Welcome to Har Zion Congregation!


Whether you are exploring the different synagogues in the Valley of the Sun or you are a long-time member of Har Zion, We hope you will take the opportunity to look around and learn more about the Har Zion community.


All of our staff and members at Har Zion are eager to speak with you and, if you are not already familiar with our congregation, to show you around and introduce you to someone with whom you might share an interest, a birthplace, or a similar life journey.


We would love to get to know you better.  Please call, e-mail or, better yet, stop by.  Whether you are a long-time member or just exploring your options, we hope to talk with you soon.

Rabbi Judi Ahavah Del Bourgo
(480) 991-0720, ext. 104

rabbijudiRabbi Judi Ahavah Del Bourgo grew up in Queens, New York. She attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where she majored in Vocal Music. Rabbi Del Bourgo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and General Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master’s Degree in Leadership in Math Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. She received Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.

Prior to working with elders & Hospice patients, Rabbi Del Bourgo taught Elementary School in the Catskill Mountain region of NY. Her enthusiasm about teaching for different learning styles, building community, and helping children discover “Math Miracles” soared in those mountains. From the time of her Bat Mitzvah, her Jewish identity, though, was essentially dormant. It was there, in the Catskills, two decades after her Bat Mitzvah, that Rabbi Del Bourgo’s deep love for Judaism was actually kindled. The right teachers, full of passion, showed her a world that she never knew could exist within Judaism: soulful prayers and psychological interpretations of Torah.

As a Jew whose involvement in Judaism has been reawakened by inspiring teachers, Rabbi Del Bourgo knows the power of meaningful and engaging experiences. Following in the footsteps of her mentors, she enjoys helping Jews of all ages and backgrounds deepen their sense of wonder and their understanding of how God and holiness are present in their everyday lives. Rabbi Del Bourgo’s hope is that every Jew can make personal meaning of our precious teachings and mitzvot.

After serving as Part-Time Rabbi of Surf City Synagogue in Huntington Beach, California from 2008-2012, Rabbi Del Bourgo is delighted to join the Har Zion community as spiritual leader.

From the Arizona Jewish Life: Rabbi Judi Ahavah Del Bourgo of Har Zion Congregation of Scottsdale


Rabbi Mark J. Bisman
Rabbi Emeritus

(480) 991-0720, ext. 107

rabbi bisman photo 2008reducedRabbi Mark J. Bisman, a graduate of the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), received a Masters in Hebrew Literature from JTS and a Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University. Rabbi Bisman was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from JTS in recognition of his 25 years in the pulpit rabbinate. Rabbi Bisman has served as the rabbi of Har Zion Congregation since August 1983. With his abiding interest in Jewish education, Rabbi Bisman is very proud that a Solomon Schechter Award of Excellence in Adult Education was bestowed on Har Zion’s Lehrhaus-Scholar in Residence program.  The Har Zion Lehrhaus was recently renamed the Rabbi Herbert Silberman Memorial Lectures.  Rabbi Bisman is a past-president and a current member of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix. 



Upcoming Service Schedule

Friday April 25th

Erev Shabbat Service - 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting - 6:48 pm

Saturday April 26th

Shabbat Morning Service 9:00 am

26 Nisan 5774

Torah Reading begins approximately  9:45 am

Parashat:  Kedoshim


Friday May 2nd

Erev Shabbat Service - 7:00 pm

Simcha Shabbat with the Har Zion Band

Candle Lighting - 6:53 pm

Saturday May 3rd

Shabbat Morning Service 9:00 am

3 Iyyar 5774

Religious School Shabbat

Torah Reading begins approximately  9:45 am

Parashat:  Emor


Daily Minyan in the Beit Midrash


Monday and Thursday morning - 7:30 am

Sunday morning - 8:30 am

Mincha Ma'Ariv

Tuesday and Wednesday evening - 6:00 pm 

Legal secular holiday

If a legal secular holiday falls on a day when a morning Minyan is scheduled that Minyan will be at 8:30 am

If a legal secular holiday falls on a day when an afternoon Minyan is scheduled that Minyan will be a 6:00 pm 

Thank you to all who help make our Minyanim