MZ Small Groups are a great way to get to know a small group of people. Formed around interests, needs, geography, life stage, or profession, they can be done in the home, in an office, or anywhere in the greater Twin Cities. Some groups might focus on a topic of support, learning, or a Jewish experience. Others might be about sports, making crafts, attending arts events, and more! It’s up to you!

Consisting of anywhere between 3-18 people, groups meet regularly, with the number, frequency, dates, and location of meetings determined by the group.

Amateur String Music Ensemble

Led by Michael Chauss

I am looking to form a small ensemble (string quartet, piano quintet, piano quartet) to play together for fun. I would like to keep it very casual. Ideally, we would get together every couple of weeks to practice and enjoy playing music together.

Learn more or contact Michael Chauss →

Bicycling through the Twin Cities

Led by Michael Kuhne

The Twin Cities features many bicycling trails and opportunities to explore by bike.

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Led by Richard A Newmark

We will help arrange bridge games at locations to be determined by the group (possibly at individual homes).

Learn more or contact Richard A Newmark →

Caring for Creation: Mount Zion’s Call to Hope and Action for the Climate

Led by Leslie Martin

We are geared toward action: engaging all generations to make climate-friendly changes at Mount Zion and to connect with Jewish and interfaith climate groups doing congregational work and working for change in the broader community. The group meets once a month on Sundays via Zoom.

Learn more or contact Leslie Martin →

Classical Music Lovers Group

Led by Stephen Levin

A group for Classical Music lovers within the congregation to meet monthly and join together in activities involving classical music, such as attending concerts and lectures. The group will select the monthly activities at its first meeting.

Learn more or contact Stephen Levin →

Conscious Aging Women’s Circle (for women 55+)

Led by Joni Abramson

I hope you will join me for a Women's Circle to explore the complex process of aging. We will explore the challenges and opportunities of aging. We will support each other as we share laughter, tears and new insights for this next stage in our lives

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Cooking family recipes

Led by Shai Avny

We will meet four times during the next two months. Every time a different member of the group will teach us how to make his favorite recipe of his childhood.

Learn more or contact Shai Avny →

Couples Progressive Dinner Small Group

Led by Bruce Matza

Couples take turns planning the cocktail hour, main course and dessert while couples enjoy each course at a different home. This group is currently full. If would like to start a similar group reach out to Shai Avny.

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Experienced students of Mussar

Led by Lisa Taran-Maddy

Experienced students of Mussar are planning for next spring to have a group for other former Mussarians

Learn more or contact Lisa Taran-Maddy →

Grandparents and Grandkids Together

Led by Yvonne Lerew

This group will go on fun and meaningful outings that grandkids (from Kindergarten to 3rd grade) and grandparents (of all ages) can enjoy together. Activities would be varied in type and both Jewish-oriented and secular. We’ll plan to get together about every other month and likely plan outings on Sunday afternoons.

Learn more or contact Yvonne Lerew →

Israel Book Club

Led by Jonathan Eisenthal

The group seeks to understand the life and the land of Israel through its own literature

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Jewish Genealogy

Led by Phil Goldman

Our group will meet periodically for discussions, workshops, field trips, presentations and speakers on the topic of genealogy research, including in particular Jewish genealogy, together with the array of non-Jewish histories a diverse membership such as ours may want to explore.

Learn more or contact Phil Goldman →

Jews Go to the Woods

Led by Dan Schibel

A group looking to spend more time in nature. Once we have people joined we will determine people's interests. Ideas include: camping, hiking, skiing, canoeing, orienteering. Anyone is welcome to join.

Learn more or contact Dan Schibel →

Learning and Acting for Immigrant Justice and Criminal Justice Reform

Led by Jacob Kraus

Together, we will learn about how the immigration enforcement and criminal justice systems interact on the United States, and what impact that has on those who call Minnesota home. We will also reflect on what this reality means for us as Jews and as members of Mount Zion, as well as what we can do in our own communities to make them safe and welcoming for everyone.

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Let’s Cook, Bake and Eat!!!

