Humans of Mount Zion


January 14, 2016

Adam and Thyra moved to Minnesota from Philadelphia with their girls Talia and Maren in 2005, and have been members of Mount Zion ever since. He works as a professional, free-lance composer, and she works as a health psychologist at … Continue reading »



January 7, 2016

Margie’s life seems to revolve around her family, friends, and Judaism. Born and raised in Highland Park, she later graduated from beauty school, and lived at times in the San Francisco Bay area, where she had occasion to meet rock … Continue reading »



December 30, 2015

Rick is listed in the Internet Movie Database ( as “Director, Producer, Writer.” Unfortunately, that description seems to barely scratch the surface. If anything, his best accomplishment to date seems to have been finding his wife Nancy. She is well … Continue reading »



December 22, 2015

Mark and Jill have been married for 45 years, in the course of which they have had children Eric and Stephanie. The day we met, Mark had just picked up Jill after her flight from Santiago Chile, after having previously … Continue reading »



December 17, 2015

Sue joined our Leadership staff this year as Religious School Director. Having grown up in Richfield, MN, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where she met her husband Jeff, who himself had grown up in Connecticut, and within the Reform … Continue reading »



December 10, 2015

Don and his wife Rhoda are well known in the community, through their generosity and continued involvement in what seems to be most every aspect of our lives. I caught up with Don after an exercise class at the JCC … Continue reading »



December 3, 2015

Another transplant from Berkeley, CA, James is currently a Professor of Physics at Macalester, and lives in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood with wife Lisa. Together they have daughters Madelyne, an aspiring actress, writer, and director in LA, as well as Sophie, … Continue reading »



November 25, 2015

Not many people dedicate much of their professional lives to the study of their home town history. But then again, not many people grew up at the birthplace of the Revolutionary War. Serena and her husband Chris now live with … Continue reading »



November 19, 2015

Henry’s is a familiar face at Mount Zion, and yet another lifelong member of our community. Together with his family, his life has revolved around social action and social justice. In fact, his story over the past half century can … Continue reading »



November 12, 2015

Together with his wife Allyson, Glenn and their children have been an integral part of our congregation for over a decade. Allyson serves an array of roles in the community and congregation, including as Chair of the Temple’s Accessibility/Inclusion Task … Continue reading »


Lexi (Alexis)

November 5, 2015

Lexi (Alexis) was born and is being raised in the Twin Cities. She is the sister of Katrina, who is currently in her second year, majoring in civil engineering at Case Western, and “loves it”. Lexi is one active young … Continue reading »



October 29, 2015

Originally from the east coast, Kenny now lives in West St. Paul, and has been married to Angie for 34 years. Though now retired, Kenny worked as a Podiatrist at the Minneapolis VA for over 30 years. Much more on … Continue reading »