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This Week at Mount Zion

September 19 / 23 Elul

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Watch video from Rabbi Spilker's conversation with Abigail Pogrebin this past weekend regarding her book: My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.

Community Book Read

This year, we are reading My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin. Want a discounted copy? Purchase for $10 and pick up at the office. Details at this link or on mzion.org.

New York journalist Abigail Pogrebin – a Reform Jew whose annual childhood observance covered the High Holidays, Hanukkah, and a couple of Passover seders – decided to embark upon a yearlong journey into understanding Judaism through 18 holidays. Based on her column in The Forward, called “18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew,” the book chronicles Pogrebin’s adventures in Judaism, from Elul, the period of reflection that precedes Rosh Hashanah, to the final Shabbat of the year.


Mount Zion Open House and Shofar on the Roof

Thank you to all who helped make the Open House another successful event! Following the Open House, we had our beloved tradition of Shofar on the Roof. The clergy, in their white robes, and the Ba’alei Tekiyah (shofar blowers) conducted a brief, uplifting ceremony with prayer, song, and the sounding of the shofar to prepare us for the Days of Awe. This year, we also featured a demonstration from the Minnesota Orchestra's Principal Trumpet, Manny Laureano!

Mazel tov to Jane and Euen Kerr on the marriage of their son Malcolm to Anna on September 4.

Community Life Passages

We extend condolences to Stephanie Wolkin on the death of her mother, Sylvia

Strobing Wolkin, on September 10.

We extend condolences to Don (Rhoda) Mains on the death of his brother-in-law, Harold Smith, on September 10.

High Holy Day

Greeters Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help greet in-person and online during the High Holy Days. We need many people to help us take care of our community. Please consider signing up for one, five or ten shifts! Questions? Contact Shai Avny at savny@mzion.org.

Sign up to be a Zoom greeter

Sign up to be an in-person greeter

High Holy Day Pop-up Choir:

Erev Shabbats in Elul

Learn the essential melodies of the High Holy Day season!

September 23, 6:00-6:30 pm

in the Sanctuary

All are welcome to join 30 minutes before the start of Friday night Shabbat services in Elul to learn the uplifting and inspiring melodies of our High Holy Day prayers.


Join the Women of Mount Zion Temple for Broadway Musicals

Les Miserables

December 11, 1:00 pm

Cost: $56


April 19, 2023, 7:00 pm

Cost: $129

Tickets must be reserved by Sept 30 for both shows. For information, contact Dee.

A Cross-Country Bike Adventure with Harriet Guthertz

October 2, 10:30 am

Presented by the Women of Mount Zion Temple.

Harriet will talk about a cross-country bike trip that took her from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL and what motivated her to undertake such an adventure including personal highs and lows of the trip.



TPT/Twin Cities PBS presents

The U.S. and the Holocaust

September 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The U.S. and the Holocaust is a new documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, which examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south.


This film grapples with difficult questions about American history. We encourage you to view the full documentary and to discuss it with friends and family.


Tune in to your PBS station for the national broadcast of the series:


  • Episode 1: The Golden Door (Beginnings - 1938) - aired September 18
  • Episode 2: Yearning to Breathe Free (1938 - 1942)
  • Episode 3: The Homeless, The Tempest-Tossed (1942 - )

Click here to view the full schedule of The U.S. and the Holocaust on TPT


The film will also be available to stream online via TPT.org after the series airs.

Steps to Hebrew Literacy

Oct 2 – Dec 18, 6:30-7 pm via Zoom

Taught by Siana Goodwin

Tuition: $75 members/$100 non-members (Minimum of five students).

This class is for those who are somewhat familiar with the letters and sounds of Hebrew.


Beginning Adult Hebrew

Oct 9 - Jan 22, 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom

Taught by Siana Goodwin

Tuition: $75 members/$100 non-members (Minimum of five students).

Learn the aleph-bet, the building blocks of written Hebrew. You will learn to recognize letters and begin basic reading, including parts of the Shabbat prayer book.


This Shabbat

Friday, September 23

6:00 pm Pop-up Choir

6:30 pm Shabbat Services

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

Saturday, September 24

9:00 am Torah Study

In person (Johnson Social Hall) and via Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Services

In person and Livestreamed on mzion.org

(For calling in, use Meeting ID: 905 418 669)

Nitzavim – Deut. 29:9-30:20

High Holy Days 5783

Rosh Hashanah

September 25 and 26 - 1 Tishrei 5783

Yom Kippur

October 4 and 5 - 10 Tishrei 5783

On Friday, September 9, we sent an email with an updated High Holy Day bulletinwhich also included the schedule and Zoom links. Read the email to learn more about nametags, donating to the foodshelf, sign up deadlines, and more.

Read the High Holy Day Bulletin now.


Rosh Hashanah Day, Sept 26, 4:30-5:00 pm

Location: Hidden Falls Park (enter north gate on the corner of Magoffin Ave. and Mississippi River Blvd.)


Prior to Tashlich,

join us at Hidden Falls Park for

Yoga for New Year, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Teen Hike, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Turning From – Turning Toward

Led by Rabbi David Thomas

Rosh Hashanah, Sept 26, 10-10:45 am

Each year at this season our tradition invites us to reflect on the quality of our lives over the past year. Have we done well? In what ways did we miss the mark? We will begin our year with a beautiful teaching from R. Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger – The S’fat Emet. In his teaching, the S’fat Emet does not obsess about our moral failings, rather on the ways that missing the mark alienates us from other people, from God and from our true selves.


In the Community

- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walks is scheduled for September 24 at Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. and the 5K walk commences at 1:00 p.m. Family, friends, neighbors and furry companions are all welcome to participate to help raise awareness about mental illnesses, celebrate hope and support NAMI's mission. To join the NAMI Ramsey team, please register at: namiramseycounty.org.  Mount Zion members Joan Cleary and David Nathan currently serve on the NAMI Ramsey board. Feel free to contact Joan at joanlcleary@gmail.com with any questions.

- MnMN's 2022 Annual Conference - Sacred Creation in Crisis: Strengthening the multifaith response in Minnesota MnMN is gathering Minnesota’s faith leaders and practitioners, multifaith activists, scholars, community leaders, and artists on October 12 to celebrate and express our reverence for creation, learn from each other’s wisdom, and find common ground for acting together. This year’s conference, “Sacred Creation in Crisis: Strengthening the Multifaith Response in Minnesota,” supports the United Nations (UN) declaration that “access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a universal human right.” Faith leaders and interfaith organization leaders will have separate spaces over lunch to discuss how to work together for climate justice. The conference is being planned in cooperation with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. Register here 

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