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B'ruchim Ha'baim - Welcome

Come experience Temple Har Zion’s vibrant Jewish community serving the Western suburbs and the West side of Chicago. Join our diverse and dynamic community as we imbue our lives with Jewish wisdom, prayer, learning, social action and the celebration of Jewish life together.  No matter where you are in your journey, we welcome individuals, families/interfaith families, and seekers to nourish your spiritual life with us. Explore and celebrate the joys of Jewish life:

  • Explore our site and Zoom-in for a program or service. We are beginning to introduce limited in person seating in the sanctuary on Shabbat mornings, by confirmed reservation. 

  • Have any questions? Please feel free to reach out at 708-366-9000 or email us at office@wsthz.org.

  • Have (virtual) coffee with our Rabbi or Executive Director, or check out the Rabbi's letters and blog.

  • Temple Har Zion is welcoming to interfaith families! Our community is at the forefront of the Conservative movement in this area. Please take a look at our feature in Tablet magazine.

  • Click here to check out our music videos from our Friday night Mizmor L'David Davening Team.

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Join our Services  

Temple Har Zion observes Shabbat with Friday night and Saturday morning services and has a Daily Minyan on weekdays and Sunday. Please see the sidebar for times and links to download the Siddur.

Did you miss the Saturday service? There are recordings of Har Zion Saturday and holiday services on YouTube on and Facebook.

Save the date(s)... upcoming events!

We welcome Har Zion members and all others interested to participation in our virtual programming but all of our events are password protected.

  • To join a program from a Temple Har Zion email, please click the "click to join" link or click on the program flyer; these will automatically enter our password for you. 
     

  • If you would like to join using the Zoom ID#, Zoom will ask you to enter our password. Do you need the password? Email office@wsthz.org or call 708.366.9000 for help.
     

  • Unsure how to use Zoom? Click here for a tutorial. 
     

  • Miss any of our live programming? There are recordings of many on YouTube on and Facebook.

Special Programs/Learning 

On Sunday, May 16 at 10:30 AM join us to share your thoughts and reactions to McCann’s powerful novel, Apeirogon, with real-life stories of two fathers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, each grieving the violent loss of a daughter and working to use that grief as a bridge to peace. Zoom #89144885896

shavuot begins this sunday at 7 pm (5/16); services continue monday  (5/17) & tuesday (5/18) at 10 am

for families with young children  -

3 Thursdays   in June - June 3, 10 & 17 from 4-5 PM

Join Cantor Figa as he leads a deep dive into Yiddish song, exploring the classics of various Yiddish musical repertoires. Audio samples of the great performers of yesteryear, up to the current stars of the booming international Yiddish scene. Enjoy listening to songs in Yiddish that capture the passion, wisdom, and humor of our people! 

Cantor Figa will provide texts in Yiddish and English translation on screen, as well as commentary based on his lifelong experiences of performing, recording, and researching Yiddish music. 

LEARN A LITTLE YIDDISH! 
!לערן זיך א ביסל יידיש

-click on the flyer to register-

click on the above poster to email carolflank214@gmail.com

 

Temple Har Zion, OPT, the Secular Jewish Community & School are partnering with Interfaith Green Network and Clean Up Give Back to help you recycle your single-use plastic bags/film. Collect your bags and bring them to Har Zion.

Thank you for all your plastic!
We are on our third 500 lb. challenge!


Please be careful of the plastic you bring...

  • Don't bring in stiff plastic
    To test if it's acceptable, try stretching it with your fingers or ripping it - if it rips with a jagged edge it's okay.
  • Plastic must be CLEAN & DRY
  • Pull out cash receipts - they have a chemical that cannot be recycled.

STAR Seniors and Retirees Gathering to Learn and Connect

Thursdays, 1 — 3 PM; contact the Temple Har Zion office for Zoom connection information.

  • This Thursday, May 13
    Susan Stall, PhD,  Professor Emerita, Northeastern IL...will present her work on new exhibit "Everyday Activists in Austin and Oak Park"  and  her book "The Dignity of Resistance Women Residents 'Activism in Chicago Public Housing'".

Ongoing Programs/Learning

 

For more information on these programs, contact Temple Har Zion Director of Education David Schwartz, dschwartz@wsthz.org, or call the temple office at 708.366.9000.

