Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (Reconstructionist & Renewal)

Mailing: P.O. Box 55061; Services held at: First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705-8861

P: 257-2944

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim is a growing community of over 100 households dedicated to the thoughtful, joyful celebration of Judaism. We are affiliated with both the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and welcome interfaith couples, gays and lesbians, and Jews by choice. We hold Friday night services and potlucks throughout the month, as well as bi-weekly Saturday morning services. All are welcome to attend Shabbat services and holiday celebrations, and tickets are never required.

Our Bet Sefer is a creative Jewish educational program that focuses on Jewish values, traditions, and history for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 7 consisting of Sunday morning classes. Our school is located at the Center for Families, 2120 Fordem Ave. In addition, students in grades 3 through 7 work with a tutor once a week to learn Hebrew reading and recitation of prayers. We also offer an innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, teen youth group, adult education classes, and a Young Adult Havurah for members of the Madison Jewish community in their 20s-30s.


Shaarei Shamayim's Young Adult Havurah hosts an annual Passover seder for Jews in their 20s-30s. All are welcome to share in this celebration.

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim has a strong commitment to the larger community and is engaged in a variety of social action work. For information on current and ongoing projects, call the office.