Mission Statement, Synagogue History and Location
Enjoy the difference a warm, caring “haimish” synagogue makes! We are proud to be a multi-generational extended family for our members. Together we share life’s joys and sorrows, finding comfort and reassurance in being part of a kehillah kedosha (sacred community).
Come celebrate Shabbat and holidays in spirited Conservative egalitarian prayer and song! You’ll find a refreshing attitude which favors broad congregational involvement in our services.
The Jewish Community Center of “West Hempstead” was founded in the autumn of 1951 by 6 Franklin Square families, known as “The Patterson Avenue Six”. The need was to meet the religious requirements of some 750 families, predominantly Jewish, who set up new homes in our area, once devoted to potato farming. We enrolled over 650 families as members (swelling to over 800) and set up a full program of Conservative religious services, including a Religious School. Our shul immediately became (and still is) the premier Conservative synagogue in the heart of western Nassau County and the focal point for religious, programming and community activities in the desirable “Dogwood Area” of Franklin Square-West Hempstead and beyond.
The Franklin Square Jewish Center and the Jewish Community Center of West Hempstead consolidated into one synagogue in November of 2014. We chose the name Congregation Shaaray Shalom (Gates of Peace). Today, our growing congregation joins together as a sacred community, in egalitarian prayer and song, in daily Minyanim, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Chavurah groups, educational programs, cultural and social activities and in the joyous celebration of life’s events.
“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”!
Franklin Square-West Hempstead is a vibrant Jewish community. We are a fast-growing affordable area, attracting young Jewish families and singles who are looking for a suburban life-style, yet desire the closeness of everything that New York City has to offer. We are approximately 23 miles east of Manhattan! This makes commutation (for work OR pleasure) much shorter, less stressful and much less expensive! There are are about one dozen Long Island Rail Road stations in and around our neighborhood. Come and check out the diverse choice of moderately priced expandable homes in our special community.
Fortunately, we are north of the Nassau County Flood Zone, making our community most sought-after.
Because of our synagogue’s unique location and reasonable membership dues, we attract congregants from all of Nassau County, as well as eastern Queens and western Suffolk counties.Why 1950’s-style Ranch Homes Are All The Rage Again The “Dogwood area” of Franklin Square-West Hempstead has an abundant amount of 1950’s ranches!