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St Paul, 55105 United States
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January 2019

Parents’ Social Group Outing

January 17 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our second gathering to follow up on our first fun, meaningful night out! Please contact the group leader to be included on the planning email which will include the location.

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Visual T’filah

January 18 at 7:30 pm

In these services, we forego the black and white of the prayer book and focus instead on projected images of beautiful artwork or scenes from nature as backdrop for our words. We take time with the prayers and the music, engaging our senses more fully than usual. We sit in rounded rows in Margolis Hall, so as to more fully appreciate the community around us.

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MLK Holiday Breakfast at Mount Zion

January 21 at 7:00 am

Cost is $5. Keynote speaker: Don Lemon, Emmy Award-winning news anchor and CNN journalist Each year, the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present an annual MLK Holiday Breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The main event will be held at The Armory in downtown Minneapolis and with the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul hosts breakfasts at multiple neighborhood locations, and Mount Zion is one of those locations this…

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Myth-Conceptions Series: Jewish National Fund

January 25 at 7:30 pm

Who are the Jewish Organizations speaking about Israel? What are the myths about each organization? What are the realities? All sessions held at Mount Zion Temple moderated by Rabbi Spilker. “Water: Israel’s Gift to the World” Guest Speaker: Laura Salzer The organization that gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. Co-sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

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Open Auditions for the Purim Play!

January 27 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Directed by Peter Bloch This year’s Purim Shpiel will be a congregant directed and acted spoof on Bohemian Rhapsody. The one-time performance will be on Purim eve, Wednesday, March 20 Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons and Monday and Tuesday evenings. Do you want to audition for a starring or supportive role? All ages may audition. Everyone gets a part! Please prepare a song to sing.

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iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

January 28 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on January 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on March 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future Rabbi Spilker Teaches Israel’s History Hartman Video Lecture Series Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.…

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February 2019

Congregational Shabbat Dinner

February 1 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Spend Shabbat with Friends! Cost before Jan 20: $12 adults; $6 kids (11 and under) Cost after Jan 20: $15 adults; $8 kids This Shabbat Dinner has been generously subsidized by Brotherhood. (The unsubsidized cost is $23 adults; $12 kids).

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Myth-Conceptions Series: Students Supporting Israel

February 3 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Who are the Jewish Organizations speaking about Israel? What are the myths about each organization? What are the realities? All sessions held at Mount Zion Temple moderated by Rabbi Spilker. Guest Speaker: Ilan Sinelnikov, Founder Students Supporting Israel says their mission is to be a clear and confident Pro-Israel voice on college campuses, and to support students in grassroots Pro-Israel advocacy. Founded at the University of Minnesota in early 2012 by Ilan Sinelnikov and Valeria Chazin, it currently has multiple…

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Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

February 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 25, 2019

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker $36 members/$50 public per person Ready to take a positive step in your life? Explore ways to bring Jewish traditions into your home in a ­judgement-free class. Hear from others about their decisions or practices. Make practical (small) decisions about holidays, values, and even artwork to hang on your walls. This open, guided class is for interfaith, same-faith, mixed roots, or single households. What does it mean to have a “Jewish” home? This three-part class is…

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Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

February 11 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 25, 2019

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker $36 members/$50 public per person Ready to take a positive step in your life? Explore ways to bring Jewish traditions into your home in a ­judgement-free class. Hear from others about their decisions or practices. Make practical (small) decisions about holidays, values, and even artwork to hang on your walls. This open, guided class is for interfaith, same-faith, mixed roots, or single households. What does it mean to have a “Jewish” home? This three-part class is…

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A Dip in the Waters: The Progressive Mikveh Movement

February 13 at 7:30 pm

A WMZT Wine and Wisdom Event Join Cantor Spilker as we learn about an old ritual updated for modern times. Hear about the many possibilities for how mikveh can be used to mark important life transitions in a meaningful way.

