FAQs

FAQs

How observant is everyone?

We are a spiritual home for a wide range of ritual observance. Some members are more observant than others and some are less, and quite frankly, that’s okay. (We’re a judgement-free community).

Looking for something traditional? We’ve got you. New to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, and want to learn more before you dive in? Check out our Judaism Alive! and learn the ropes in a small, warm and supportive gathering. And if you need personalized support along your path, we can offer you that too.

Do I have to know Hebrew?

No. We understand many of our members have a limited grasp of Hebrew. We provide transliteration to many of our prayers. We also offer adult Hebrew classes and other opportunities to learn more if you choose.

What should I wear?

We leave it to you to decide. Men typically wear sports coats and ties, but neither are required. Many women take advantage of the opportunity to wear pants, but many wear dresses and skirts.

During  summer Shabbatot, we all enjoy relaxed, casual attire.

Men often come in a button-down shirt and khakis, and women come in a variety of casual but respectful attire.

How will I meet people?

Community is at the center of who we are, most notable in the “magic” that takes place every Shabbat lunch after services. Come join us on Shabbat and see for yourself! Someone will surely introduce themselves to you and make you feel right at home. If you come to a Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Empty Nesters, Seniors or young families group, you’ll find your tribe.

Are you open to interfaith couples?

Interfaith couples are very welcome in our family. We take pride in our inclusive and diverse community. We want all Jews and their families to feel welcome at our synagogue no matter what their religious background.

What about keeping kosher?

We know that our members are located all along the spectrum of observance of every matter of Jewish ritual, including keeping kosher. We honor our members where they are at while gently asking, “How might you, this year, take one additional step in your Jewish journey toward a life of meaning, purpose and walking with God?”

If you desire assistance, our clergy are here to help you deepen your observance of kashrut.

Do you have adult and youth education?

We offer engaging and relevant educational opportunities for Jews of all ages, which focuses on the study of mitzvot (sacred obligations), explore Jewish texts, Jewish history, and offer a probing look at our Jewish community today.

Our Berman Center for Jewish Education is the hub of our education program, housing our weekly Berman Night of Learning for adults, and our Religious School. We have a state-of-the-art Beit Midrash with computers, as well as smart screens in every room, and a vast library of treasured books.

Do I have to be a member to come?

We welcome all, members or not. Come join us on Shabbat and stay for lunch! Take in a Berman Night of Learning or come to one of our many Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Empty Nesters, Seniors or young adult events. (If you like, we’ll meet you there).

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How does membership work?

We offer a wide range of membership levels and payment plans. Just call our synagogue office at 248.357.5544 and we’ll set up a plan that works for you.

If you want to be a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, we will work with you to make it happen.