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October 2019

Simchat Torah

October 20 at 5:00 pm

A Joyful Holy Day for All Ages! 5-5:45 pm Pizza in the Hut – complimentary dinner in the Sukkah for the last hours of Sukkot! 6-6:30 Brief Festival Service in the sanctuary 6:30-7:15 Dancing with the Torahs with live Klezmer band and unrolling the ENTIRE Torah in Margolis Hall! 7:15-7:45 Israeli Dance (and instruction) led by Rabbi Esther Adler Spend the last hours of Sukkot and the first hours of Simchat Torah with your congregational family! Join us between 5-6…

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Beginning Adult Hebrew

October 23 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Taught by Siana Goodwin Tuition (includes all materials): $75 members/$100 non-members (Minimum of five students). Wednesdays, October 23 - January 15, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Introduction to the aleph-bet, with some introduction to basic grammar. The primary goal is familiarity with written Hebrew and reading fluency, to acquire the skills to participate with the siddur and sacred texts.

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Martin Buber: The Way of Man

October 23 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

A Class in 20th Century Philosophy According to the Teachings of Hasidism Instructor: Rabbi David Thomas, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 7:30-8:30 pm at Mount Zion Temple, Co-Sponsored by Hineini Cost: $36, Members or Hineini Supporter; $54 Public. Register at ttsp.org. In this short (38 page) book, Buber employs brief Hasidic folktales to get at his understanding of what life is all about. We will study this text in a very…

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New Member Shabbat Dinner

October 25 at 6:00 pm

This congregational Shabbat ­dinner is free for new members. If you are not a new member, you are welcome to join us. The cost will be only $5. Kids (11 and under) are free! Join us for a Congregational Shabbat dinner as we meet and welcome our newest members. This dinner will be made by members of Mount Zion. We’ll get to know each other, share some great food, and build our community! Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 23.

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Shabbat for the Soul

October 25 at 7:30 pm

Invite your (Adult) Child to Shabbat Services Once a month, from September to May, Shabbat services are moved from the formality of the sanctuary to our social hall to create a more intimate service. Our singing is accompanied by violin, guitar, keyboard, and percussion. The striking music opens our hearts and awakes our spirits. This year we will alternate our two styles of services, “Shabbat for the Soul” and “Visual T’filah.” Shabbat is always for the soul, but there is…

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Secrets of Fly Fishing

October 27 at 10:30 am

A Brotherhood Bagel Brunch and Speaker Series - All are welcome! Guest Speaker: Mitch Wittenberg This is the land of 10,000 lakes and numerous streams and creeks all full of beautiful, wonderful fish. Our speaker, Mount Zion member, Mitch is going to teach us how to catch those fish with the graceful sport of fly fishing and share the beauty of our home in Minnesota. Mitch will bring his expertise for a demonstration and some videos. Join us for an…

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Santa Fe Trip Informational Meeting

October 27 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Cantor Spilker for a travel adventure to learn about New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews on Sunday-Friday, June 14-19, 2020. For adults and serious learners of all ages! in partnership with Road Scholar. Come to this Informational Meeting to learn more about the trip. Experience the best of the Southwest through in-depth presentations with local experts about New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews and about Santa Fe history and culture. Enjoy field trips to an array of significant historical and cultural…

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A Taste of Honey: An Introduction to Judaism

October 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mondays, October 28 - January 13, 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! For anyone interested in ­learning more about ­Judaism and/or thinking about ­conversion.

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Mussar Small Group

October 30 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

This small group is for prior students of Mussar to continue their practice with a group of like minded individuals. The group will be self lead. Each participant will take a middah to lead a discussion on. The intent is to learn from each other, no pressure.

