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September 2019

WMZT Fall Kick-off Event: “Books, Bears & Blankets” A project for children at the Overflow Shelter

Sun September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will have brunch and then our goal is to create 36 B4 Kits that can be handed out to children and young adults who arrive at the overflow shelter during the month of December. Each B4 Kit will contain a tied fleece blanket, 1 or 2 books, and a stuffed bear (or animal) that can be carried in a washable, sturdy fabric bag. Here's what you can do! We are asking for an $18 contribution to help defray the…

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Experienced students of Mussar

Wed September 25, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Wed October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on Wed October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

If you have taken at least one ( or more) Mussar classes and are interested in enhancing your study and/or practice, please join Lisa Taran-Maddy, Joni Lipshultz- Burg and Margie Abrahamson beginning Wednesday, June 5th for a bi-weekly va’ad gathering. We plan to meet every other Wednesday from 10:00-11:30. The group will be self-lead by participants. Please contact Lisa Taran-Maddy, 651-492-8710 lisatm@comcast.net or Jill Spanier js020907@gmail.com and 651-493-1959. to join or ask questions. Looking forward to this new va’ad. Lisa,…

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Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Mon September 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

New this Year! Designed for 2nd-6th graders and their families We heard you! This Rosh Hashanah, Mount Zion has created an experimental family service, especially designed for the needs of households with kids from 2nd-6th grade. This service is accessible and uses the familiar format of our Religious School siddur, incorporating the sounds and inspiring themes of the High Holy Days. Led by our clergy, this service provides a meaningful Rosh Hashanah experience in a condensed family-friendly format. (The Yom…

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Tashlich Picnic Dinner

Mon September 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm

NEW THIS YEAR! 5:15 pm is an approximate time. Please bring your own dinner and a picnic blanket. Mount Zion will provide drinks and compostable paper goods.

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October 2019

Special Event!

Sat October 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

I am pleased to announce and invite you to a special event for our Classical Music Lovers Small Group: “So You Think You Know Bach?” on Saturday, October 5, 4:00-5:30 pm, at Mount Zion Temple (room TBA). The event will combine music examples (live and recorded), learning session, and discussion opportunity, all prompted by a focus on the Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. The event will be led by our own David Knapp, who is…

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Parents’ Social Group — Family Havdalah Fun!

Sat October 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us for this family-inclusive event, parents and kids of all ages welcome. We will reunite after taking a break during the summer. In this event we'll be learning the ins and outs of the Havdalah service and rituals. The Havdalah ceremony marks the end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. It involves special traditions and rituals, and is a meaningful way to recognize the importance of Shabbat and family in the week. Whether you're a regular…

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MZ Small Groups Havdalah

Sat October 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

All MZ Small Groups are invited to hold a meeting for their group between 4-5 pm. After the meeting, we will have Havdalah at 5 pm with all the participates from MZ Small Groups. You don’t want to miss this event! It going to be very special.

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The Poetry of the Prayer Book

Wed October 9, 2019 at 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Led by Michael Kuhne, Ph.D. Michael has assembled a cast of Mount Zion ­congregants who will lead an inspiring exploration of the poetry and prose in the new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh. Michael Kuhne, President of Mount Zion, is a Professor of English at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

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Chair Yoga (Yom Kippur Day)

Wed October 9, 2019 at 12:45 pm - 1:20 pm

Join Mount Zion member and yoga teacher, Anna Schorer, and Cantor Spilker for a “7th Inning Stretch.” All movements will be done in a chair, will be accessible, and can be done in dress clothes.

