Guest speaker: Julia Nerbonne, executive director, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
During Shabbat Services, Friday, April 22, 6:30 pm
At the end of the last day of Passover and the end of Earth Day, Julia Nerbonne will make connections between our people’s exodus from oppression and the most pressing issue of modern times: saving our planet.
As executive director of MNIPL, Julia leads a vibrant movement for climate justice that includes more than 400 Minnesota faith communities. She has an undergraduate degree in religion and a Ph.D. in conservation biology, and for many years has taught ethics and sustainability studies at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and at the University of Minnesota, where she is an adjunct assistant professor in the conservation biology graduate program. A former founding director of MN350, she also leads the convening of the Just Solar Coalition, solar developers and nonprofits aiming to build equity into the emerging solar industry in Minnesota and nationwide.
Julia is speaking on the invitation of Mount Zion’s Climate Small Group, which, under the leadership of Leslie Martin, is working with MNIPL to help move us forward as a synagogue and as a congregation.
Shabbat for the Soul
We move from the formality of the sanctuary to our social hall to create a more intimate service. Our singing is accompanied by violin, guitar, keyboard, and percussion. The evocative music opens our hearts and awakens our spirits.
Shabbat is always for the soul, but there is a particularly soulful atmosphere at “Shabbat for the Soul” services. It is a more contemplative worship style with the congregation sitting in the round. We use a single page handout for the prayers. A slower pace enables us to focus on the meditative effect of the music, the potential for deeper awareness and prayer, and the feeling of community.