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


All events at Shaarey Zedek are cancelled until mid-April

This means that there will be no religious school classes, no meetings, and no Pesach celebrations (no community seder, no Pesach worship services for the beginning or the end of the holiday*).   We will, of course, continue to evaluate the situation and will keep you informed as to what other steps we may take in the future.

Three hundred households from across the country joined us for Shabbat services this past Friday and Saturday. 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 You may find the livestreaming link on the home page of the Shaarey Zedek website:  www.shaareyzedek.com.
If you join us on Friday evenings, you can find a copy of the prayer book here: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/
We look forward to worshipping with you!  Stay safe!  Stay healthy! Stay Jewish!

Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.


    • Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
    • Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
    • Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
    • Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
    • Fill your car with gas.
    • Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State.
    • Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere.
    • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.


    • Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
    • Participate in any public gatherings.
    • Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
    • Go to the mall or to restaurants.


    • Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
    • Restrict the number of workers present in-person on the job.
    • Keep employees at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible and enabling social distancing for customers who are standing in line.
    • Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus  
For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM – 5PM daily. 

Funeral Plans

In consultation with our local funeral directors and in light of the current coronavirus situation, while we hope not to need to have any funerals, should we need to do so, the funerals will take place graveside.  There will be no service at the temple or at the funeral home.  As always, should the need arise, we ask you to contact the funeral home directly and they will be in touch with Rabbi Bigman to make the appropriate arrangements.  Thank you for your understanding.

Pj Library

Pj Library has created a page called “PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families” . All are welcome to check out these resources.   (Press CTRL button and click on link for access)

And as the Rabbi would say, “Stay safe! Stay healthy! Stay Jewish!”

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. Fri 03

    Shabbat Evening Service

    Apr 03 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Sat 04

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Apr 04 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  3. Wed 08

    First Night Passover Seder

    2020 Seder Reservation Form 
    Apr 08 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Fri 10
  5. Fri 10

    Shabbat Evening Service

    Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 11

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Apr 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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