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Congregation Sha’arei Torah

Our congregation is most often referenced as “The Village Shul”. The idea behind the “village shul” is to be a synagogue where anyone would feel comfortable, a place where everyone contributes to the success of the congregation, and a place where we take care of each other. It is a warm and inviting place open to all members of the community. 

Sha’arei Torah, the Village Shul, is an active, committed congregation of Modern Orthodox Jews located in Amberley Village, a suburb of Cincinnati. CST members aspire to a holistic lifestyle which embraces religious observance, community life, Zionism and the pursuit of all forms of knowledge.

We are currently serving over sixty five diverse family units and we continue to grow as we regularly add new families.  With the types of jobs available in Cincinnati and the affordabilty of living in this region, we are attracting many new families from around the country who are now moving to Cincinnati because of our Modern Orthodox congregation. We also serve families who choose a different religious lifestyle from Modern Orthodoxy but enjoy and respect our congregation, our rabbi and our services. 

Our learning programs and social activities nurture the spiritual, intellectual and social needs of Jews.  As a new, young, and vibrant congregation, our members are brimming with enthusiasm. We offer rich and diverse programming geared towards the varied interests and talents of our membership and the greater Cincinnati Jewish community. 

Current activities include classes in Torah, Jewish law and philosophy for women and men, programming for children, daily minyanim and all Shabbat and holiday services, Shabbatons, invited and guest speakers, and social events such as picnics, softball games, game nights, etc. 

Our Leadership

Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt is our gifted young leader who guides the spiritual growth of our members. Rabbi Goldschmiedt has rabbinic ordination and a masters degree in Jewish education from Yeshiva University. Since his arrival in Cincinnati in 2013, Rabbi Goldschmiedt has fully committed himself to CST and its members.  He has recognized the needs of our community and, provides pastoral counseling, teaching and guidance in religious practice to our members. He also makes every effort to represent CST communally while collaborating with the larger non-Orthodox Jewish community.

Mrs. Elyssa Goldschmiedt is also an active leader of CST by providing Bat-Mitzvah lessons, running our synagogue youth group, giving classes and counseling for women. CST considers Mrs. Goldschmiedt an essential part of our professional leadership.

Our Lay Leaders and Volunteers

Our members are willing and enthusiastic leaders and volunteers contributing spiritually, intellectually, physically, and financially in our efforts to build and grow The Village Shul.  Most of our members are actively supporting our mission by serving on our Board of Directors or committees, by being involved in program planning and implementation, or by quietly assuming responsibility for the myriad tasks that sustain and grow our shul. 

We are also proud of the substantial contributions made by our congregants to the Cincinnati Jewish community.  Our congregants are members of the Wexner Heritage Program and have participated in the Phillips Leadership Program and the JFNA Young Leadership Cabinet. We are leaders in our community as  members of our congregation have served as Board Presidents of the following communal agencies and institutions:  Cedar Village Retirement Community, The Mayerson Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Federation, The Jewish Foundation The Rockwern Academy, Cincinnati Hillel, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association of Cincinnati, Jewish Community Relations Council, Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet, and the Cincinnati Mikveh. 

The majority of our congregants have donated their time, financial resources, and leadership skills to virtually every Jewish organization in our city.  In addition, several members of our congregation have attained leadership posts in regional, national and international organizations, and are well known as scholars and speakers in various fields, including both professional, secular disciplines as well as Jewish studies.

Our Campus and Building

In 2012, property was purchased in Amberley Village to serve as the site for a permanent home for Congregation Sha’arei Torah, AKA the Village Shul.  The new synagogue building is a one story structure designed to nestle into the 6.4 acres of the property’s wooded and rolling terrain.

The building was designed by a committee of synagogue members, led by past presidents Howard Mayers and Norman Frankel, architect Michael Maltinsky, and Jeff Epstein. Similarly, the Aron Kodesh was designed by a committee of shul members, led by architect Michael Maltinsky, Cynthia and Bob Rosen, and artist Shoni Golin-Cahn. The beautiful parochet was designed and created by member artist Shoni Golin-Cahn.

Our permanent address at 2400 Section Road in Amberley Village is geographically central in the region, relatively affordable in terms of housing stock, and at the center of Jewish life in Cincinnati. Amberley Village affords close access to major regional thoroughfares, the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway and Interstates 75 and 71.

Residents of Amberley Village enjoy short commutes to downtown and all areas of greater Cincinnati for business and work. The location also facilitates easy access to museums, ball parks, parks, the Aronoff Center, Playhouse in the Park, and downtown businesses and social events.

Amberley Village is home to the core institutions of committed Jewish life including 6 synagogues (more than any other community in Cincinnati), a new mikveh, the Mayerson JCC, Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Federation, and Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, one of the two Jewish day schools in Cincinnati.  Amberley Village residents are in close proximity to regularly patronize all the approved kosher restaurants.

Join Us!

Part of our core mission is to actively market and proudly share what we have to offer to residents of greater Cincinnati and beyond.  Our goal is to offer a welcoming and lively hub of educational and social programming every day of the week.    We welcome you to visit and find out what makes Congregation Sha’arei Torah/The Village Shul such a special place.



Mailing Address:
2400 Section Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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