Our Inclusive Community

Our Inclusive Community

Congregation Shaarey Zedek pursues the value: “And my house shall be a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7).  To this end, we invite people of all faiths and backgrounds to attend and participate in our prayer services and play active roles in family and Jewish communal life.

Shaarey Zedek means “Gates of Righteousness”.  We open our doors to people of all races, genders, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientations, prayer and observance levels to experience the warmth of our kehillah kedoshah (sacred community).  Our Clergy perform same sex Jewish weddings and bless interfaith couples (Auf-ruf) from our bimah.

Our Clergy, Rabbi Aaron Starr, Rabbi Yonaton Dahlen, Hazzan David Propis, and Ritual Director Saul Rube, are world-class, relatable and accessible to all, while playing prominent roles in the local, national and international Jewish world. They stay in sync with today’s changing world, yet link us to our traditions and cherished values of the past.

If you are new to Detroit or a current resident in our community looking for a haimish (warm, inviting) place for weekly Shabbat services with lunch following or daily minyan, Congregation Shaarey Zedek is a place for you.  With us, you will find a congregational home where your kids can participate in our joyful and innovative religious school and all can celebrate our holidays as a family.

Our Synagogue is located in the center of the Detroit Jewish community and has been a leading voice in the Movement for Conservative Judaism for more than 160 years. Come see what we are all about – Join us for Shabbat!  Our services begin at 9:30 a.m.

We want you to love it here as much as we do!