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The Book of Jonah

Wed October 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Presented by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company During the Yom Kippur Afternoon Service Instead of chanting the Book of Jonah in Hebrew, we will again hear a dramatic reading in English by actors from the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. This intriguing, short story has so many layers and important messages as we near the end of our Days of Awe. The reading will be during the Torah service toward the end of our afternoon service which begins at 4:15 and…

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Still Kickin

Fri October 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Guest speaker: Jennifer Wall, Mount Zion Member Still Kickin (SK) is a Minneapolis-based non-profit started by author and podcast host Nora McInerny after the death of her husband Aaron from brain cancer. SK supports “awesome people going through awful things.” This past spring, by setting up an MZ Small Group, Mount Zion became the home of the first affiliated SK group: Healing and Cancer. Jennifer Wall is the co-lead for this small group. At this Food for Thought, she will talk…

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Multifaith Mindset: A Dialogue about Mixed-Faith ­Families with Mount Zion Members

Sun October 13, 2019 at 9:45 am

Our community is a religious and spiritual home for many families that honor ­multiple faith traditions. How do we provide a welcoming, inclusive environment and retain our Jewish core? Join Interfaith/Mixed Roots Coordinator Jessica Griffith for a panel discussion and open forum about the experiences of multifaith and mixed roots families. The Panel includes: Dylan and Marcia Woods-Weisman Benjamin and Kiki Gillman Nancy and Rick Hauser

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Sukkot Across the Cities

Sun October 13, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Connect with fellow MZ members at one of four Sukkot Open Houses! Including drinks, light nosh, and conversation. One of our rabbis and cantors will visit each Sukkah at 6 pm to lead blessings and shake the lulav. You can choose from one of four locations: Warren and Susanne Cohen - Eagan Stephanie and Jeremy Fink - Minneapolis Andrea and Kevin Freidberg - St. Paul Charlie Levine and Marjorie Dana-Levine - Woodbury Please RSVP so that each host is able…

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Experienced students of Mussar

Wed October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Wed September 25, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on Wed October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

One event on Wed October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

If you have taken at least one ( or more) Mussar classes and are interested in enhancing your study and/or practice, please join Lisa Taran-Maddy, Joni Lipshultz- Burg and Margie Abrahamson beginning Wednesday, June 5th for a bi-weekly va’ad gathering. We plan to meet every other Wednesday from 10:00-11:30. The group will be self-lead by participants. Please contact Lisa Taran-Maddy, 651-492-8710 lisatm@comcast.net or Jill Spanier js020907@gmail.com and 651-493-1959. to join or ask questions. Looking forward to this new va’ad. Lisa,…

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Mussar Small Group

Wed October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Wed October 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

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

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

One event on Wed 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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Simchat Torah

Sun October 20, 2019 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

Wed October 23, 2019 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

Wed October 23, 2019 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 Wed 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

Fri October 25, 2019 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

Fri October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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One event on Fri February 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on Fri April 17, 2020 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

Sun October 27, 2019 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

Sun October 27, 2019 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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Mussar Small Group

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

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

One event on Wed 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

Wed October 30, 2019 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 Wed 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

Volunteer at the Chanukah Market This Sunday!

Sun November 3, 2019 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Volunteer and receive a 15% off coupon that can be used in the Gift Shop during the Chanukah Market From 9:30 - noon we will be packing up the gift shop and unloading the storage closet. From noon - 2:00 pm, we will be unpacking and organizing. We are asking for a minimum of a 2 hour commitment. Snacks will be served.  Chanukah starts December 22! Any questions, contact: Sheri Frisque or Ruth Garner.

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

Mon November 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Israel Book Group Monday November 4, 7 pm 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

Wed November 6, 2019 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 Wed 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

Fri November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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

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Tearing Down Accessibility Barriers in North America and in Israel: How’s it going?

Fri November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Pulpit Guest: David Lepofsky During Shabbat Services David Lepofsky is a professional and lay leader in Canada’s disability community. He obtained a Master of Law from the Harvard Law School in 1982, and was admitted to the Ontario, Canada Bar. His achievements as a lawyer and disabilities rights advocate have led to many awards and honorary degrees. He has published and lectured around the world on topics including constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, human rights, and the rights of…

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Our States Have Crazy Shapes

Sun November 10, 2019 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

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

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

One event on Wed 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

Wed November 13, 2019 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 Wed 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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Jewish Morocco Revealed

Fri November 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Food for Thought: Learn and Nosh before Shabbat Services 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Food before the Thought 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Food for Thought Discussions Join Cantor Spilker, Phil Goldman and others as they share experiences from their 2018 congregational trip to Morocco through slides and stories. Beginning with appropriate "Food before the Thought", and continuing on to the (Jewish and other) sights, smells, and sounds of a musical and truly magical trip.

