Events

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Blood Drive

November 29, 2017

Give blood. Help save lives.

To register, call Maureen Davidson at 651-645-9244 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Sponsored by Women of Mount Zion Temple.

Mah Jongg Group

November 29, 2017

The parents of the 8th grade Chai School class would like to invite others to join them for Mah Jongg this school year. It is a group of mostly beginner players so feel free to join even if you are new to the game or are an experienced player. Bring your own Mah Jongg set and card. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Michelle Salita.

Caroline Light presents: Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

November 30, 2017

This talk addresses the complex intersection of benevolence and self-preservation that produced Jewish orphan homes in the Jim Crow South. Whether native or foreign-born, rich or poor, Jewish southerners could not ignore the rigidly defined color line, or the regime of racial terror that reinforced it. Those with the means to do so invested substantial time, energy, and money in an effort to “take care of their own” while transforming the poorest Jewish orphans into exemplars of southern citizenship. Co-Sponsored by Department of History, ­University of Minnesota and Jewish Community Action.

Caroline Light is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has a doctorate in history, and her work explores the ways in which race, gender, and region shape collective (mis)memory and archival silence.

A University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies Lecture.

 

 

Caroline Light presents: How did Self-Defense turn into Stand Your Ground?

December 1, 2017

(approximately 7:30 pm) – Human Rights Shabbat
Co-sponsored by Protect Minnesota and Jewish Community Action.

This lecture and discussion will be based on Dr. Light’s recent book, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press, 2017). This book provides a critical genealogy of armed citizenship. Beginning with the centuries-old adage “a man’s home is his castle,” she tracks the history of our nation’s relationship to lethal self-defense, from the duty to retreat to the “shoot first, ask questions later” ethos that prevails in many jurisdictions today. Her work reveals how contemporary appeals to “stand your ground” mask an exclusionary commitment to security for the few, at the expense of the many.

Caroline Light is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has a doctorate in history, and her work explores the ways in which race, gender, and region shape collective (mis)memory and archival silence.

A University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies Lecture

Special Musical Guest: Jerry Gotler

December 8, 2017

Clarinetist Jerry Gotler will be joined by his son Gary Gotler on piano, the two of them playing during Shabbat services on Friday, December 8th. Jerry is perhaps best known throughout the Mount Zion community for his clarinet, and in particular, the thrill of hearing him play the closing song, “Oseh Shalom,” at High Holy Day services. Please join us for this special musical treat!

Our Bodies, Our Souls

January 19, 2018

our-bodies-ours-souls-grayMount Zion’s 21st Annual Jewish Retreat for Women

The Wow of Now! Awaken Gratitude and Awe
OBOS is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Women of Mount Zion.

Our Bodies, Our Souls has become a treasure to many women over the years.  We hope you’ll join fabulous women for a meaningful shabbaton (retreat) in the beauty of Stillwater, MN. Join us to experience a retreat full of singing, study, prayer, relaxation, and fun (oh, and massages!).

Our guest scholar for the weekend is Sara Lynn Newberger, from The Newman School at Talmud Torah of St. Paul. Sara Lynn is the director of TTSP’s Hineni: Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices. She believes passionately in the importance of Jewish learning and the impact it can have on people’s lives.  Sara Lynn will partner with Rabbi Esther Adler, Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker, and songleader, Wendy Goldberg, in leading and teaching throughout the retreat.

Our retreat facility is the peaceful Dunrovin Retreat Center, located on 50 acres along the beautiful and secluded shore of the St. Croix River.  Arrival and registration will take place between 4:00 and 5:30 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018. The retreat concludes after Havdalah on Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 pm. Confidential financial assistance is available to members.

Register now!
If you have questions, please contact Peggy.

Cost, including lodging for one night, four delicious meals, and all programming:
$170 – Early-bird for Mount Zion members from through December 12.
$190 – Non-members as well as members registering after December 12.
Final registration deadline is January 12, 2018

Confidential financial assistance is available to members. Contact Cantor Spilker (651-698-3881 or rspilker@mzion.org) for assistance.

Please understand that our retreat often fills to capacity and late cancellations may prevent others from attending. With that in mind, cancellations must be received in writing prior to Friday, January 12, 2018 for a full refund. Cancellations after January 12th will receive a 50% refund. Refunds will be sent after the event. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.

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