This Week at Mount Zion
January 23 / 1 Shevat
You Belong Here!
NEW: MZ Microgrants
Submissions due by February 1!

We will fund up to $1000 for your program or proposals to bring groups of MZ people together. If you are a self-starter, ran a club in college or manage programs involving people for work, you are the person we’re looking for! Contact Rabbi Spilker with questions.

Community Life Passages
We extend condolences to Joan (Jason) Kinsley on the death of her mother Susan Slotnick on January 17.
An inspiring message about keeping hope for peace alive in Israel! Rabbi Ron Kronish spoke via Zoom from Jerusalem about Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders.

Sing Unto God!
Debbie Friedman Kumsitz
January 28, 7:00 pm at Bet Shalom
Mount Zion is a co-sponosor

Join Cantors from across the Twin Cities for Havdalah, hot chocolate, and a sing-along featuring Debbie Friedman’s iconic melodies!

Come Bake Hamentaschen
with Sally!
Jan 29, Feb 19, Feb 26, 9-1 pm

First Friday Family Shabbat Dinner
Food, Friends, Family: Shabbat!
Friday, February 3
  • Meet and Greet at 5:15 pm
  • Blessings and Dinner at 5:30 pm
  • Services at 6:30 pm

$18 for a household; $9 for an individual
Community Luminary Havdalah 
February 4, 7:00 pm at Levin Triangle Park

Join us for a community-wide Havdalah at Levin Triangle Park (east of Lake of the Isles). Jews and friends from around the Twin Cities are invited to come together to sing, celebrate, and bring some light into the night.

Christian Nationalism and the Threat to Human Rights
January 25, 7-9:00 pm via Zoom
Mount Zion is a co-sponsor

Cooking with Savta Sigla
February 5, 4:00-6:00 pm at Mount Zion
Mount Zion is a co-sponsor of this St. Paul Federation event. See all "Cooking with Savta Sigla" events.

Connect to Israel through food. Join Shahar Cohen - Schliha - our St. Paul Israel Emissary, for an Israeli Kurdish food cooking class focused on kubbeh.

Recordings from the Understanding the End of Life Process from a Jewish Perspective series Presented by the Women of Mount Zion Temple.

If you missed any of these events, you can watch them below:
This Shabbat
Friday, January 27
6:30 pm Shabbat Service

In person or online via Zoom, Livestream on, or Facebook Live! (For calling into Zoom, use Meeting ID: 147 120 944).
Saturday, January 28
9:00 am Torah Study
In person and via Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Service
In person or via Livestream on
Bo – Ex. 10:1-11:3
Tricia Mann will be called to the Torah
as Bat Mitzvah.

Note: Starting February 4, Shabbat morning services without B’nei Mitzvah will be online via Zoom only. Currently we are livestreaming, but participants have voiced interest in moving to Zoom instead. Shabbat mornings at Mount Zion are a joy! Come join any Shabbat for reflection, song, community, and a potluck lunch.
Virtual Teach-in with Jews of Color Initiative
"Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experience Of Jews Of Color"
February 1, 7:00 pm via Zoom
Join us to watch together in the Mount Zion Library or watch from home. Register at to watch from home.

Discussion following the Teach-In
Join the post Teach-In discussion at 8:00 pm. If you are watching from home, you can join this discussion via zoom. Read the report from Jews of Color Initiative.
Volunteer opportunity:
Project Home weekend meal set up, serve, & clean up.

On the weekends, Project Home has a lower staff-to-guest ratio and they could use your support at meal times. Every Saturday and Sunday (and some holidays!), teams of volunteers are needed to assist at lunch and dinner at Project Home at the Provincial House, located at 1880 Randolph Avenue. QUESTIONS? Contact Donna Franklin, Shelter Manager, at

In the Community

- Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, in partnership with Sholom Home, facilitates a grief support group. The group is designed to support people during the grief process in a nurturing and confidential environment. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The group is free and open to the public. For questions or to register, contact Bonnie Jaffee at (651) 497-8248 or by email. Details.

- Join Shahar Cohen, the St. Paul Jewish community Schliha, for a casual chat in Hebrew and a cup of chai at the Minnesota JCC - Capp Center beginning January 26! Learn basic words and useful phrases in the Hebrew language from songs, stories, and conversations. Previous knowledge of Hebrew is optional. Refreshments will be served. Register now! Please contact Shahar Cohen at with any questions.

- ‘I Was a Stranger Too,’ a new play collaboration of playwright Cynthia L. Cooper and director Carolyn Levy, follows a Jewish woman who decides to help asylum seekers in memory of her family’s Holocaust experiences, and encounters hope amid danger in a rich mosaic of people, especially women, navigating the system.  Jan 26-27 at 7 pm; Jan 28-29 at 2 pm; The Neighborhood House (Wellstone Center), 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul. Pay what you wish (suggested $10). Free parking. Details.

- Klezmer on Ice, the Twin Cities’ own wintertime Klezmer + Yiddish music festival, will take place from February 2-5. The festival features a day of workshops for instrumentalists, singers, and non-musicians alike, a headlining concert at the Cedar Cultural Center, and several outdoor events celebrating the fusion of Jewish folk culture and Minnesota wintertime traditions. This year’s festival features keynote musicians and teachers Midwood (Jake Shulman-Ment, Eléonore Weill, Richie Barshay, and Yoshie Fruchter) from New York, and Rabbi Noam Lerman from Boston, including Minnesota-based artists Di Bayke Klezmer Band, Lea Kalisch, Jewbalaya, Sarina Partridge, Sarah Larsson, Or Levinson, rafa kern, and others. Details and registration.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881