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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:

A Note about Temple Har Zion Virtual Programming

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

  • From an email message from Temple Har ZionTo join a program from a Temple Har Zion email, please click the "click to join" link or click on the program's 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.

The Musical Shabbat for January (January 21)  has been canceled.

Tikkun HaNefesh - Healing the Soul Tuesday, January 25, at 7:30 pm    Virtual only

click here to register (or on the flyer above)

 

The Torah contains many examples of Jews struggling with substance use and mental health problems, yet there are many in our community who continue to deny we experience these problems.  Tikkun HaNefesh helps to thread together the Jewish experience of mental health challenges with facts about the impact of mental illness and substance misuse on individuals and communities. We all want our communities to be welcoming, yet we inadvertently send messages that fall short of inclusivity. 

This program will offer participants ways their own community can compassionately engage individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance misuse.

Nina J. Henry, LCPC, CADC is an Addiction Specialist and Mental Health Educator at JCFS Chicago. She has been active in the substance use and mental health fields for more than 30 years.

The Community of Congregations Reflects on a Time of Global Pandemic and Human Rights Movement

 Monday, January 31, 7 PM; Virtual only.
Meeting ID 869 9807 1150; password 292300)

To join this meeting on Zoom please click here.

Blood Drive at Temple Har Zion, Sunday, February 20, 9 AM–2 PM; reservations are required.

To make an appointment to give blood  go to:https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

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.)

With a few exceptions (mistakes!), all previous sessions have been recorded and are on YouTube, in a single playlist.

✡︎ The Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer, with Rabbi Glick, The Solomon Family Rabbinic Chair

One Sunday morning a month, 11 AM–12 Noon AM,
In person in the Har Zion Youth Lounge and Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

✡︎ Experiencing Prayer Through Music, with Cantor Figa, The Goldstine Family Cantorial Chair

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, 11 AM–12 Noon AM,
In person in the Har Zion Youth Lounge (Covid permitting) 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, The (Anonymous Donor Family) Director of Education

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

Upcoming Adult Education Classes

Upcoming classes are listed below. Click on their names to go to their event page, which includes, at the bottom, a Zoom link to the class. (All Zoom links use the standard Har Zion Zoom password; contact the office–during their open hours–if you need it.)

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  23 , 2022
     
     
    Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer w/ Rabbi Glick +

    Sunday, Jan 23rd 11:00a to 12:00p
    Big Ideas of Jewish Prayer, w/ Rabbi Glick Youth Lounge and Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

    MORE INFO

  • Monday ,
    JanJanuary  24 , 2022
     
     
    Monday Evening Learning with Temple Har Zion Education Director David Schwartz

    Monday, Jan 24th 8:00p to 9:00p
    The current Monday Evening Learning topics include a rotation of Pirkei Avot, Holidays, Stories, and Prayers. (The last being once a month, as part of Delve into Prayers.)

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    JanJanuary  27 , 2022
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Jan 27th 10:00a to 11:00a
    Virtual only; Zoom ID# 990 415 095 with the usual Har Zion Zoom password. 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 ,
    JanJanuary  30 , 2022
     
     
    Hebrew 2.0 Understanding Prayerbook Hebrew

    Sunday, Jan 30th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Understanding the Words in Prayer, with Hebrew editor and Har Zion member Courtenay Harris-Black Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  30 , 2022
     
     
    Experiencing Prayer Through Music / Cantor Figa

    Sunday, Jan 30th 3:30p to 4:30p
    Experiencing Prayer Through Music with Temple Har Zion Goldstine Cantorial Chair Cantor Stewart Figa

    MORE INFO

  • Monday ,
    JanJanuary  31 , 2022
     
     
    Monday Evening Learning with Temple Har Zion Education Director David Schwartz

    Monday, Jan 31st 8:00p to 9:00p
    The current Monday Evening Learning topics include a rotation of Pirkei Avot, Holidays, Stories, and Prayers. (The last being once a month, as part of Delve into Prayers.)

