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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.

Temple Har Zion invites you to join our year-long dive into the experience of living prayer.

 

Prayer can add meaning to your life; it can connect you to God, others, and yourself. Yet at the same time, prayer can be confusing. At Temple Har Zion we want to demystify prayer. To begin to do this, our major Jewish Journeys program for 5782 (October 2021–June 2022), Delve into Prayer, offers four doorways into prayer—four program series on Prayer in Judaism, each meeting once or twice a month.

These four courses are being taught by Temple Har Zion's Rabbi Glick, Cantor Figa, Education Director David Schwartz,  and Hebrew educator and Har Zion member, Courtenay Harris-Black.

The four areas of study are the following; click on their titles for dates and topics. 

(All Zoom links use the standard Har Zion Zoom password; contact the office–during their open hours–if you need it.)

✡︎ The Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer, with Rabbi Glick

One Sunday morning a month, 10:30–11:30 AM,
In person in the Har Zion Youth Lounge and Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

✡︎ How to Participate in Prayer, with Cantor Figa

One Sunday afternoon a month, 3:30 PM,
Virtual only,  Zoom ID# 840 6204 8076

✡︎ Understanding the Words in Prayer, with Courtenay Harris-Black

Two Sunday mornings a month, 10:30–11:30 AM,
In person in the Har Zion Youth Lounge and Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

The prerequisite for this program is the ability to read Hebrew–no understanding of what the words mean is required–and we ask that you to commit to attending all of the remaining classes and buy the book Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way by Joseph Anderson.

✡︎ Personally Connecting with Prayers, with David Schwartz

One Monday evening a month, 8–9 PM,
Virtual only, Zoom ID# 9245 552 6669

Upcoming in Prayer and Religious Learning

Dates, times, order, and subjects of these programs may change over the course of the year. Please check this website or regularly attend classes to stay abreast of adjustments.

Is the title of the class you're interested in followed by a "+" ? Click on the title to see the topic of that session (in the list of topics by date). (The other classes are ongoing.)

All Events
  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  21 , 2021
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Oct 21st 10:00a to 11:00a
    We will delve into one of the most profound books of the Bible that - according to tradition - shares King Solomon’s wisdom at the end of his life. It begins with the words, “Utter Futility, All is Futile," speaks of the rhythms of life (“A season is set for everything…”), and finally reveals where purpose is to be found. We will closely analyze the text and discuss its meaning in our lives. All are welcome.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  24 , 2021
     
     
    Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer w/ Rabbi Glick +

    Sunday, Oct 24th 11:00a to 12:00p

    MORE INFO

  • Monday ,
    OctOctober  25 , 2021
     
     
    Personally Connecting with Prayers / David Schwartz +

    Monday, Oct 25th 8:00p to 9:00p
    Virtual only; Zoom ID # 940 4734 9261, usual Har Zion password

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  28 , 2021
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Oct 28th 10:00a to 11:00a
    We will delve into one of the most profound books of the Bible that - according to tradition - shares King Solomon’s wisdom at the end of his life. It begins with the words, “Utter Futility, All is Futile," speaks of the rhythms of life (“A season is set for everything…”), and finally reveals where purpose is to be found. We will closely analyze the text and discuss its meaning in our lives. All are welcome.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  31 , 2021
     
     
    How to Participate in Jewish Prayer / Cantor Figa +

    Sunday, Oct 31st 3:30p to 4:30p
    With Cantor Figa; Virtual only; Zoom ID # 840 6204 8076

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    NovNovember  4 , 2021
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Nov 4th 10:00a to 11:00a
    We will delve into one of the most profound books of the Bible that - according to tradition - shares King Solomon’s wisdom at the end of his life. It begins with the words, “Utter Futility, All is Futile," speaks of the rhythms of life (“A season is set for everything…”), and finally reveals where purpose is to be found. We will closely analyze the text and discuss its meaning in our lives. All are welcome.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    NovNovember  7 , 2021
     
     
    Hebrew 2.0 Understanding Prayerbook Hebrew

    Sunday, Nov 7th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Understanding the Words in Prayer, with Hebrew editor and Har Zion member Courtenay Harris-Black Youth Lounge and Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    NovNovember  11 , 2021
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Nov 11th 10:00a to 11:00a
    We will delve into one of the most profound books of the Bible that - according to tradition - shares King Solomon’s wisdom at the end of his life. It begins with the words, “Utter Futility, All is Futile," speaks of the rhythms of life (“A season is set for everything…”), and finally reveals where purpose is to be found. We will closely analyze the text and discuss its meaning in our lives. All are welcome.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    NovNovember  14 , 2021
     
     
    Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer w/ Rabbi Glick +

    Sunday, Nov 14th 11:00a to 12:00p

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    NovNovember  18 , 2021
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Nov 18th 12:00a to 11:00a
    We will delve into one of the most profound books of the Bible that - according to tradition - shares King Solomon’s wisdom at the end of his life. It begins with the words, “Utter Futility, All is Futile," speaks of the rhythms of life (“A season is set for everything…”), and finally reveals where purpose is to be found. We will closely analyze the text and discuss its meaning in our lives. All are welcome.

