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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

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

  • 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.

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 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.

Engen Tapestries Dedication: Celebration of Light & Art

Saturday, December 4, 2021 • 30 Kislev 5782, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


An in-person community gathering at Temple Har Zion: cocktail party, auction, music, appetizers, & desserts.

While registration is now closed please join us virtually, you can even participate in the Gala's auction through Zoom.
Use  Zoom ID #828 3517 7631 and then enter our password.


Registration is not required   for these  upcoming  programs

Join MAMELOSHN for a Yiddish KHANIKE!

Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 5 PM

A Community Family Gathering to hear and sing Yiddish Khanike Songs! TOGETHER we make it FREYLAkH!

In person at Oak Park Temple or join us online on Vimeo; masks are required for in person attendance.

Registration is required for either in person or streaming on Vimeo:
(Be sure to indicate the number of people attending.)

Inspired by MameLoshn Yiddish Song Group and Buzz Cafe
Sponsored by: Temple Har Zion, Oak Park Temple, and Secular Jewish Community & School


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, 11 AM–12 Noon 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, 11 AM–12 Noon 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

See the full calendar for more.

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.


Other Upcoming Events 

 ​​​​​  STAR Seniors & Retirees: 

      Gathering to Learn & Connect    

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

2021 Hanukkah Film Festival
November 28th - December 5th


and to earn $$ for the shul!



click here  for the website!
click here  for the trailer!

Videos that might be interesting ...


New Budapest Orpheum Society Kristallnacht  Memorial Concert

Cantor Figa’s group “The New Budapest Orpheum Society," ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago, recorded a live concert last year at Logan Arts Center, and it is being released tonight to coincide with the commemoration of Kristallnacht. The violent anti-Jewish demonstrations that broke out in Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia on November 9, 1938 are considered to be the prelude of the Holocaust.  

Beginning November 9, at 7:30 PM, the concert video will be available. Use this link for viewing. 

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,, 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 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.

Calls to Action

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

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

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.)
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
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, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782