Adir Glick, Rabbi
Rabbi Adir Glick began his tenure at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in August, 2015. Rabbi Glick was ordained in May, 2015 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. During ordination, he received the 2015 Jacob Pressman Award in Homiletics.
In addition to an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Glick holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, and a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec (2007). He has served as a rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Israel in Tustin, California, and a student rabbi at Judaica in Marseilles, France and Temple Emanu-El in Reno, Nevada.
A Jerusalem native, he grew up in the Old City and in the South of France, and has lived in England, Canada, and India.
Prior to entering rabbinical school, Adir worked as a journalist for the Jerusalem Post and the Jerusalem Report magazine under the mentorship of Yossi Klein Halevi. He started his university studies at Warwick University in England and finished at Concordia University, in Montreal. He also spent a year in Nepal working for the Israeli humanitarian organization, Tevel b’Tzedek.
He is especially interested in the spiritual and mystical dimensions of Judaism, teaches meditation to all ages, and has a passion for lively prayer. Prior to becoming a rabbi, he spent his summers at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia; where he was the Rosh Tefillah and Mashgiach Ruchani, head of prayer and spiritual advisor for the camp.
Rabbi Glick married Rachel Newman from Washington D.C in August 2015. Their family has recently grown with the birth of their beautiful daughter, Shalva Mei Menuchot.
Dr. Victor A. Mirelman, Rabbi Emeritus
Dr. Victor A. Mirelman has been rabbi of West Suburban Temple Har Zion since 1990. From 1975-1989 he was the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Milburn, New Jersey, at which time he was also Visiting Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. During 1970-74 he lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, concentrating his courses in the modern and contemporary history of the Jewish people.
A native of Argentina, Dr. Mirelman received an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires.
He was ordained as rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Columbia University.
He is an authority on Latin American Jewry, an area to which he devoted his doctoral dissertation and numerous articles in scholarly publications. Rabbi Mirelman also has a special interest, both personal and academic, in Sephardic Jewry. His most recent book, Jewish Buenos Aires, 1890 – 1930, was published by Wayne State University Press.
In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Jewish History at Spertus College in Chicago. In 2005 he was elected President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.
Stewart Figa, Cantor
Cantor Stewart Figa has served at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest Illinois since 1998 and has been a Cantor in the Chicago area since 1990.
As member of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Chicago based musical troupe dedicated to reviving European Jewish music from the first half of the 20th century, he has sung at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and at the Neue Gallerie in New York City.
In the 1980’s Mr. Figa performed for several seasons in Yiddish Theatre productions in New York City, having had the privilege of working with some of the legendary greats of the Yiddish stage. A recognized singer of the Yiddish repertoire, he appeared in a guest role singing on the CBS-TV Golden Globe Award-winning program Brooklyn Bridge, and has given concerts locally at the Harold Washington Library, the Spertus Institute, the Arts Club of Chicago, Anshe Emet, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, North Shore Congregation Israel, and has appeared as a soloist with the Halevi Choral Society. He has received Degrees from Northwestern University and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.
Carol Serber – Executive Director
Carol joined our administrative staff in June of 2005.
Carol graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communications. Her previous positions include temple administrator, director of human resource, commercial and television production work, office management, and Alzheimer’s patient caregiver.
You might say that temple work is in her genes: her father, Sol, is a retired rabbi, cantor and teacher. Her mother, Ruth, of blessed memory, a retired rebbetzin.
Marshall Kupchan – Koven Religious School Principal
Marshall Kupchan, Principal of the WSTHZ Koven Religious School, received a BA in Religion from Bard College and an MA in Jewish Education from Brandeis University. After serving as Head Teacher/School Administrator at Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen, NJ, he and Judy Mars were married. They then moved to Washington, DC, where Marshall served as Director of Education at Adas Israel Congregation, and Judy as the director of the BJE Teacher Center. Marshall also served as the founding co-director of the Jewish Primary Day School, a non-denominational, independent Jewish day school serving the DC area.
After a sabbatical year with the Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Kupchans moved to Chicago to assume positions at the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) of Metropolitan Chicago. Marshall then assumed the position of Director of Education at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette, and Judy serves as the CEO of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Studies. Marshall was recently awarded a Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa, by the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY.
Marshall and Judy, who live in Skokie, are parents to Noey and Becky. Noey, married to Shuli Miller and the father of Eloise Rose and Lucy Marlowe, lives in LA and works for LP Realty. Becky, married to Shie Berkman, grandson of Mainard Berkman, lives in Beer Sheva and works for Da’at Educational Expeditions in Tel Aviv.
Stacey Flint – Membership Outreach
Mrs. Flint received her BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Judaic Studies from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career working in nonprofit and civic organizations began when she was hired as the Policy Director for Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a role that allowed her to advocate for housing reform, criminal justice, and Jewish/African-American dialogue. She then went on to build a solid career in nonprofit real estate development in Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods. Stacey is currently a candidate for MA in Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Stacey writes on the intersection of Black and Jewish experiences, consults on Urban Development, Jewish professional development, leadership and multi cultural training.
Ann Luban – Social Worker
During the summer, Ann Luban, the Synagogue Community Partnership Coordinator and SCP Liaison will respond to questions, provide guidance, and offer needed services. Please feel free to be in contact with Ann; she can be reached at 847-745-5420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.