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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

    Beginning Adult Hebrew

    Sun October 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun December 20, 2020

    Tuition : $75 Members/$100 Public (Min of five students). Instructor: Siana Goodwin The basic aleph-bet! Letters and sounds of Hebrew, some introduction to vocabulary. Learn to read and follow along in the prayerbook. Online materials provided.

    Intermediate Hebrew

    Tue October 6 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tue December 22, 2020

    Tuition : $75 Members/$100 Public (Min of five students). Instructor: Siana Goodwin For students who can recognize Hebrew letters and vowels, the next step: learning vocabulary, recognizing sentences, and understanding the prayers of Jewish liturgy. Text will be Prayerbook Hebrew … Continue reading »

    Mount Zion Mussar Mondays

    Mon October 12

    Four different Mussar groups (vaadim) will meet on the same Mondays this Fall. Dates: October 12 and 26; November 9 and 23; December 7 and 21. Sign up for one.  4:00-5:15 pm – for everyone, facilitated by Rabbi Esther Adler … Continue reading »

    A Taste of Honey: An Introduction to Judaism

    Mon October 12 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Mondays, October 12 – January 28, 7-8:30 p.m. 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! … Continue reading »

    “Judaism in the Qur’an” Mohsen Goudarzi, University of Minnesota

    Wed October 14 at 4:00 pm

    Presented by the University of Minnesota – Center for Jewish Studies This talk explores the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad’s movement and West Arabian Jewish communities. The first part will briefly survey some pertinent information about the presence and status … 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.