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What is Brotherhood?
Brotherhood has been a Temple service organization since 1924. Our goals are to participate in stimulating Jewish religious activities; foster cultural and educational advancement among our membership and the Jewish community at large; and promote the spirit of brotherhood through programs and social discussion. We hope you will join us.

Brotherhood Tikkun Olam: Each year, Brotherhood of Congregation Gates of Heaven strives to award funds to worthy causes in the Temple community. Awards are recommended by the Brotherhood Board each year and approved by the membership. 

Join Brotherhood today!  

You may join Brotherhood online and pay by credit card or check (link below). If you prefer to download a PDF membership form to print and mail to the Temple click here or to have a paper form mailed to you, please contact the Temple Office at (518) 374-8173.

Upcoming Brotherhood-Sponsored Programs:

On Saturday, November 18, 4:00-5:15 pm, Brotherhood and Sisterhood have arranged a

Program & Reception with Student Cantor Margo Wagner at the Temple. She will tell us about her background and experiences, as well as teach us some new melodies that will be introduced at our upcoming Shabbat Services.

There will also be a brief Havdalah, and hors d’oeuvres for all.

If you can come, please email Tammy at so we will know how many congregants to expect. We look forward to seeing you!

On December 25th 5:00 PM Chinese Dinner and a Movie

Please join us for a social evening of food and movies as Brotherhood is restarting our December 25th Chinese Dinner & A Movie at the Temple! This get together will once again be catered by Jade Bistro, Scotia, NY beginning at 5:00 pmMonday, December 25 with soup and a variety of buffet choices, including vegetarian. Movies - one for adults- Somewhere in Queens (Ray Romano) and one for children -Trolls and snacks, drinks and dessert will be provided. The cost is $18 per person (ages 13 & up), $8 per child (ages 7-12), no charge for age 6 and under, with a $50 maximum per family. 

RSVP by mailing your check to the Temple made payable to “Congregation Gates of Heaven – Brotherhood” indicating it is for the Chinese Dinner & A Movie. You may also register on the Brotherhood page of the CGOH website. All paid reservations MUST be received no later than Wednesday, December 13th. We need about 40 attendees to make this viable, please consider coming! 

Questions? Contact coordinators Stan Strauss, or Jeff Dashew,


Breakfast/Presentation Meetings will be in the Schaffer Auditorium or in the Sisterhood-David Hatkoff Room. Presentations will always be available on Zoom.

  • 2023-2024 Brotherhood Breakfast dates for Fall 2023 through Spring 2024:

    Our next Brotherhood Breakfast & Speaker Presentation is Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am, at the Temple

    Speaker: Paul Wein, JD



    Paul Wein will speak with us about the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where he has been a governing board member since 1973.


    Brotherhood Members: No charge                   &                        Guests: $5.00 upon arrival at the breakfast


    As always…   STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK


    The program will also be on Zoom starting around 10:25 am. Here’s the Zoom link:


    Link is From Nov: 

    Meeting ID: 886 5536 8298  Passcode: 285088

All are Sunday morning, 10:00 am-noon:

*October 1, 2023

*November 5, 2023

*December 3, 2023

*January 7, 2024

*February 4, 2024

*March 3, 2024

*April 7, 2024

*May 5, 2024


Tentative Zoom meeting Brotherhood Board Meeting dates for Fall 2023 through Spring 2024:

*Sunday, September 24, 2023, 9:00 am

*Sunday, October 29, 2023  9:00 am

*Sunday, November 26, 2023  9:00 am

*Sunday, December 31, 2023  9:00 am

*Sunday, January 28, 2024  9:00 am

*Sunday, February 25, 2024  9:00 am

*Sunday, March 31, 2024  9:00 am

*Sunday, April 28, 2024  9:00 am

A Sample of Brotherhood Programs

Breakfast and/or Speaker Programs: Brotherhood breakfast and/or speaker programs are held on a Sunday at 10:00 am and the program speaker usually begins at 10:30 am. All are invited. Breakfast is free for Temple Brotherhood members, and all others pay $5. There is no charge to hear speakers. Check the Temple calendar and email newsletter for upcoming dates and speakers.


Dinner & A Movie Nights: Looking for an affordable night out? Come to our scheduled Brotherhood-sponsored dinner and a movie held on a Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a buffet dinner, typically including salad, eggplant parmesan, veggie lasagna, meatballs, and rolls prepared by a local restaurant. We usually show two movies (one rated for adults and a G/PG rated for the kids). The fee, which also includes drinks and snacks, is currently $12.50 per person and $32 per family maximum. There is no fee for those not eating. All are welcome. Invite your family and friends! For more information, check the Temple calendar and newsletter for dates, movie selections, and the coordinator.


Constructing the Sukkah for Sukkot: Every year, Brotherhood members coordinate the assembly of the Sukkah and its removal after the holiday. Each activity takes only about 1½ hours. This is a great way to socialize with other Brotherhood members for a worthy Temple cause.


For more information on Brotherhood, contact Brotherhood Restart Coordinators Stan Strauss or Jeff Dashew through the Temple Office, (518) 374-8173. 

End-of-Year Luncheon

A luncheon was held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 celebrating the end of a great year and looking forward to the start of our new fiscal year. Now is the time to renew your membership or join the Brotherhood!

Calendar of Events

Wed, December 6 2023 23 Kislev 5784