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This Week at Mount Zion

April 1 / 22 Adar II

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Today, April 1, is the last day to register!

First Friday Family Shabbat Dinner

Food, Friends, Family: Shabbat!

Friday, April 5

  • 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 April 1.

Watch Sunday's "Live from Jerusalem! Israelis and Palestinians: A Glimpse into a Complex History."

Our guest speaker had to cancel for person reasons. We were instead joined by Rabbi Elhanan Miller. He is the founding editor of People of the Book, an online initiative that teaches Jewish faith and culture to Muslim audiences through educational videos shared on social media. An Arabic specialist, Miller is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a faculty member at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Watch part 1 | Watch part 2

April 6 is the last day to donate and be matched by Minnesota Foodshare.

March Food Drive!

Funds raised during the March Food Drive will be matched by Minnesota Foodshare.

March Food Drive is an annual fundraising event that helps support Neighborhood House's Food Support Program. Neighborhood House was founded by the Women of Mount Zion Temple in 1897 to assist Jewish immigrants with food, housing, clothing, and language needs, and general acculturation for living successfully in Minnesota. It continues that effort today with various immigrant groups (from over 40 countries) that have arrived in Minnesota since then. Learn more.

Donate on MZ's Fundraising Site!

Community Life Passages

We extend our heartfelt condolences to our member Sharon DeMark on the death of her father, Michael Schwartz, on March 28.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to our member Diane Lazarus on the death of her mother, Janice Lazarus, on March 18, 2024.

MZ Small Groups

Artists' Circle

April 9, 10:00 -11:00 am at Mount Zion


A New Musical MZ Small Group?!

Singing with others has documented physical, psychological, and emotional benefits. It can engage us in community, build social bonds, and foster a sense of collective joy. If you would like to gather in community with other MZ adults to sing old favorites, and to learn soon-to-be favorites from one another, this might be the MZ Small Group for you. Renae Goldman is exploring interest in creating such a group. Please email her at renaemzgoldman@gmail.com to express your interest, or if you have questions.

Hava nashira (Let's sing together)!

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Honoring Librarian Bob Epstein at the

Bloom Library’s 95th Anniversary celebration

Sunday, April 21, 10:00 am

Join us for an Open House in the Bloom Library for refreshments, to say hello to Bob, and to see our incredible collection. Remarks and a special presentation begin at 11:30; at 11:45, we will go to the t’filah service to honor Bob in front of the Religious School community.


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St. Paul Community

Women's Seder 2024

Thursday, April 11

Temple of Aaron, 616 S Mississippi River Blvd

Mocktails, Schmoozing, & Crafts: 5:45pm

Seder: 6:30-8:30pm

Details | Registration

Passover Workshop: Resources and Tips for leading your Seder

April 15, 7:00 pm Online only via Zoom

Join Rabbi Adler to learn some tips for hosting a meaningful Seder.

A Creative Way to

Move Into Passover

Saturday, April 20, 12:15 pm

Immediately following Shabbat lunch

for 90 minutes

The Link Between the Song of Songs and the Spring Festival

Led by Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker


Get your tickets now for

Bubbly, Bagels, B'Yachad

May 5, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Tickets are just $10 for one ticket or $15 for two.

This Benefit for Mount Zion will be a morning filled with fun, inspiration, and community! Indulge in a delicious buffet, sip on refreshing mimosas or specialty coffees and teas, sign up for Meetups, and bid on unique items at our silent auction.

Buy tickets


Primo Levi’s Most Evocative Poem – The Sh’ma

April 14, 10:00 - 11:15 am

A study led by Roberta Schwartz

Roberta Schwartz, who spent nearly a decade at Mount Zion alongside her husband Rabbi Fred Schwartz (z"l), returns to uncover a powerful Holocaust survivor's poem, originally titled "Psalmo," resonating deeply with our current times.


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Wedding photo of Roberta and Rabbi Fred Schwartz z”l

Follow-up Conversation - Talking Across Differences About Israel and Gaza

April 17, 7:30 - 9:00 pm - In person and via Zoom.

This gathering will be an opportunity to ask questions of curiosity of people with whom we may disagree. It follows the session in late February where over 85 people joined in respectful conversation in small groups facilitated by trained congregants.

The Living Mussar podcast

This podcast features members from our Mount Zion community sharing their insights on the transformative power of Mussar practice, along with many others from the Twin Cities area. Whether you are a seasoned Mussar practitioner, somewhat familiar with Mussar, or are curious to learn more about Mussar, our inaugural season offers something for everyone, exploring topics of character development, ethical living and Jewish wisdom.

Listen and follow now for inspiration and guidance on your journey of personal and spiritual growth.

Media sources for learning more about both Living Mussar and Twin Cities Mussar:

This Shabbat

Friday, April 5

6:30 pm Shabbat Services

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

Saturday, April 6

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

Shmini - Leviticus 10:12-14

Lili Itzkowitz will be called to the Torah as Bat Mitvvah.

Reflections from Mount Zion Congregants’ Travels in Israel

During Shabbat Evening Services, April 12, 6:30 pm

Participants on the St. Paul Jewish Federation trip to Israel will share some learnings from their eight days travelling and meeting over 40 Israelis in our partnership region of Sovev Kinneret (Tiberias and its environs) and in Jerusalem, the sites of October 7 outside Gaza, and Tel Aviv. Following the service, Rabbi Spilker will facilitate a question-and-answer session. 


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This Sunday!

Climate Action Resource Fair

Sunday, April 7

Text Study on Judaism and Ecology: 9:15-10:00 am

What does Jewish tradition say about caring for the earth?

Resource Fair: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm


Get plans for your pollinator garden; test your knowledge about the climate crisis; find new ways you can help mitigate climate change through Mount Zion's carbon reduction challenge; enter the raffle for cool sustainability stuff! There will also be opportunities to learn about home composting, about replacing household plastics with sustainable products, and new categories of accepted recyclables, AND MORE!


Sponsored by the Tzedek Committee and Climate Action small group with collaboration from Beth Jacob Climate Action Committee.

Letter-Writing to

Political Prisoners

April 14 at 10:00 - 11:30 am at Mount Zion

A World Without Genocide Event.

Co-Sponsored by MZ's Tzedek Committee.

Over 20,000 political dissidents are imprisoned in Russia for protesting the war in Ukraine. Join us to write letters to these prisoners. Prisoners getting letters receive better treatment because guards know that the prisoners aren’t alone.


22nd Annual Jewish Community Action Freedom Seder

April 14, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

at Mount Zion and via livestream

This seder, we will focus in on themes of liberation, and in our current moment, this is all the more important to do in community, with action, and together.


In the Community

- Interested in Hebrew-character printing — including also Jewish vernaculars like Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic? Join the "Letters That Link Us: Histories and Mysteries of Hebrew Type An Interdisciplinary Symposium" April 10 & 11. This symposium is two days of collaborative, multi-disciplinary, interactive learning. Details.

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