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Tisha B’Av

July 31, 2017
8:00 p.m. Steve Hunegs: 50 Years of Reunified Jerusalem
9:00 p.m. Maariv & Eicha (Lamentations) Reading/Songs
Sponsored by Beth Jacob, Mount Zion, & Temple of Aaron.
Tuesday Shacharit (morning) service at Beth Jacob @ 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday Mincha (afternoon/evening) service at Temple of Aaron @ 6:00 p.m.

Mount Zion Sing-Along with Dan Chouinard

August 5, 2017

7:00 p.m. Social Time & Nosh | 7:30 p.m. Sing-Along

For three decades Dan Chouinard has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who’s who of Twin Cities ­performers, an enabler of community sing-alongs, and writer and host of hit shows for radio, concert hall and ­theatrical stage. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Please join us Saturday evening, August 5, 2017 for a special Mount Zion community Sing-Along in Margolis Hall, featuring songs composed by and/or performed by Jewish-American artists.

Co-sponsored by Young Adults of Mount Zion, Brotherhood, Women of Mount Zion, and Prime Timers

Saints Game with Young Adults of Mount Zion (YAMZ)

August 6, 2017

The St. Paul Saints play home with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Join us beforehand for pizza at Big River Pizza. All Twin Cities Jewish young adults (20s/30s) and your friends are invited. Show up at 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 6 at Big River Pizza to share pizza, then we’ll walk one block together to CHS Field (360 N Broadway Street) for the 5:05 pm game.

Cost: $15 includes veggie and/or cheese pizza and a game ticket. We have a block of seats.

This event is sponsored by Young Adults of Mount Zion (YAMZ).

Prime Timers Event: An Evening with Rabbi Spilker

August 9, 2017

Open to All!

Tradition! Why we do what we do!

  • Why do some rise and others don’t for kaddish?
  • Why do we use the backside of the shovel for burying the dead?
  • Why do people kiss the Torah during the procession?
  • Why…(fill in the blank and bring your questions!)

We will begin with a potluck at 5:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share. The program will begin at 6pm.

Mount Zion Community Midsummer Picnic!

August 13, 2017

(But everyone is welcome to stay longer!)
Friends and Family are all welcome!
This picnic is free, but please sign up, so we have enough food!

Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights, MN
(West of Wagon Wheel Trail and Dodd Road – Just 10 minutes from Mount Zion!)


We will have burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and gluten-free options. We will also have chips, watermelon, veggie trays, desserts, and drinks. Bring blankets and folding chairs! This ­picnic will have lots of fun activities and accommodations, including:

  • Clown and balloon animals
  • Bean Bag Toss, other games
  • Hula hoops
  • Face painting
  • Fair Do’s (hair spray)
  • Water balloon fights
  • Big playground
  • Skateboard Court (bring your skateboards!)
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Fishing (bring your own gear)
  • Kayaking & canoeing (bring your own boats)
  • Chess, checkers
  • Accessible walking paths

This event is sponsored by Mount Zion’s Brotherhood, Prime Timers, Women of Mount Zion Temple (Sisterhood), Mount Zion Young Adults, and SPORTY.

Open Town Hall Meeting: Should Mount Zion Become a Sanctuary Congregation?

August 24, 2017

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong.
The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native,
and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:33 

Presentation and Open Discussion 

Hosted by Mount Zion’s Tzedek Committee
An additional open discussion will be on Friday, Aug 25 following Shabbat Services (approx. 7:15 pm)
All volunteers with our shelter (Project HOME) and the Garage Sale will be honored during the Aug 25 services.
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Faith communities around the country are discussing their role in supporting and sheltering people who are facing deportation by ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Our values may be clear (see Leviticus above), but the practical roles and responsibilities may not be. The Reform Movement has given guidance through a URJ Board Resolution in March (click here to read it.) Our Tzedek committee will host the Town Hall Meeting (and a briefer, alternate conversation on Shabbat) and a follow-up meeting on Monday, August 28 at 7 pm to draft a proposal to our Board. All are welcome. Please contact Deb Moses, Tzedek Committee chair with any feedback or questions. Feel free to contact our clergy with any feedback as well.

Prime Timers Event: Can You See Me Now?

August 25, 2017

A Presentation by Sheri Frisque which will focus on Technology and Vision Resources. ­Participants will learn where to find resources for low vision in the Twin Cities, use smartphones, tablets and/or computers as aides for low vision, set up adaptive features on personal electronic device, ­identify and access the resources available from Mount Zion, and load the Mishkhan Hanefesh ebook and/or other Jewish apps onto their personal device.

Sherilyn Frisque, has been a teacher for seventeen years and is currently with Intermediate School District (ISD 917).  As a Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, she works with students ranging in ages from infants to 21 years old. Sheri is passionate about leveling the playing field for her students using accommodations and modifications that encourage her students to be academically competitive with their peers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Masters of Special Education from Northern Illinois University. Sheri is also a state mentor for the Minnesota Department of Education for new teachers and a Cognitive Coach for new employees within her district. Sheri is a member of the Accessibility and Inclusion Working Group at Mount Zion Temple and an active member of the Women of Mount Zion Temple, the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and currently is on the Midwest Regional Board of WRJ. She enjoys quilting with her mother and friends, playing cards, and reading. She is the parent of two grown sons, Isaac and Scott, has recently become the guardian of her 16-year-old cousin Madison, and enjoys spending “Crazy Aunt Sheri” time with her eight nieces and two nephews.


