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Synagogue Closure for Renovations // Relocation in Late-July

30/06/2022 05:00:00 PM


Gary Hyman, President & Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The number one question we’ve been asked in 2022 is about the relocation of synagogue operations during construction. We appreciate your patience with us — it has been a challenging process to assess options, reach consensus, and negotiate lease terms. Today we are pleased to provide you with the plan! After exploring countless options from commercial spaces to hotels, we chose to keep close to the Jewish community...Read more...

Vandalism at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery

29/06/2022 02:52:59 PM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director


Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that all of the headstones have been reinstalled to their normal placement. The location of the vandalism was in sections 1 and 2 — we are in the process of cataloguing the damage and contacting families. The Winnipeg Police investigation continues and we hope for justice in this matter — we will provide additional...Read more...

Synagogue Closure // Snowstorm

12/04/2022 04:00:02 PM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

UPDATE APRIL 15, 2022 — Shabbat Morning Service and the Congregational Second Seder will proceed in-person and stream online. The synagogue office will reopen on Monday. Chag Pesach Sameach.


# ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW from April 12, 2022 #

Dear Friends,

A major storm is expected to bring significant accumulations of snow to the City of Winnipeg and will include high winds and...Read more...

COVID19 Protocols Observed

16/03/2022 12:10:28 PM


Immunization Card and Government-Issued Photo ID must be presented by adults entering the building. We will accept parental confirmation of immunization for teens and children that do not have Immunization Cards since these are not widely available for children. Note: Children Ages 4 and under are not eligible for vaccination in Manitoba, but are welcome to attend Shaarey Zedek programs and services. Masks must be worn at all times. If you...Read more...

Synagogue Reopening March 2022

09/03/2022 09:30:30 AM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

As the province counts down to lifting COVID-19 restrictions, Congregation Shaarey Zedek is taking a staged approach to reopening in the interest of the health and safety of congregants, volunteers, clergy, and staff.

Effective Wednesday, March 16, Shaarey Zedek will reopen for in-person Social-Cultural Programs, Adult Education, Life Cycle Events, Private Functions, and Services with some limitations and...Read more...

Capital Campaign Launches

01/02/2022 04:19:11 PM


For over 130 years, Shaarey Zedek has been the gathering place for the Jewish community in Winnipeg and the traditions we share. And now, our story continues with a new chapter. With L’Dor Va Dor, the campaign to enhance and update our institution, we are asking our community to come together and make this necessary and exciting change possible.

Visit the Capital Campaign Website for more information


We Stand with Congregation Beth Israel

17/01/2022 05:30:37 PM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

Dear Congregants and Community Members,

On Saturday, Jewish communities across North America and beyond were rocked by an act of terror that took place during Shabbat morning services at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. The synagogue’s Rabbi and three congregants were taken hostage, and thankfully, after many hours made a heroic and safe escape.

We are happy that the hostages are now free...

Synagogue Closure // COVID Safety Protocols

29/12/2021 05:03:17 PM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

Dear Congregants and Community Members,

As COVID-19 Omicron variant rapidly circulates in our province, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close the shul once again for the safety of the congregation, clergy, and staff. The closure will affect our operations in the following ways:

Prayer Services — In-person attendance is cancelled as of December 30, 2021. We will pivot back to online...Read more...

Tikun Olam Committee Reaches Fundraising Goal

29/12/2021 10:00:22 AM


Todah Rabah, Thank you, for supporting Jewish Family Service and West Broadway Ministries Clients! Congregation Shaarey Zedek’s Tikun Olam Committee set out to raise $3000, and donors stepped up in a big way and helped us get to $4577!

Funds raised were used to...

COVID Immunization Requirements to Attend Events, Programs, and Services at Congregation Shaarey Zedek

23/12/2021 04:10:53 PM


A valid government issued COVID Immunization Card and photo ID are required for adults and children ages 12 and up to attend Daily Minyan, Shabbat Morning Services, and any other services, events, programs, or meetings at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. These cards must be presented upon checking into the venue.

If you have any questions about attendance requirements, please contact our Executive Director, Ran Ukashi at 204-975-3482 or by...Read more...

Synagogue Reopening Phase Two

20/10/2021 04:00:00 PM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

Dear Congregants and Community Members,

Over the past number of weeks, we have successfully welcomed B’nai Mitzvah families, their guests, and congregants to the shul for Shabbat morning services, and we are now prepared to implement phase two of our reopening.

This next phase of reopening will...

Welcome to Our new Program Director & Lay Clergy, Tali Millo!

02/09/2021 02:00:16 PM



Congregation Shaarey Zedek is pleased to introduce our new Program Director and Lay Clergy Member, Tali Millo.

Tali will be working to create virtual and in-person events such...Read more...

Message from the President

16/07/2021 05:22:17 PM


Gary Hyman, President

Dear friends,

Exciting times are ahead and I want to give you an update about current business at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

Our new Executive Director, Ran Ukashi, was warmly welcomed on Monday by board members, the clergy, and staff at a socially distanced meet and greet. He has already made a positive impact during his first week in the office, getting to know the staff and their roles, and engaging with volunteers and...Read more...

