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This Week at Mount Zion

July 8 / 2 Tammuz

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Mount Zion Jewish Heritage Trip to Germany and France

Oct 25, 2025 – Nov 2, 2025

Led by Tour Guide Mike Hollander with Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

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Mazel tov to our members celebrating a milestone anniversary in July: Avram and Shellina Scheiner; Howard and Paula Roston; Bob and Mary Mersky; Michael Stiffman and Pita Adam; Michael and Jennifer Wall; Danny and Laura Zelle; Sara and Jeff Maki; Larry and Cathy Bogolub; Jared Miller and Ellen Thompson; Marcia and Dylan Woods-Weisman; Harriet Guthertz and Laura Mathews; Eric and Sue Lund; Sylvia and Michael Lotz

Mazel tov to Tom Cytron-Hysom for succeeding Bruce Matza as Board President of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul.

Mazel tov to David and Jolena Goldstein on the birth of their son, Ari James, on May 11.

Community Life Passages

We extend our heartfelt condolences to our member James (Wendy) Shapiro on the death of his brother, Louis Michael Shapiro, on July 1.

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Cantor Spilker will be participating in

Flory's Fame: A Sephardic Music Legacy

July 30, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

$18 General admission; $15 JCC Member

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the life and legacy of legendary Sephardi/Ladino musician and composer Flory Jagoda (1923-2021). Enjoy film clips, live music, dance, and storytelling featuring talented Minnesotan artists who studied with and knew Flory including Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker, David Jordan Harris & Judith Brin Ingber (co-founders of Voices of Sepharad), Sarah Larsson and Sarina Partridge (Nanilo). Accompaniment by David Burk. Reception with light refreshments to follow.

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MZ Garage Sale 2024!

It’s time to declutter and donate your valuables to the annual Mount Zion Garage Sale! Your donations of goods and volunteer time will benefit Mount Zion Temple and the local community.

  • Donation dates: July 21-28.
  • Sale: July 31-August 6.

Sign up to volunteer to help set-up, help during the sale, and/or help packing up at the end. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Please contact Linda Morgan, Chris Epstein, or Nancy Krohn with any questions.


Six Points Theater Celebrates 30 Years!

Rabbi Spilker talks about the importance of Six Points Theater in their celebration video. Watch below!


June 23 - August 27

What does Jewish tradition have to say about liberal democracy? Join this community-wide text-based learning & dialogues this summer, with rabbis from throughout the Twin Cities – and be part of an important communal conversation!

Next session:

Machlochet L'shem Shamayim - Dispute for the Sake of Heaven

Rabbi Justin Held, Beth Jacob

Thursday, July 11, 5:00pm at Beth Jacob Congregation

Save the date for Rabbi Spilker's session on

An Authentic Jewish Voice for Democracy:

The 49-49 Rule from Midrash on Psalm 12

Thursday, August 12, 12 pm at Mount Zion and via Zoom (register for link)


This Shabbat

Friday, July 12

5:30 Kabbalat Panim - Greeting Time

6:00 pm Summer Shabbat Services!

Outside on the ZaiKaner-Perwien Terrace

(weather permitting)

Followed by a half-hour oneg

In person or online. During Summer Services, our online services will only be available on Livestream on mzion.org or Facebook Live!

Saturday, July 13

9:00 am Torah Study

In person and via Zoom Meeting ID: 949 308 718

10:00 am Shabbat Services

In person or online via Livestream

Chukat - Numbers 19:1-20:21

In the Community

- Cantor Azi Schwartz visits Temple of Aaron with his superb band on Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 pm. Cantor Schwartz works at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. He is internationally acclaimed for his wide range of creating, recording, publishing and singing great music. The music will inspire your joyfulness & spirituality while thoroughly entertaining you. Purchase your tickets here (Cost: $100). When purchasing, enter July 14 and note Mount Zion. Mount Zion receives money back for every purchase made by an MZ member!

- JFCS will host a new Grief and Loss support group this summer. It will be a six-week psychoeducation and discussion group for those who recently experienced the death of a loved one (within the past two years). It will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 31, through Sept. 4, at JFCS (5905 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley). Details.

Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881
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