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This Week at Mount Zion

November 6 / 22 Cheshvan

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Responding to the Israel-Hamas War

  1. Can you go? Respond by 6:30 pm tonight! Rally to Support Israel on Tuesday, November 14 on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is working swiftly to organize a chartered flight to DC for a fly-in/fly-out experience so we can have a strong Minnesotan community presence at the rally. The flight will depart MSP early in the morning and return to MSP in the evening. The cost for the flight, MetroCard, and 1 meal is $600 per person. This cost will be non-refundable once purchased. If you would like to reserve a spot and commit to the $600 fee, please click here to fill out the commitment form. A minimum of 100 confirmed participants is needed by 6:30pm today (November 6) for this to happen. Registration will follow, once we hit the minimum number of required participants.  
  2. Parenting during this time (focus on teenagers) Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 pm - In person at Mount Zion with Alisha Sawyer and Kara Rosenwald, Director of Global Experiences and Events at Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
  3. Community-Wide Havdalah of Heartbreak & Hope – This Saturday, November 11, 6:15 pm at Adath - Details

Click here for resources for parents and all congregants.

On Saturday, Mount Zion held a Shabbat for Well-being organized by Rachel Stock Spilker with great support from Abby Gore was just what many needed. We had many guests for Torah Study and Shabbat services and Shabbat lunch. Here Julie Dean leads all through a guided meditation to lift up compassion for ourselves and each other before we listened to a partner share in dyads. Pola Rest led chair yoga and Cantor Spilker led a text study and creative response (through art or writing or reflecting) session.

Such joy to hear these kids sing this morning for Camp Fun morning and URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute OSRUI presentation. We have a record percentage of our school going to OSRUI!


We kicked off the return of our First Friday Family Shabbat Dinner with over 200 people in attendance. Thank you once again to all of our volunteers who helped make this happen!

Mazel tov to our members celebrating a milestone anniversary in November: Steven Chortek & Erin Stein; David and Carol Epstein; James and Wendy Shapiro; Larry & Margie Solomon; Suzanne & Ryan Carlson; Woody Smith and Elena Izaksonas; Rami Derhy and Heidi Wessel-Derhy; Steve Warch and Alex Klass

Community Life Passages

We extend condolences to Melissa (Nathan) Damro on the death of her mother, Diane Stahl, on October 28.

4th Annual Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN) Conference

A Place of Welcome? A Multifaith Gathering on Practicing Hospitality in Minnesota

Nov. 9, 2-8 pm Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

700 Snelling Ave S, St Paul

or via Zoom (link provided when you register)

During this convening, leaders and practitioners of Minnesota’s diverse religious communities, interfaith leaders, and young people will gather to discuss and celebrate how different religious and belief traditions practice hospitality. This event will culminate in a Langar meal prepared and served by the Sikh Society of Minnesota.

Details and registration

Women of Mount Zion Temple Broadway Tickets: Funny Girl

January 21, 1 pm at the Orpheum

Payment needed by November 13.


Healing Shawls Needed!

Mount Zion clergy provides hand-made healing shawls during their visits for those in need of healing, and the Caring Community is currently in great need of healing shawls. We are looking for knitters and crocheters who could help us with this ongoing project. For healing shawl instructions and patterns, please contact Michelle Kessler at Mich-2014@outlook.com. A limited supply of yarn and other supplies are available. Thank you in advance for considering this mitzvah!

L’Chaim 5784 Annual Campaign

Veshinantam Levanecha! Honoring Those Who Teach Our Children!

Join us in expressing our gratitude to Sue Summit and our Religious School Teachers by contributing to the L’Chaim 5784 Annual Campaign. Mount Zion's Religious School has nourished the hearts, minds, and souls of generations of young people, developing strong Jewish identities and fostering active membership in our community. We are grateful to our wonderful educators who are supporting our children during these challenging times.

Thank you to the 84 households who have already made a free-will offering, including all of Mount Zion's Board Members. Help us reach our goal of 280 households. All gifts, regardless of size, make a difference!


Contribute Now


Thank you, 

Lija Greenseid, Giving Committee Chair 


If you have questions about your giving, please contact Janelle Norlien in the Mount Zion office.


Germany after the Holocaust: From Kristallnacht to Other Genocides

November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by Germanic-American Institute, Mount Zion, and World Without Genocide.


This Shabbat

Friday, November 10

6:30 pm Shabbat Services

Calling all veterans! Join us at Shabbat Services as we honor all our veterans.

In person or online via Zoom, Livestream on mzion.org, or Facebook Live! (For calling into Zoom, use Meeting ID: 147 120 944).

Saturday, November 11

9:00 am Torah Study

In person and via Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Morning

In person or online via Livestream

Chayei Sarah - Gen. 24:10-24:52

Interfaith Service of Gratitude & Thanksgiving

Monday, November 20, 7-8 pm at Temple of Aaron Synagogue

Sponsored by Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and the Minnesota Multifaith Network

Light refreshments to follow the service.

Registration is NOT required but encouraged, to assist with planning.



Tzedek Committee Winter Coat Drive

With the recent large influx of immigrants who have been arriving from the southern border, there is an urgent need to provide them with winter coats. The Tzedek Committee is sponsoring a coat drive in conjunction with the resettlement agency, the International Institute. We are collecting men's, women's and children's (thick) winter jackets (gently used and clean) for these new arrivals. We are also seeking hats and gloves in new condition. Please leave any items you are donating in the Tzedek box outside of the Religious School’s office at the Temple. Thank you for your assistance in this time of dire need. Questions? Contact Mark Joffe (marksjoffe@gmail.com) or Diana Dean (dianamdean@msn.com).

In the Community

- Jewish teens (grades 8-12) and parents from across the community are invited to find hope, strength, learning, and support in navigating the complex and sensitive situation in Israel. JCRC and its partners present Israel at War: A community summit for teens and their parents on Sunday, November 12, 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Register.

- Jewish Family Services (JFS) will offer the B’Yachad Gift Bag program again this year. Help them reach their goal to deliver over 200 gift bags including a gift card for home essentials and groceries to clients in need this year. B’Yachad builds community through collaborative agency partnerships across organizations and generations, demonstrating our Jewish values by promoting the spiritual health and wellness of those we serve. Details.

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1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881
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