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Our Professional Leadership

Rabbi Adir Glick 

The Solomon Family Rabbinic Chair

Rabbi Adir Glick began his tenure at 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 is married to Rachel Newman Glick, from Washington D.C. Their family has 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 email at rabbiglick@wsthz.org.

Rabbi Emeritus Dr. Victor A. Mirelman

Dr. Victor A. Mirelman has been rabbi of 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.

Cantor Stewart Figa

The Goldstine Family Cantorial Chair

Cantor Stewart Figa has served at 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.

Charles Shapera – Executive Director

Charles Shapera is a long-time member of Temple Har Zion, first as a Hebrew school student, then later (and continuing) as our Torah reader, Hebrew school teacher, and youth group director. Charles has known, prayed with, and studied with many generations of our congregation.

An accomplished musician, Charles has performed domestically and internationally as part of many orchestras and chamber ensembles. Charles has taught music to both children and adults, in and out of a school setting. He plays more then a dozen instruments!

Charles, along with his wife Zoe (whom he met at Har Zion), daughter Arza, and son Micah, is an integral part of the Har Zion family. Charles brings many years of experience, history, and devotion to Har Zion to his position as Executive Director.

Charles can be reached by calling the temple office at 708-366-9000 or by email at cshapera@wsthz.org.

David Schwartz – Education Chair (Anonymous Donor)

David Schwartz is our Director of Education at West Suburban Temple Har Zion! He came 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 at 708-366-9000 or at dschwartz@wsthz.org!

Lorrie Applebey  – Early Childhood Director

The Guralnick Family Preschool Chair

Lorrie is a passionate advocate for children and educators, valuing their diversity and respecting their capabilities. She 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.  She is a national leader of professional development, specializing in the Learning in Loose Parts. 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.

 

NOT EXACTLY STAFF BUT PRETTY MUCH...

Ed Sachs – Gabbai

Ed Sachs and his wife, Judy Grobe Sachs, have been members of Har Zion for over 30 years. Ed is a past president of WSTHZ and  a member of the Religious Life Committee. He is also the Recording Secretary for the Midwest Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC).

Fri, April 16 2021 4 Iyyar 5781