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Adir Glick, Rabbi

Rabbi Adir Glick began his tenure at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in August, 2015.  Rabbi Glick was ordained in May, 2015 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. During ordination, he received the 2015 Jacob Pressman Award in Homiletics.

In addition to an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Glick holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, and a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec (2007).  He has served as a rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Israel in Tustin, California, and a student rabbi at Judaica in Marseilles, France and Temple Emanu-El in Reno, Nevada.

A Jerusalem native, he grew up in the Old City and in the South of France, and has lived in England, Canada, and India.

Prior to entering rabbinical school, Adir worked as a journalist for the Jerusalem Post and the Jerusalem Report magazine under the mentorship of Yossi Klein Halevi.  He started his university studies at Warwick University in England and finished at Concordia University, in Montreal.   He also spent a year in Nepal working for the Israeli humanitarian organization, Tevel b’Tzedek.

He is especially interested in the spiritual and mystical dimensions of Judaism, teaches meditation to all ages, and has a passion for lively prayer. Prior to becoming a rabbi, he spent his summers at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia; where he was the Rosh Tefillah and Mashgiach Ruchani, head of prayer and spiritual advisor for the camp.

Rabbi Glick married Rachel Newman from Washington D.C in August 2015. Their family has recently grown with the birth of their beautiful daughter, Shalva Mei Menuchot in 2016, and their sweet son, Adiv Oz in 2018.

Rabbi Glick can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by e-mail at rabbiglick@wsthz.org.

Dr. Victor A. Mirelman, Rabbi Emeritus

Dr. Victor A. Mirelman has been rabbi of West Suburban Temple Har Zion since 1990. From 1975-1989 he was the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Milburn, New Jersey, at which time he was also Visiting Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. During 1970-74 he lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, concentrating his courses in the modern and contemporary history of the Jewish people.

A native of Argentina, Dr. Mirelman received an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires.

He was ordained as rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Columbia University.

He is an authority on Latin American Jewry, an area to which he devoted his doctoral dissertation and numerous articles in scholarly publications. Rabbi Mirelman also has a special interest, both personal and academic, in Sephardic Jewry. His most recent book, Jewish Buenos Aires, 1890 – 1930, was published by Wayne State University Press.

In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Jewish History at Spertus College in Chicago. In 2005 he was elected President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.

The Rabbi can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by e-mail at rabbimirelman@wsthz.org.

Stewart Figa, Cantor

Cantor Stewart Figa has served at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest Illinois since 1998 and has been a Cantor in the Chicago area since 1990.

As member of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Chicago based musical troupe dedicated to reviving European Jewish music from the first half of the 20th century, he has sung at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and at the Neue Gallerie in New York City.

In the 1980’s Mr. Figa performed for several seasons in Yiddish Theatre productions in New York City, having had the privilege of working with some of the legendary greats of the Yiddish stage. A recognized singer of the Yiddish repertoire, he appeared in a guest role singing on the CBS-TV Golden Globe Award-winning program Brooklyn Bridge, and has given concerts locally at the Harold Washington Library, the Spertus Institute, the Arts Club of Chicago, Anshe Emet, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, North Shore Congregation Israel, and has appeared as a soloist with the Halevi Choral Society. He has received Degrees from Northwestern University and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

The cantor can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by e-mail at cantor@wsthz.org.

Eddie Simon, Temple Administrator

Edward (Eddie) Simon began his tenure as our new Temple Administrator in January, 2018. Eddie finished his Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies, with an emphasis in non-profit management at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. He previously received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bradley University in Peoria and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.

Eddie has a long history working for non-profit organizations, both within and outside of the Jewish community. For the past five years, Eddie has been the director of Glencoe Youth Services, a small independent boys & girls club located in Glencoe. Concurrently, he also served as the youth adviser at Congregation B'nai Joshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, working with children and teens. Prior to these positions, he worked at both Temple Jeremiah as a youth adviser and at the JUF.

A Chicago area native, Eddie grew up in Glenview, but his family has deep ties to the western suburbs. His mother, Phyllis Simon (Schmulenson) grew up, went to Hebrew school, and was married at Har Zion! She attended Proviso East High School and later Dominican University.

Eddie has a number of hobbies, including fitness and trivia. He is currently looking into trying out for Jeopardy!

Eddie can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by email at esimon@wsthz.org.

David Schwarz – Koven Religious School Principal

David Schwartz is our new Education and Youth Director at West Suburban Temple Har Zion! He is coming to WSTHZ from Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel where he was the Director of Family Education and Programming, and from twelve years at Camp Ramah Darom where he was a Judaics Educator, B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, and bunk counselor. He and his wife, Miriam Aronin, have a two-year-old daughter, Shira. He has a Masters in Teaching from Washington University in St. Louis and recently graduated from Spertus Institute in Chicago with a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies  Additionally he is a Jewish storyteller. In his spare time he enjoys reading, singing, and playing board games. He looks forward to continuing the great work that Marshall has done and getting to know all of the students, parents, and members of the community - please reach out to him any time at708-366-9000 or at dschwartz@wsthz.org!

Lorrie Applebey  – Preschool Director

Lorrie Applebey is a passionate advocate for children and educators, valuing their diversity and respecting their capabilities. Ms. Applebey believes that children learn best through play and that the best educational results occur when school and families collaborate. She is inspired by Reggio Emilia, devoted to sharing the learning in play, and has years of experience teaching children from infancy to 3rd grade.  For the past few years, she has been coaching early childhood educators at JCC Chicago and Oak Park Elementary School District 97 as well as offering professional development nationally. She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Instructional Technology, and a passion for providing high quality hands-on learning for all ages.

 

In her spare time, Lorrie enjoys reading, gardening, biking, hiking, and playing board games with her husband, three sons, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter!

 

She believes it is her privilege and honor to support the amazing teachers and staff to provide the children with excellence in early childhood education.

 

Lorrie can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by email at lapplebey@wsthz.org.


 

Stacey Flint – Membership Outreach

Mrs. Flint received her BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Judaic Studies from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career working in nonprofit and civic organizations began when she was hired as the Policy Director for Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a role that allowed her to advocate for housing reform, criminal justice, and Jewish/African-American dialogue. She then went on to build a solid career in nonprofit real estate development in Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods.  Stacey is currently a candidate for MA in Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Stacey writes on the intersection of  Black and Jewish experiences, consults on Urban Development, Jewish professional development, leadership and multi cultural training.

Stacey can be reached by calling the synagogue office at 708-366-9000 or by email at sflint@wsthz.org.

Ann Luban – Social Worker

Ann Luban, the Synagogue Community Partnership Coordinator and SCP Liaison will respond to questions, provide guidance, and offer needed services.  Please feel free to be in contact with Ann; she can be reached at 847-745-5420 or annluban@jcfs.org.

Mon, October 22 2018 13 Cheshvan 5779