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Upcoming Sisterhood-Sponsored Programs and Events

Upcoming 2024 Events

 Future 2024 Programs:

Event is Cancelled -Chair Yoga, Eilene T organizing for Sunday, April 7, 2:30 PM= $8 for members $10 non members. All are welcome to participate- to be held at CGOH


Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM Please Join Us!

Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 PM

Book Banning! Libraries Threatened!
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 7:00 PM

Have you noticed libraries have been making headlines lately?
Have you paid attention to the controversy surrounding certain authors, such as Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, and Joseph Bruchac?

Mindy Holland will share her insights on children's books and school libraries, including book banning, sexuality in children's books, the fate of classics, the Own Voices movement, librarians as targets, and the influence of the left and right on books in our school libraries.

Mindy is the librarian at Okte Elementary in Clifton Park, a past President of Congregation Gates of Heaven, our synagogue librarian and a former adjunct instructor at the School of Library Science at the University of Albany.

This is an open discussion geared toward adults. We encourage you to join us for what promises to be a lively discussion! Nosh included. Please RSVP .


Past Events 2022-2024

Outdoor Events *

*July & August 2022: Wednesdays at 1:00 Conversation & Coffee: Open to everyone! Call Ellen Eisenberg if questions.

*July 27, 2022-  Wednesday 10:00 am Quick Pick Book Talk. Everyone shares a favorite book. Bring your favorite beverage and a chair. Meet at the Temple Tent for a socially distant laid back book share.

*September 12, 2022- Monday 5:30-7:00 pm 125th Sisterhood Anniversary.  Temple Tent

10/24/2022 7:30 Speaker Corrine Carey for “To Everything There is a Season” organized by Irit Magnes. -

Chair Yoga November 13, 2022 2:45 p.m.

December 1, 2022 7:30 to 8:30 pm Zoom only Presentations by our own Ellen Auerbach, joined by  Brenda Rosenbaum of Mayan Hands.

December 12, 2022  7:00 - 8:30 p.m. "White Elephant Re-Gift Exchange" at Gates in the Schaffer Auditorium.

February 27, 2023, "Mindy the book yenta” shared Jewish Books that will inspire and delight the adult reader. See the list.


Photos from Event- June 4 11:00 AM, Lunch Noon

   Sisterhood Short Walk in Central Park Rose Garden & Buffet Lunch



 July 25, Afternoon Schmooze: Games and Food 1-3 PM

    Monday, October 16 at 7:00 PM "What Would You Do?" A guided discussion of hypothetical legal cases in which participants will consider the issues in a handful of possible scenarios and how they would address them. Led by the Hon. Brian Haak. Read Brian's Bio.

 Thursday, November 2, 2023: Sisterhood Crafts Evening: Zentangle by Holly Loth; see the evening efforts:

Remember to catch up on your reading of Horse by Geraldine Brooks for Sisterhood Evening Book Group on November 15 at 7:00 PM at the Savage home.

Program & Reception with Student Cantor Margo Wagner On Saturday, November 18, 4:00-5:15 pm, Brotherhood and Sisterhood have arranged a program at the Temple with Student Cantor Margo Wagner.

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 Monday, December 4, we will have our annual White Elephant Evening which is fun for all who attend. 

Schmooze with Judge Jill Polk,  January 21 11:00 in the Sisterhood/David Hatkoff Room, Enjoy a bagel and chat with others!

Brotherhood/Sisterhood breakfast Sunday, February 4, 2024 10am-speaker Phillip Morris from Proctors Theater. Free for Sisterhood members-$5 charge for guests and non members.


Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Book: Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro 

Discussion Leader: Ellen Eisenberg

Home: Ellen Eisenberg


Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Dessert Potluck and book selections for next year. Held in the Synagogue Library


2022 Sisterhood Program COMPLETED : Quilted Pinwheel Table Runner Thank you April!

April Friedman demonstrated how to make a quilted table runner. For those who missed it, these were "recorded".  

1: Selecting fabrics, cutting, and sewing pinwheel blocks, and adding borders.  1.) See this session

2: Assembling the quilt "sandwich", quilting the piece, making, and applying the binding.  2.) See this session



Sisterhood of Congregation Gates of Heaven is a community of Temple congregants committed to our Temple’s sense of inclusiveness.  We offer programs and services designed to meet the needs of our congregants and the greater community. We provide opportunities for our Temple family to deepen their connection to one another and Judaism.   Sisterhood supports a variety of projects and activities, including the following:

For Our Temple:                                            

  • Cemetery Beautification Project
  • Judaica Shop

For Our Youth:

  • Religious School enrichment programs
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts
  • Temple Community Service Corps internships

For Our Community:

  • Schenectady School District Foundation
  • Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM)
  • Regional Food Bank
  • Schenectady BackPack Program

For Our Members:

  • Virtual Evening Book Group
  • Virtual Mah Jongg
  • Zoom Programs on a variety of subjects
  • Reyut - Caring Temple members who assist in times of need

Join Sisterhood today!

We welcome you and encourage you to join Sisterhood and add your unique spirit.

You may join Sisterhood online and pay by credit card or check (Click on the Sisterhood Join Now button 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.


Support Sisterhood!

Donations may be made to Sisterhood through the following funds:

  • Sisterhood Fund
  • Sisterhood Reyut Fund
  • Sisterhood Soup Kitchen Fund

Sisterhood White Elephant Re-Gift 2022 Photos

Sisterhood Judaica Shop

There are many beautiful items available in our Sisterhood Judaica Shop, including:

Tallitot • Menorahs • Tzedakah Boxes • Kippot • Framed Artwork • Vintage Jewelry • Mezuzot • Wine goblets
Something for everyone!

The Judaica Shop is open by appointment only. Masks are required.
Contact Erica Berger at to schedule an appointment to visit the Judaica Shop.

Payment can be made by cash or check in person, or by choosing "Sisterhood Judaica Shop" in the Donations page.

All proceeds benefit Congregation Gates of Heaven and Gates Quest, our Religious School.

Sisterhood Calendar

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