Welcome to Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Congregation Shaarey Zedek is committed to helping everyone live a full Jewish life, no matter the makeup of your familial unit. We warmly welcome singles, interfaith couples, those in the LGBTQ community, and their respective family members as well. As Rabbi Bigman puts it, “We may come from different backgrounds but here we are a mishpachah, a family.”  ~ Click here to read more from Rabbi Bigman



For the foreseeable future, we will be live-streaming both our Friday and our Saturday morning Shabbat services.  Please join Rabbi Bigman for candle lighting and Kiddush at 7 p.m. on Fridays (with Shabbat worship to follow) and on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The link for streaming is www.shaareyzedek.com.  From the home page, scroll down to “Get Connected”—live stream services and press the arrow in the middle of the word StreamSpot.

If you join us on Friday evenings, you can find a copy of the prayer book here:  https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/resources-repaginated/

We look forward to worshipping with you!  Stay safe!  Stay healthy!  Stay Jewish!

 If we can assist you in any way, Rabbi Bigman can be contacted at rabbibigman@shaareyzedek.com.  Patty Warshaw can be contacted at 899-1215 or executive@shaareyzedek.com. Patty is in the Shaarey Zedek office at 351-3570 ex 1. sporadically.

From the Union for Reform Judaism:

This is a time when we have the opportunity to support and lift up the voices of Jews of Color, and so we would like to urge you to listen (or re-listen) to our first season of Wholly Jewish, featuring fellows from the JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort<https://urj.org/blog/2019/02/19/reformjudaismorg-launches-wholly-jewish-new-podcast-about-jewish-identity>.  

The AJC is hosting a Virtual Global Forum the week of June 14-18 (in place of its in-person yearly forum).  From AJC’s website:  “This five-day online event will feature…conversations with world leaders…  Together, we will discuss the most important issues facing the Jewish people and the world, including the rise of antisemitism and other forms of hate in the era of the coronavirus…”  More information can be found at:  



Congregation Shaarey Zedek — During this difficult time, the staff is doing its utmost to help members of our congregation and community. We are here for you. Jewish tradition teaches that we are to help others, beginning with family and then continuing with our larger communities.

Hotels for Heroes (https://www.gofundme.com/f/hotelsforheros) was created by Cindy Hughey and Robyn Hughey of MSU Hillel.  They write:  “Help us house our Greater Lansing hometown heroes who are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic. All funds raised will directly benefit emergency responders and health care workers who are looking for alternative housing to keep their families and loved ones safe. We are working directly with Hampton Inn & Suites in Delta Township, Homewood Suites in Eastwood Towne Center, and the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University to cover the hotel room costs directly.” [Please note that the GoFundMe page omits the second “e” in “heroes” on its site.]

3D Printing Masks & Shields for Lansing Hospitals (https://www.gofundme.com/f/3d-printing-n95-masks-for-lansing-hospitals) — In conjunction with East Lansing Public Schools, tinkrLAB is making masks and shields that are donated locally.

 Child and Family Charities (www.childandfamily.org) was to be the recipient of the Tzedakah Committee’s April Fill-A-Bucket Campaign, to benefit its Housing Young Families Program.

The American Red Cross (www.redcrossblood.org) is holding blood drives throughout the country.   Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Please schedule your appointment to donate blood at redcross.org using your zip code to locate the closest location.

Greater Lansing Food Bank: Please support the Greater Lansing Food Bank with monetary donations:  www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org

MAZON:  A Jewish Response to Hunger (www.mazon.org) provides funding to a range of anti-hunger organizations including food banks, legal-service organizations, groups which provide job skills to enable people to get jobs to provide for their families on their own, and more.

Contact Information                                               

Rabbi Amy Bigman: rabbibigman@shaareyzedek.com    

Erica Holman, President: erica@silverlifecoaching.net

Patty Warshaw, Executive Director: executive@shaareyzedek.com

Margot Valles, Director of Congregational Lifelong Learning: menahelet.margot@shaareyzedek.com

Cantor Emerita Pamela Schiffer: pschiffer@comcast.net

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Upcoming Events

  1. Sat 08

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Aug 08 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  2. Fri 14
  3. Fri 14

    Shabbat Evening Service

    Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Sat 15

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Aug 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  5. Fri 21

    Shabbat Evening Service

    Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 22

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Aug 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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