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                                                         A Place to Call Home

Founded in 1854, Congregation Gates of Heaven is a reform synagogue in Schenectady, New York. We are the spiritual home of over 350 member families, including over 100 students in Gates Quest, our re-imagined religious school. We’re a caring family united in social action, prayer, education, and social activities. We encourage you to engage with Judaism on your own level, on your own terms. Gates welcomes members of all backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Our members consist of Jews by birth, Jews by choice, Jewish adjacent, Jewish plus 1, Jewish and New-ish, young and older adults, married and unmarried, and members of the LBGTQ+ community. There's a place for you and you belong here.

                                  Upcoming Events Link & College Scholarship Links

Links for upcoming events 

Applications for the Marwill Scholarship & Weifenbach Scholarship for High School Seniors & current College students. Due in the office by Wednesday, 2/15/23.

                                                    Gates Quest & Chai School

 includes 3-4 yrs to 7th grade

Gates Quest 2022-2023 Classes started Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Register here or download the form and send it back to us by email here.

7th grade trip 3/19/2023 payment



Check out our CHAI SCHOOL: Grades 8-12                       with new sessions for Spring 2023!               

Register here to join Chai School's Kulam & Israel Revisited Wednesday evening programs on Zoom

                                                Upcoming Events by Date:


Jammies & Jeans--A Family/Kid Friendly Service

February 3, 2023 sign up here

Join us for a magical, musical Shabbat for children and parents/grandparents of all ages. Celebrating Shabbat in person on the first Friday of each month at 5:45 pm--followed by your choice of Pizza or Mac & Cheese-- $12.00/family. 

Please email with any questions, 518-374-8173. 


Sunday, February 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast w/Speakers (see details below, right)


Monday, February 6,  2023, 7:30p.m.Sisterhood Special Meeting (see details below, left)


Intermediate Art Class:

Come and take a Creative  and Colorful break from Winter with Instructor & local artist, Amy Friedman

February 9, 2023, Thursday from 10:30 to noon $20.00 per class

For students with some watercolor painting experience. We will explore artistic principles such as composition, proportion, value, shape, color and perspective through still life, floral, landscape, and abstract painting.  Sign up for the art classes


Please support this Fundraiser, held at CGOH



Family Dinner 5:45 p.m., Birthday/Federation Shabbat 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023

Join us at 5:45 for dinner before 7:00 Shabbat. Dinner cost: $10/person & $25/family; sign up here. Oneg will include birthday cake for those celebrating February birthdays and slides from a Federation Cuba Trip- with Paula Metzner & Ed Bein, Mindy & Jesse Holland narrating or discussing the trip with you.


Dates to Note:

  • Wednesday, February 15, College Scholarship Applications Due in the office
  • Monday, February 20, Presidents Day- the Office is Closed


Sisterhood Page

Click the link above to view all upcoming Sisterhood programs and information to join

Monday 2/27/2023 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. “Mindy, the book Yenta” shares Jewish Books that will inspire and delight the adult reader.  On Zoom only.

Click here for the Zoom Link

Brotherhood Page

Click the link above to view all upcoming Brotherhood programs and information to join

Breakfast Speaker February 5, 2023 10:00 Breakfast; 10:20 Zoom speaker

Rabbi David Gordis will be our speaker on The Odyssey of a Jewish Professional. He'll explore his personal journey in areas of belief and commitment and suggest how his positions have evolved over the years, including how his experience might be helpful to others.

David Gordis is President Emeritus of Hebrew College in Boston and Visiting Senior Scholar at SUNY Albany. He served as Vice President of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in Los Angeles and as Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Committee. He has taught at Brandeis, UCLA, Vassar College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was ordained in 1964 and from which he earned his Ph.D. in Talmud.

Please join us for breakfast and what will surely be an interesting presentation.

CGOH Brotherhood members: Free     Guests: $5.00

The Zoom Link for 10:20/10:30 a.m.


                                            ONGOING SYNAGOGUE PROGRAMS

Here is a list of the many ways you can connect with your Gates community:

Zenobics Tai Chi
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
(Virtual and in the Sisterhood-David Hatkoff Room; masks will be required)

Community and Coffee
                                                                   Wednesdays at 1:00 pm 
                                                          (in-person and virtual)

Talmud with Rabbi Matt
Thursdays at 12 noon  
Click Here to Join
(virtual and in-person)

Shabbat Services
Fridays at 7:00 pm
(in-person and live-streamed)

Torah Study
Saturdays at 9:00 am  Click Here to Join
(in-person and virtual)

Sat, February 4 2023 13 Shevat 5783