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Honoring our Past, Shaping our Future

Fri November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Pulpit Guest: Nancy Brady, Neighborhood House President A night to learn stories of the founding of Neighborhood House in 1897 by the women of Mount Zion and to imagine new dimensions for our partnership with this flagship organization in the historic west side of St. Paul. Nancy Brady has been the President of Neighborhood House since 2014 and she was the Campaign Director when the organization built the Wellstone Center which opened in 2006. Nancy has 30 years of nonprofit…

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Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

Sun November 17, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on Sun 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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Tzedek Committee: Jim Crow of the North Film

Tue November 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Join the Tzedek Committee as we watch the film, Jim Crow of the North and learn more about restrictive covenants that were used for many years to discriminate against Blacks, Jews and others looking for housing in Minneapolis. While similar practices were used elsewhere, this film and panel discussion will focus on covenants  in Minneapolis.  We will hear about the process of discovering these restrictive covenants and learn about ways to get involved in this work. This event is part…

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Wed November 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: SP Circle of Faith or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

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The Climate Crisis: The Facts and What We Can Do

Wed November 20, 2019 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

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

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

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

One event on Wed 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?

Mon December 2, 2019 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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Young Adult Shabbat Dinner

Fri December 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a delicious complimentary dinner and the opportunity to get to know other young adults in our community. Contact Shai Avny with questions.

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What is Israel’s Human Rights Record?

Fri December 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

President of Israel Movement for Progressive ­Judaism Visits Mount Zion In connection with world human rights day on December 10. Following Shabbat Services (approx. 7:45 pm) David Bernstein is a founding member of Kibbutz Yahel the first Reform Movement Kibbutz in Israel where he made Aliyah in 1979. For 20 years he worked with the Jewish Agency as Director of the Partnership and Overseas Relations Department, and was a founder and Director of the Partnership 2000 project, which partnered 45…

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Let’s play Scrabble

Sun December 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

We are going to meet on December 8, 1:30 pm at the Board room Please bring any Scrabble games you have. I will bring an official set of rules for everyone to review.

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The Intergenerational Congregation: Going Forward with Our Young and Old

Tue December 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All congregants are invited to the next Kehillah Council (The Kehillah Council is a gathering three times a year of our Board, Committee chairs, and all interested congregants). Special Guest: Rabbi Hayim Herring Rabbi Herring has come to Mount Zion at pivotal moments, before our visioning process in 2002, before our first strategic plan in 2012, and now as we begin to imagine a theory of change for our congregation’s future. All attendees are invited to read a selection from…

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Mussar Small Group

Wed December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Wed November 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

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

One event on Wed 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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Shabbat Chanukah for all Ages!

Fri December 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

All are welcome to any part of the evening. 5:30 pm Family Shabbat Service - Open to all but geared for ages 4-12 and their families. We will use Mishkan T’filah for Youth, the prayer book used in Religious School services. All are then encouraged to join for Shabbat dinner where we will light the Chanukah lights! 5:30 pm Study Session: Meet Keshet Berlinsky Edry our community shilicha (emissary) from ­Israel! Keshet will talk about bringing light in Israel today,…

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January 2020

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

Sun January 5, 2020 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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Mount Zion to Host a Naturalization Ceremony

Wed January 8, 2020 at 10:00 am

If you have ever attended a naturalization ceremony when individuals become citizens of the United States, you know what a powerful event it can be. If you haven’t had the pleasure, here is your chance! Sponsored by Mount Zion’s Tzedek Committee.

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Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

Sat January 11, 2020 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 Sat March 14, 2020

One event on Sat 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

Sun January 12, 2020 at 9:45 am - 11:00 am

Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein Cantor Strauss-Klein will lead interested parents and grandparents in a journey of connecting Jewish wisdom to parenting. Together, we will study 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) and partner/spouse, and in our parenting styles. Come be a part of this meaningful learning circle! When? Sunday mornings (9:45-11:00 am) at Mount Zion Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb…

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Let’s Scrabble

Sun January 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The next meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1:30 pm. The group decided to play for fun, rather than for tournament purposes. So, grab your boards and join us the next time around!

