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We are a Reform Jewish community where you will be warmly welcomed and affirmed.
We’re married and single, with and without children, toddlers and great-grandparents, straight allies and LGBTQ, seasoned Jews, interfaith, and folks who are beginning to connect with Reform Judaism.

Our programs and services are open to all, so check out our calendar or give us a call. We can’t wait to meet you!


Theater Party at Curtain Call
Sponsored by Sisterhood

10/17/21 at 3:00 p.m.


Join us at the Curtain Call Theater in Latham for the matinee of Say Goodnight Gracie, based on the life of George Burns. Tickets are $28 each and the Theater requires playgoers to wear masks and have proof of vaccination.

Gates Sisterhood and temple member, Carol Max is the producer of the show. For reservations, call the theater at 518-877-7529.

Operation At Ease: The Value of Therapy Dogs

Sponsored by Brotherhood

10/17/21 at 10:00 am

Zoom presentation hosted by Ernie Wein and led by Joni Bonilla

The non-profit Operation at Ease takes dogs from shelters, pairs them with deserving veterans and first responders and provides a free guided training program for post-traumatic stress and light mobility service dogs.

Joni can also answer general questions about dog training and dog behavior. 

Click here to join us via zoom

SH/BH Member Appreciation

October 24, 2021: 1pm-3PM

A combined Sisterhood/ Brotherhood membership appreciation event will be held outside the Schenectady JCC (back entrance near or in the pavilion).

We’ll serve cider and donuts, and it will be a great way to catch up with everyone! 

Click here to RSVP

Please bring your own lawn chairs and a mask.

Not a member of SH or BH?

Mitzvah Month

Begins 11/1/21

The 24th Annual Mitzvah Day will look different again this year! Join us again for Mitzvah Month.

The world needs us more than ever, and while most of our opportunities to give back will take place virtually or from a social distance, our commitment to our local community through volunteerism and tzedakah is unchanged.

Click here for more details.


Let's Talk Baseball

11/1/21 at 7:00 pm

Monthly Zoom Group with Temple member Stan Strauss
Interested? Email
Stan will send Zoom link prior to the next meeting.

Totally Terrific Tot Shabbat

11/5/21 at 6:00 pm
(in-person & virtual)

We’re starting all over again—the Creation Story in Genesis—and an experience of in-person participation for those choosing hybrid, and a hands-on experience for those coming in-person.

For an immersive virtual experience, register here and receive your Zoom link.


Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order)
Sponsored by Brotherhood

11/6/21 at 7:00 pm

Written and performed by Michael Takiff and directed by Tony nominee Brian Lane Green. Watch trailer.


FREE for Brotherhood Members; RSVP here

All others pay $8 per family and must REGISTER HERE

Together Shabbat

11/12/21 at 6:15 pm

Join us for a virtual family Shabbat dinner.

The candles, the company, the music combine to turn the first few hours of Shabbat into the unique experience that is Friday night.


Then pick up your Shabbat Box the week of November 7th (we can also deliver, just let us know).


We Love Our Pets

Check them out!



Dare To Do a Mitzvah

Dare to do a Mitzvah is our new social media initiative with the goal of getting community members to do good deeds. We will dare someone each week during our Tefillah on Sunday morning at Gates Quest School, ask them to film it, and then show everyone the video during the next Tefillah. And we ask all members of our community to Dare to do a Mitzvah and film it or take a picture, send it to Arnie, and we will post it on our social media pages. Let’s set the example—Dare to do a Mitzvah!

Torah Study

Saturdays at 9:00 am
(in-person & virtual)

One of the best-known secrets of Gates is our weekly Shabbat Morning Torah Study group with Rabbi Matt to study the weekly Torah portion. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will enjoy our active, engaged group of adults who dissect the words in search of meaning of the text and applying it to our everyday lives. Join us live in the Hatkoff Room at 9:00 am at the Temple, or virtually at


Here is a listing of the many ways you can connect with your Gates community...
Tai Chi
Mondays at 6:30 p.m

Community and Coffee Under the Trees
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
For more info contact Erica Berger
(in-person rain or shine and virtual)

Talmud with Rabbi Matt
Thursdays at 12noon
(virtual only; in-person begins 9/9/21)

Totally Terrific Tot Shabbat
Fridays at 6:00 pm
Register here
(In-person and virtual)

Torah Study
Saturdays at 9:00 am
(in-person and live-streamed)



Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782