This Week at Mount Zion
April 5 / 23 Nisan
Yom HaShoah
Minnesota and the Dakotas
Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 8 at 6:00 pm   

Yom HaShoah in an
Increasingly Hateful World
Can we compare today to Nazi Germany?
A talk during Shabbat Services
April 9 at 6 pm with Dr. Alejandro Baer

Funds raised during the March Food Drive (March 1 - April 11) will be matched by Minnesota Foodshare
This has been an amazing week! To date, our Congregation has raised $15,538 towards our overall goal of $18,000 during the Neighborhood House March Food Drive through all of the Temple's giving sites. This was an increase of a little over $5,000 in one week! With only 10 days left to go, we are hopeful that we can raise an additional $2,462 to reach and perhaps exceed our $18,000 goal thanks to your generosity. Don't forget, the Minnesota Foodshare match will apply to all donations made through April 11! Click here for all the ways to donate. Thank you all for being part of this meaningful event.
Make Firm Our Steps Campaign Ends April 30, 2021
We have less than four weeks to go. Mount Zion’s inaugural endowment campaign, Make Firm Our Steps, will conclude on April 30. As the campaign winds down, here is another reminder that there is a special reason to join with other contributors at this time: Each new pledge—made prior to April 30th and payable over five years—will be matched up to $50,000.

Mount Zion is truly fortunate to have a history of genuine support for the community. Three generations and nearly 70 years ago, one of Mount Zion’s and Reform Judaism’s preeminent rabbis, Gunther Plaut, together with Temple leadership at that time undertook a campaign to purchase land and construct the present synagogue on Summit Avenue. Plaut’s history describes a critical meeting as congregational leaders were contemplating its construction and the requisite fund raising. Chaired by Milton Firestone, that single meeting raised $400,000 (roughly equivalent to $4 million in today’s dollars). A story—most likely apocryphal, but one to make you smile—holds that those in attendance were forbidden from leaving until sufficient funds were committed. Plaut does not confirm that attendees were prevented from leaving, but he does reference Firestone's “fiery oratory.” 

Given the times in which we live, we have taken a different approach in the Make Firm Our Steps campaign, giving every member of our congregation the opportunity to Mount Zion’s future without obligation. The fact that so many members have contributed to this cause is testament to the ongoing support we have for the congregation both now and into the future.
MZ Hang out and Havdalah
April 10 on the MZ patio
5 pm Social Hour | 5:45 pm Havdalah

It has been a long winter and we miss you! Join us on the MZ patio for a COVID safe chit chat and Havdalah by the bonfire. Masks required. All ages welcome! You can come for either or both.

Finding Your (Jewish) Roots 
Featuring Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker
with the MZ Jewish Genealogy Small Group

Monday, April 12, 7-8 pm, via Zoom

MZ Small Group Event:
Long Live Rock
April 22, 7 pm

Order a Mother's Day
Take Home Brunch!
Brotherhood has worked with Spirit of Asia to create a Mother’s Day Take-Home Brunch. Get the details for menu options and how to order here. Brotherhood will be in the MZ Kitchen Parking Lot to assist in putting the food in your car on Saturday or Sunday of Mother's Day weekend. Details about this year's service.
Rat Lines: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice and the FBI ‘No Safe Haven’ Program Today
Sunday, April 11, 1-3 pm Zoom webinar
Mount Zion is a co-sponsor.

The Goodman Lecture
Featuring Daniel Boyarin, PhD in conversation with local Rabbis Marcia Zimmerman and Adam Stock Spilker

April 29, 7 pm

Monday Torah Study

All are welcome to join Torah Study every Monday at noon.

Zoom (Meeting ID: 604 616 628)
Rashi Study

All are welcome to join Rashi Study virtually every Thursday at noon. Contact Julie Beckman for details.
This Shabbat
Friday, April 9
6:00 pm Shabbat Service - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 147 120 944
Saturday, April 10
9:00 am Torah Study - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Service - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 905 418 669
Shemini 1 – Lev. 9:1-10:11
Annabelle Sayer will be called to the Torah as Bat Mitzvah

10:30 am Tot Shabbat
Join us via Zoom for songs and a story. Please email the office by Friday noon to receive an email with the Zoom link to Tot Shabbat or to be added to the Tot Shabbat email reminder list.
In the Community
- Spirit of Asia has put together new Shabbat Dinner Menu Specials for April. Here are the menus with ordering instructions

- Join the St. Paul Jewish Federation to Celebrate Our Israel Story. In honor of Israel Independence Day, we are creating a virtual gallery highlighting the unique Israel stories from the St Paul Jewish community. Please share your connection to Israel, what image/photo best represents this connection, and what you would like to wish Israel for its 73rd birthday. On April 15, Israel's 73rd Independence Day, we will open the gallery with all of the stories and photos from our community. Please fill this form out no later than April 11!

- J Street’s 2021 National Virtual Conference April 18 & 19. This conference is a major, landmark gathering for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans and the American Jewish community and pro-diplomacy progressives across the country. The entirely virtual format for 2021 will showcase more diverse and innovative programming than ever before. Participants will also receive access to pre - and post-conference training and community events as well. Learn more and register. Tickets start at just $50; use the code MountZionMN2021 for 20% off! Questions? Contact

- The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is excited to let you know about a perfect way to spend meaningful fun while enjoying the warmer weather and impending state fair buzz. A Pickle is a new play, by Deborah Yarchun, based on true events, and follows Doris, who discovers her kosher pickles have been disqualified at the Minnesota State Fair for the second year in a row. She decides to find out why they’re not receiving their due ranking amongst pickles. This play will be outdoors, May 27 – June 13, at several sites. Tickets $35. To purchase tickets, learn more about the play and location, go to their website:

- Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) continues the Community Support Program. The program offers three free 20-minute phone conversations with a JFS mental health professional. Contact Tara Burns at (763) 300-3146. There is no fee for this service; however, donations are appreciated.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881