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Welcome to the High Holy Days at Temple Har Zion


We are open! This year, as we continue working to create a meaningful High Holy Day experience that will inspire and bring meaning to our sacred community that is mindful of health and safety, we will offer services both in-person and online. 

In-person services will offer programming for all ages, and all of the main High Holy Day services will also be streamed. Families with children and youth services will be in a tent outdoors and socially distanced.

Interfaith families are welcome! 

Did you miss a service? There are links to recordings of previous services below.

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Celebrate Simchat Torah!

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band is coming  to help us celebrate Simchat Torah, as we honor our   torahs and finish the yearly cycle of Torah  readings and begin the next.

Simchat Torah 2021/5782 at Temple Har Zion begins a celebration on the evening of Tuesday, September 28, and continues with a service on Wednesday morning, September 29. 

Registration is required for in-person attendance to the Tuesday night celebration; click here or on the flyer.

Both services will also be streamed:

Shanah Tovah!


We cannot all get together in person again this year, but we can still greet one another through the wonder of modern cell phones or Zoom, with Shanah Tovah videos. Below they are the ones we've received so far. Note: Some of these were received too late to be used in the Rosh Hashanah services, but there are more High Holy Days services to come. And they are here; click below! Thanks to everyone participate!

Shanah Tovah from the Har Zion community!

 

Note: Some of the videos were received too late to be used in the Rosh Hashanah services, but there are more High Holy Days services to come. So keep on submitting them!

 

Join Us for the High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2021/5782 are upon us. Temple Har Zion welcomes everyone, member or not, to join our High Holy Days services virtually—on Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube.

We have state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment including two PTZ cameras and a new sound system, and we are including virtual content in our High Holy Day services that will make them even more inspiring for our online participants.

Please register to receive a link to our join services on Zoom, and, if you wish, a link to the PDF of the High Holy Days prayerbook: Register here.
An $18 donation per service per person, per service, is suggested.

All are welcome!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1.    Can I attend in person?
  2.    How do I stream services and programs from home?
  3.    Are there programs for my children?
  4.    How do I get tickets to the main services? 
  5.    What is the schedule of services and programs?
  6.    How do I include my loved one in the Book of Remembrance?
  7.    How can I sign up for an honor or to serve as an usher?
  8.    How can I order lulav and etrog?
  9.    How can I make a donation to Har Zion or enter my annual Yom Kippur Appeal contribution?
  10.  Whom should I contact if I have questions or need assistance?
  11. Where do I go to...

 

1. Can I attend in person?

Yes!

We hope we have enough room that all members who want to attend the Temple Har Zion High Holy Day services in person will be able to do so. The details are still being worked out, and, of course, what actually happens depends on the status of Covid restrictions in effect in Illinois at the time of the services. Everyone will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

Har Zion members: To attend services, either in-person, or virtually, or a combination of the two, please click here; this will allow us to know and plan for your attendance, particularly in our sanctuary. We have assigned seating for in-person attendance in the sanctuary that was reserved before Rosh Hashana but if you write or call the office there is a good likelihood that we can fit you in.  We are requiring a submitted registration so that we know who/how many adults and children are planning to attend services. 

Please, only one person per group should fill out the form, so that we can accurately plan for individuals in your group.

Members, please fill out the High Holy Day Attendance form for you and your family by Monday, August 30.

2. How do I stream services and programs from home?
 

The remainder of the 5782/2021 High Holy Days services will be in the same ways that  Temple Har Zion Saturday Shabbat services are streamed,, including using the Saturday morning Zoom link:

• On Zoom, with the Saturday morning Zoom ID and the usual Har Zion Zoom password: https://zoom.us/j/242651284
(Har Zion members can use the Zoom links in the Har Zion announcement email messages.)

• On Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSTHZ/ 

• On YouTube: bit.ly/HarZionYouTube

3. Are there programs for children?
 

Yes. Camp Shana Tovah has services and programs for Families with Young Children and for school-aged children up through grade 7.  All Camp Shana Tovah services and programs are being held outdoors and will not be streamed. 

