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Memorial Day Service and Sacred Book Burial

May 29, 2017

Mount Zion will honor the memory of all those who served our ­country. Please join us at Mount Zion Cemetery, ­located on Payne and ­Larpenteur ­Avenues in St. Paul.

Sacred Book Burial

Following the Memorial Day Service (approx. 11:45 am)
At the Mount Zion Cemetery

There is an ancient Jewish tradition of burying old prayer books and other sacred writings at the end of their use. We have a dedicated space at the cemetery for this purpose. You are welcome to this this brief, meaningful gathering even if you do not have books to bring. Alternatively, if you cannot attend, you can bring books such as your old “Gates of Repentance” to the office for the burial.


May 31, 2017

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Camp Send-off Shabbat Service

June 2, 2017

Join us as we send-off all our OSRUI and Jewish Overnight campers.

2017 Mount Zion Men’s Retreat

June 9, 2017

“Holiness, Rest, and Joy”

Friday – Sunday, June 9-11
Location: Audubon Center of the North Woods (54165 Audubon Drive, Sandstone, MN 55072)
Just 90 minutes from St. Paul.

Join the men of Mount Zion for our 6th annual men’s retreat – a weekend of fun, camaraderie, spirituality and enjoying the great outdoors!



The registration fee covers lodging for both nights, 5 delicious meals, snacks, drinks and all programming.  Check-in time for the retreat will begin at 4 p.m., with Shabbat dinner to start at 7 p.m.  Optional early activities on Friday will be announced as the retreat approaches.  The retreat fills up quickly, so please register early to ensure your spot!  For a single room, the cost is $270, double room $190, dorm room $150.

Many activities are available:

  • Swimming
  • Friday and Saturday afternoon bike ride
  • Hiking
  • Boating:  rowboat, canoes and kayak
  • Ropes course with zip line
  • Raptor session
  • Fishing – Grindstone Lake, with a maximum depth of 150 feet, is unique among lakes in east central Minnesota. The long, narrow 528 acre lake has enough oxygen in its deep cold waters to support coldwater species such as trout as well as cool and warmwater species such as bass, panfish, and northern pike. Brown trout and rainbow trout are stocked annually in the spring, and additional rainbow trout are stocked in the fall.
  • Relaxation and contemplation

Click here to register or call the Mount Zion office 651-698-3881.
For further information, please contact Bruce Matza at 651-337-2543 or by email or Brian Serle at 612-251-5045 or by email.

Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

June 16, 2017

photo of speaker mark hetfieldPulpit Guest Mark Hetfield, President and CEO at HIAS
Brief remarks during 6 pm Shabbat service and longer talk after at 7 pm.

Join to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish text, values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally. Learn more about HIAS Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Prime Timers Event: Bunco at Mount Zion

June 20, 2017

Roll the Dice! Score! Change Partners and Meet New People! Have Fun!

Come join us for BUNCO and a potluck lunch.
Please bring a dish to share.

RSVP to Ray Sevett at or
Jill Spanier 651-493-1959 or by June 15.
For additional information on this event or future Prime Timer programs, please contact Jill Spanier.

Mount Zion at the Pride Parade

June 25, 2017

Hey Mount Zion! Are you feeling PROUD?
We’ve traveled so far together, and it means so much for so many.
Our 13th year ­parading with JPride at Pride!

Join us! Everyone welcome!
Haven’t missed a year? That’s Fabulous! Never been to Pride before? This is your year! Wear a JPride shirt, a ­Jewish youth group shirt, or a JPride Sticker and walk, dance the ‘Hora on Hennepin,’ and ­celebrate together! As always, EVERYONE is welcome! Friends, Partners, Parents, Spouses, Teens, All Ages of Adults, Kids with an Adult!

Questions? Contact Sam Schauvaney.

We are saving a spot for you!

PRIDE Shabbat

June 30, 2017

More details to come!

Israel Book Discussions

July 10, 2017

Let There Be Water by Seth M. Siegel

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

Mount Zion Community Midsummer Picnic!

August 13, 2017

(But everyone is welcome to stay longer!)
Friends and Family are all welcome!

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 picnic is free, but please sign up, so we have enough food!

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

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.

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