Annual Kehillah Council/Board of Directors Retreat

August 27, 2017

Supporting a Culture of Engagement: Mount Zion Connect
at Sholom East (740 Kay Ave., St Paul)
All congregants are welcome.

Please join us at the annual Kehillah Council / Board of Directors for an interactive discussion on implementing Mount Zion ­Connect – our Engagement Groups Initiative at Mount Zion. RSVP to Jennifer Baddin.

Israel Book Discussions

September 11, 2017

The Missing File by Dror Mishani

Join us for an engaging conversation about ­Israeli life through its literature. Even if you cannot read the book in ­advance, you are welcome.

Re-turning: Learn the Meaning and Music of Essential Prayers

September 15, 2017

Food for Thought with Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
Learn and Nosh before Shabbat Services

5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Gathering and a Light Nosh
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Food for Thought Discussions
Discussion over wine, juice, and light appetizers.
Child care available.

The prayer book for the High Holy Days is called a “machzor”, a Hebrew word meaning “cycle” and “return.” We return to reflect on our lives. In this “Food for Thought” session, we will read, ­discuss, and sing a few of the High Holy Day prayers, and discuss the “new” machzor Mishkan Hanefesh to enter the ­season with more ­understanding and readiness.



September 16, 2017

A Night that ushers in the High Holy Days

Featuring a new, provocative prayer book Mishkan haLev, Tabernacle of the Heart.

This service is always the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah (or if Rosh Hashanah falls on a Tuesday or earlier in the week, two ­Saturdays before Rosh Hashanah.) Traditionally, the service is meant to be held close to midnight.

8:30 pm Havdalah and Program
9:45 pm Reception
10:15 pm Selichot Service

Meet Mount Zion: An Open House and Brunch for Unaffiliated Jews in Our Community

September 17, 2017



  • Discover 160+ years of Mount Zion’s rich history.
  • Learn about Mount Zion’s dedication to w­­­orship, learning, & social justice.
  • Meet our clergy, lay leaders, and Temple members.
  • Tour our building and religious school.
  • Get a taste of our various organizations and activities.

Contact the Temple at 651-698-3881 with questions.
Attendees will be given complimentary High Holy Days tickets.
Childcare Provided.

The Poetry of the Prayer Book

September 21, 2017

Michael Kuhne, Ph.D.

For a second year, Michael has assembled a cast of Mount Zion congregants who will lead an inspiring exploration of the poetry and prose in the new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh. When Michael first explored the new prayer books, he was so taken by the selection of authors and the implications of their writings, that he wanted to share the language with others.

Michael Kuhne, President-Elect of Mount Zion, is a Professor of English at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. He is married to Mandy Roll-Kuhne and is father of three wonderful children and ­grandfather to three lovely grand-daughters.

High Holy Days Healing Service

September 22, 2017

A peaceful and comforting worship ­experience for anyone ­seeking healing and wholeness.
Led by our clergy, accompanied by flute and harp.

Cemetery Memorial Service

September 24, 2017

As a people, we are eternally linked to those who came before us. As individuals, we are especially mindful of family and friends who have died in the past year. In the spirit of remembrance, we ­annually conduct a special service at our cemetery. Please join us for a ­meaningful and ­reflective service. The cemetery is ­located at the ­intersection of Payne and Larpenteur Avenues. Come rain or shine!

Women of Mount Zion Temple Opening Meeting

September 24, 2017

“Nosh & Schmooze”

This is an engagement event to get to know the Women of Mount Zion Temple (formerly Sisterhood)! Please come to hear about our impact at Mount Zion and more!

A Taste of Honey: An Introduction to Judaism

October 2, 2017

Rabbi Esther Adler
Member: $36, Public: $75

This course provides students with a basic ­understanding of Jewish practice and belief. Topics ­include Jewish history, life cycle, ­Shabbat, theology, home ­observance and more! For anyone interested in ­learning more about ­Judaism and/or thinking about ­conversion.

Open Sukkah

October 7, 2017

Eat. Drink. Shake.
CONNECT with other Mount Zion members!
Open Sukkah at the home of Rabbi Esther Adler and Rob Lebowitz
(The address will be emailed to all congregants)

Chant the Torah!

October 8, 2017

Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein
$36 materials fee

Chanting of Torah has always been one of the foremost ways to transmit our tradition. ­Participants are encouraged to chant at future Shabbat and Festival morning services.

Celebrate Simchat Torah!

October 11, 2017

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

Join us as we renew our Torah cycle, reading the end of the Torah and then the beginning with the entire scroll unrolled around ­Margolis Hall. Dance with the Torah scrolls to the infectious rhythm of Mark Stillman and his Klezmer band!

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