Casual Shabbat – June 22, 2019 through Labor Day

Casual Shabbat

Continuing through Labor Day, we invite you to dress more casually on Shabbat mornings (but no shorts or jeans, please). While it is an important custom to dress respectfully for the Synagogue, this summer we welcome a more relaxed standard, including our clergy, who will likely leave their jackets and ties at home. In this way, we hope to enhance even further Shabbat’s goal of refreshing and re-charging.

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Notice of the 158th Annual Meeting of CSZ – May 13

Pursuant to the by-laws of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, notice is hereby given that the 159th Annual meeting of Congregation Shaarey Zedek will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield Michigan 48034. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend.

Please review the materials below. For all inquiries, please call 248.357.5544.

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2019 Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial Creative Writing Award for Students

Jeffrey Weisberg was a published poet and the winner of the University of Michigan Hopwood Award for his poems.  He encouraged young people to write and was involved at Congregation Shaarey Zedek with teaching youth about a commitment to the heritage of the Jewish people. His parents, Lucille and Harvey Weisberg (z’l), established this award to honor his memory.

All essays must be e-mailed to egechter@shaareyzedek.orgno later than 5:00 p..m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 for committee review.

Students in grades 3-5: $100 (2 winners)
Essays must be at least 150 words, 12 point font and double spaced.  All creative writing pieces may be submitted in original format. 


Being Jewish is about being proud of who you are. It’s not always easy. It sometimes makes us different from our friends. And sometimes it’s hard to explain. Why are you proud to be Jewish? And of what parts of Jewish faith, life, and culture are you most proud?

Students in grades 6-8: $200 (2 winners)
Essays must be 250-500 words, 12 point font, double spaced. All creative writing may be submitted in original format. 


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said that Judaism asks us to take a leap of action rather than a leap of faith. In what ways do you show your Judaism through action? What makes that action Jewish and why is it important or meaningful to you?

Students in grades 9-12: $1,000 (2 winners)
Essays must be 500-750 words, 12 point font, double spaced. All creative writing pieces may be submitted in original format. Creative writing pieces MUST include a paragraph accompaniment that explains how the piece addresses the prompt and explains the process you went through in designing your text. 


Today’s high schoolers face unprecedented levels of anxiety and pressure. School doesn’t always feel safe, the expectations of college and higher education are a consistent source of stress, and the business of life can push us to our limits. But Judaism can be an island of peace in the craziness of our lives. It can give us meaning, it can offer us rest, and it can challenge us to think outside of our personal struggles to see a life and a world much bigger than our individual selves. How does Judaism help you with the chaos of being a high schooler? Which aspects of Judaism give you comfort or reprieve? When does Judaism transcend your other sources of support? If it doesn’t, then which aspects of Judaism could help you in your future?

Questions? Call 248.357.5544.


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Men’s Night Out – May 22

All community men are invited, regardless of affiliation. Join us as we bond over a meal, with a bit of Talmud thrown into the mix! Register online HERE or call 248.357.5544.

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Game Day – May 9

Join us for our final Game Day Thursday until after the High Holy Days, as we take the summer off for renovations! As always, lunch is included. Discount cutoff is Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. No exceptions! Click HERE to register online, or call 248.357.5544.

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Passover Notes 2019/5779

Passover Services at CSZ

We hold morning, afternoon, and evening services every day of Passover; please note that the first two days and the last two days of Passover are Yom Tovim: festive holiday services which begin at 9:00 a.m. The CSZ Choir will join Hazzan David Propis for the Eighth Day of Passover, which is also a time when Yizkor prayers are recited. Please join us every day of Passover, and especially the eighth day (April 27, 2019), to mark this sacred festival of our freedom.
Friday, April 19, 2019, Erev Pesach
7:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. (Light candles at 8:00 p.m.)
Stop eating Chametz at 10:52 a.m.
Saturday, April 20, First Day of Pesach
9:00 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. (Light candles at 9:05 p.m.)
Sunday, April 21, 2019, Second Day of Pesach
9:00 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. (Yom Tov ends at 9:06 p.m.)
Monday, April 22, 2019, Third Day of Pesach
7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Fourth Day of Pesach
7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Fifth Day of Pesach
7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, Sixth Day of Pesach
7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. (Light candles at 8:07 p.m.)
Friday, April 26, 2019, Seventh Day of Pesach
9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Light candles at 8:08 p.m.)
Saturday, April 27, 2019, Eighth Day of Pesach
9:00 a.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Yizkor at Approximately 11:00 a.m.
Shabbat and Yom Tov end at 9:14 p.m.
May God bless you with a meaningful and joyful Passover holiday.
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Bedikat Chametz candle and feather kits are available for pickup at CSZ, courtesy of CSZ Men’s Club.

General Passover Information: The Rabbinical Assembly 2019 Pesah Guide is online HERE.

Seder Songs: The soundtrack to your Seder, by Hazzan David Propis. Seder Songs and even some parody songs, just for fun:

Synagogue Office Hours: The CSZ administrative office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019. Regular hours will be observed Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25, 2019. The office will be closed on Friday, April 26, 2019.

During the Passover period, we ask that you do not bring any outside food or beverages into the Synagogue.

Watch, listen share: The Two Messages of the Passover Seder with Rabbi Aaron Starr.

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Read with the Rabbi – April 28, 2019

Antisemitism Here and Now
with Rabbi Aaron Starr
April 28, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Join Rabbi Aaron Starr and fellow CSZ members as we discuss Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book, Antisemitism Here and Now.

Summary: The author gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.

RSVP to Elise at or 248.357.5544.

The book is available in local book shops, or click HERE to use Amazon Smile, select Congregation Shaarey Zedek as your charity of choice, and donate to CSZ with your purchase!

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Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World – May 1

For tickets, Patron levels, Tribute Journal ads and other information, go to, e-mail Sisterhood at or call 248.357.5544.


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Mitzvot of Passover

Click here to download and print the form: 3 mitzvot of passover letter 2019
Click here to download and print the form for the Sale of Chametz 2019

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Glass Cups and Glass Ceilings – April 7

Sunday, April 7, 2019
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Articipate, 3833 Twelve Mile Road, Berkley

Women of Rimonim! Come share in a pre-Passover brunch with your sisters and learn about the underappreciated and misunderstood role of women in the Pesach story while making your own Kos Miryam (Miriam’s cup) for your Seder!

Learning: Our very own Allison Gutman will teach a text study that will offer some beautiful inspiration as we head into Passover.

Crafting: And our very own Lauren A. Cohen will offer a walkthrough to help us create our own personalized Kos Miryam for our Seder tables with some super rad glass etching!

Guesting: This event is open to women ages 21-50. Space is limited, so Rimonim members get first dibs.

Paying: $18 per person for CSZ members, $25 per person for non-members. Reserve your place online HERE.

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