Shaare Zedek is a multi-generational, egalitarian Conservative congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan embracing a traditional approach to contemporary Judaism. We pride ourselves on a long and rich history of providing a warm, informal, observant community that is accessible to Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Services are led by members of the community, who infuse life at Shaare Zedek with their talents, creativity and spirit.

Coming Soon at Shaare Zedek

Our ongoing services include a morning minyan (email for the schedule) and evening, morning and afternoon services each Shabbat. For this week's service times, see the sidebar to the left.

Kids' Game Day
Saturday, April 25: 12:30 pm

All children are invited to join us after services for an informal game day. We will provide a wide variety of fun games, but feel free to bring your favorite shabbat-appropriate games from home! This event will not be staffed so parents are asked to supervise their children during this time.

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence
Saturday, April 25: 1 pm

Urban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D., offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. In light of Israel Independence Day (this year on April 23), these issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Dr. Dwarka’s talk is based largely on his professional involvement with the Israel Smart Growth Policy Project, an urban planning initiative sponsored by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and funded by the New Israel Fund’s Social Justice Fellowship.

This event is sponsored by the David, Ursula, & Adina Michaeli Memorial Education Fund at Shaare Zedek, and co-presented with the New Israel Fund, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, and Siach.

So that we can estimate attendance for both the lunch and speaker, please register separately for both lunch & Dr. Dwarka's talk by clicking the link below.

Lunch is free for SZ members and children 12 & under, and $15 for other adults.

Register Now!

Travel through Israel: A Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Program
Sunday, April 26: 1-4 pm

We have partnered with Solomon Schechter for a second year to throw a special Yom Ha'atzmaut program. Lunch will be available for purchase from 1 to 2 pm, and our family-friendly program will run from 2 to 4 pm. Special thanks to JCC of Manhattan and UJA / Federation of New York for a generous grant in support of the program.

This program will be held at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan (805 Columbus Avenue at West 100th Street).

For more information or to register, visit

Shiur Hashavua (in Hebrew)
Saturday, May 2: 12:30 pm

Hebrew speakers are invited to participate in our monthly shiur on parashat hashavua, this week discussing Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. Hebrew proficiency is required, while text familiarity is not. Please RSVP to Roy Alcalay at if you are able to come!

Shaare Zedek University - Katja Vehlow: Exploring Trans* Jewish Identities in our Midst
Saturday, May 9: 12:45 pm

Our final speaker this spring in the Shaare Zedek University series, which features members who are experts in their field, will be Katja Vehlow, PhD. Gender non-conforming Jews are growing both in numbers and visibility. There are published autobiographies, national organizations, retreats, dedicated LGBTQ synagogues, and rabbis who are openly transgender -- and recently a Jewish school marked the gender transition of an eighth grader with a ritual. Yet many trans Jews are struggling to find a place in our midst. This talk will focus on us, the local community. Katja, professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina, will explore: What is gender variance? What does this growing visibility mean for us today? How can we make sure that we are truly inclusive and welcoming to all? She will reflect on the gendered nature of traditional Jewish practice and introduce texts from the likes of Moses Maimonides -- who, like his rabbinic predecessors, has much to say about the topic -- to more recent liturgies.