The world is based on three things Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim
Acts of loving kindness and compassion. Making the world a better place for all
Repairing the world with good deeds...Healing and transforming those in need
Reform Jews are committed to the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978 the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, so long as the child is raised as a Jew.
B'ruchim Habaim. Welcome to Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Whether you are new to Tampa or just new to our congregation, we hope you will find your spiritual home with us.
I have always had an important dream for Schaarai Zedek. I want to help every congregant of every age be able to meet his or her potential spiritually, socially and educationally through active participation in our varied Temple activities.
I am proud of what we have built and what we have added to the 120 year old mainstream Reform Jewish foundation we inherited. I am also proud of our outstanding staff which includes two Rabbis, a Cantor, a full-time Director of Life Long Learning, a Preschool Director, an Executive Director, and a Youth Director. Each of them is experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated to serving you.
The Jewish future is bright and challenging. We at Schaarai Zedek will continue striving to be at the forefront of innovation. My door will always be open to you as a friend, teacher and Rabbi. Together, I hope we can create warm Jewish memories and a special feeling that you will cherish.
-Rabbi Richard J. Birnholz