This Week at Mount Zion
January 19 / 6 Shevat
Mazel tov to Vicki Fodor, on the birth of her grandson, Joseph, born on January 4.
MZ Game Night

January 24, 6:30 pm

Join the MZ community to play your choice of virtual games, including Jewish Jeopardy, Bingo, or Skribbl (like Pictionary). All ages welcome.

Our Bodies (are Home), Our Souls (are Together)
Jewish Retreat for Women
Friday, Jan. 29 – Saturday, Jan. 30 / 17 Shevat, 5781

This year’s OBOS virtual retreat will be one like none other, but we are committed to keeping it connective, creative, and celebratory!

Monday Torah Study

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

Meeting ID: 604 616 628
Rashi Study

All are welcome to join Rashi Study virtually every Thursday at noon. Contact Julie Beckman for details.
Building a Jewish Home, Creating a Jewish Family
$36 members/$50 public per person

January 25, February 1 & 8, 7:00–8:30 pm
Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker

This three-part class is for couples or single heads of households, who want an open and structured way to reflect.

Mount Zion Winter “Travel” for all!
with expert Tour Educator Mike Hollander
Mike was the much beloved Tour Educator for Mount Zion’s 2006 Israel Trip. He was born in Canada and made Aliyah to Modiin, Israel in 1988. Before making Aliyah, he completed his BA degree at York University, Toronto in History and began his MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. He completed his MA from the Cambridge Center for Jewish-Christian Relations in 2008. Jewish education has always been Mike’s passion and he began to guide in 1994.
Tu BiSh’vat: Water, Water, Water! From the Bible to Start Up Nation
Jan 28, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
via Zoom

7 Countries in 7 Weeks:
European Jewish Winter Travel from your Living Room
Jan 17-Feb 28, 11 am - 12:15 pm

This Shabbat
Friday, January 22
6:00 pm Tzedek Shabbat Services - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 147 120 944
Saturday, January 23
9:00 am Torah Study - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Services - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 905 418 669
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The St. Paul Jewish Federation
Tu BiSh'vat Online Community Seder
January 28 at 6:00 pm via Zoom
Zoom information will be sent out after registration.

How Does Your Corner of Gan Eden Grow?
A Tu BiSh'vat Program
January 21, 7-8:30 pm

Presenter: Rabbi Amy Ariel, Beth Jacob Social Justice Chair
Guest Presenter: Leslie Pilgrim, Founder and Director of Neighborhood Greening
A Beth Jacob virtual event, co-sponsored by Mount Zion

Mount Zion Winter Book Read
Please join fellow congregants in our reading of
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

  1. Sunday, March 7, 1:00-2:15 pm
  2. Thursday, March 11, 4:00-5:15 pm
  3. Wednesday, March 17, 7:30-8:45 pm

This book compares white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India as well as the Third Reich's treatment of Jews. Author of the bestseller, Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel's newest book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history.

We are happy to send a copy of this book to you if finances are any barrier to your purchasing a copy. Because of Covid, we are not doing our typical book distribution. Please email Rabbi Spilker and a book will be on the way!

In the Community

- For Grades 9-12: Join local rabbis, including Rabbi Spilker, for The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives on Sundays, January 24 – February 28, 11:30am-12:30pm via Zoom. This is a course based on Yossi Klein Halevi’s book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses. This is in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council and the St. Paul Jewish Federation. Register.

- The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s line-up – a virtual event for the entire community. Opening night is on January 28. With something for everyone, this year’s virtual festival includes local and national comics who represent and reflect the diversity of Jewish culture and provide a Jewish humor lens on the world. Festival events will take place virtually. For the full lineup with dates or to purchase tickets, visit

- COVID-19 Vaccines: Everything You Want to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Join on Zoom on Sunday, January 31, 1 pm for an informative and timely discussion on the COVID-19 vaccines. The Twin Cities Maimonides Society is hosting a Jewish Community-Wide virtual program on COVID-19 Vaccines with Dr. Ruth Lynfield, State Epidemiologist with Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Lynfield will address the vaccines that will be offered, what they will do, who will receive them, what the timeline looks like, and any other questions that participants submit. Register now.

- The St. Paul Jewish Federation together with Partnership Together in the Sea of Galilee (Sovev Kinneret region) invites you to take part in a tree-planting campaign in Israel. Every tree donated will be planted in our partnership area, the Galilee region. Learn more.

- Calling all technology and entrepreneurial minded community members. Do not miss this opportunity to get to know the newest Israeli technology. Get to know Israeli tech initiatives and the people behind it in our Sovev Kinneret region, up close! St. Paul’s P2G Committee and the St. Paul Jewish Federation are pleased to invite you to attend this seminar - "SHOW CASE- Sovev Kinneret amazing Israeli startups" Get more details

- 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. The need for additional mental health services has increased during this unprecedented, prolonged time of uncertainty. The goal of the program is to help people feel more grounded and emotionally secure. The therapist can assist in problem-solving immediate concerns, discussing strategies for improving one’s sense of well-being, educating on coping skills and providing connection to additional resources as needed. Contact Avi-Natan Zadaka at (651) 410-7822. There is no fee for this service; however, donations are appreciated.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881