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Let’s play scrabble

Sun January 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Our next meeting is 1:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 12. Please let me know as soon as possible if you expect to join us for this next meeting at Mt. Zion

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Intersections: Racism and Antisemitism

Fri January 17, 2020 at 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Tzedek Shabbat - Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 5:45 pm Food before the Thought 6:15 pm Food for Thought: Guest Speakers: Attorney General Keith Ellison and Rep. Frank Hornstein Welcome by Carin Mrotz, Executive Director, Jewish Community Action Keith and Frank will address the increase in Hate Crimes and broader issues of racism and antisemitism in our community. The Tzedek committee is committed to deepening our congregational conversations about, and responses to, racial injustice. We hope that honoring the memory of…

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Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

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

Wed January 22, 2020 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

Mon January 27, 2020 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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Reform Judaism: A Life of Meaning

Thu January 30, 2020 - Sun February 2, 2020

In a time such as this, how can religion ground us authentically? A Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, Ph.D. Thursday-Sunday, January 30-February 2, 2020 Reflections on the past as we prepare for the future of Reform Judaism in 21st century America. Thursday, January 30 (12-1:00 pm) Rashi Study on Genesis, 220 S. 6th St., Suite 1800 Downtown Minneapolis (USBank Building) Jacob as Harbinger of Reform Judaism Shabbat, January 31 (Friday 7:30 pm) Reform Judaism: A Life of Meaning…

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February 2020

Shtisel Schmisel – What’s the Big Deal?

Sat February 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gather to watch the first (Season 1) and last (Season 2) episodes of the popular Israeli television series Shtisel.  The showing is meant both for those who have never seen the show and for those who have watched it multiple times. Come see what, in fact, is the big deal (and, let’s be honest – what else are you going to do on a cold winter night?). We will make havdalah at 6:30 and dine potluck-style (please bring something to…

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Hamentaschen Baking

Sun February 2, 2020 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on Sun February 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

February 2, 16, and 23, 9 am - 1 pm Prepare to have fun in the kitchen with Sally Glick baking hamentaschen and then buy all the hamentaschen you and your family and friends need. Sign up to help with baking.

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Heritage Judaica

Wed February 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us if you need Judaica or if you want to bring gently used Judaica to be adopted. Contact Adam Schwartz for further questions.

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Congregational Shabbat Dinner

Fri February 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spend Shabbat with Friends! Cost before Jan 27: $12 adults; $6 kids (11 and under) Cost after Jan 27: $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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Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

Sat February 8, 2020 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 Sat March 14, 2020

One event on Sat 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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Songs of Peace Concert

Sat February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Featuring The River Heights Chorale, Kol Tzion, and Shir Harmony This is a free concert. All are welcome to attend. Free will donations accepted. A reception will be held immediately after the concert, with free refreshments. Songs of Peace is a concert about peace between communities, between friends and family, for our listeners, for young people, for everyone. Some of the selections are literally about peace. Others embody the concept or the ideals of peace, including the inner peace that…

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Confused about Changes to the Caucus/Primary Nomination Process in 2020?

Sun February 9, 2020 at 10:30 am - 11:45 am

A Presentation on the Presidential Nomination Primary, Party Caucuses and the US Census Michael Wall, Office of MN Secretary of State Why is there a Primary? Who can vote in it? What are your choices? How do you vote? Nick Harper, League of Women Voters MN What are Caucuses? Who runs them? Who can attend them? What is done there? Vic Rosenthal, Mount Zion Tzedek Committee Co-Chair What is the Census? Why is it important? What will you be asked?…

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Kehillah Council

Tue February 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A three-time a year gathering of the Board, Committee Chairs, and open to the Congregation The Future of Jewish Minnesota and the Role of Reform Congregations in Shaping it We are excited to host lay leader representatives from all of the Reform congregations in Minnesota. They will share successes and challenges as they plan for the future. All are invited to be part of the conversation that follows as we begin to imagine how Mount Zion can play an even…

