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The congregation was founded in 1861, when the more traditional Jews of Detroit withdrew from Temple Beth El (Detroit, Michigan) . Shaarey Zedek was a founding member of the Conservative United Synagogue of America in 1913. 
The, congregation worshipped in a building at the intersection of Congress and St. Antoine streets in Detroit from its foundation until 1877, when it was able to erect on the same site a new building, an elaborate Moorish Revival synagogue with tall, twin towers topped with Onion domes. It was the first purpose-built synagogue in the Detroit area and the first of no fewer than five synagogue buildings that the congregation would build within the space of a century. In 1903 the members having moved to a more fashionable neighborhood, the congregation erected a new building topped with an octagonal dome at the intersection of Winder and Brush streets. In 1913 Shaarey Zedek, again following its increasingly prosperous congregants, moved into a spacious, new, domed Neo-classical synagogue building at Willis and Brush street where it would remain until 1930. In 1932, the congregation, again following the movement of the congregants to a more suburban location, completed yet another new building, a Romanesque Revival sanctuary at 2900 West Chicago Boulevard at Lawton Street, designed by the noted architect Albert Kahn. The building is now the home of the Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple Church  In 1962 the congregation moved to its present building on Bell Road in suburban Southfield.
The congregation's present, Southfield building was designed by Percival Goodman. Henry Stoltzman writes that it "embod(ies) Goodman's work at the peak of his career."  The San Francisco Examiner has named the building one of the "top 10 breathtaking places of worship" in the United States. The Examiner called the congregation's dramatic concrete building a "phenomenal example of 1960’s futuristic architecture." 
- ↑ Olitzky, Kerry M.; Raphael, Marc Lee. The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook, Greenwood Press, June 30, 1996, p. 178.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Our Congregational Family / History, Shaarey Zedek website. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
- ↑ Eli Grad, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 5622-5742, 1861-1981, Detroit, Michigan by Wayne State University Press, 1982.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Henry and Daniel Stoltzman, Synagogue Architecture in America; Path, Spirit, and Identity, images publishing, 2004, p. 188-91
- ↑ Harmony & dissonance: voices of Jewish identity in Detroit, 1914-1967, Sidney M. Bolkosky, Wayne State University Press, 1991, p. 229.
- ↑ Kerry M. Olitzky and Marc Lee Raphael, The American synagogue, p. 178-9.
- ↑ Jamie Sperti, "The United States' top 10 breathtaking places of worship, # 6", The Examiner, April 21, 2009.