We take pride in leading the community in speaking out for the right of Israel to live in peace and security as a democratic Jewish state.

CSZ Israel Trip 2020: December 22 – 31, 2020

Led by Rebecca and Rabbi Aaron Starr, we will travel through Israel in two busses: one geared toward frist-time travelers, including and especially children and their parents and grandparents, and a second bus geared toward those who are looking for an Israel experience less focused on the major sites and more focused on unique, innovative and off-the-beaten-path tastes, sights, and sounds.

The “early bird discount” expiration for our trip to Israel in 2020 is nearly upon us. However, thanks to the generosity of our tour provider Beni Levin and Levin Travel, and in celebration of Chanukah, the early bird discount has been extended an additional month until February 1, 2020! As registrations are now coming in, we encourage you to put down your deposit in order to reserve your spot and apply the discount.

For itinerary information, questions, or to register, please go to And, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rabbi Aaron Starr.


To that end, our synagogue community supports Israel through our ongoing connection and participation with AIPAC. All our members are welcome to join our large cohort group, accompanied by our clergy, that regularly attends the annual AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.

For more information about AIPAC, click here.

Israel Connections

We host scholars in residence from Israel to speak on a variety of topics of interest, with opportunities for discussion, prayer and socializing.

Our clergy have participated in the Shalom Hartman Institute, based in Israel, which provides leadership training, while offering a pluralistic educational opportunity.

Support Israel as a Community

  • Support our Israeli brother and sister soldiers through involvement or donations to FIDF (Friends of Israeli Defense Forces).
  • Visit Israel with family, friends or with a group.  Congregation Shaarey Zedek hosts regular family and teen missions.
  • Support Jewish National Fund
  • Buy Israel Bonds