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What is Brotherhood?
Brotherhood is a service organization within the temple affiliated with the national organization Men of Reform Judaism. Our purposes are to provide comradeship to our members, to foster the dissemination of Jewish and secular knowledge, and to engage in tikkun olam by providing our time and expertise to the congregation, to the Jewish community, and to the community at large. Get involved! Brotherhood isn’t just worthwhile, it is fun. For more info, contact Brotherhood President Harry Stein.

Join Brotherhood today! Join online or print the membership form (coming soon) and mail back to the temple.

Brotherhood Funding: Each year Brotherhood of Congregation Gates of Heaven will be awarding funds to organizations in the Gates community. Funding provided by Brotherhood has helped to enhance the programs of many organizations for years. A primary goal of Brotherhood is to be able to help fund the work of a variety of deserving recipients. Each requester may be asked to make a more formal presentation to the Brotherhood Board in July of the funding year. For more information, please contact Harry Stein

Monthly Brotherhood Sponsored Programs

  • Breakfast and Speaker Program: Please join us for the best breakfast in town! Brotherhood Breakfasts are held monthly on a Sunday at 10:00 am and the program/speaker begins at 10:30 A.M. All are invited. Breakfast is free for Gates Brotherhood members, all others pay $4. Speakers are free. Check the temple calendar and newsletter for upcoming dates and speakers.
  • Dinner & A Movie Night: Looking for an affordable night out? Come to our monthly Brotherhood-sponsored Dinner and a Movie held on a Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a buffet dinner of salad, eggplant parmesan, veggie lasagna, meatballs, and rolls prepared by Homestyle restaurant. We usually show two movies (one rated for adults and a G rated for the kids). The fee, which also includes drinks and snacks, is $12 per person and $30 per family max (subject to change, refer to temple newsletter for up to date pricing). No fee for those not eating. All are welcome. Invite your family and friends! For more information, contact Michael Auerbach at or 518-381-4432 and check the temple calendar and newsletter for dates and movie selections.


What is Sisterhood? Sisterhood is ALL about the people! Our friends, our family, our community, ourselves!  Programming for Sisterhood focuses on the people that make up our world. Our women’s branch of the congregational family is affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism and lends its support to youth, education, and service on a national as well as local level.

Sisterhood has many social and fund-raising activities planned for the year. They support the Temple by purchasing office equipment, sponsoring the weekly Oneg Shabbat, and giving partial camperships to Temple youth for attending Jewish summer camps. They support the Reyut Committee, evening and morning book groups, and organize volunteer to work at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Join Sisterhood today! Join online or print the membership form (coming soon) and mail back to the temple.


 Sisterhood Reyut

What is Reyut? Reyut comes from the same Hebrew root as the word neighbor in the biblical quotation love your neighbor as yourself, and implies friendship and companionship, as well as neighborliness. Our Sisterhood Reyut Committee is available to all members of the congregation in times of stress and emergency. On request, the committee will attempt to locate additional sources of assistance. Reyut can be of service only when advised of an existing need. A phone call to the temple office (518-374-8173) is all that is necessary to alert the committee. You can be assured that confidentiality is respected.

How does Reyut serve?

  • By visiting the sick and shut-ins, at home, in the hospital, or nursing homes
  • By assisting in time of bereavement
  • By making friendly phone calls to our homebound
  • By shopping and or running errands in time of crisis
  • By providing transportation to Shabbat Services and to other Temple functions
  • By furnishing the temple library with book and articles on death and grieving
  • By sponsoring workshops relevant to Reyut services
  • By providing meals in times of crisis

Who is Reyut? Currently, we have about thirty-five Temple members serving actively on our committee. If you would like (even occasionally) to visit those who are sick or institutionalized, or if you can drive someone to make such visits, we need you. If you can help prepare or serve a meal, or stay at a member’s home while the family attends a funeral, there is a place for you. If you can provide transportation to temple functions, we want to hear from you. Your ideas are also important, whether or not you can be active. Please call the temple office to make suggestions or to volunteer.


Sisterhood Volunteer Opportunities

Please call the temple office or email for more information.

  • Visit ailing temple members as needed.
  • Make nursing home visits.
  • Cook and or deliver meals as needed.
  • Drive temple members as needed (to a doctor appointment, Shabbat Services…)
  • Shiva arrangements as needed.
  • Soup Kitchen – 10:00 am to 1:30 pm 4 times yearly, whenever you can make it
  • Bake for Oneg Shabbat

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh is a monthly observance of the beginning of the Jewish month. The group’s purpose is to provide a secure place for women to share, learn and grow, and to help women of all ages and stages connect with the spiritual, feminine, and personal aspects of Judaism. Come join in the discussion, the warmth, and camaraderie, come join in the joy of getting to know other Jewish women as we welcome the new month. See temple calendar or newsletter for upcoming dates.


Supporting Sisterhood Supports Gates Programs

  • Shop at our Judaic Shop located in the temple foyer.
  • Make a donation to any of the Sisterhood temple funds; Sisterhood Fund, Sisterhood Oneg Shabbat Fund, Sisterhood Jane Kahn Campership Fund, Sisterhood Jill Paul Liheyot Fund, Sisterhood Dorothy S. Ludwig Reyut Fund, and the Sisterhood Soup Kitchen Fund.


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