Led by Deborah F Moses

We will learn to cook and bake a variety of Jewish Meals from Ashkenazi, Mizrah and Sephardic traditions We will be also integrating a WZO curriculum which includes seasonal recipes, Israeli Literary Texts, and Jewish Reflection.

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Long Live Rock!

Led by Judi Orland

Is rock music one of your passions? Do you love talking about it and sharing it with others? Then come have some fun reminiscing about and gaining new knowledge of rock music from the 1960s through today! All ages encouraged and welcome!

Learn more or contact Judi Orland →

Meditation Group

Led by Brian Borre Kevin Friedberg & Jared Miller

This group is open to all who have an interest in meditation, mindfulness, and a desire for community in a Jewish setting. 25 minutes of silent, non-guided meditation followed by brief 'check-in' on how meditation has/is/could benefit self care and spirituality.

Learn more or contact Brian Borre Kevin Friedberg & Jared Miller →

Musical Theater Group

Led by Toba Lazor

Introducing musical theater to congregants who don't want to pay high price.

Learn more or contact Toba Lazor →

Outdoor activities with John Mast during the Summer!

Led by Jhon MAst

We will meet once a month on the 15 of each month, to begin with throughout the summer months.

Learn more or contact Jhon MAst →

Parents’ Social Group

Led by Rebecca Povarchuk & Andrea Freidberg

Kids need a village and so do parents! Parents of kids 18 and under are invited to socialize at adults-only and family-friendly events.

Learn more or contact Rebecca Povarchuk & Andrea Freidberg →

Random Men Noshing

Led by Phil Goldman and Jon Strauss

Looking for guys that are interested in taking part in 'random nosh' sessions with other MZ guys. We will create a master list of 20-30 (or more) of those interested, in order to then reshuffle, breakdown, and distribute that list every 2-3 months into a listing of smaller subgroups (5-6 guys each). The random groups will take it upon themselves to have one get together (e.g., breakfast) over that time period, at whatever time and location works best for them all. Then repeating the process again every 2-3 months. Providing an easy and fun way to meet and connect with other men around temple, and hopefully even form some new, lasting relationships.

Learn more or contact Phil Goldman and Jon Strauss →

Resilience and Thriving while living with serious illness and/or disability

Led by Rosita Albert

I envision this as a learning and support group. I hope that we can increase our resilience through readings, watching videos, and engaging in other activities. I also hope we will provide support for each other.

Learn more or contact Rosita Albert →

Stitch ‘n Chat

Led by Susan Bernhardt

We will gather, via Zoom, for now, to connect over knitting and crocheting. Show off your projects or a yarn in your stash. Share ideas, tips, and inspirations. Ask for help with a project or technique. Or just schmooze. Everyone and all skill levels are welcome.

Learn more or contact Susan Bernhardt →

The Red Sea Pedestrians

Led by Cole Hanson

Run from your responsibilities with Mount Zion! We're a low-stress running club that always starts at Mount Zion.

Learn more or contact Cole Hanson →

Working to Combat Bigotry, Racism, Xenophobia, and/or Demonization of “the other”

Led by Rosita Albert

Members will contact relevant organizations, such as the AntiDefamationLeague, and other minority communities, to assess what is being done, what more can be done, and to advocate for greater acceptance and understanding of minority communities in our country.

Learn more or contact Rosita Albert →

Young Women’s Rosh Chodesh Circle

Led by Lily Eisenthal

A monthly opportunity to get in sync with Jewish time and observe this minor holiday with other women in their 20s and 30s.

Learn more or contact Lily Eisenthal →

MZ Small Groups can be started by any Mount Zion member. If you would like to lead a group, we are happy to offer you training, workshops, and ongoing coaching support. You’ll never be alone in this process.

Inclusion/Accessibility: We are committed to the values of accessibility and inclusion. As we start our initiative for MZ Small Groups and are enabling anyone to create something engaging, some groups may not work for everyone. Please be in touch with Shai if you have any questions or suggestions.

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