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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

Upcoming Sisterhood-Sponsored Programs and Events

Upcoming Events (September - December 2022)

Outdoor Events held in the Temple Tent*

*July & August: 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

10/24/22 7:30 Speaker Corrine Carey for “To Everything There is a Season” organized by Irit Magnes. - Zoom 

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


Upcoming Events- Indoor/Zoom options for Fall/Winter


December 1, 2022 7:30 to 8:30 pm

Presentations by our own Ellen Auerbach, joined by  Brenda Rosenbaum of Mayan Hands.

  • Ellen volunteered at the Mexican border helping with new refugees.

  • Brenda Rosenbaum is an anthropologist who has worked with Mayan women in Mexico & Guatemala and has founded a fair trade organization for Mayan weavers. 

  • Program is by Zoom only.............Coordinated by Irit Magnes

The Zoom link:


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


Dec 12, 2022

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CGOH Shaffer Auditorium

Join the fun, and it is lots of fun, by re-gifting something that you
don't need or use to someone who will enjoy receiving it.
RSVP to Erica Berger by Dec 6th.
Deeeeeeelicious refreshments along with tea and coffee will be

Please email if you have any questions.

Can't wait to see you!!!!!


Monday, February 27, 2023 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Sisterhood presents:

“Mindy, the book Yenta” shares Jewish Books that will inspire and delight the adult reader. On Zoom only.


Monday 2/27/2023 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Mindy Holland is a congregational past president, a member of the Sisterhood, a school librarian, and a former instructor at UAlbany School of Library Science.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Book: The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker

Discussion Leader: Arnie Rotenberg (Talk by the Author in October on Zoom)

Home: Temple In- Person and on Zoom 


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Book: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Discussion Leader: Ellen Strauss

Zoom Link Click here

Home: Temple In-Person and on Zoom


Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (potluck luncheon)

Book: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Zeligman

Discussion Leader: Ann Cramer

Home: Temple In-Person and on Zoom


Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Book: People Love Dead Jews by Dara Horn
Discussion Leader: Irit Magnes

Home: Temple In-Person and on Zoom


Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Book: The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Discussion Leader: Elisa Meredith

Home: Temple In-Person and on Zoom


Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. on the deck at Mindy Holland’s house. 

Dessert potluck and book selections for next year!


COMPLETED : Quilted Pinwheel Table Runner
A Sisterhood Program

April Friedman demonstrated how to make a quilted table runner, over two Zoom sessions. For those who missed it,  these were recorded on YouTube.  1: Selecting fabrics, cutting, and sewing pinwheel blocks, and adding borders.  See this session.  2: Assembling the quilt "sandwich", quilting the piece, making, and applying the binding.  See this session.  Thank you April!

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

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783