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High Holy Days 5778 Information

L'Shana Tova!


Shofar blasts, honey, apples, the warmth of the ingathering of family and friends, the spirit of the    holiest time of year, the sweetness of community.


On Rosh Hashanah we wish each other a sweet year because sweetness  includes all of the blessing we hope for our loved ones: the sweetness of health, joy, and all good things. In Hebrew, sweet, matok, has the same gematria, numerical value, as maalot, going up, such as in the pilgrimages of yore to Jerusalem. Sweetness is our ticket to spiritual elevation.


This year, we hope your High Holy Day experience at Har Zion is especially sweet and elevated. From beginning our season with a beautiful contemplative  Selichot concert to dancing with our new Torah mantles and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Quartet on Simchat Torah, we are confident you will be inspired and uplifted. We welcome your friends and family to our Har Zion  family as we blow the Shofar to herald the New Year.  Please call the office:  708-366-9000 to order your discounted guest tickets.


With blessings for a Shana Tova u’Metukah,

a sweet and good year on behalf of the clergy and staff,

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 28th. 


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)

Sun, July 15 2018 3 Av 5778