Welcome to Congregation Shaarey Zedek
The Shaarey Zedek website - Version 3.0
Welcome to our redesigned website. It represents the first update to the underlying structure in more than four years, and the third version overall.
It's been a long time coming, and some of the details still need to be ironed out, but for the most part, the redesign is complete. To summarize what's been done, I've moved the main menu above the content, instead of occupying the left side of the screen. This provides more room on the page for content, meaning that more information fits on the page without having to scroll. I've also increased the font size marginally, making it somewhat easier to read the screen.
Security has been enhanced with the upgrade to the latest version of the content management software, and most importantly, the website is now "mobile friendly". Visitors to our site who use a cell phone or tablet will have a much better experience than was possible before. There are still a couple of places where pages will need to be redesigned to accommodate mobile devices, but that will be done shortly.
I again want to thank my friend, Michael, for his monetary contribution to fund the final phase of the redesign. I couldn't have done it without his support.
Chanukah Candle Lighting at Devonshire Mall 2014 - The Video
For this year's sixth annual Candle Lighting at Devonshire Mall, the gathering was held in the open area near the Theatres. This provided an opportunity to more clearly distinguish which people were there for the candle lighting, and which were just milling around for other reasons. The ceremony was well-attended, including a visit from the newly elected Mayor of Windsor, and two new council members. I guess as this event has gathered more "credibility" over the years, it demands attendance from the movers and shakers of our local government. After watching this video, you might want to check out the still photos from this event in the Gallery.
A hearty Yasher Koach to Michael
About nine months ago, I posted a poll, asking if there was anyone willing to contribute money to fund an overhaul of this website. Since 2006, I have personally covered all expenses (domain purchase and renewal, hosting fees, writing weekly articles for the site), but I didn't have the funds to cover the purchase of tools required to upgrade the website's underlying infrastructure. This past May, I actually had to downgrade our website's security because the latest version of the infrastructure was too modern to work with some of the legacy content.
Here in Windsor, there is a non-Jewish friend of our shul who has contributed in so many ways to make things easier for me. We've known each other for over 30 years. His name is Michael. I'm withholding his last name because he is too modest to take credit for his works of charity. Over the past month, Michael has contributed funds to begin the modernization of our website. This modernization will be done in two stages:
- Bringing the legacy content up to a level where it is compatible with the most modern infrastructure
- Taking the next step to transform the website into a more modern platform, capable of working with today's mobile devices
Jack Eisenberg, Webmaster