about our congregation
Congregation Shaare Zedek is a multi-generational, egalitarian Conservative congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side embracing a traditional approach to contemporary Judaism. We are proud of our long and rich history as a warm, informal, observant community accessible to Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Services are led by community members who enrich life at Shaare Zedek with their talents, creativity, and spirit.
Setting a course for the future
As a community, we have been planning together for the future. Below is a working draft of our congregational vision and our core values. As a work in progress, this language – and the specific ways in which we realize our vision – will be further refined through 5776 with the partnership of our new rabbi, Jonah Geffen.
We envision Congregation Shaare Zedek as a thriving community, woven together with a shared commitment to mitzvot, prayer, Jewish learning, and chesed. We are a nurturing Conservative synagogue for those seeking traditional observance and full egalitarianism, while open and accepting of all who enter our doors. We live out our individual and collective values in a warm and connected environment that bridges people of all ages and from all walks of life. As a vibrant center for Jewish life, our building is an active, animated space that brings energy and excitement to all. Our rabbi and lay leaders foster personal Jewish growth through supportive relationships and enriching learning experiences. Knowledgeable congregants infuse life into all aspects of the shul with their talents, creativity, and spirit. Amidst the hustle and bustle of life in New York City, Shaare Zedek continues to be a place to call home, as it has since 1837.
- Tradition: We value traditional expressions of Jewish observance, grounded in Torah and mitzvot.
- Learning: We value the lifelong process of Jewish learning, grounded in the wisdom of our texts and in shared communal experiences.
- Chesed: We value human dignity and seek to provide love and care to all those in our midst, in times of need and year-round.
- Relationships: We value positive social connection and strive to create an atmosphere of welcoming, cohesion, and mutual support.
- Shared Responsibility: We value collective responsibility, encouraging and empowering laypeople to give of themselves to the congregation, in partnership with the rabbi and staff.
- Israel: We value the place of the state of Israel in the Jewish experience and seek to be a forum where all can foster a meaningful connection to Israel.