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Martin Buber: The Way of Man

October 30 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

A Class in 20th Century Philosophy According to the Teachings of Hasidism Instructor: Rabbi David Thomas, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 7:30-8:30 pm at Mount Zion Temple, Co-Sponsored by Hineini Cost: $36, Members or Hineini Supporter; $54 Public. Register at ttsp.org. In this short (38 page) book, Buber employs brief Hasidic folktales to get at his understanding of what life is all about. We will study this text in a very…

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November 2019

A Simple Story, by Israel’s Nobel laureate in literature, S.Y. Agnon

November 4 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Israel Book Group 7 p.m. Monday November 4 at Mount Zion. We will be discussing A Simple Story, by Israel’s Nobel laureate in literature, S.Y. Agnon. Set in the Jewish Eastern European life now vanished, A Simple Story is a story of love unrequited, marriage, melancholy and madness. Through these travails, the protagonists of the tale achieve a greater awakening. "Agnon's achievement is to have combined gentle mockery of the myriad characters he brings so engagingly to life with staunch…

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Martin Buber: The Way of Man

November 6 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

A Class in 20th Century Philosophy According to the Teachings of Hasidism Instructor: Rabbi David Thomas, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 7:30-8:30 pm at Mount Zion Temple, Co-Sponsored by Hineini Cost: $36, Members or Hineini Supporter; $54 Public. Register at ttsp.org. In this short (38 page) book, Buber employs brief Hasidic folktales to get at his understanding of what life is all about. We will study this text in a very…

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Honoring the Women of Mount Zion Temple

November 8 at 7:30 pm

During Shabbat Services, we will be Honoring the Women of Mount Zion Temple.

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Our States Have Crazy Shapes

November 10 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Why does Minnesota have a bump on its northern border? Please join us for food and fun as Lynn Garthwaite talks about the quirky stories and the interesting personalities behind the decisions that created our jigsaw puzzle of a map.

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Mussar Small Group

November 13 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

This small group is for prior students of Mussar to continue their practice with a group of like minded individuals. The group will be self lead. Each participant will take a middah to lead a discussion on. The intent is to learn from each other, no pressure.

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Martin Buber: The Way of Man

November 13 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

A Class in 20th Century Philosophy According to the Teachings of Hasidism Instructor: Rabbi David Thomas, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 7:30-8:30 pm at Mount Zion Temple, Co-Sponsored by Hineini Cost: $36, Members or Hineini Supporter; $54 Public. Register at ttsp.org. In this short (38 page) book, Buber employs brief Hasidic folktales to get at his understanding of what life is all about. We will study this text in a very…

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Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

November 17 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

Healing from cancer is a non-linear process so whether you have just been diagnosed or are decades post-treatment, this group is for you. As an affiliate community group of Still Kickin – a nonprofit organization that “helps awesome people going through awful things” – let’s build a braver more supportive world by being there for each other through all the stages. This is an all-inclusive cancer support group. Events will vary.

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The Climate Crisis: The Facts and What We Can Do

November 20 at 7:30 pm

Roxane Gudeman, Professor Emerita in Psychology, Macalester College In this 75-minute presentation and discussion, Prof. Gudeman will use resources provided by The Climate Reality Project to give an overview of the massive environmental changes occurring and steps we can take to stop or reverse them.  This presentation will be a part of The Climate Reality Project’s 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action. On November 20-21 thousands of presentations will be given around the world. Additional resources come from her research…

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Mussar Small Group

November 27 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

This small group is for prior students of Mussar to continue their practice with a group of like minded individuals. The group will be self lead. Each participant will take a middah to lead a discussion on. The intent is to learn from each other, no pressure.

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December 2019

Why did the PLO collect a Jewish Studies library?

December 2 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies Some remember the PLO, in its founding years in the mid-1960s through the early-1980s, as a heroic group of freedom fighters; others recall a merciless group of terrorists. Largely unnoticed in the West at the time, and almost entirely forgotten today, is the fact that the PLO in those same years was also the home of a think tank run by PhDs from Georgetown and Cambridge dedicated to studying Judaism, Jewish history, Zionism,…

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Mussar Small Group

December 11 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on November 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

This small group is for prior students of Mussar to continue their practice with a group of like minded individuals. The group will be self lead. Each participant will take a middah to lead a discussion on. The intent is to learn from each other, no pressure.

