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This Week at Mount Zion

September 11 / 25 Elul

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High Holy Days 5784

Rosh Hashanah

September 15 and 16 - 1 Tishrei 5784

Yom Kippur

September 24 and 25 - 10 Tishrei 5784

We are looking forward to spending the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe of 5784 with you.


For those attending in person:

  • For all services, please come to the Summit Avenue entrance for outside check-in. Pre-printed nametags and a holder will be given to you once you arrive at Mount Zion for your first service. (We have accessible parking in the kitchen lot, and you can enter there for accessibility). Please plan at least 15 minutes to check in, receive your nametag, and get to your first service/program.
  • We continue to have a mask-optional policy. If you wish to wear a mask, given the recent uptick in Covid cases, please remember to bring your own, as we have a limited supply. As a reminder, if you’re feeling sick or have tested positive for Covid, please stay home.

Watch the replay of Anita Diamant in conversation with Rabbi Spilker!


Sunday was an amazing day at Mount Zion! The building was bustling with so many community members for learning sessions led by clergy to prepare for the High Holy Days, faculty and madrichim for Religious School trainings, folks from local faith communities who visited Mount Zion as part of a tour of houses of worship, and so many more! The highlight of the day was Shofar On The Roof, a new favorite High Holy Day tradition where our clergy wore their white robes and our baalei tekiah blew the shofar from the roof! It was a great kick-off to the High Holy Days, and we hope to see you Friday for Rosh Hashanah.

Mazel tov to Alan Milavetz and Bonnie Resnick on the marriage of their daughter Zoe to Adam Green on September 3.

Abby Gore, our Youth and Young Adult Engagement Associate, wrote this paper about Mount Zion’s history as part of her Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management program. It’s a quick way to get a sense of our history!

High Holy Day

Adult Volunteer Choir!

Sing at the Rosh Hashanah Shacharit (Morning) and Yom Kippur Afternoon services!

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, September 13 and 20, 7:00-8:00 pm

Please join uswe want to hear everyone’s voices! No experience or music reading abilities needed!

MZ Small Groups

Climate Action Group

Sept 12, 6:30 pm via Zoom


Long Live Rock

Sept 13, 6:30 pm at Kowalski's (upstairs)


Women of Mount Zion Temple Broadway Tickets: ALADDIN

December 10, 1 pm at the Orpheum

Payment needed by September 17.



Taste of Honey:

An Introduction to Judaism

Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm

September 11 – December 18.

Rabbi Esther Adler

Member: $36, Public: $75


Niger’s Coup – China, Russia, Climate, and Nukes

September 27, 7:00-8:00 pm

World Without Genocide event.

Mount Zion is a sponsor.


This Shabbat

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 15

7:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

7:30 pm Teen Service

Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 16

See full schedule.

Service of Healing and Reflection

September 17, 11:00 am

This hour-long service is for everyone, not just those dealing with illness. Based on High Holy day themes and enhanced with the soothing sounds of harp and flute and punctuated by the sounding of the shofar, this service offers a sacred space for reflection about what we need to feel more whole in the coming year. We moved this service for this year from Yom Kippur afternoon to its own day to make it possible for more to attend.

High Holiday Cemetery Service

September 24, 11:00 am

We will gather at the Mount Zion Cemetery to remember loved ones. Those who prefer can view the live streaming on our website. The cemetery is at the corner of Payne and Larpenteur Avenues in St. Paul.


Volunteer with Interfaith Action

Department of Indian Work (DIW):

Volunteers are needed to walk with folks who visit the food shelf and assist in loading carts, keeping children smiling, and generally being a helpful presence.

To connect to this opportunity, please email or call Emergency Services Manager, Theresa Halvorson-Lee at Thalvorson-Lee@interfaithaction.org or 651-789-3864.

Project Home:

Volunteers needed to interview adult shelter guests for the statewide homelessness study happening on October 26 and 27. Get more information on the study. Please contact Elizabeth Kulus if you are interested!

Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP):

Access the volunteer handbook for fall 2023 and read about all of the volunteer opportunities with partner organizations.

In the Community

- Celebrate the new exhibit Symbolic Significance: Tracing the History of Jewish High Holidays and the First Day of School on Sept. 11 at the U of MN Elmer L. Andersen Library. Curated by Kate Dietrick, Archivist for the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and MZ member, this will be an opportunity for an engaging conversation around the topics and documents brought to light. Details.

- Jewish Family Services of St. Paul (JFS) offers a free resource social worker, Cheryl Anderson, LSW, who connects people to internal JFS services and/or external community resources. Cheryl is an experienced navigator in our local community and does a wonderful job connecting folks to the right place. Simply contact JFS at (651) 698-0767 and she will help you identify and access the resources you are looking for.

Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-3881
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