Shaare Zion602

Shaare Zion Synagogue served as a vibrant hub of Sioux City communal Jewish life beginning in 1927 until the early 1990’s when the Congregation merged with the reform temple to form the current Beth Shalom congregation.

Shaare Zion was like a second home where generations of Jewish families and individuals gathered to connect, pray, learn and celebrate. Rabbi Hyman Rabinowitz served as its founding Rabbi. 

The church that purchased the building in the early 1990s has been unable to keep up with badly needed repairs and the building is now slated for demolition by the end of the summer.

To honor and preserve the rich history of Shaare Zion Synagogue and its congregation, we invite current and former Sioux Cityans to share their memories of the building, people and events that took place there. You can write a few sentences, a few paragraphs or something longer. We will share responses, likely in electronic form, with the Beth Shalom extended community once responses are compiled.

Please send your written reflections by July 30, 2021 to Judy Brodkey, or 211 N. 1st Avenue, Apt 35, Iowa City, Iowa 52245.

Email submissions are strongly preferred, either by attaching a Word document (no pdf files) or by writing your thoughts in the body of an email. Please put “Shaare Zion” and your name in the subject line. Photographs of Shaare Zion are also welcomed. If emailing them, Jpeg files are preferred. Please include a description and the date (if known) on the back of the photograph(s). If you are using snail mail, make a copy of your photo(s) since they will not be returned.

Thank you for helping us honor Shaare Zion with your memories!