Congregation Shaarey Zedek is the oldest Orthodox Synagogue in Windsor. Originally founded in 1893, it began as a group of people meeting in private houses. Since then, two locations have served as the synagogue building.
Read the history of our synagogue in words and photos.
History of Shaarey Zedek - Origins
Early Jewish immigrants came from Eastern Europe with the majority coming from Russia and Poland in the 1880's.
Escaping poverty and persecution, many Jews arrived penniless and with little knowledge of the English language. North America was seen as a guarantee of a better life. Following the fire of 1871, which destroyed much of Windsor's downtown core, there was a period of growth and prosperity.