MZ Shabbat "Card"
Services and Weekend Activities

Shabbat Shalom - Parshat R'eih
"Three times a year... [you] shall appear before the Eternal your God in the place that God will choose. You shall not appear before God empty-handed, but each with [your] own gift, according to the blessing that the Eternal your God has bestowed upon you." (Deut. 16:16-17)

The gift of silence.
The gift of transforming stars

into constellations.
The gift of recorded voices.

The gift of bare feet
dangling over the pier.

The gift of blurred vision
doubling the moon.

The gift of the name
you gave me, and the one I chose.

The gift of the right tool for the job.
The gift of a gate opening

and the wide-open possibility
on the unknown other side.

-Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Friday, August 14, 6:00 pm
Erev Shabbat – 25 Av

Anniversary Blessings

We invite you to bring your Shabbat candles and Kiddush cup to the service to participate with us.

(For calling in, use Meeting ID: 147 120 944, Passcode: 953418)
Please note: if you are calling in, Zoom now requires a passcode.
Saturday, August 15
Shabbat – 25 Av
9:00 am Participate in TORAH STUDY via Zoom by computer or phone.
Parshat R'eih – Deut. 11:26-12:28 (first third of the Torah portion).
Zoom (For calling in, use Meeting ID: 949 308 718)
10:00 am Shabbat Services
Join us on Zoom (For calling in, use Meeting ID: 905 418 669)
Group Bike Ride
THIS SUNDAY! August 16, 10:00 am
Lilydale Pool & Yacht Club (1600 Lilydale Rd, St. Paul, 55118)

This is a 3 mile ride. We will stop for a fun, physically distant ice-cream break at Harriett Island. Families/friends can spread out on the grass to socialize. This event requires an RSVP because we must cap it at 70 people in order to maintain physical distancing.
Upcoming Events
Conversations in Small Groups
Sunday, August 23, 1 pm

Join us for some lighthearted and fun conversation on the Mount Zion patio! We will be using the Table Topics format and will be picking topics from a hat/bowl. This event is RSVP only as we are capping the total number to 40 people to ensure we can remain physically distant.

Sing as a (virtual) congregation for the High Holy Days
Thursday, August 20, 7-8 pm via Zoom

We invite you to join together with other members of the congregation in singing “Avinu Malkeinu” for a virtual choir video that will be shared during High Holy Day services. Please join us for a rehearsal and Q&A on the recording process. No official singing experience is required!

Community Book Read (via Zoom)
Changing the World from the Inside Out
A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change
by Rabbi David Jaffe

Wednesdays in Elul, beginning August 26, 7:00 - 8:00 pm via Zoom

Please let us know your interest in joining one of the weekly conversations! Links to Zoom will be sent out at a later date.

High Holy Days 5781
Primarily Online with some In-Person Experiences
We have approached the reality of the pandemic of Covid-19 from a values-based perspective guided by epidemiologists. Giving absolute priority to Pikuach Nefesh - saving lives. The High Holy Days will surely feel different this year and, with your help, they will be meaningful in ways that may surprise us. With courage, faith, and compassion we are confident that these High Holy Days will bring you – in new ways – to spiritual renewal.

Connecting to Zoom by phone

Dial 929-205-6099 or 312-626-6799. Then, when prompted, put in the meeting ID listed for any service or event below, then press #. When asked for a participant number, just press #. (Pressing *6 during the call will mute and unmute you).