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This Week at Mount Zion

January 29 / 19 Shevat

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Today, January 29, is the last day to register!

First Friday Family Shabbat Dinner

Food, Friends, Family: Shabbat!

Friday, February 2

  • Arrival and Meet and Greet at 5:15 pm
  • Blessings and Dinner at 5:30 pm
  • Services at 6:30 pm

Dinner pricing:

Members: $10 for an individual; $20 for two people; $25 for a household.

Non-members: $12 for an individual; $24 for two people; $36 for a household.

Register by January 29

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Game Night!

Saturday, February 3, 7-9:00 pm at Mount Zion

Sponsored by Brotherhood.

Music by Renae Goldman

Bring a dessert or snack to share and your favorite games and activities. From Monopoly to Poker to Mah Jong, it is a fun evening for all!



“The giving of Torah happened at one specific time, but the receiving of Torah happens all the time, in every ­generation.” - Meir Alter, the Gerer Rebbe

We welcome Fritz Bimberg and Heather Farber-Lau who have completed our conversion ­program recently and have thus chosen ­Judaism: May they go from strength to strength!

Community Life Passages

We regret to inform you of the death of our member Michele Rusinko on January 22. Our condolences to her family, including her husband Bob Weisenfeld and son Josh Weisenfeld.

Mount Zion Temple loses its last Holocaust survivor, Erwin Farkas

Erwin Farkas, the last Holocaust survivor of Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, has died. He was 94 years old. Erwin Farkas was only 15 years old when he lied to Nazi guards at the Birkenau concentration camp, which effectively saved his life.

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Luminary Havdalah

February 3, 7:00 pm at Levin Park

Luminary Havdalah is a free community-wide gathering outdoors at Levin Park, just east of Lake of the Isles on the evening of Luminary Loppet festival. Jews and friends from around the Twin Cities are invited to come together to sing, celebrate, and bring some light into this special winter’s night. After an elaborate musical Havdalah ceremony, participants can saunter over to Lake of the Isles to enjoy the Loppet (**separate admission required**).


MZ New Member Informal Q & A with Rabbi Spilker

February 4, 10:30 - 11:45 am

The Unspoken Customs, Esoteric Rituals, and ­Secret Rooms of Mount Zion.


Sign up for Hamantaschen Baking!

Purim is coming in March 2024. And it isn’t too early to sign up for making and/or selling Hamantaschen. It’s a great way to meet new people or see people you may not have seen for a year. 

Sign up to join us!

2024 St. Paul Jewish Community Solidarity Mission

Mission: March 24 - April 3

Join Rabbi Spilker and other congregants on this important trip.

Questions? aspilker@mzion.org.

If you are able to join this subsidized trip, this is not the time to wonder if this is the perfect trip or if there might be a better time. This is the time. Please join our solidarity mission.

More information about the mission.  Details and registration.


The International Criminal Court – Agenda for 2024

January 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

A World Without Genocide event. Mount Zion is a co-sponsor.


Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family

Mondays, February 5, 12, 26, 7-8:30 pm

with Rabbi Spilker

Cost per person: member $36, public $50


Children of Peace Encore + Live Director Talk

February 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Temple Israel

Tickets: $15

Mount Zion is a co-sponsor of this event.


This Shabbat

Friday, February 2

5:30 pm Shabbat Dinner

6:30 pm Shabbat Services

2nd Grade Participates

Shir Tzion and Shir Chants Participate

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

Saturday, February 3

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

Yitro — Exodus 18:1 - 20:26 (includes the Ten Commandments)

Heather Renetzky, our candidate for Congregational Engagement Director, will offer the D'var Torah.

Don’t come to Mount Zion for services on February 9!

Celebrate Shabbat at Home!

(We will only have a brief Zoom service at 5:45 that night).


Begegenen! (MZ active adults) invites you to a

Potluck Shabbat at Home

We hope you can join us in song, prayer, community and Shabbat!

February 9, 6:00-8:00pm at The Linden in Mendota Heights

Hosts Margie Abrahamson, John Mast, and Phil Goldman

Details (including pareve/dairy menu selections) and directions will be sent to those who RSVP to Phil Goldman at pgold1926@gmail.com. (Space is limited! Please respond by Wednesday, Feb 7)


Climate Action Legislation and Advocacy in 2024

February 11, 11:00 am at Mount Zion

IN-PERSON with Juventino Meza of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Overview of the legislative session and climate action legislation to support. This is your opportunity to ask questions, find out how to stay informed, and flex your advocacy muscles. Questions? Contact Siana at sgoodwin2@comcast.net.

In the Community

- Climate Action Legislation in Minnesota: A preview of what's coming in 2024

Juventino Meza from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light will give a summary of proposed legislation for the 2024 session, let us know what's at stake, and how we can advocate for issues we care about. Wednesday January 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm via Zoom. Register.

- ArtStart will host an International Dance Party with Wearable Art at Mount Zion on February 4, 2:00 pm. The Saint Paul Civic Symphony will then perform for free in Margolis Hall at 3:00 PM! Sponsored by ArtStart and the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, as well as the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.

- Join us for Klezmer on Ice January 31-February 4; the Twin Cities' second annual wintertime celebration of Eastern European Jewish music and culture. Featuring a headliner concert by international psychedelic klezmer supergroup FORSHPIL at the Cedar Cultural Center on Feb 4. For more information about Klezmer On Ice and the full lineup of events for all ages, visit www.klezmeronice.com.

Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881
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