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GATES QUEST: The Golub Family Education Center

Congregation Gates of Heaven keeps Jewish learning relevant to our student’s lives. The Gates Quest curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in Judaism and the tools to live their lives as ones who set the example for others in repairing the world—making our communities a better place. 

Our goal is to plant the seeds of life-long learning through meaningful exploration, critical thinking skills, and hands-on learning with both classes and families.


REGISTRATION 2021-2022 is now open!
In-person classes this fall

Members must be logged into their account to complete online registration.

Once logged in, you will see a new tab in the main toolbar - "My Account". Click on the My Account tab and then click on the Start School Enrollment icon... select the appropriate term.

If you need assistance logging into your account or if you are a non-member and need assistance, please contact Kathy or call the temple office at 518-374-8173.

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


GATES QUEST 2021-2022

This year has brought many challenges, but also opportunities. Our 2020-2021 curriculum, La’briut, was a one-year program that has taught us much about student and family engagement. With newfound ways to engage students and families based on our successes and failures, it is time to move forward and bring in a new strategy. Our objectives include improving the lives of our learners and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to build a better world. We are more than a Hebrew school and a Religious school; we are now Gates Quest.

Registration for Preschool – 7th grade for the 2021-2022 school year is available on our website (see info above) or download a printable registration form. Based on current CDC and NY State recommendations, we are going to be together at CGOH in September. Our plans may be adjusted depending on what is happening in the fall: READ MORE




In Gates Quest, our goal is for children and families to be challenged, inspired, and energized by the power of Jewish ideas and traditions. We seek to provide our students with a living experience of the Jewish tradition and to enable all members of our community to be part of contemporary Jewish life. Our goals for Hebrew and prayer learning, therefore, fit into that framework. Our educational program aims to enable our children to cherish and use Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people, and to value and engage in Tefillah (prayer) as two significant ways to connect to contemporary Jewish life. Our multi-faceted approach to learning Hebrew and prayer is designed to touch the whole person: body, heart, mind, and soul.

Hebrew through Movement (Grades 3 & 4)

For 30 minutes each Sunday, 3rd and 4th graders will be part of “Hebrew through Movement” (עִבְרִית בִּתְנוּעָה), a program in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew commands. Hebrew through Movement starts by laying a foundation of modern, spoken Hebrew, and it builds toward the goal of learning vocabulary related to the prayers in our siddur, as well as synagogue, holiday, and other Jewish vocabularies.  Hebrew through Movement introduces language in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive link between children and the Hebrew language. Hebrew through Movement is supported by the latest brain research on learning, providing an aural foundation for Hebrew that opens the door to more facile Hebrew decoding and reading.  Hebrew through Movement helps all children in our program develop a strong foundation of the Hebrew language and knowledge of a core vocabulary of Hebrew words.

Hebrew @ Home (Grades 5-7)

Building on years of Hebrew learning in Gates Quest students participate in Hebrew@Home as a pre-cursor to their B’nai Mitzvah tutoring.  In the Hebrew@Home, students work one-on-one virtually with a teacher. This program will help students successfully to become Hebrew readers, and it makes for a smooth, easy transition into B’nai Mitzvah preparation. Your child’s Hebrew teacher will contact you in September to begin setting up times to meet.


Dare to do a Mitzvah is our new social media initiative with the goal of getting community members to do good deeds. We will dare someone each week during our Tefillah on Sunday morning at Gates Quest School, ask them to film it, and then show everyone the video during the next Tefillah. And we ask all members of our community to Dare to do a Mitzvah and film it or take a picture, send it to Arnie, and we will post it on our social media pages. Let’s set the example—Dare to do a Mitzvah!

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782