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Life-Long Learning Opportunities!

Life-long learning is a core value of Judaism and an integral part of the Mount Zion Temple Vision Statement.  Whoever you are, whatever your interests and wherever you may be in your Jewish journey, we hope we have offerings this year that will inspire you and enrich your life.

An Introduction to Judaism

Every Fall, we have offer a course that provides students with a basic ­understanding of Jewish practice and belief.
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Weekly Torah Study (every Mon, Thu, Sat)

Every week, three times to study Torah. Stop by anytime to anyone.
No experience/background necessary.
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Upcoming Adult Education Offerings 2020-21

    Intermediate Hebrew, Part 2

    Tue January 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Tuesdays, January 5 – March 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Instructor: Siana Goodwin Members: $75 / Public: $100 A continuing class, using the text Prayerbook Hebrew The Easy Way, by Joseph Anderson. Focusing on acquiring vocabulary and Hebrew grammar specific … Continue reading »

    Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story

    Sun January 10 at 10:00 am

    Presented by Mount Zion Brotherhood, Women of Mount Zion Temple, the Mental Health Task Force, and Women’s Spirituality Guest Speaker: Jeff Zuckerman, author Open to All! via Zoom or you can call in at 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 814 … Continue reading »

    Beginning Adult Hebrew, Part 2

    Sun January 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Instructor: Siana Goodwin Members: $75 / Public: $100 Sundays, January 10 – March 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Building on knowledge of the aleph-bet, this class will consist of practice to increase reading skill and facility, plus basic information on … Continue reading »

    7 Countries in 7 Weeks: European Jewish Winter Travel from your Living Room

    Sun January 17 at 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun February 28, 2021

    Sundays, January 17-February 28, 11 am – 12:15 pm Poland – the Epicenter of the Ashkenazi World in 1939 January 17 So many of our Jewish ideas and so much of culture comes from Poland. We will go to Warsaw, … Continue reading »

    Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

    Mon January 25 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker $36 members/$50 public per person Mondays, January 25, February 1 & 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm What does it mean to have a “Jewish” home? This three-part class is for couples or single heads of households, … Continue reading »

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About our name: MaZAL

The word mazal, often pronounced with a Yiddish inflection, “mazel” as in “mazel tov,” comes from the Hebrew word which means “luck”.  In truth, the word means “a group of stars’ or a “constellation.”  Medieval Jews paid close attention to the “mazalot,” the constellations, and in fact, we find representation of the constellations throughout the ancient Jewish world.  Jews have always found meaning in astrology, as it represented the vast possibilities of the world created by God.  As countless are the stars in the night sky, so too, are the paths of Jewish study.  As we partake in adult Jewish learning, we offer a few of those paths, leaving many more for tomorrow.  It is our MaZAL to learn.  Come learn and enjoy!

Torah on the Web:

Reform Judaism – Torah Study – Excellent ­commentary on the Torah ­portion.
Reform Judaism – Shabbat – The Reform Movement’s weekly ­commentary designed to inspire discussions at your Shabbat table.
10 Minutes of Torah – Receive weekly emails of Torah ­commentary and ­reflections on current events (see above).
My Jewish Learning – Resource on everything from ­holidays to ­mysticism.