Registration is required to attend any/all Camp Shana Tovah, Families with Young Children or Youth Services. For a list of services and to register your children, go here.  

There is a printable flyer of these services below.

4. How do I get tickets to the main services?

 

Tickets are not required for the rest of the 5782/2021  High Holy Day services.
 

5. What is the schedule of High Holy Day services and programs?


Printable Flyer: Click here
Written Schedule: Click here

6. How do I include my loved one in the Book of Remembrance?

Yizkor is a time we remember and honor our departed loved ones. Traditionally we make a donation in their memory, “Ehtain Tzedakah bah-ah-dah...I will donate charity in her or his sake.” If you would like to include the name(s) of your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance, please complete the information here, or contact the office at office@wsthz.org or 708-366-9000. The requested minimum donation is $20 per name. Thank you!

The format of in the Book of Remembrance has been revised this year. We are now providing an opportunity to honor your loved ones in a listing directly connecting you your remembered names. See Book of Remembrance below.

7. How can I sign up for an honor at a High Holy Day service or to serve as an usher?

Honors and Readings: The High Holy Days are always more meaningful when our community actively participates in the service, whether in person or on Zoom. Sign up online here by August 30th.

See In-Person and Remote Honors, Aliyot, and Readings below for more information.

Ushers: We also need and appreciate in-person volunteers to serve as ushers. Shifts last 90 minutes. Please sign up online here or call or email the temple office (708.366.9000 or office@wsthz.org).

8. How can I order lulav and etrog?

It is a mitzvah to acquire and use the beautiful ritual items of lulav (palm branch with myrtle and willow) and etrog (citron) during Sukkot. Order yours today! Deadline August 25th. Order here.

9. How can I make a donation to Temple Har Zion or enter my annual Yom Kippur Appeal contribution?
Call or email the temple office (708.366.9000 or office@wsthz.org) or donate here. (Note that you should be logged into your Temple Har Zion account when you donate.)

10. Whom should I contact if I have other questions or need assistance?
Please be in touch with the office for logistical and administrative questions related to the holidays and participating either in person or online, and Rabbi Glick for religious questions.

If you are having a problem submitting a form please note that if there is a red asterisk on the form you must provide a response to the question.

11. Where do I go to...?
All of the links you need are above, but we've collected them together on one page, for your convenience: Click here.

 

Shanah Tovah U'Metukah!

5782/2021 High Holy Days Schedule

All adult High Holy Day services and programs will be in person and also streamed on YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom. (Exception: Tashlich, which is in-person only.)

All Camp Shana Tovah services and programs, for Families with Young Children (aged 1-7) and for school-aged children up through 7th grade, are in-person only, outdoors, and will not be streamed.

Attending Adult Services in Person:

We hope that all members who wish to attend the High Holy Days services in person will be able to. As last year, the bimah will be pushed back to the Gottlieb Hall stage to provide safe seating. Masks will be required for everyone, at all times.

There will be assigned seating; use this form to request seating for you and your family and let us know who/how many adults and children are planning to attend. 

High Holy Day Seating form: Click here.

(Please, only one person per group fill out the form, which will allow you to tell us how many individuals are in your group.)

Please fill out the High Holy Day Seating form for you and/or your family by Monday, August 30.

Attending Adult Services Online: 

Everyone, including non-members, are welcome to attend our High Holy Day services virtually. No password is necessary to attend on Facebook or YouTube. 

Members: There is a special holiday Zoom password; contact the office if you need it. (Make sure you have it before the holidays start, or you'll need to attend on Facebook or YouTube.)

Attending Camp Shana Tovah for Children from Age 1 through 7th Grade:

Camp Shana Tovah has services and programs for Families with Young Children and for school-aged children up through grade 7. All Camp Shana Tovah services and programs are being held outdoors and will not be streamed. Registration is required to attend any/all Families with Young Children or Youth Services (links below).

Click on the  service time and name for links to recording of the past High Holy Day 5782/2021 services. 

Selichot

Saturday, August 28: 

8:30 PM Dessert & Schmooze on the Terrace 
9 PM Musical Service
Click above for a link to the recording of the Selichot service.
Click 
here for a PDF of the Selichot booklet.

