Our Rabbis taught that every Israelite at Mount Sinai was assigned one letter of the Torah. Thus, if one Jew is missing from the community, the Torah is incomplete. It is in that spirit that I invite you to join the Temple Har Zion community. At Har Zion, we learn together, we pray and sing together, we care for those facing difficult challenges, and as a community we work to repair the world around us. From welcoming Shabbat, to celebrating life-cycle events in the synagogue, to joyously observing the Jewish festivals, to talking about serious issues that affect our lives, I am committed to sharing our glorious tradition with the members of our synagogue family through learning, worship, and worthy deeds.
- Beit Midrash, a House of Study. Education is a priority at Har Zion, for children and adults. We offer a variety of educational opportunities, both formal and informal, for all ages. Our Religious School focuses on reinforcing Jewish identity, and teaching the basic skills fundamental to living a Jewish life. Family activities, music, and community building are all part of the educational experience. Our Adult Education programs include mini-courses on a range of Jewish topics, weekly Shabbat Torah Study, Hebrew Classes, and an Adult B’nai Mitzvah program.
- Beit Tefilah, a House of Prayer. Our worship is egalitarian, family-friendly, participatory, warm and welcoming. Engaging and beautiful music of all styles is a feature of our services. We encourage and train members of the congregation to lead our daily minyan, read Torah, and sing in our choir.
- Beit K’nesset, a House of Assembly. We gather as a community to rejoice at simchas, to support mourners and members facing illness, and to celebrate the sacred moments in the Jewish year. We are committed to making a difference in the community through our involvement in Out of the Cold, Habitat for Humanity, and Mosaic Interfaith. We are always looking for opportunities to effect Tikkun Olam, to repair the world. We are committed to a synagogue that is sensitive to the environment and its conservation. And we even take time to enjoy social events, often accompanied by our new Klezmer band, Nezbeymer Blat.
Each family or individual trying to live a meaningful Jewish life has both special gifts and special needs to offer the Jewish community. I hope you will feel welcome to explore the possibility of becoming a part of our Temple Har Zion family.
Rabbi Cory Weiss