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Welcome to the Congregation Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood Web page. Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood is a men’s organization that combines fun with temple service. We create opportunities for men to network, explore, and celebrate through study, worship, and service in an atmosphere of fellowship and the male Jewish spirit.

Our Brotherhood provides an ideal way for the men in our congregation to get to know each other and to get involved in Temple and community life through service, commitment, and friendship. Our objectives are to explore contemporary issues affecting Jewish men and to provide service to the Temple in the spirit of fun and enjoyment. Congregation Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood is actively engaged in improving the quality of life for our members, families, congregation, and community.

BrotherhoodBrotherhood serves Congregation Schaarai Zedek and the community through various social, religious, cultural, recreational, and educational activities. We sponsor the Sunday Morning Bagels and Schmooze, special events, social functions, adult education, and support special Religious School and youth programs.

We also coordinate the ushering for Shabbat and High Holy Days services and produce educational programs for the general membership. The membership also supports the Temple and other Constituent groups in their many special programs. The Brotherhood also holds joint meetings with other local congregation Brotherhoods to promote closeness with the Tampa Jewish community as a whole. Our membership draws on men from a wide variety of occupations and skills.

The Temple Brotherhood is a not-for-profit service organization. Our events are run on a break-even basis, so we rely solely on our members’ dues and various fundraising projects to support our activities. The more members we have, the more services we can provide to Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

Our meeting times and places vary from Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings at the Temple to dinner meetings at a local restaurant. We welcome visitors and new members.

We hope you will join us in friendship and brotherhood and continue making our Congregation Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood activities enjoyable. To truly succeed as an organization, we need to retain our existing base of members and add new members who are willing to be involved. We offer you a number of ways in which to become more involved in Temple life and the Temple community. One other suggestion is to consider joining our Brotherhood Board, add your perspectives, and experience more of the camaraderie. You are welcome to visit our board meetings by informing the office that you would like to attend any Board meeting. We look forward to meeting you.

If you would like further information on how you can participate or support this organization, please e-mail

Friendships are made here!

Brotherhood offers the opportunity to expand one’s circle of friends, get involved in Jewish affairs, and contribute to our Congregation.

Paths to Community

Brotherhood is an auxiliary organization. Our primary purpose is to provide social, educational, cultural, and spiritual services for men and the broader community. While we provide opportunities for men in our congregation to gather together for fellowship, recreation, personal growth, and mutual support, we also work to support the mission, services, and activities of the Congregation.

We devote most of our time and resources to activities in these four areas:

  1. Social interaction among the men of the congregation to build friendships among men and their families in support of our objective of building a Jewish “Community” among our members.
  2. Intellectual interests of men in the Congregation. We will program for the unique needs and interests of men, being sensitive to the role men play in modern American families, egalitarian congregational life, and Jewish family life.
  3. Spiritual interests of men in the Congregation. These spiritual interests are founded in our Jewish traditions but open to modern approaches to spirituality, especially men’s spirituality.
  4. The interests of our men ing’milut hasadim (deeds of kindness) and tikkun olam (working to serve and improve our congregation, local community, and the world).