Connecting with Community

Shaare Zedek isn't just a community that prays together – it's a community that cares about people. These are a few of the ways we build connections and look after each other.


Chesed: showing that we care

Our rabbi and Chesed Committee reach out to those who need extra support or care, at exceptional times and throughout the year. Our community includes young and old, welcoming new babies or struggling with chronic illness. We are blessed to have seniors who are Holocaust survivors or who have very personal stories of escape from World War II-era Europe. To all, we seek to extend compassion and show concern.



Our community knows how to have a good time! Chai hosts monthly dinners and holiday potlucks, brings the party to Shaare Zedek's Erev Simchat Torah and Erev Purim events, and plans other socials throughout the year. Our families with children join together for kid-friendly meals and events. And on every Shabbat and many holidays, we host a full kiddush lunch after services, which is the social scene for our congregation.


Bridge Club

The Shaare Zedek Bridge Club meets every Monday evening from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Begun in October 1992 by the former Shaare Zedek Men's Club, the group has played every week except for holidays! Entrance is $5 per person, payable at the door. Light refreshments are provided. No RSVP is necessary. Please contact Ellen Reiss for more information.


Social Action

Shaare Zedek is honored to be included in the 2016 synagogue training program for UJA-Federation of New York's Live With Purpose initiative. As we aspire to be better citizens of our local and global communities through shared action, our rabbi and lay leaders are currently exploring how to live out the value of social justice through our congregation.