Our Mission and History

Our Mission

Congregation Shaarey Zedek is a caring and involved community where our members are nurtured in the heritage of Judaism. We provide for the spiritual needs of Jewish families and individuals by conducting services in both the Conservative and Reform traditions. We strive to provide a center in the Greater Lansing area where we can learn, pray, celebrate Simchas and comfort each other in times of need. Congregation Shaarey Zedek offers a rich and varied program of education, cultural and social events while reaching out to the Greater Lansing community to strengthen interfaith ties. 

Our History 

Congregation Shaarey Zedek, as we know it today, was formed in 1918. In the 1930’s a merger between the Reform Shaarey Zedek and a fledgling reform congregation called Temple Beth El took place. What resulted from the merger was a rather unique blend of the traditional and the liberal forms of Jewish worship under one roof.

We affiliate with the Union for Reform Judaism; however we conduct services with both Siddur Hadash (Conservative) and the Mishkan T’filah (Reform). Our present facility, completed in 1969, sits on a ten acre parcel of land in East Lansing.