This Week at Mount Zion
September 5 / 5 Elul
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Reform Movement Honors Mount Zion with an Audacious Hospitality Award Honorable Mention
For MZ Connect: Our New Portal for On-line and In-Person Engagement”
The Union of Reform Judaism recently awarded Mount Zion a Belin Award Honorable Mention. According to the URJ website, the Belin Awards “ offer an opportunity to highlight and reward some of the most innovative and inspiring initiatives in our congregations.” This year’s award focused on one of the URJ’s pillars, Audacious Hospitality. The URJ will recognize this achievement at the URJ Biennial, 11-15 December 2019, in Chicago. Register for the Biennial !
Since it launched in late 2018, MZ Connect is our new portal for engagement at Mount Zion featuring online and in-person opportunities. The key initiative this past year has been MZ Small Groups which has helped congregants develop and connect to over twenty different small groups ranging from mussar to bicycling to food to music. Over 160 people are participating in these groups. See the list of existing groups. You can also form a new group . Not sure of where you might fit? A conversation with our Congregational Engagement Director Shai Avny would be helpful: or 651-698-3881.
This Shabbat
Friday, September 6
6:00 pm Shabbat Services
Saturday, September 7
9:00 am Open Torah Study
10:00 am Shabbat Services
Shof’tim – Deut. 19:14-21:9
12:00 pm Potluck Lunch
Community Life Passages
Mazel tov to Barbara Sarapas on the marr iage of her son, Joel, to Liz Salm on August 7.

Mazel tov to David & Carol Epstein on the marriage of their daughter, Emily , to Mark Trudeau on August 30.

We extend condolences to David (Marissa) Upin and his family on the loss of his father, Alan Jay Upin , on August 26. 
Invite your Friends and Acquaintances to
MZ's Open House and Brunch

September 15 at 10:30 am - 12:15 pm   
Complimentary High Holy Days nametags (passes) will be given to Open House guests.

Israel Book Club:
Waking Lions

September 9, 7:00 pm

An Evening with Rabbi Adler
We Are What We Eat

September 16, 6:00 pm
MZ Begegenen event - Open to All!

WMZT Fall Kick-off Event

September 22, 10:00 am

Get tickets for The Band's Visit

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 pm
Balcony tickets: $50. Due Oct. 4.

For more info, contact Toba: e-mail /952-953-0228 or Phil e-mail / 651-491-0864.
After a successful Garage Sale, WMZT thanks Brotherhood for their help!
For Seekers, Skeptics, and Cynics:
A Spectrum of Jewishly Authentic Ways of Thinking about God

September 20, 6:15 pm
Rabbi David Thomas
Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA

Leaves, Sticks, and Sand - Preparing for the High Holidays through Art and Nature along the Mississippi River
Mount Zion is a co-sponsor for this event.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00-4:00 pm at Crosby Farm Park, St. Paul
$25 in advance, $30 at the “door.”

The Evening that Ushers in Genuine Reflection to
Prepare for the Days of Awe

Saturday, September 21

8:30 pm - Havdalah and Program
The program will be a staged, congregant reading from the The Mikveh Monologues by Anita Diamant & Janet Buchwald. This show was recently done by the MN Jewish Theater Company. After we hear some of the moving, first person narratives, we will look at texts of teshuvah/turning and discuss ways that ritual and this season help us in the most important times of our lives.

9:45 pm - Reception

10:15 pm - Selichot Service
High Holy Days

As we enjoy the last month of summer, we anticipate with awe the arrival of the new Jewish year 5780. High Holy Day nametags (passes) will be mailed on September 9. See all service times and sign ups.
Day by Day: Mussar Reflections for Elul
Each day of the Hebrew month of Elul, we are posting a reflection on the “Mount Zion Conversations” Facebook page and can send you the entire month's reflections by email . Each day you will find a new Mussar Middah (Soul Trait), a text to study, and questions for reflection. 
Visual T’filah

September 20 at 7:30 pm

Call of the Shofar during the month of Elul

An added opportunity to prepare for the High Holy Days

Mount Zion joins Interfaith Action’s monthly
“Community Power-Ups”
A relatively new effort in our neighborhood (Selby/Dale in St. Paul) to provide legal education, food, and entertainment.

First Thursday of Every Month; 5:30 dinner, 6:30 program.
Next date, September 5 at Walker West Music Academy (760 Selby Ave)

In the Community
- Mikveh Reimagined for Celebration, Renewal, and Healing. Sunday, September 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Please join us as we feel how this reimagined, ancient, embodied Jewish practice can enhance each of our lives and explore what a progressive mikveh in Minnesota could add to our wonderfully diverse community. The lake locations will be given upon registration. DETAILS.

- “Mom, Dad…Can We Talk? Insight and Perspectives to Help Us Do What’s Best for Our Aging Parents” will be held on Sunday, September 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the St. Paul JCC. The cost of the event is $18 per person and includes coffee, tea and an assortment of breakfast breads. Seating is limited. Advance registration is recommended.

- The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest presents: Immigrants... "Making a Difference" A Discussion with Ari Shapiro and Master of Ceremonies: US Congressman Dean Phillips on Sunday, September 8, 7:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth St S, Minneapolis). DETAILS.

- Come for a Taste of Melton on Monday, Sept. 9, 7:00-8:30 PM
Adath Jeshurun (10500 Hillside Ln, Minnetonka). Sample a lesson, meet the teachers, and learn about this wonderful program of authentic, in-depth Jewish learning. Free and open to all.

- Come to a special screening of the timely film They Came for Us at Pangea World Theater (711 W Lake St #101, Minneapolis) on Sunday, September 22, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Followed by Q&A with TC JACL members including Sally Sudo and Janet Carlson. DETAILS.
Accessibility at Mount Zion
We strive to make all our programs and services accessible to all. If you have any accessibility requests for a particular event or service , please let us know as far in advance as possible by contacting Larry Solomon at or 651-638-3881.
Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881