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This Week at Mount Zion

June 10 / 4 Sivan

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Tomorrow night!


Tuesday, June 11 / 6 Sivan

7:30 pm Shavuot/Confirmation Service

Available in person, livestreaming, and on Facebook.

9:15 pm - Shavuot Oneg – Cheesecake and Refreshments (dairy free and gluten free options available)

9:45 pm - Torah Study in Shiur (Large Group) and Chevruta (In Pairs)

Experience deep learning that touches the soul. We will have paired learning on a text (chevruta) followed by a lesson (shiur). Our Rabbis, Cantors, and Educators will pick topics from Hadar Institute’s Project Zug program. Zoom or in person.

  • 9:45 Session AlephRabbi Adler on Theology of Psalms: Praying Biblical Poetry – a focus on Ps 13 “How Long Will You Hide Your Face From Me?” Followed by group singing led by our cantors!
  • 10:25 Session Bet Alisha Sawyer, Religious School Director, on Intro to the Jewish Bookshelf – a focus on Genesis, chapter 1 and the 70 faces of Torah. Followed by group singing led by our cantors!
  • 11:05 Session GimelRabbi Spilker on Talmudic Personalities: Get to Know the Rabbis – a focus on Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai and the saving of Judaism.


Shavuot Festival Service (with Yizkor prayers)

Wednesday, June 12 / 6 Sivan at 10:00 am

Available in person and livestreaming.


Mazel tov!

Mazel tov to Professor George Barany for being honored at Indiana University’s George Barany Symposium on June 8 for all of his scientific contributions, as well as his mentorship, guidance, and support that he has given to so many over five decades. 

Mazel tov to Bob and Julie Mast on the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Mast to Charlotte School, on June 1.

Mazel tov to our members celebrating a milestone anniversary in June: Alex Sernick and Christine Sernick Kennedy; Brooks and Terri Edwards; Warren and Susanne Cohen; Sam Nolley and Maureen O'Brien; Isaac Marshall and Emily Upin; Serena Zabin and Chris Brunelle; Andrea and Bob Kircher; Jeni and Robert Alcakovic; Michael and Bobbie Elle; Arnie and Judy Brier; Jules and Janice Goldstein; Elizabeth and Ben Rosenstein; Ruth and David Olkon; Charles and Jeanne Herzog; Patrick Zimmerman and Liza Allen

Rising Song Workshops

with Joey Weisenberg

  • June 25, 7-8:30pm,

Shir Tikvah Synagogue

  • June 26, 7-8:30pm,

Minnesota JCC Capp Center

Joey Weisenberg, renowned musician and founder of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, visits the Twin Cities for two inspiring workshops of Jewish communal singing! Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Jewish music and discover its potential to enrich your own musical expressions. Whether you’re a prayer leader hoping to infuse music into communal tefilot, a musician looking to expand your Jewish soundscape, or just someone who loves music — come sing, learn, ask questions, and enjoy!

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Join MZ and J-Pride at the

Twin Cities Pride Parade

Sunday, June 30, 11:00 am

Join MZ and J-Pride as we celebrate LGBTQ+ Jewishness by marching with us in the Twin Cities Pride Parade on Sunday morning, an iconic event renowned as one of the largest Pride Parades in the United States. With a vibrant procession down Hennepin Avenue, this annual extravaganza draws over 200,000 cheering supporters to champion LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility. Join us as we march forward, spreading joy, acceptance, and empowerment for all.

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MZ Summer Reading Challenge!

We are excited to continue that learning with you all this summer! Whether your summer will be spent at overnight camp, day camp, travelling or at home, we hope to make Jewish literacy a part of it through out MZ Summer Reading Challenge! Fill out squares and win prizes!

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Genocide and Ecocide

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Mount Zion is a co-sponsor of this event.


Hineni Summer Learning Series

Judaism in Partnership with Democracy

June 20 - 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!


Learn About the Transformative Power of Mussar

Tuesday, June 18, 7-8:15 pm via Zoom (register to receive link)

Curious to learn more about Mussar or seeking to return to this meaningful Jewish practice? Please join Julie Dean, the founder of Twin Cities Mussar, and Michael Kuhne, long-time Mussar practitioner and emerging Mussar facilitator, for this free online webinar information session.


This Shabbat

Friday, June 14

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, June 15

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

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Pride Shabbat!

Guest Speaker: Arion Wallen

Friday, June 21, 6:00 pm

Arion Wallen, who grew up at Mount Zion and has sung in our choirs and served as a madrich in our religious school, will be speaking about his experience at the Keshet Midwest Shabbaton for Pride Shabbat.


MZ Hosted a Naturalization Ceremony last Week!

On Wednesday, 5 June, through the organizing efforts of the Tzedek committee, Mount Zion hosted a naturalization ceremony. There were 102 people from 40 different countries who became U. S. citizens in a stirring ceremony, made possible in part by the efforts of 22 Mount Zion volunteers and many Mount Zion staff members. Over 300 people filled Margolis Hall. If you seek hope grounded in reality, attending a naturalization ceremony can certainly provide that. If you would like to be involved in hosting a naturalization ceremony at Mount Zion in 2025, please contact Michael Kuhne (michaelckuhne@gmail.com).

In the Community

- JCRC invites students, parents, and educators to What's your story? Listening session on Jewish experiences in education on Thursday, June 13, 7 - 8pm at the Barry Family Campus. This listening session, with U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, is to share how the October 7 terror attacks and the Israel-Hamas war have impacted K-12 and higher educational spaces. Details. Whether or not you plan to attend the listening session, JCRC invites you to complete this anonymous survey to help guide JCRC's ongoing education, advocacy, and relationship-building work to combat antisemitism and create communities where Jews experience safety and belonging over isolation and fear.

- 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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