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
We hope all of you are safe and healthy. If we can assist you in any way, Rabbi Bigman can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patty Warshaw can be contacted at 899-1215 or email@example.com. Patty is in the Shaarey Zedek office at 351-3570 ex 1. sporadically.
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: ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat
We look forward to worshipping with you! Stay safe! Stay healthy! Stay Jewish!
Please checkout our May Newsletter: May Newsletter
Annual Meeting of Congregation Shaarey Zedek
The Annual Meeting of Congregation Shaarey Zedek will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. You can access the meeting via Zoom, either on your device or telephone. A Zoom invitation will be sent to members-in-good-standing separately. The agenda, minutes and reports will be sent electronically no later than May 14.
RUTH & THE ROLE OF CONVERSION: A SHAVUOT STUDY SESSION, THURSDAY, MAY 28 7:00 P.M. VIA ZOOM
Please join Rabbi Bigman as we look at parts of the special reading for Shavuot from the Book of Ruth.
Ruth is considered to be the first convert to Judaism and is a role model for those who become Jewish.
We will look at what Judaism has to say about the status of Jews-by-choice and will leave time for those who have chosen Judaism to share their experiences as they are comfortable. A Zoom invitation will be sent via e-mail or you may request one from Rabbi Bigman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This opportunity is from the Reform Movement: https://urj.org/calendar/
This opportunity — which lasts all evening — is from some rabbis of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Smaller Congregations: https://sinaireno.org/2020/05/
Chag Shavuot Sameakh — Happy Shavuot!
WORSHIP FOR SHAVUOT THIS YEAR
Will be held during Shabbat services on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Special Shavuot and Yizkor (Memorial) prayers will be added to the Shabbat liturgy.
SHAVUOT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES! NEW FOR THIS YEAR!
We hope you will join Rabbi Bigman for our own study and discussion opportunity noted below. Afterwards, please join Reform Jews from across North America for other opportunities (noted below). In keeping with the tradition of Tikkun Leil Shavuot, learning all evening on this festival, we can study all night!
B’Yachad Together spirited by American Jewish University AJU has been working on ways for us to stay connected, even in the era of social distancing.
We are offering NO COST ONLINE LEARNING that captures and delivers the insights of our faculty and friends and convenes our diverse and inclusive community to advance ideas, dialogue and debate.
The Shalom Hartman Institute is offering adult education opportunities online. Check it out at https://updates.hartman.org.il/?mc_cid=4cec39f54d&mc_eid=60153d52e7#Hartman_Home
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY? LANSING MAYOR ANDY SCHOR SENT OUT THIS INFORMATION:
American Red Cross Blood Donations: The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage. 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
Volunteer Opportunities Available: Volunteers are needed for Lansing area shelters. If you are available to volunteer, please contact Renee Jones at Holy Cross by phone 517.489.5278 or email: email@example.com
THANKS FOR DOING MITZVOT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME IN OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR WORLD!
Rabbi Amy Bigman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Holman, President: email@example.com
Patty Warshaw, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Margot Valles, Director of Congregational Lifelong Learning: email@example.com
Cantor Emerita Pamela Schiffer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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