Mount Zion L’Chaim 5780 Annual Campaign: Recognizing 10 years of leadership by Cantor Strauss-Klein

Your Contributions Support the People and Programs that Make Our Community Vibrant

L’Chaim 5780 will celebrate Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein’s 10 years of serving Mount Zion. Her beautiful voice and spirit have strengthened our community in many ways. In particular, she has a unique ability to elevate any moment—from High Holy Day services to singing the Havdalah blessings—to help us feel connected to God.

We are grateful for her ability to nurture the musical voice of our congregation. As a prayer leader, she inspires adults and children alike to find joy and meaning in our worship services. Her passion for Jewish music blends modern with an appreciation of traditional for our congregation that values the totality of the Jewish musical experience.

Contributions to this year’s Annual Campaign honor her tenure at Mount Zion.

“The whole world is nothing more than a singing and a dancing before the Holy One, blessed be God. Every Jew is a singer before God, and every letter in the Torah is a musical note.” —Nathan ben Naphtali Herz

Together we can build a successful, ongoing campaign to help fund the essential work that serves our community.

A way to show you care.

Contributing is an active response to gratitude. It is a tangible way to affirm your connection to Mount Zion’s congregation, clergy, fellow members, and staff.

Everyone Can Participate.

Our goal is broad participation. Any gift at literally any level will make a difference.

Support our sacred work.
Dues – our annual commitment

When you take a census of the Israelite people according to their enrollment…everyone who is entered in the records shall pay…a half-shekel as an offering to Adonai. —Exodus 30:11-15
Our dues are akin to the half-shekel that every Israelite gave in ancient days. In accordance with our congregation’s values, Mount Zion uses the Fair Share model where all member households give according to their ability. Dues and fees cover only a portion of the operating budget. Dues alone cover approximately 50% of our budget.

Annual Campaign – our free will offering

Take from among you gifts to Adonai, everyone whose heart so moves him/her shall bring them.
—Exodus 35: 4-5

All gifts to the Annual Campaign go toward Mount Zion’s essential needs in our annual budget including initiatives in Jewish education, cultivating life-long connections, innovative worship services, festivals and community celebrations, the pursuit of social justice, and meeting strategic plan objectives.

Thank you for your generosity.

Annual Campaign Brochure

Your Giving Supports the People and Programs that Make Our Community Vibrant

What does the Annual Campaign support?

All gifts to the Annual Campaign go toward the Mount Zion operating budget, including initiatives in Jewish education, cultivating life-long connections, innovative worship services, festivals and community celebrations, the pursuit of social justice, and meeting strategic plan objectives.

Do dues and fees cover Mount Zion expenses?

No. Dues and fees cover only a portion of the operating expenses at Mount Zion.We are also fortunate to have a healthy endowment that covers many expenses. But it is due in large part to the Annual Campaign that we are able to balance the budget.This addition has brought our congregational giving on par with other congregations around the country.

Can I contribute stock or include Mount Zion in my estate plan?

Yes! Just call the Temple office at 651-698-3881. For more details about estate plan, read about our Life and Legacy program.

What if I have other questions about the Annual Campaign?

We’d be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Jana Nelson, Annual Campaign Coordinator, 651-269-4381.