This Week at Mount Zion
January 11 / 24 Tevet
Immigration, Deportation, Sanctuary:
What is really happening in America?
Friday, January 12, 5:45 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

An evening of Jewish Learning
Saturday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.   
Rabbi Spilker and Rabbi Adler are teaching. 

This Shabbat
Friday, January 12
5:45 p.m. Food for Thought
7:30 p.m. Tzedek Shabbat Services
Pulpit Guest: John Keller
Professional Quartet

Saturday, January 13
9:00 a.m. Open Torah Study
10:00 a.m. Shabbat Services
Vaera - Ex. 7:8-8:15
Osher Zmira will be called to the Torah as
Bar Mitzvah
10:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat
12:15 p.m. Kiddush Lunch

Community and Life Passages   
Yahrzeit candle We extend condolences to...   
Jeff (Julie) Sanders on the death of her sister, Katie Sanders, on January 8.  
May God grant peace to all who mourn and ­comfort to all who are bereaved.

Our Bodies, Our Souls Retreat
Friday evening, January 19 - Saturday evening, January 20
Mount Zion Member early bird pricing extended through December 15!  
New Member Havdalah
Saturday, January 27, 4:30 - 6 pm  
at Rabbi and Cantor Spilker's Home 
Brotherhood Dessert & Game Night
Saturday, January 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Mount Zion 

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.
Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family
Mondays, January 29, February 5 & 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Rabbi Spilker
$36 members/$50 public per person

Tu BiSh'vat Wine and Trees Party
Wednesday, January 31
6:00 p.m. Social and Nosh; 6:30 p.m. Seder 

Gun Violence Prevention for Beginners
Sunday, January 21, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Temple Israel 
Presented by Protect Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women MN, Mount Zion Temple Social Action Committee, and Temple Israel
Tzedek Group Read: Enrique's Journey
We have free copies of the book for anyone who agrees to attend one of the following discussion dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:15-7:45 at Mount Zion
Facilitator: Diana Dean
Sunday, Jan. 28, 12:30-2:00 at Mount Zion
Facilitator: Jessica Griffith
Thursday, Feb. 8, 7-8:30, Roseville Public Library, Board Room 2nd Floor
Facilitator: Michael Kuhne

In the Community
- MLK Holiday Breakfast The General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) are pleased to present the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on January 15 . Dr. King had a bold dream. He built bridges to achieve justice through empathy, understanding and actionable change. This breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King's legacy of service and be inspired to carry out his bold dream today. Proceeds will benefit the Minneapolis Chapter of the UNCF, helping provide four-year college scholarships to deserving low-income students. There are multiple simulcast sites where you can watch the live event, including ones in the Summit-University area: Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and Macalaster college Volunteers Needed! Please contact Larry Solomon if you can help with the breakfast at Mt. Olivet on Monday morning 6:30-10:00 a.m.

- 2018 Advocacy Fair On Sunday, January 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, at Gloria Dei Church Fellowship Hall (700 South Snelling Ave., St. Paul). Are you concerned about public policy issues like homelessness or the environment but wondering how to get involved? Come to the Advocacy Fair! Connect with more than 25 organizations which are advocating for policy change in our community and state. Learn about their work and find out how you can get involved. Free and all are invited. No RSVP is required. Please bring a nonperishable food item for food pantries operated by Neighborhood House. This non-partisan community service event is hosted by several St. Paul legislators: Rep. Dave Pinto, Rep. Rena Moran, and Senator Foung Hawj. More information.   

- Artist Salon Rising performance poet Talia Young (Mount Zion's SPORTY Advisor) joins Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman for a lively conversation on ways in which spoken word has become an effective vehicle for social change and on the role of new media in advancing activism. Turn It and Turn It Again: Text as Power in Judaism and Slam Poetry will be on January 21 at 2pm at Studio Z (275 E. 4th St., St. Paul). Learn more.  
- Discussion We want your opinion! The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul invites you to participate in the Jewish People Policy Institute's fifth annual Structured World Jewish Dialogue with journalist Shmuel Rosner. The topic is Israel-Diaspora relations as Israel marks its 70th anniversary. Thursday, Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Shaller Family Sholom East Campus. Free and open to the public. Register here.  
- Divorce Support Group Jewish Family Service, St. Paul is offering a Divorce Support Group that will provide a supportive environment for processing grief and healing. The support group will not only be a place to get emotional support but also a place to learn new tools for resiliency and moving forward in a positive way. You don't have to go on this journey alone. This group is for individuals recently separated, in the process of divorce or post-divorce within one year. This is NOT a faith-based group. It is open to anyone no matter where your journey has brought you. The divorce support group meets 6 times, the first Monday evening of each month, starting Feb 56:30 - 7:30 p.m. and costs 25.00 dollars per meeting. If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Beth Johnson at or 651-698-0767. Beth Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has worked extensively with individual adults, co-parents, children and families that are going through high-conflict separation, divorce and post-divorce challenges.  In addition to being a therapist, Beth has worked in the family court system for many years as a Guardian ad Litem advocating for children in divorce and custody cases.