Brit Milot at private residences and synagogues may soon not be allowed

15/07/2021 09:00:37 AM


Ran Ukashi, Executive Director

Good morning friends,

You may have already heard that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba is proposing changes to it’s Standard of Practice for Performing Office-Based Procedures that would prevent the ritual of Jewish circumcision, brit milah, outside of medical clinics. A message sent out to the community from our friends at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg about this matter can be read by clicking here and...Read more...

Congregation Shaarey Zedek Mourns and Stands with Indigenous Communities

09/07/2021 07:50:47 AM


Board of Directors

Congregation Shaarey Zedek expresses its grief, and outrage over the finding of nearly 1,000 unmarked graves on former residential school grounds across Canada. Even more disturbing is the widespread anticipation that other such grim findings are on the horizon.

Each grave represents not only a life unfulfilled, but a life that was marked by untold cruelty and deemed unworthy even to be named in memory by people in positions of...Read more...

Announcing Shaarey Zedek’s New Executive Director, Ran Ukashi PhD

25/06/2021 11:00:04 AM


The Board of Directors of Congregation Shaarey Zedek is pleased to announce that Ran Ukashi PhD will be joining our organization as our new Executive Director beginning Monday, July 12.

Ran comes to us with an impressive...

Renovation Steering Committee Update

15/06/2021 02:00:38 PM


Neil Duboff, Committee Chair and Board of Directors Member

Dear friends,

We have some exciting news about the future of the Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Building on our rich history and very strong foundation of more than 130 years, we are ready to launch our efforts serving our community for generations to come.

Since December 2018, then president Lorne Weiss and many members of our congregation dedicated thousands of hours to outline a plan for a capital campaign to revitalize and...Read more...

Shaarey Zedek New Signatory // Statement Standing Against Antisemitism in Canada

03/06/2021 10:59:43 AM


Congregation Shaarey Zedek’s board, clergy, staff and community appeal to our fellow Canadians to stand with the Jewish Community in the face of antisemitism.

Every Child Matters

01/06/2021 02:48:04 PM


Congregation Shaarey Zedek stands in sorrow with the First Nation’s community in mourning the 215 Indigenous children discovered in a mass grave in the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site. This is another cruel reminder of the horrific era of Residential Schooling...Read more...

A Statement on Behalf of the Winnipeg Jewish Community

22/05/2021 09:00:01 AM


Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

Shaarey Zedek new signatory // The Jewish Community of Canada Stands with the People of Israel

14/05/2021 03:21:39 PM


Congregation Shaarey Zedek’s board, clergy, staff and community is proud to be included in this initiative in support of Israel and her right to peace, security and dignity today and always.


Message from the Board of Directors // Updates

30/04/2021 01:43:09 PM


Gary Hyman, President

Dear Congregants,

With the recent announcement of the departure of Rabbi Matthew Leibl, we wanted to bring the Congregation Shaarey Zedek up to date on the synagogue’s plans moving forward. We will miss Rabbi Leibl’s youthful energy, approachability and enthusiasm, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. This is a time of major transition for the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, but also one that we believe brings with it...Read more...

Message from the President // Rabbi Matthew Leibl leaving position

27/04/2021 03:30:00 PM


Gary Hyman, President

Dear Friends,

I would like to bring you up to date on current events specifically regarding the ritual department at the synagogue.

Rabbi Matthew Leibl has decided not to renew his contract with the synagogue and will be leaving at the end of June. He advised that he has decided to move on and focus on his family and mostly being a Dad. We are very sorry to see him go and wish him and his family well.

You can be...

Executive Director Search

18/03/2021 04:22:53 PM


Message from the President //Ian Staniloff Leaving Executive Director Position

10/03/2021 01:59:42 PM


Gary Hyman, President

With mixed emotions, I write to let the congregation know that Ian Staniloff will be leaving his position as Executive Director, when his current contract expires at the end of June.

I want to congratulate Ian on his years of service to the synagogue. He has been an outstanding Executive Director for over 12 years, taking Shaarey Zedek to new heights in this fast moving, challenging world, including the tenures of Rabbis Green,...Read more...

Help Feed the Homeless Fundraiser - Goal Reached

26/02/2021 11:21:22 AM


Dr Rena Secter Elbaze

L to R: Holly Harris, Tikun Olam Co-Chair;
Sarah Chan, Housing Coordinator for 'Just a Warm...

Message from the Executive Director Synagogue Operations Update // COVID-19

18/12/2020 05:00:34 PM


Ian Staniloff, Executive Director

We hope this message finds everyone healthy and safe as we all try and get through this pandemic together.

Last fall we began the process of holding only Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in our building. Our Board of Directors with input from our Rabbis, deemed these events were extremely important especially to the B’nai Mitzvot for a number of reasons. It was agreed that we could control...Read more...

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