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                                                        WELCOME HOME!

Welcome: Introductory page  (scroll down) with a sampling of upcoming events for the next month or two & weekly event links.
Contact us : our address, phone, fax, email and facebook information.
Directions : to the synagogue and our cemeteries.

Welcome to Congregation Gates of Heaven 

                                            Our Beautiful Cherry Blossoms have bloomed! See The Gazette from 4/2/22 with 7 photos

We’re a Reform Synagogue in Schenectady, NY, founded in 1854. The spiritual home of 377 member families, made up of individuals from all corners of the Capital District, with the largest Jewish Religious School in the area. We’re a caring family united in prayer, education, social activities, and social action. 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, interfaith families, young adults, older adults, married and unmarried, and members of the LBGTQA community.


Our Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 22, 2022 1:00 p.m. Please sign on to Zoom at 12:45 p.m.

Access to the meeting will begin at 12:45PM to give you time to get situated. Pre-registration for this meeting is necessary to assist with vote tallying and to maintain meeting security. Members please log-in and then click on the Our Annual meeting link (above) to pre-register to get your personalized zoom link.

You should have received an email giving you the above information. If you do not have email, a letter was mailed to you. Please try to attend via Zoom by following the given instructions. If you have problems, please call the office at 518-374-8173 or email

Thank you!

                                    Join our active Sisterhood and Brotherhood!

Sisterhood Page

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



Join us for this Sisterhood-Sponsored Event:

“Dirty Linen: How Women Sued the Reader’s Digest and Changed History”

Monday May 23 at 7:30 pm

When Elaine Auerbach entered the workforce in the 1960s, she didn’t envision herself being a trailblazer. She planned on working hard and furthering her career opportunities with the chance for advancement.
But five years after being hired by Reader’s Digest in Chappaqua, Auerbach was at the center of a firestorm. She was one of eight women plaintiffs to have a lawsuit filed on their behalf against the company in 1972 that alleged gender bias.

Dirty Linen 

How women sued the Reader's Digest and Changed History

Join us virtually on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm to hear Ms. Auerbach’s story as she reviews and discusses her book, “Dirty Linen: How Women Sued the Reader’s Digest and Changed History.” The book has been called a “gentle lesson in activism” and has received excellent reviews.

You can read some of the reviews of the book on Elaine’s website: or on Good Reads and Amazon.  And you can learn more about the suit against Reader’s Digest from the NY Times article of Nov. 5, 1977 by clicking here.


Brotherhood Page

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


Brotherhood Continental Breakfast/Presentation

& Zoom Meeting

Sunday, May 22, 10:00 am



Schenectady’s Battle Against Contagious Disease -

From Smallpox to COVID-19


Martin A. Strosberg, M.P.H. & Ph.D. and James M Strosberg, M.D.



This will be held in the Tent (weather permitting) and on Zoom


In-Person AttendeesRegister Here so we will know how much to order (or email number attending to Donations are welcome.

Brotherhood & Sisterhood members: free



Zoom AttendeesClick Here to join the Brotherhood meeting at 10:20 am


Martin A. Strosberg, M.P.H., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Union College and also at Clarkson University where he taught and published in the fields of healthcare policy and bioethics.


James M. Strosberg, M.D., practiced rheumatology at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for 34 years. He is a past Chief of Medicine at Ellis Hospital and Past President of the Schenectady County Medical Society, where he also served as historian.


Please join us on May 22!

Sunday May 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Free session on blintz making:

Cheese Blintzes (with a yummy cinnamon apple topping)!


Volunteers Needed

The Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Capital District Council welcomes all Jewish veterans, family members, and members of the public to join us at Congregation Beth Israel, 2195 Eastern Parkway in Schenectady, for a memorial service
at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29.


The gathered veterans will meet to honor fallen comrades for Memorial Day. 
Coffee and nosh will be served at 9 AM. The memorial service begins at 9:30 a.m. All JWV members, family and friends are welcome to attend. The service will include Jim Strosberg of Beth Israel, reciting a prayer in Hebrew and playing taps.

The ceremony concludes at 10 a.m. when JWV volunteers will place flags at area Jewish cemeteries to honor veterans buried there. We will then go to our Watt St. Cemetery to honor our nearly 100 veterans.

Please call 518-374-8173 or email or ​​​​​​​ to let us know that you can help place flags at our cemetery immediately following the ceremony at Beth Israel. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Senior Moments

Light Luncheon 12:00 noon

12:30 Zoom for Speaker

William Patrick will speak about General Electric moving out of Schenectady and how Schenectady set about a revival.

Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town How do you fix a city?

Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town shows what went right and what went wrong when General Electric moved most of its businesses out of Schenectady, New York. Between 1960 and 2000, this company town would lose 30,000 residents, and like so many other cities in post-industrial America, faced overwhelming forces that pushed it toward imminent ruin.

This is a free event, a suggested donation of $5.00 would be appreciated.

To attend live at Noon, please call the Synagogue office at 518-374-8173 or Click here to register.

To attend virtually at 12:30 click here to
register and receive your personal Zoom Link.

For more details about the event, please select the Life Long Learning link below:

                                                   Lifelong Learning 

                               Please call the office to place your order.

Click on the form to place and pay for your order.

                                Know that you matter!  &  Know how to make a difference!


2022 Summer Internships


Make a difference!  If you’re entering 11th or 12th grade or are in college, you can apply for a local paid community service internship through TCSC, the Temple Community Service Corps. 

T.C.S.C. will pay students up to $462 for a 35-hour workweek.    Four- to six-week commitments are expected.  Half-time position may also be available. For more information Click Here

Job applications are available on our website Apply Here, and more information is on the Connect pull-down menu , under Youth Programs.  You may also get an application at the Temple’s office.  For further information please contact Maxine George at 382-0544 or Ellen Blake at 377-9341. Arnie Rotenberg is another resource for information about the internships.


Due June 10, 2022 or sooner to line you up for your best opening!

                                            ONGOING SYNAGOGUE PROGRAMS

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

Tai Chi
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
(virtual only)

Community and Coffee with Rabbi Matt
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
(in-person rain or shine 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)

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782