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We’re a Reform Synagogue in Schenectady, NY, founded in 1854. We are the spiritual home of many 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. 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 LBGTQA community.

                                                   High Holidays 2022 • 5783

Join us for the High Holidays--Everyone is Welcome

We look forward to being together in community at Gates of Heaven for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and hope you will be joining us in person or on live stream. May the New Year 5783 bring good health and sweetness to us all. Click here for our High Holiday Schedule.

Upcoming Activities: 

Jammies & Jeans-- A Kid/Family Friendly Shabbat

Welcome! Please sign up for the October 7th Shabbat and pay for the Family meal by clicking here.

If you have questions, please contact Arnie at the numbers below or email him by clicking on the flyer.

Dinner and Decorate the Sukkah
Sunday, October 9, 2022 5:00 p.m.

See the Brotherhood & Sisterhood pages (below), to view the regular activities to join in on!

Open to the Public and at No Charge

A Virtual Discussion with the Author

October 20, 2022

7:00 p.m.

click here to register

The Hidden Palace-- A Novel of The Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker

Want more information about the author and book? for more information click here 

Let’s connect and listen to Helen Wecker in a virtual discussion on Thursday, October 20.


Relaxing Exercise for Mind and Body  

Tai Chi and Qi Gong 

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Sisterhood- David Hatkoff Room

Join us for an introduction to ancient exercises that coordinate movement, breathing and meditation for improving mental and physical health. Studies have shown that Tai Chi and its forerunner, Qi Gong, lower stress, increase focus, and improve balance. Both are adaptable for nearly all fitness levels. Often, participants see benefits after just a few classes.  

Tai Chi evokes images of animals  ̶  from sparrow to lion  ̶  and familiar objects   ̶  from blossom to bow and arrow. Qi Gong is designed to harness Qi, or energy, to support bones, muscles, and heart-lung fitness.   

Aaron and Ina Fried are certified Tai Chi instructors. 

Asian refreshments will follow. 

Please wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Masks are required. 

No Charge, but please RSVP through the office at 518-374-8173 or

                                                  School Registration is Open

Classes started Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.


If you see MY ACCOUNT on the upper right of the website (above), then your family Enrollment Starts here. If you need assistance logging into your account or if you are a non-member and would like assistance, please contact the temple office at 518-374-8173 or

You may also download a PDF paper version of the Registration Forms  to fill out and return to the temple.


Sisterhood Page

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


10/24/22 7:30 Speaker Corrine Carey for “To Everything There is a Season” organized by Irit Magnes. - Zoom 

Brotherhood Page

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


  • Friday, October 7, 9:00 am: Brotherhood members will raise the sukkah with help from congregants.
  • Saturday, October 15, 4:00-5:00 pm: Student Cantor Ze’evi Tovlev   will discuss how Jewish liturgy connects to music. Ze’evi will also lead us in song around the sukkah. Cider & Donuts will be served.
  • Sunday, November 6, 10:00 am: Brotherhood Breakfast with Ernie Wein, Brotherhood VP and Tammy Van Valkenburgh, CGOH Administrative Assistant speaking on therapy dogs and dog training.

                                            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)

Fri, October 7 2022 12 Tishrei 5783