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January 2020

Fast-Tracking Your Hebrew Literacy: Keys to Demystifying our Prayers and Torah

January 5 at 9:45 am - 11:00 am

Sundays, January 5 – March 8, 9:45 - 11:00 am (eight classes) Taught by Siana Goodwin Even without extensive formal Hebrew study, by using translations and understanding Hebrew structure, recurring patterns of prefixes, suffixes, and conjunctions, Hebrew roots and how to use a Hebrew dictionary, it’s possible to proceed from mystification to meaning. “As someone who chants sacred text frequently, I’ve found that both the ease of decoding a text and my pleasure in learning is enhanced by understanding the…

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Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

January 11 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until March 14, 2020

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

All are welcome! As part of our B’nei Mitzvah Sefer Seminar program, we will have 4 Shabbat morning services with a focus on learning the meaning behind the order of the service (the Hebrew word for prayer book – Siddur – means “order”) and deepening our understanding of the prayers. The service, led by Rabbi Adler, is informal and interactive, and will enhance your experience of Shabbat Services in general. The service is followed by a potluck kiddush lunch.

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Mussar for Parents/Guardians/Grandparents

January 12 at 9:45 am - 11:00 am

Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein Using the American Mussar curriculum and the book The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar by Greg Marcus, Cantor Strauss-Klein will lead interested parents and grandparents in a journey of connecting Jewish wisdom to parenting. Together, we will study six core middot (soul traits), engage in group discussion, and share our personal practices. We will discuss how these soul traits impact ourselves, show up in our relationships to our kid(s)…

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Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

January 19 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

Healing from cancer is a non-linear process so whether you have just been diagnosed or are decades post-treatment, this group is for you. As an affiliate community group of Still Kickin – a nonprofit organization that “helps awesome people going through awful things” – let’s build a braver more supportive world by being there for each other through all the stages. This is an all-inclusive cancer support group. Events will vary.

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Beginning Hebrew, Part 2

January 22 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Wednesdays, January 22 - April 1, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. (ten classes) Taught by Siana Goodwin Building on familiarity with the aleph-bet, emphasis will be on developing ease in reading Hebrew and introducing basic elements of Hebrew construction and grammar.

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Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

January 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mondays, January 27 - February 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 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…

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February 2020

Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

February 8 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until March 14, 2020

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

All are welcome! As part of our B’nei Mitzvah Sefer Seminar program, we will have 4 Shabbat morning services with a focus on learning the meaning behind the order of the service (the Hebrew word for prayer book – Siddur – means “order”) and deepening our understanding of the prayers. The service, led by Rabbi Adler, is informal and interactive, and will enhance your experience of Shabbat Services in general. The service is followed by a potluck kiddush lunch.

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March 2020

Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

March 14 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until March 14, 2020

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

All are welcome! As part of our B’nei Mitzvah Sefer Seminar program, we will have 4 Shabbat morning services with a focus on learning the meaning behind the order of the service (the Hebrew word for prayer book – Siddur – means “order”) and deepening our understanding of the prayers. The service, led by Rabbi Adler, is informal and interactive, and will enhance your experience of Shabbat Services in general. The service is followed by a potluck kiddush lunch.

Find out more »

Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

March 15 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on July 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

Healing from cancer is a non-linear process so whether you have just been diagnosed or are decades post-treatment, this group is for you. As an affiliate community group of Still Kickin – a nonprofit organization that “helps awesome people going through awful things” – let’s build a braver more supportive world by being there for each other through all the stages. This is an all-inclusive cancer support group. Events will vary.

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April 2020

Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

April 4 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until March 14, 2020

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

All are welcome! As part of our B’nei Mitzvah Sefer Seminar program, we will have 4 Shabbat morning services with a focus on learning the meaning behind the order of the service (the Hebrew word for prayer book – Siddur – means “order”) and deepening our understanding of the prayers. The service, led by Rabbi Adler, is informal and interactive, and will enhance your experience of Shabbat Services in general. The service is followed by a potluck kiddush lunch.

Find out more »

July 2020

Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

July 19 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on July 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

Healing from cancer is a non-linear process so whether you have just been diagnosed or are decades post-treatment, this group is for you. As an affiliate community group of Still Kickin – a nonprofit organization that “helps awesome people going through awful things” – let’s build a braver more supportive world by being there for each other through all the stages. This is an all-inclusive cancer support group. Events will vary.

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