Congregation Shaare Emeth is a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful.
At Congregation Shaare Emeth, members and guests of all ages feel a strong sense of community; are intellectually and spiritually engaged; are committed to the values of tzedakah (justice) and acts of gemilut chasadim (acts of compassion and kindness). Together we are building a strong foundation for the future.
At Congregation Shaare Emeth we believe that all people are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. Each individual member and family add something unique to our sacred community, and we welcome all members and guests to join us in our worship and learning experiences. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member or making a visit, please call 314-569-0010.
Congregation Shaare Emeth has a proud history of welcoming interfaith families and those seeking to learn more about Judaism into our community. We offer special outreach for those who are beginning to explore the Jewish faith, and we celebrate our interfaith families as full members of our community.
Congregation Shaare Emeth welcomes all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, as full participants in Temple life. We are excited to celebrate all milestones and lifecycle moments, including marriage, baby namings and more, with members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning. Keshet (Hebrew for rainbow) is our LGBTQ+ Outreach and Support group and is open to all.
Congregation Shaare Emeth is proud to welcome individuals and families of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, including those whose family origins are originally in African, Asian or Latin-American countries. Our REDI at Shaare Emeth Committee (Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee) provides social, educational and advocacy opportunities for members and guests to connect and learn from one another.
Our worship spaces are equipped with hearing enhancement devices and large print prayer books upon request. We provide sign language interpreters for our High Holy Day services, as well as other special events. Our building, including the bimas (pulpits) are wheelchair accessible. Shabbat services are available via live stream for all. Our Religious School and Shirlee Green Preschool offer support for students of varying needs and abilities.
Living in Community
We strive to be a diverse and welcoming Congregation, and we accept the responsibility of celebrating with and caring for one another in times of joy and need.
Lifelong Jewish Learning
From preschool through adulthood, we bring alive the tenets, values, texts and traditions of Judaism.
Acting as Agents of Social Justice and Change
Through advocacy and volunteerism, we work together to fulfill the Jewish mandate of Tikkun Olam, repairing our world, by alleviating poverty and hunger, fighting injustice, caring for human beings in times of need, protecting the environment and bringing peace.
Living with an Awareness of the Sacred in our Lives
We honor the holiness that surrounds us at every moment of our lives, through meaningful rituals and ceremonies, moments of worship and prayer, and joyful Shabbat and Jewish holiday celebrations.
The Land and People of Israel
We recognize and value our place as a part of K’lal Yisrael, the People of Israel, and our connection to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, both historical and modern. We work to support and advocate for the Jewish people wherever they may be, and in particular, for the State of Israel.
Acknowledging our Community
We recognize that we are citizens of a larger religious and secular community, and we accept and embrace our communal and civic responsibility through our words and deeds.
Managing our Resources
We recognize our need to provide, utilize and carefully manage the resources necessary to fulfill each of the other commitments of our Mission, while taking the measured financial risks necessary for our future.