This Week at Mount Zion
November 22 / 18 Kislev
A Reflection on Hebrew Union College’s Recent Report about a “Good Old Boys” Culture at the Seminary

Almost two weeks ago, a report was released to the public detailing decades of a culture that allowed sexual harassment of female students and discrimination against LGBTQ students to fester at the school where all Mount Zion’s clergy attended. The report listed names and information not typically shared in such a transparent way. The intent is to create sustainable change in the school and in society.

Rabbi Adler, Cantor Strauss-Klein, and Cantor Spilker signed onto a response by female cantors and rabbis in the Twin Cities. Please take a moment to read this TCJewfolk article that includes their letter.
Rabbi Spilker shared a reflection on this report this past Shabbat. He was responding to Bat Mitzvah Anna Berg’s dvar Torah where she spoke powerfully about not hearing Dinah’s voice in the Torah portion that recounts her rape.
Mazel tov to Gary Steinman on the birth of his granddaughter, Ruby Jane on November 16. Ruby is the daughter of Jessica Steinman.
Chanukah begins on November 28
Hanukkah in the Streets!
A Greater St. Paul Jewish Community Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony and Celebration
December 1, 5:30 - 6:30
Sholom East Parking Lot – 740 Kay Street, St. Paul

Chanukah Mart is Open!
25% off everything.

MZ Chanukah Extravaganza!
Friday, December 3, beginning at 5:30 pm
on the Mount Zion patio
(ZaiKaner-Perwien Terrace)

Annual Campaign Celebrates 165 Years of Mount Zion!
Help us reach our goal of 280 households participating! Thank you to the 100 households who have already participated.
Contributions to this year’s Annual Campaign honor Mount Zion’s long history and reflect our gratitude for the community that has sustained over the past century and a half AND the last year and half. This free-will offering in response to gratitude supports our essential work and services as a congregation. Our goal is high participation at any level. More information.

All Mount Zion members should have received an email with a personal link to contribute and a copy of the brochure. If you didn’t receive that email or would like it resent, contact Janelle Norlien
Access the Mount Zion Library from the comfort of your own home!
Ever wonder if we have a particular title or topic or DVD in the collection? Now you can log in from any device, search for materials, and place items on hold for pick up at your convenience! Email to set up your access.

Some New and Recently Acquired Titles in our Library:
  • Block, Barry H. The Social Justice Torah Commentary. Weekly commentary on the Torah. (2021)
  • Dobbs, Michael. The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between. (2019)
  • Erbelding, Rebecca. Rescue Board: the Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe. (2018)
  • Grade, Chaim. My Mother’s Sabbath Days: a Memoir. (1986; Biography)
  • Kirsch, Adam. The People and the Book: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature. (2016)
  • Lewittes, Mendell. Jewish Marriage: Rabbinic Law, Legend, and Custom. (1994)
  • Malamud, Bernard. The People – and Uncollected Stories. (1989) Malamud’s unfinished novel and some short stories.
  • Rouss, Sylvia. A Circle of Smiles. (2010) Children’s book about Beit Issie Shapiro, the premier facility in Israel for the disabled. A KULAM book.
  • Rouss, Sylvia. The Littlest Fish. (2008) Humorous children’s book about a Lanternfish and Jonah.
  • Rouss, Sylvia. The Littlest Pair. (2015). How two termites saved Noah and the animals on his ark.
  • Seeskin, Kenneth. Jewish Messianic Thoughts in an Age of Despair. (2012)
  • Waldman, Jenna. Larry’s Latkes. (2021) Larry the Alligator decides to celebrate Hanukkah with a new latke recipe.
  • Weisman, Steven R. The Chosen Wars: how Judaism Became an American Religion. (2018)
This Shabbat
Friday, November 26
6:30 pm Celebrate Shabbat

In person (please RSVP) or online at: Zoom, Livestream on, and Facebook Live! (For calling in, use Meeting ID: 147 120 944).
Saturday, November 27
9:00 am Torah Study - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Service
Online via Zoom and Livestream on
(For calling in, use Meeting ID: 905 418 669)
Vayeshev – Gen. 39:1-40:23
Help Afghan Refugees Resettling in Minnesota
Mount Zion’s Tzedek Committee has set up a Target gift registry to make it easy to purchase the most needed items for the Afghan refugees who are resettling in Minnesota. Most of the refugees were able to bring very little with them as they escaped Afghanistan following the U.S. troop withdrawals. 

In the Community

- Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) is leading the B’Yachad Gift Bag program again this year. We invite you to join us as we reach the goal to deliver over 200 gift bags including items for health and safety and a gift card for home essentials and groceries to our clients in need this year. The program extends gifts of essentials, treats and greetings to those in need who can use a boost. There are three opportunities to support the program: donate to help cover the cost of $36 per gift bag; sign up to deliver the bags; and/or sign up to create holiday cards.

Shelter for Shelter, December 5, Sunday, 2:00-3:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Ave):  A free public art and poetry event will raise awareness and funds for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s Project Home. Watercolor art by Mount Zion member Sharon DeMark from Shelter, a collaborative book about refuge, with poetry by Margaret Hasse, will be sold by silent auction. Proceeds from the sale of artworks and books (which make great gifts) will benefit St. Paul families needing emergency help. For safety of all, full vaccination and masks are requested. Please also consider bringing a donation of snacks individually packaged and/or winter hygiene items such as hand cream and lip balm. For more information and to RSVP, email Sharon at

- Spirit of Asia is selling Potato Latkes for Chanukah! The Potato Latkes are gluten free and made in the Beth El Kitchen. They can be picked up frozen for reheat from Beth El Synagogue. The charge is $18.00 per dozen and payment can be made upon pick up with either cash or a check made out to "Spirit of Asia". Because of limited quantities please preorder by contacting David at 612-724-4056 or emailing Spirit of Asia at Once you preorder, you can pick up from Beth El Synagogue: November 21 - 23, 10 am - 2 pm.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881