Mount Zion L’Chaim 5782 Annual Campaign: Celebrating the 165th Anniversary of the Founding of Mount Zion Temple
Your Contributions Support the People and Programs That Have Sustained Us for Over 5 Generations
L’Chaim 5782 celebrates the 165th anniversary of the founding of Mount Zion Temple. Mount Zion’s long history traces the story of the founding of the state of Minnesota and the peace and prosperity, the protests and pandemics we’ve experienced over the last 165 years. Throughout our history, one thing has remained constant: Mount Zion is a supportive community of individuals who take care of each other in hard times and celebrate together in good times.
Over the past few years, our Annual Campaign has honored members of our Clergy and Leadership team. This year, even as “Kivvun La’Atid: Our Direction for the Future” (our newest programming direction) focuses on the future, our Annual Campaign is celebrating our past. Contributions to this year’s Annual Campaign honor Mount Zion’s long history and reflect our gratitude for the community that has sustained over the past century and a half.
There is much to remember and celebrate in our long history. Mount Zion was founded in 1856 by eight German-Jewish families seeking to establish a Jewish community in the then territory of Minnesota. Next time you are in the building you can follow the history in the panels on the wall of Margolis Hall, or view them here. Click here for more details of our history. From our first one-room building at 10th and Minnesota to our beautiful architecturally significant home on Summit Avenue, we have grown, prospered, and accomplished much. From the founding of Neighborhood House in 1897 to help refugees, to our ongoing Tzedek work, our greatest pride has been our commitment to care for one another, the Jewish community, and people in need well beyond our walls and community.
We responded to the most recent challenge – the Covid-19 Pandemic – as we have throughout our history, with commitment to our values of compassion and kindness even as we made the difficult decision to close our building. Over the long months of physical distancing, we found new, creative ways to connect, worship, and care for one another.
Your contribution in any amount to the Annual Campaign will honor our past, support our present, and strengthen our future.
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 Online Pamphlet
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 Larry Solomon, Executive Director, 651-698-3881.