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Food for Thought: Authors’ Night

Fri February 14, 2020 at 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Guest Authors: Dr. Paul Schanfield and Susan Weinberg 5:45 pm Food before the Thought 6:15 pm Food for Thought Discussions Hear a panel of local Jewish authors talk about their works. For those of us who may still harboring the dream of writing their own Great American (Jewish) Novel. Sponsored by Begegenen (Mount Zion active adults) and sure to be of interest to any and all ages. Dr. Paul Schanfield, author of A Migraine in Room 3, A Stroke in…

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Dessert and Game Night

Sat February 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

A Brotherhood event. Open to everyone! Watch for this annual winter event when we arrive with shared desserts and our favorite games and activities. From Monopoly to Poker to Mah Jongg it is a fun evening for all. Co-sponsored by Begegenen.

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Hamentaschen Baking

Sun February 16, 2020 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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February 2, 16, and 23, 9 am - 1 pm Prepare to have fun in the kitchen with Sally Glick baking hamentaschen and then buy all the hamentaschen you and your family and friends need. Sign up to help with baking.

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Wine, a little Wisdom, and Mosaics!

Tue February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm

A WMZT event. Sue Koch will help us make small pendants using either mosaic techniques or by embellishing printed materials. We will supply all of the materials, including the wine and goodies to eat. The activity is appropriate for everyone, regardless of art experience. Many of us enjoyed this activity at last year’s Our Bodies Our Souls retreat, so we are excited to have Sue bring it back for this event. Cost: $18.   RSVP to Peggy Kipp. Pay by mail…

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Tzedek Committee: Jim Crow of the North Screening

Wed February 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The Mount Zion Tzedek Committee invites you to an important film screening of Jim Crow of the North. As part of the committee’s commitment to racial justice and fair housing, we are showing this film as an opportunity to explore the relationship between racism, segregation, and housing policy. Jim Crow of the North is an hour-long documentary about the role Minneapolis played in this part of our history through the use of restrictive covenants that discriminated against Black people, Jews…

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Deaf Yoga for Everyone

Fri February 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Mount Zion member Jessalyn Akerman-Frank will lead us in the embodied practice of yoga. You will rely on visual cues, touch, and floor tapping as you follow Jessalyn’s lead through a low impact yoga class. All are welcome, no experience (and no sign language!) required. Jessalyn is a certified yoga teacher who regularly teaches yoga in her Deaf community. She is also Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Commission for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing for the…

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Shabbat for the Soul

Fri February 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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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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JDAIM Shabbat

Fri February 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm

During the Shabbat evening service, Sarah McVicar, Chair of Mount Zion’s Accessibility and Inclusion Committee, will share words of Torah as they relate to inclusion through a lens of social justice. Oneg Shabbat (immediately following the service) JDAIM-inspired Art Exhibit Mount Zion members of all abilities and ages are invited to display their creations. Contact Cantor Spilker if you are interested in submitting a framed work of art or 3-D piece.

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JDAIM: Art for Everyone

Sat February 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Artist and teacher Robin Getsug and Mount Zion congregant and crafter Laurie Hadler will lead this workshop for participants to create mandalas with Jewish symbolism in a variety of media.

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Hamentaschen Baking

Sun February 23, 2020 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on Sun February 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

February 2, 16, and 23, 9 am - 1 pm Prepare to have fun in the kitchen with Sally Glick baking hamentaschen and then buy all the hamentaschen you and your family and friends need. Sign up to help with baking.

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Best of Israel 2.0 Trip Information Gathering

Sun February 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

An Eclectic, Active, Insider Tour crafted by Rabbi Spilker A Rare Opportunity Mount Zion Trip - November 4-13, 2020 Curious? Come to an information gathering with the 16 people already signed up. Sun, Feb 23, 11 am - Mount Zion Temple Questions? Be in touch with Rabbi Spilker. (A first-time Israel trip is being planned for June 2021).

