This Week at Mount Zion
May 9 / 8 Iyar
This Weekend
You are cordially invited to
Mount Zion’s Annual Meeting
Celebrating Mount Zion’s 165th Anniversary

Friday, May 13
5:00 pm Kabbalat Panim (Greeting Time) Hors d'oeuvres
5:30 pm Annual Meeting (In Person and Livestreaming on
6:30 pm Shabbat Services with Pulpit Guest Rabbi Gary Zola

Rabbi Gary Zola
Profiles in American Jewish Courage

Friday, May 13
6:30 pm   Shabbat Service
Pulpit Guest: Rabbi Gary Zola speaking on: Profiles in American Jewish Courage: Mount Zion’s 165th Anniversary in Context

Shabbat (Saturday), May 14
9:00 am Torah Study (in person and online)
What this week’s Torah portion can teach us about American Jewish History.
Please RSVP if coming in person to Julie Beckman,

4:00 pm At B’nai Israel (Rochester)
Profiles in American Jewish Courage: American Jewry and the Fight for Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

Parents' Night Out!
What a beautiful evening we had, and not just the weather or the free childcare for the kids. On Saturday, May 7, we came together to cook Shakshuka at Mount Zion. It was great to see many adults from our congregation cooking, talking, and engaging for two hours. We are looking forward to having more events during the summer, please make sure to read the weekly emails!
Mazel tov to...
Steve and Carrie Siegel on the birth of their grandson, Theo. Theo is the son of Allie and David Siegel.
Charley Smith who was the 74,000th person to make Aliyah to Israel through Nefesh B’Nefesh a week before Israel’s 74th Independence Day!

Historical Tidbits:
Mount Zion’s 165 Years by the Decades
Each week, leading toward our May Annual Meeting, we will share Mount Zion’s history in our weekly email. Mount Zion member Sally Rubinstein wrote these for our sesquicentennial. They are also available on our website.

Mount Zion in the 1900s
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Mount Zion congregation undertook yet another building project. Two changes in the membership itself made this task necessary. In the 1890s, temple leaders realized that the building was inadequate to serve the increasing number of families, many of whom were immigrants from Eastern Europe. Just from 1899 to 1902, membership grew from 90 to 119 families. With that fact in mind, the board set up a sinking fund for new construction.

Women of Mount Zion Temple Events
Garage Sale Planning Meeting
May 10, 6:30 pm   

Closing Meeting:
Featuring our new member
Rachel Lipkin in Concert!
May 15, 10:30 am   
An invitation for members that joined since February 2020
Mount Zion New Member Shabbat Tea & Nosh
Saturday, May 21, 4:00 pm

Please come to Rabbi and Cantor Spilker’s backyard for a special time.

MZ Small Groups

Trip to Redhead Mountain and
Cuyuna Lakes
May 24-25
(deadline to sign up is May 10)
Brotherhood presents a newly imagined Mount Zion Men’s Retreat
Mussar for Men: Improving the Relationships in Your Life to Self, Others, and the Divine
Friday-Sunday, June 10-12
Dunrovin Retreat Center (near Stillwater)

This will be a weekend of camaraderie, spirituality, and enjoying the great outdoors especially designed for men of all ages from 20s on up!

Important Volunteer Opportunity!
We are looking for a few good people to be Shomrim. Could it be you?

Shomrim are our first greeters, providing a joyful and welcoming entrance to Mount Zion. Shomrim are also trained for safety and security but are not expected to do anything extraordinary. Shomrim are needed for Friday and Saturday services and for Wednesday and Sunday religious school class times.

There will be a training on Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 pm.

SPORTY Project Reach Drive

SPORTY, Mount Zion’s high school youth group, is hosting a drive for Project REACH, an organization that provides support and necessities for youth experiencing homelessness in St. Paul Public Schools. You can help by donating items (see flyer) or money. All donations will go into personalized hygiene kits for the students. A donation box is at Mount Zion near the alley doors, and here’s the donation link. Thank you for your support
This Shabbat
Friday, May 13
6:30 pm Shabbat Services
Pulpit Guest: Rabbi Gary Zola speaking on: Profiles in American Jewish Courage: Mount Zion’s 165th Anniversary in Context

In person or online via Zoom, Livestream on, or Facebook Live! (For calling into Zoom, use Meeting ID: 147 120 944).
Saturday, May 14
9:00 am Torah Study - Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718
In person this week only

10:00 am Shabbat Services
In person and online via Zoom or Livestream on
(For calling in, use Meeting ID: 905 418 669)
Emor – Lev 23:23-24:23

10:30 am Tot Shabbat!
Please email if you'd like to be added to the Tot Shabbat email reminder list.
In the Community

- Six Points Theater’s “Two Jews Walk Into A War…” by Seth Rozin with Avi Aharoni and Nathan Keepers directed by Sally Wingert runs from April 30 – May 22. Call the Box Office 651-647-4315 to buy tickets. Seats are hand-picked for social distancing. Zeblyan and Ishaq are the last two Jews living in Kabul. They both want to urgently repopulate their ancient Jewish community, but can't agree how to do it. Inspired by true events, this play balances Borscht Belt humor and poignancy in a touching look at cultural continuity.

- Mount Zion members Sandra Brick and Fred Amram are launching their new art book, Lest We Forget: A Virtual Memoir, at the Textile Center (event sponsor), 3000 University Ave. SE, at 7 p.m. on May 26. Plan for light refreshments, short readings, discussion, and schmoozing. Registration requested but not required.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881