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Food for Thought

February 22 at 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Mount Zion member Stacey Dinner-Levin will read from her play Autistic License: Normal Isn’t for Everyone (called “a transformative piece of theater” and described by the Pioneer Press as “a true-to-life play that takes audiences on the rollercoaster ride of raising a child with autism”).

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A Window into Parenting a Child with Special Needs

February 22 at 7:30 pm

Pulpit Speaker: Stacey Dinner-Levin During Shabbat Services Mount Zion member Stacey Dinner-Levin received her MA in Human Development from St. Mary’s University and BAs in Social Work and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota. For five years she led the PACER Center “Count Me In” program promoting disability awareness to schoolchildren. She is the mother of four boys, the eldest of whom was diagnosed with autism in 1993. Autistic License, Dinner-Levin’s first full-length play, was named one of the…

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Book Discussion: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

February 23 at 12:00 pm

10:00 a.m. — Shabbat morning service 11:30 a.m. (approximately) — light lunch Noon (approximately) — Discussion of the book Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, a young adult novel that tells the story of 17-year old Marcelo Sandoval, a boy with Asperger-like characteristics who seeks guidance and mentorship from a local rabbi. The discussion will be facilitated by Jasper Hardin, Sarah McVicar, and Joan Ostrove and will include the perspectives of Jewish autistic people. Complimentary copies of…

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Songs of Love

February 23 at 7:30 pm

Choir Concert featuring Mount Zion’s adult choir Kol Tzion and The River Heights Chorale This concert will feature songs of love from the Jewish tradition in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. As a volunteer choir, The River Heights Chorale is committed to sharing quality music with the surrounding community and has made it a priority to help students, through scholarships, achieve their musical goals beyond high school. Director Aaron Kapaun is in his 9th season as Artistic Director for the River…

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Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

February 25 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 25, 2019

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker $36 members/$50 public per person Ready to take a positive step in your life? Explore ways to bring Jewish traditions into your home in a ­judgement-free class. Hear from others about their decisions or practices. Make practical (small) decisions about holidays, values, and even artwork to hang on your walls. This open, guided class is for interfaith, same-faith, mixed roots, or single households. What does it mean to have a “Jewish” home? This three-part class is…

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March 2019

Israeli Democracy and the Political System in Israel since 1948

March 6 at 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Mar 6-May 15 Instructor: Arie Zmora Cost per class: $54 Member / $100 Public (scholarships available) Despite multiple wars and constant challenges since its founding in 1948, Israel remains the Middle East’s only continuously functional democracy. This course will describe and explain Israel’s multi-party, parliamentary system and its historical roots in Mandatory Palestine. We will explore several challenges that democracy faces in Israel’s unique circumstances, including: Israel is a Jewish State. How does Israel reconcile the secular principle of rule-of-law…

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iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

March 11 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on January 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on March 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future Rabbi Spilker Teaches Israel’s History Hartman Video Lecture Series Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.…

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Orange Trees in Blue and White: The Beginnings and Politics of Zionist Private Enterprise

March 13 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

University of MN - Center for Jewish Studies People think of kibbutzim, socialist agricultural collectives, as the first Zionist agricultural settlements. But kibbutzim were preceded in the late 19th century by a small network of privately owned agricultural colonies like Petach Tikva and Zikhron Yaakov. How did these settlers think of themselves as the “first” Zionists, promoting an image of a Zionism they claimed was prior to and outside politics, one that continues to influence Israel today. Liora Halperin is…

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April 2019

Myth-Conceptions Series: ARZA

April 12 at 7:30 pm

Who are the Jewish Organizations speaking about Israel? What are the myths about each organization? What are the realities? All sessions held at Mount Zion Temple moderated by Rabbi Spilker. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Executive Director During Shabbat services The Association of Reform Zionists of America is part of an international network of like-minded, progressive Jewish voices, working in unison, to build a better Israel. Co-sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

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