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Ben-Gurion, Epilogue: Movie Screening and Discussion

Sun February 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

12:30 pm - Lentil Soup and Schmooze 1:00 pm - Movie Screening 2:00 pm - Discussion with Keshet Berlinsky Edry Join Mount Zion's Israel Committee in the screening of the movie Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie presents a rare in-depth interview with David Ben-Gurion, one of modern history’s greatest leaders, emerges from the obscurity of an archive where it lay unrecognized for decades. It is 1968, and Ben-Gurion is 82 years old. He lives in the seclusion of his home in…

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March 2020

After the Israel Election and during the WZO Election: What difference can we make in Israel’s future?

Fri March 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Guest Speaker: David Bernstein and Mount Zion's Congregational Engagement Director, Shai Avny You can vote if you are 18 years or older, self-identify as Jewish, agree to the Jerusalem Program, the official platform of the WZO and the Zionist ­Movement, and pay a minimal processing fee. David Bernstein is a founding member of Kibbutz Yahel the first Reform Movement Kibbutz in Israel. Since 2014, David has been part of the senior professional team of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.…

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A Frozen Chosen Purim Sing-Along & Carnival

Sun March 8, 2020 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

10:00 – 11:00 am - A Frozen Chosen Purim Sing-Along Hoo-hoo! Big Purim Blowout! For the first time in forever we’ll be doing a Frozen Chosen Purim! Join us for a Frozen-themed sing-along and silly service! 11:00 – 1:00 pm - Purim Carnival Open to everyone! Invite your friends!

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Adult Purim Extravaganza

Mon March 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Shushan Deli Food and drink available for purchase. Gluten-free, dairy-free options will be available. 6:30 – 7:15 pm - Megillah Reading and Spirited Purim Service! 7:15 – 9:00 pm - “Yes, and...” Improv Workshop for Teens and Adults! Does the wild story of Purim put you in the mood to do some theatrics of your own? Join us after the service and megillah reading for an improv workshop led by Mount Zion’s own Erica Solomon…

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The Miracle of McKinley

Fri March 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Food for Thought Discussions 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Food before the Thought 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Food for Thought Discussions Speaker: Kate Dietrick, Archivist, Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Hear the story of how the National Council of Jewish Women, including many from Mount Zion, began a pre-K program in the 1960's at the Rondo area McKinley school that later became a model for the nationwide Head Start program.

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Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services

Sat March 14, 2020 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 Sat March 14, 2020

One event on Sat 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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Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

Sun March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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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Open Town Hall Meeting

Sun March 22, 2020 at 10:30 am - 11:45 am

To join the Town Hall on Sunday: If you are using a computer or smartphone, click here to sign in: https://zoom.us/j/931974247. If you are calling in from a phone, call 929-205-6099. Then, when prompted, put in the meeting ID 931 974 247, then press #. When asked for a participant number, just press #. If the phone number is full, call 312-626-6799 and follow the same directions above. (Pressing *6 during the call will mute and unmute you). Proposed update…

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Cooking Harira Soup

Thu March 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Mount Zion member Shirly Tramer will cook this spiced Moroccan vegetable soup. You can join the live event on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/457204521?pwd=ZFFuUi9wb2ZBajBndHJ4N1ZsdFpCdz09 Here is a list of ingredients if you'd like to participate: 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups) 3 stalks celery, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 3 large carrots, peeled and cut in rounds 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 to 1 teaspoon harissa or dried red chile flakes, plus more for…

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April 2020

SPORTY Kahoot and Zoom Hangout

Wed April 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

The MZ SPORTY (9-12th Grade) Board will be hosting a Zoom call with Mount Zion Teens. Join us for Passover Kahoot trivia and time to catch up with friends! For details about how to connect, contact our Youth Group Advisor, Maya.

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Virtual Wine and Wisdom

Thu April 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm

How can we get ready for Pesach while we're all alone? Hosted by Savannah Hanson Join Zoom Meeting: umn.zoom.us/j/807067540   (ID: 807067540) Contact Peggy  with questions Sponsored by the Women of Mount Zion Temple

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Havdalah at the Avny Home

Wed April 8, 2020 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This will be live on the MZ Facebook Page. This page is public. You do not need a Facebook account to watch it there.

