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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 2023-2024 Events


Thursday, November 2, 2023: Sisterhood Crafts Evening

click here to sign up or click on the flyer above.


Past Events 2022-2023

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


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Book: Kantika- Elizabeth Graver

via zoom only


Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Book: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Home: Lauren Savage

Discussion Leader: Lauren Savage

Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. (potluck luncheon)
Book: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus    

Home: Ellen Strauss

Discussion Leader: Ellen Strauss

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Book: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah 

Home: Cindy Cohen
Discussion Leader: Cindy Cohen


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 White Elephant Re-Gift Event 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

Sat, September 23 2023 8 Tishrei 5784