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  3 , 2022
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Feb 3rd 10:00a to 11:00a
    Virtual only; Zoom ID# 990 415 095 with the usual Har Zion Zoom password. 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 ,
    FebFebruary  6 , 2022
     
     
    Hebrew 2.0 Understanding Prayerbook Hebrew

    Sunday, Feb 6th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Understanding the Words in Prayer, with Hebrew editor and Har Zion member Courtenay Harris-Black Zoom ID# 823 6482 1008

    MORE INFO

  • Monday ,
    FebFebruary  7 , 2022
     
     
    Personally Connecting with Prayers / David Schwartz +

    Monday, Feb 7th 8:00p to 9:00p
    Virtual only; Zoom ID# 9245 552 6669, usual Har Zion password

    MORE INFO

  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  10 , 2022
     
     
    Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Glick

    Thursday, Feb 10th 10:00a to 11:00a
    Virtual only; Zoom ID# 990 415 095 with the usual Har Zion Zoom password. 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

See the full calendar for more.

Registration is not required for the following  upcoming  programs

Regularly Scheduled Programming with Rabbi Adir Glick

Thursday Morning with Rabbi Glick:
Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 

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

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.


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Monday Evening Learning with Temple Har Zion Education Director  David Schwartz

Monday Evening Learning with David Schwartz

Monday Evenings, 8–9 PM; Zoom ID# 990 415 095
(Usual Har Zion Zoom Password)

David's current topics are a rotation that includes Pirkei Avot,
Holidays, Stories, and Prayers.

Other Upcoming Events 

 ​​​​​  STAR Seniors & Retirees: 

      Gathering to Learn & Connect    

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

Videos that might be interesting ...

 


On the Tapestries in the  Temple Lobby

 

 

Hear artist Berit Engen explain the newest addition to the Temple Har Zion collection of Jewish art, her series of ten tapestries “Mount Sinai on Route 43."

These ten tapestries, which enrich Temple Har Zion's entrance hall, tell the story of the Israelites receiving and accepting the covenant after their exodus from Egypt and crossing the Red Sea, focusing on the theme of Revelation.

For more, visit: https://www.wsthz.org/tapestries

Dedication of  our New Sefer Torah!

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 for the dedication could not have been better; the crowd could not have been happier! 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!

Zoom ID# 9245 552 6669
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, on the Friday evenings with Musical Shabbat 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, Musical Shabbats, and holiday services on YouTube on and Facebook.

Calls to Action

Now is your opportunity
to help refugees coming to the U.S. from Afghanistan!

FROM THE SOCIAL ACTION & ADAMAH/ GREEN COMMITTEES

SOUP AND SOCKS!


Let's keep Austin warm this winter through a donation to the Austin Peoples Action Center. 


Pair up warm clothing with warm food!
Bring 
wool or thermal socksscarveshats,  gloveshand/feet warmersearmuffs  and the like paired with  canned soupshot cocoa, and   teas. 
 

Bring to second bin at the side door of Temple's chapel entrance. 
-- Collecting until MLK Day, January  17th --



 

RECYCLE BEYOND THE BAG!

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.

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.

SCHEDULE OF HAR ZION'S UPCOMING  PROGRAMMING


Join the upcoming virtual services/learning/gathering sessions at Temple Har Zion.

 

→We welcome both members and all others who are interested to join us.
If you do not have the password,
please email the office or call 708.366.9000.

MEMBERS: All Temple Har Zion virtual programming is password protected so use the emails that the temple sends to you to directly "click to join."  Use the Friday eblasts, or other emails we have sent you to join programs by directly clicking into Zoom.

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

Miss our live programming on Zoom? Recordings of many services and programs are available on Facebook or YouTube!

 

Services:

Join livestreams of all of our services on Zoom (the links are below; ask the temple office if you need the password). Our Saturday morning services are also livestreamed and saved on Facebook (for a limited time) and on YouTube (no password necessary).



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




 

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782