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7th Day Festival Service (including Yizkor Prayers)

Wed April 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

The 7th day of Pesach features the commemoration of crossing the Red Sea which is the Torah portion that will be chanted. Join via Zoom. Join by phone by calling 929-205-6099 or 312-626-6799 and then enter the meeting ID 889 077 735.

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Afternoon Tea with MZ led by Cantor Strauss-Klein

Thu April 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A conversation about parenting during these difficult times. This informal check-in will be led by Cantor Strauss-Klein. Brew yourself some tea or other beverage and join us. Join Zoom Meeting To call in dial 929-205-6099 or 312-626-6799 and then enter the Meeting ID: 929 1249 1379

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May 2020

MZ Gratitude Extravaganza!

Sun May 17, 2020 at 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Featuring MPR’s Cube Critics speaking on the Top 10 Jewish Films of all Time! Sunday, May 17 – 11:30 am-12:15 pm - Zoom Link (Or call 301-715-8592 and enter ID: 946 1512 3987#) Zoom will allow only 100 participants, so if you do not get into the Zoom session, you can watch live on Facebook or our Live Streaming. Gratitude – Hakarat hatov - הכרת הטוב Gratitude to Cantor Strauss-Klein for her 10 years serving Mount Zion Gratitude to our…

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Havdalah with the Schibel family

Sat May 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Schibel family for Havdalah on Zoom! We will also live stream on the MZ Facebook page.

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June 2020

Under the Rainbow: Shabbat at Pride (at home)

Sat June 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Join via Zoom for an ASL interpreted & closed captioned joyful, soulful community Shabbat gathering. Details can be found here, including the URL to register.

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July 2020

Healing and Cancer – A Still Kickin Affiliate Community Group

Sun July 19, 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on Sun 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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Unorthodox: The Meaning of Esty’s Wedding Song

Fri July 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm

During Shabbat Services at 6 pm – Rabbi Spilker Whether or not you have seen the Netflix show “Unorthodox”, you’ll be able to appreciate the wedding song at the season’s end. Yes, a spoiler alert. This brief presentation at Shabbat services will focus on a midrash from Song of Songs Rabbah that the song is based on and what the show’s script conveyed in a subtle and powerful way. The presentation will include video clips from the show. Join live…

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August 2020

Conversations in Small Groups

Sun August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Join us for some lighthearted and fun conversation on the Mount Zion patio! We will be using the Table Topics format and will be picking topics from a hat/bowl. For all ages 13 years and older Masks required Bathrooms will be available inside. One person in the building at a time. Bathrooms will be cleaned every 15 minutes. Everyone should enter from the grass on Summit Avenue where chairs will be in circles on the lawn. For accessibility, if you…

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October 2020

Conversations in Small Groups

Sun October 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Join us for some lighthearted and fun conversation on the Mount Zion patio! We will be using the Table Topics format and will be picking topics from a hat/bowl. For all ages 13 years and older Masks required Bathrooms will be available inside. One person in the building at a time. Bathrooms will be cleaned every 15 minutes. Everyone should enter from the grass on Summit Avenue where chairs will be in circles on the lawn. For accessibility, if you…

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Lilydale Regional Park

Sun October 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us on October 25, Sunday at 1 pm. We are going to meet at Mount Zion and will drive to Lilydale Regional Park for adventure! For more details please reach out to Dan Schibel.

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March 2021

Hike with MZ MN River Valley

Sun March 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge—Bloomington Education and Visitor Center 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425 1:00-2:00 March 7th Will not see trees looking like the photo....

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May 2021

Long Live Rock at the MZ patio!

Wed May 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Over our past meetings we’ve had fun with: doing song list “challenges” (e.g. how many song titles do you know with names in the title, weather terms in the title, colors in the title); relating who has had a rock music “brush with fame;” describing our best and worst concert experiences; reading/watching several rock ‘n roll-themed books and movies and discussing them; showing/wearing our favorite rock merchandise/ mementos; and exploring new music. For our next meeting we’re each bringing three…

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