rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York in 1987. She has earned a Masters degree from Yale University in Rabbinic Literature and has knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, German, French, and Greek. In the Twin Cities, before coming to Mount Zion, she served as rabbi at the Sholom Homes, interim rabbi Beth El Synagogue, and interim director of Jewish Life at Minneapolis Jewish Day School. She has two daughters, Sarah and Rose. 

 

Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein Email

Cantor Strauss Klein

Cantor Strauss Klein

Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein has served as co-Cantor at Mount Zion Temple since 2009.  Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, she received a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music in New York and Jerusalem and was ordained as a Cantor in May 2009.  In 2001 she earned a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland; her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (1999) is from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Before coming to serve at Mount Zion, she was the cantorial intern at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan from 2005-2009, and also served as the student cantor for Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, NY from 2008-2009.  She was the cantorial soloist for Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Maryland from 2000-2004. She and her husband Nick have three children, Henry, Aryeh, and Zelda.

Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker Email

Cantor Rachel Spilker

Cantor Rachel Spilker

Cantor Spilker has served as cantor at Mount Zion since 1997. She currently serves part-time. She grew up in Pittsburgh where she was inspired by her Cantor, Mordechai Heiser. Cantor Spilker received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Sacred Music and investiture as cantor from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York. Before coming to serve as Mount Zion Temple’s first invested cantor, she served as a student cantor at Temple Sholom in Plainfield, NJ and the assistant cantor at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City. In addition, she has served as cantorial soloist and cantor-in-residence at several congregations across the country. Cantor Spilker enjoys teaching about Judaism and Jewish music to people of all ages through services, special programs and classes. She and Rabbi Spilker have three children.

 

 

Rabbis’ and Cantors’ Assistant Julie Beckman Email

Julie Beckman

Julie Beckman is the rabbis’ and cantors’ secretary, and also handles registration for MaZAL, Mount Zion’s adult education programs. Julie has been with Mount Zion Temple for over 20 years.

 
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