    MORE INFO



Thursday Morning with Rabbi Glick:
Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 

Thursdays, 10 AM; Zoom ID# 990 415 095
(Usual Har Zion Zoom Password)

What else is coming up? (Scroll down to read the details)!

All Events

 

Red Cross Blood Drive, October 24

Red Cross Blood Drive

Visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment.
(This link to goes directly to the Red Cross's Har Zion signup page.)

The Har Zion drive is full now, but check out RedCrossBlood.org for additional opportunities to give blood. The need is exceptional.

Wife and husband team Rabbi Rabbi Naamah Kelman an Israeli Reform leader and Professor Elan Ezrachi University of Haifa and founding CEO of Masa-Israel Journey discuss changes in how Israeli and American Jews views of each other have progressed and about the evolution of Judaism in Israel. Two equivalent sessions Tuesday October 26 1030 AM Wednesday October 27 730 PM. Register for the one that is most convenient for you. Sponsored by Temple Har Zion in coordination with many other local synagogues.

Live from Israel

Wife and husband team Rabbi Rabbi Naamah Kelman (HUR-JIC and an Israeli Reform leader) and Professor Elan Ezrachi (University of Haifa and founding CEO of Masa-Israel Journey) discuss changes in how Israeli and American Jews' views of each other have changed, and about the evolution of Judaism in Israel. 

Two equivalent sessions:

✡︎ Tuesday, October 26, 10:30 AM

✡︎ Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 PM

Register for the one that is most convenient for you.

Sponsored by Temple Har Zion in coordination with many other local synagogues. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK

Registration is required.

from our community via the Adamah Committee

please note this   rescheduled event!

Austin People's Action Center Native Garden and Plastic Bag Bench Dedication 

October 24, 4 PM 

in-person at 302 N. Parkside, Chicago 

and streaming at http://bit.ly/HarZionGarden with the passcode APAC2021.

We did it!!! Please join us to hear about the phenomenal collaboration that occurred in gardening, plastic bag collecting, and general support for these great projects.

Note that masks and social distancing are required for the in-person event.

Our next Musical Shabbat is Friday, November 26, at 6:30 PM. Join us in person or streaming; for details, click here.

Hachnagat  Sefer Torah  Celebration!
The Dedication of our new Sefer Torah

A wonderful community event!

Sunday, September 26, at 10:30 AM  

Thanks to the generosity of the Geldner family, the Har Zion community has a new Sefer Torah to replace an older non-kosher one. The weather could not have been better! Check out the recording to (re)enjoy the occasion!

Enjoy this live recording of the festivities!

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.
 

Monday Evening Learning:

Join us for a thoughtful discussion every Monday at 8 PM!  Topics include Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Ancestors), Jewish stories and their relevance to us, connecting with specific prayers, and more!  Led by Har Zion Director of Education, David Schwartz, we look forward to seeing you!

October 11: What meaning can be derived from keeping kosher?  Why is Kashrut even a thing?  Join us this Monday at 8 PM as we explore these questions and more!

Zoom Meeting ID#: 955230085
Usual Har Zion password

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!

Join our Services:
Online and In Person!


Temple Har Zion observes Shabbat with Friday night and Saturday morning services and has a Daily Minyan on weekdays and Sunday. All of these services are available online, streamed live.

Limited in-person worship at the temple is also offered for Saturday morning services and on selected holidays. The actual requirements and procedures are in flux as Covid pandemic changes; see In Person Attendance on Shabbat Morning for more information on the current requirements/procedure.

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 hit 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.

 ​​​​​  STAR Seniors & Retirees: 

      Gathering to Learn & Connect    

Thursdays, 1- 3 PM
for virtual meeting info please contact the office

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 fifth(!) 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.

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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.




 

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



Address and Building Hours
Temple Har Zion
1040 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 2 PM

To protect our preschool students—who cannot be vaccinated—we have strict protocols for entering the temple building on weekdays. These protocols are changing as the state of the Covid pandemic is changing.

We ask you to call or email the office before you come to the building, just to make sure what the current protocols are (including whether you can come in at all).

Temple Har Zion must continue to enforce extra cautious Covid restrictions in the temple building to protect our preschool children. (For the preschool, we must strictly follow DCFS protocols.)
  
office@wsthz.org
708.366.9000 Phone
708.366.9006 Fax 

Office staff is available by phone and email.
Non-preschool office hours are Mon - Thurs 9 AM - 5 PM (Fri til 2 PM)

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

Rabbi Glick at 310.227.9954  
Cantor Figa at 312.335.1768    
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




 

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