 

Rosh Hashanah  

Canceled due to weather -- Learning for Families with Young Children

Sunday, August 29, 10:30 AM–12 Noon Rosh Hashanah Workshop for Families with Young Children, in person, outside 

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 6, 6 PM Evening Service

Click above for a link to the recording of the service.

 

Rosh Hashanah First Day

Tuesday, September 7

8:45 AM Main Service
Click above for a link to the recording of the main service.
9:30 AM Service for Families with Young Children
10:45 AM Youth Service (Registration required; click here.

 

Rosh Hashanah Second Day

Wednesday, September 8

8:45 AM Main Service
Click above for a link to the recording of the main service.
10:45 AM Youth Service 
2:30 PM Tashlich at Thatcher Pond in Thatcher Woods;
In-Person Only

 

Yom Kippur  

Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 15, 7 PM Service
 

Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16

8:45 AM Shacharit
9:30 AM Service for Families with Young Children (Registration required; click here.)
10:45 AM Youth Service (Registration required; click here.)
12:15 PM (approximately) Yizkor
4:15 PM Q & A with Rabbi Glick
4:45 PM Mincha & Neilah

 

Sukkot  

On Zoom:http://zoom.us/j/242651284 with the standard temple password
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WSTHZ/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TempleHarZion

Tuesday, September 21

10 AM Main Service – In Person and Virtual 
(Registration is not required.)
10:30 AM Service for Families with Young Children  (Registration required; click here.)

Wednesday, September 22, 10 AM Service – Virtual only(Registration is not required.)

 

Shemini Atzeret

Tuesday, September 28; 10 AM Service

 

Simchat Torah 

Tuesday, September 28; 6:30 PM Service

Wednesday, September 29; 10 AM Service

And a special celebration!

Join us as we bring a new Sefer Torah into our Community!

Sunday, September 26, at 10:30 AM  

So we know how many people to plan for, in particular for the brunch, please sign up here.

Dear Friends,

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Temple Har Zion—with the incredible generosity of the Geldner family—is acquiring a new Sefer Torah, a Torah scroll that will replace an older unkosher scroll. Bringing a new Torah scroll into a community is one of the most joyous—and rare—events in the life of a synagogue. Torah is life. Bringing in a new Torah is welcoming new life into our sanctuary and congregation.

Please join us on Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 AM, during Sukkot Chol Ha’Moed, as we dance and parade around our block with our neighbors and friends, accompanied by music and our new Torah, witness the writing of the final letters in the scroll, and bring it into our ark, followed by a festive brunch in our outdoor tent. This is a once-in-a-generation simcha for our synagogue that should not be missed. Please mark your calendars and sign up here.

We look forward to celebrating with all of you,

Rabbi Adir Glick
Juli Geldner, President
Michael Zmora and the Hachnasat Sefer Torah Committee

Printable High Holdy Days Schedule of Services Printable HHD calendar

Printable High Holy Days Schedule of Services for Families with Young Children and for School-aged Children to
Grade 7

Book of Remembrance

Yizkor is a time we remember and honor our departed loved ones. Traditionally we make a donation in their memory, “Ehtain Tzedakah bah-ah-dah...I will donate charity in her or his sake.”

This year we added a new section where members were able to request tributes to specific loved ones. After that section, the names of all the loved ones who have have been memorialized with a plaque at Temple Har Zion are listed. A list of the this year’s new plaque tributes is in the front. If you would like information about dedicating a memorial plaque please let us know (office@wsthz.org).


If you are able to help underwrite the cost of producing the Book of Remembrance, please consider an increased donation. 

Tashlich

The Temple Har Zion Tashlich (Rosh Hashanah, September 7, 2:30 PM), as usual, is being held by Thatcher Pond in Thatcher Woods. We are unable to stream from there. It is a large outdoor area with convenient parking; we hope to see you there. But if you cannot make it, here is how to make a Tashlich on your own.  

Temple Har Zion High Holy Day Calendar

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

Tue, December 7 2021 3 Tevet 5782