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Growing up, I was taught that we fast on Yom Kippur in order to set aside our physical needs and focus fully on our souls. It was a day for personal reflection—to critically assess your actions from the last year, repent for the missteps, and commit to being better in the upcoming year. I heard stories of people making amends with estranged family members and apologizing to a friend for a thoughtless joke. It was a solemn day of contemplation and prayer that would strengthen your connection with God.
During Tu BiShvat, we focus our attention towards the environment and environmental issues.
A new and successful program to educate congregants about diverse disaster relief initiatives and to raise funds to support people in need throughout the world.
During the High Holy Days and following month, congregation collects packages of underwear to distribute to local homeless community.
Social Action calendar was created to allow congregants to choose activities that fit in their schedule.
Congregation creates a year of programs and opportunities to reflect on and perform tzedakah. Community Contact Information: Mt. Zion Temple St. Paul, MN www.mzion.org Goals: Support and sustain congregational involvement in social justice issues.
The Temple opened its High Holiday services to people with hearing difficulties.