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High Holy Days 5779 Information


The shofar is blasting, what do we hear? ‘Awake, awake you slumberers,’ says Maimonides.

Awake to a new year! Awake to Teshuvah – repentance! Awake to ingathering and community! Awake to Kedushah – holiness.

One of the teachings about Rosh Hashanah that always leaves a smile on my face is that if we take a nap on Rosh Hashanah day, we will have a sleepy year. I hope that is not true! But it does teach us that how we start our year helps define the months ahead.

Will we grow and succeed? Will we find new energy and life? Will this year be a kind one for our    families and for us?

At Temple Har Zion, we continue to work so that we are a home where you will always have a friend, a Jewish community uniquely diverse in its membership, and an inspiring catalyst for your serious spiritual and intellectual growth.

Last year, a congregant said to me, “There is something very real happening here.”

This High Holy Day season, we have another packed schedule. One highlight will be our second day Rosh Hashanah Spoken Word version of the Torah reading by congregant Adam Levin (son of Hillel and Mary Jo).

Enjoy another pre-High Holiday Selichot concert with the music of my great uncle Srul Irving Glick, led by Cantor Figa, a string quartet, and guest Cantorial soloist Jonathan Miller.

For Sukkot, call our sukkah building team, to put up a sukkah for you, helping you to fulfill your dream of having a sukkah and supporting the synagogue at the same time.

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – sing the melodies of yore and the new melodies that we have introduced in the past few years. From a beautiful past to a wonderful future.

Awake, awake, awake!

May you have a sweet and a good new year,

Rabbi Adir Glick



We Need You

High Holy Days Honors

The High Holy Days are always more meaningful when our community
actively participates in the service.
Please consider joining us on the bima. Sign up online here by
August 20th. 


Your help is needed and appreciated!
Shifts last 90 minutes. Call the temple
or sign up online here.


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. The minimum donation is $20 per name. Thank you!

Lulav & Etrog

It is a mitzvah to acquire and use these beautiful ritual items of  Lulav (palm branch with myrtle and willow) and Etrog (citron) during Sukkot. Bring them to shul all seven festival days as we shake and dance around the synagogue.  Order yours today! Deadline September 15th. Order here.

Do you want to build a Sukkah? This year we are offering to send sukkah consultants to help you build your own sukkah! Contact Stacey at

Ticket Information

High Holiday Tickets will be mailed after Labor Day.

Please bring your tickets to High Holiday services. 

Tickets will be issued for members and their children under the age of 27.  Members may purchase tickets for non-member relatives ages 27 and above for $125.00 per person.

Unaffiliated individuals may purchase tickets at a cost of $275.00 per adult.

Anyone who purchases a ticket and then joins the synagogue, will receive a credit toward the annual membership dues for the full amount paid for the ticket.

WSTHZ will provide complimentary tickets to the following:

  • Full time undergraduate or graduate students with a valid college I.D.
  • Military personnel on active duty with a military identification card.
  • Medical student physicians at any of the Chicago area teaching hospitals.

Arrangements for complimentary tickets MUST be made prior the High Holidays. 
Complimentary tickets will also be issued to persons who are members of synagogues who will be spending the holidays at WSTHZ.  Written confirmation of membership must be sent to WSTHZ from the home synagogue.  Arrangements for this should be made as far in advance as possible.

Downloadable Response Form
(for Honors, Ushers, Book of Remembrance, and Lulav & Etrog)

Sat, April 20 2019 15 Nisan 5779