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Founded in 1854, Congregation Gates of Heaven is a reform synagogue in Schenectady, New York, and a member synagogue of the Union for Reform Judaism. We are the spiritual home of over 350 member families, including over 100 students in Gates Quest, our re-imagined supplemental 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 each with unique experiences within Judaism, young and older adults, married and unmarried, and members of the LBGTQ+  community.

Our Gates are open to all.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 22, 12:00 PM, Senior Moments
NOTE: No Community & Coffee in lieu of Senior Moments
Monday, May 27: Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
Important CGOH Brotherhood Planning Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 9:00 am, Sisterhood-Hatkoff Room
All Temple members are invited to join us for an important Brotherhood Planning Meeting. 
We will discuss and develop plans for our July 2024 – June 2025 year, including: breakfast/speaker meetings; additional Brotherhood programs we want to pursue; possible joint programs with Sisterhood; expanding/retaining Brotherhood membership; and other activities you may suggest.
We’ll have coffee and donuts. Please join us!
Sisterhood Palette Painting
Sunday,  June 2, 1:30 PM
$10/Sisterhood member or $20/non member
The painting you will create:

Sisterhood Pot Luck Dessert & Book Selection

Wednesday, June 5th,  7:00 PM at the Strauss home
Bring your favorite dessert to share and your suggested book(s) for the next year.

The Big Ten
Sunday,  June 9, 3:00 - 4:30 PM, In-person and virtual via Zoom (link TBA)
Embark on an enlightening journey through the Ten Commandments with our uniquely-designed online course! This series includes 11 engaging videos that you can watch at your convenience, beginning with "The Mystery Box" to set the stage. We recommend exploring the commandments in reverse order, starting with the tenth and concluding with the first, watching one video each day to deepen your understanding. These sessions are not just about revisiting ancient laws, but uncovering their profound truths and relevance in modern Jewish life. To cap off your journey, we invite you to a special discussion on Sunday June 9 at 3:00 PM, either in-person or virtually, where we'll share insights and reflections. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with timeless wisdom in a vibrant, engaging setting!

The holiday of Shavuot, beginning the evening of June 11 and continuing June 12, commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt. It is customary to read or hear the Ten Commandments during this time.

Click here for the individual videos of the Commandments.

Something about Torah: Defining Its Role and Meaning in Our Lives
A Virtual Class With Rabbi Matt
Wednesday,  June 12, 7:00 pm
This class aims to explore and establish a personal and communal understanding  of the Torah's significance in daily life. Through discussions, readings, and reflective
exercises, we will work towards creating a dynamic and meaningful definition of Torah that resonates with all our collective experiences.

Join us for weekly programming:

Zenobics Tai Chi Mondays at 6:30 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room
        Community and Coffee Wednesdays at 1:00 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room     (C&C will not be held 5/22 due to Senior Moments light Luncheon & music)
Talmud Study Thursdays at 12:00 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room
                Shabbat Services Fridays at 7:00 PM Livestream or Sanctuary          
Torah Study Saturdays at 9:00 AM Zoom / Hatkoff Room

Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyar 5784