Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Friday, May 13
5:00 pm Kabbalat Panim – Greeting Time – Hors d’oeuvres
5:30 pm Mount Zion’s Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting will include honoring our Volunteer of the Year, Robert Garfinkle, reflections by President Michael Wall and Rabbi Spilker on this past year, appreciation to outgoing Board members, officers, and committee chairs and installation of new Board members, and a presentation of the FY23 Budget.
6:30 pm Shabbat Services
Pulpit Guest Gary Zola will speak on: Profiles in American Jewish Courage: Mount Zion’s 165th Anniversary in Context
On this Shabbat, Rabbi and Cantor Spilker will be marking their twenty-five years at Mount Zion. They will have just received their Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, degrees from HUC-JIR on May 5th in New York. They are inviting the congregation to support our Reform Movement’s seminary HUC-JIR on this occasion. Support HUC-JIR in honor of Rabbi and Cantor Spilker’s 25 years of leadership.
Saturday, May 14
9:00 am Torah Study
In person this week only and online
What this week’s Torah portion can teach us about American Jewish History
More than a century ago, a remarkably talented satirist and writer names Gershon Rosenzweig (1861-1914) composed Hebrew commentaries on many of the weekly Torah portion as well as topical parodies on Jewish holidays. Rosenzweig’s commentaries and poems shed light not only on Torah, but also on the trials and tribulations of life as a Jewish immigrant in America during the early years of the twentieth century. Dr. Zola will introduce us to this little-known material and, in doing so, we will study the Torah and the American Jewish past.
4:00 pm At B’nai Israel (Rochester)
Profiles in American Jewish Courage: American Jewry and the Fight for Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness
Dr. Zola’s visit to Minnesota is a partnership between Mount Zion and B’nai Israel in Rochester. On Shabbat afternoon, Dr. Zola will speak at B’nai Israel. Join in person or online. All the details are here: bnaiisraelmn.org
Dr. Zola’s visit to Mount Zion and B’nai Israel is sponsored in memory of Dr. Jesse and Marjorie Edwards, z”l.
This Week’s Parasha
Vayeshev — Genesis 38:1 - 38:30