Study with a Buddy:

We all have things that we know and things that we don't know.  Because of that, Temple Har Zion is rolling out a new Jewniversity program - Study with a Buddy!  This gives you the opportunity to grow your skills and/or share what you know with others. 

Visit the Jewish Journeys/Adult Education page and fill out the form to let us know what you could teach or what you'd like to learn. Or both!

Introduction to Judaism:

How Can Judaism Enhance Your Life?

There's still room for you to learn more about Judaism! 
Please join us for our overview of Judaism classes—whether you know a lot or a little, there's always more to learn about how Judaism can enhance your life.

Next class: Sunday, May 23

Registration Link: https://www.wsthz.org/form/Introtojudaism5781

Monday Evening Learning:

Come for a thoughtful, insightful discussion of Pirkei Avot–The Ethics of Our Fathers, with other topics mixed in a few times a month (see Jewniversary 2.0 below), with Har Zion Director of Education David Schwartz.

Zoom Meeting ID#: 9245 552 6669 
Usual Har Zion password

Jewniversity 2.0:

Replaces Monday Evening Learning (above) several times a month, often with additional programming other days/times during the month. The topics are relevant to the Jewniversity Topic of the Month. Please see Jewish Journeys for more information.

The Topic of the Month for May is Relationship with God

We traditionally say "Shir HaMa'alot" at the beginning of Birkat HaMazon on
See Monday Evening Jewniversity for additional dates.

Zoom Meeting ID#: 9245 552 6669 
Usual Har Zion password

Kabbalah:

Zoom Meeting ID: #895 1120 7434

Join Rabbi Glick for this monthly class. 




 

Guided Jewish Mediation with Rabbi Glick

Sundays at 9 AM

Zoom ID # 489 884 312

Every Sunday morning, we gather for a fully guided 30 minute meditation by Rabbi Glick based on Kabbalistic techniques. Find stillness, peace, inspiration, and connection for the week ahead. Suitable for beginners and advanced students.




 

Psalms with Rabbi Glick

Ongoing Thursdays at 10 AM

Zoom ID # 990 415 095

Join us this May. We will be studying the beautiful Shir Maalot, the Psalms of Ascent. For every Psalm we will also listen to a modern musical rendition from popular artists in Israel and the Jewish world, and hear how the ancient words continue to inspire us.

When we finish the series on the Psalms, we will continue with a several week session on the new waves of Jewish spiritual music in Israel and America. All are welcome.

this saturday

Musical Tot Shabbat for Families with Young Children
May 8, 9:30 AM.

Click here to register.

Tot Shabbat for Families with Young Children, May 1, 9:30 AM. Click to register.

With COVID increasing, the number of people needing a hand during these challenging times is also increasing!


Please let us know if you might be able to shop for folks needing help, or help with other member needs or requests.


 

Want to get involved with the Kulanu Committee? Click here to register your willingness to help out!

Need a hand? Currently there are various funds available for people in need as a result of the pandemic. Please call or click on the Kulanu hand flyer.

Covid Information 

Information and resources are constantly changing, being updated with spaces filling up and opening up continually.

Here are some places to start a search:
Click here to get information about receiving the vaccine in Cook County.

For the City of Chicago Covid and vaccine information https://covidcoach.chicago.gov/

Click here to get information about receiving the vaccine in DuPage County.



Info and Links



Building Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 2 PM
  
office@wsthz.org
708.366.9000 Phone
708.366.9006 Fax 

Office staff is available by phone and email.
Regular hours are 9 AM - 5 PM

In time of need please call the Temple Office. 
After hours, you may reach

Rabbi Glick at 310.227.9954  
Cantor Figa at 312.391.5299    
Voice messages may also be left on the Temple voicemail after hours.
 
Social Worker at Har Zion
Har Zion, with Jewish Child and Family Services, offer social services to community members.  
Contact Elizabeth Ury at ElizabethUry@jcfs.org
Elizabeth can be reached by phone at 847.745.5421

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) can help you plan a career path, tune you up for that important interview, revamp your resume, and teach you how to network successfully.
For information call JVS Career Moves at 855-463-6587 or visit their website




 

Sat, May 15 2021 4 Sivan 5781