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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
  • Virtual Knitting
  • Zoom Programs on a variety of subjects
  • Reyut - Caring Temple members who assist in times of need
  • Women’s Seder

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 (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

2021-2022 Sisterhood Book Group

11/17/21: Button Man by Andrew Gross
Leader: Ann Cramer / Host: Ellen Eisenberg
Rabbi Matt will share some of his knowledge about Jewish organized crime during this time period

1/2/22: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
Leader: Mindy Holland / Host: Ellen Strauss
(Sunday Potluck at 1:00 PM)

3/23/22: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Leaders: Ellen Auerbach & Ellen Strauss / Host: Irit Magnes

5/11/22: Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Leader: Lauren Savage / Host: Rochelle Shapiro


Join us for this Sisterhood-Sponsored Event:

“Dirty Linen: How Women Sued the Reader’s Digest and Changed History”

Monday May 23 at 7:30 pm

When Elaine Auerbach entered the workforce in the 1960s, she didn’t envision herself being a trailblazer. She planned on working hard and furthering her career opportunities with the chance for advancement.
But five years after being hired by Reader’s Digest in Chappaqua, Auerbach was at the center of a firestorm. She was one of eight women plaintiffs to have a lawsuit filed on their behalf against the company in 1972 that alleged gender bias.

Dirty Linen 

How women sued the Reader's Digest and Changed History

Join us virtually on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm to hear Ms. Auerbach’s story as she reviews and discusses her book, “Dirty Linen: How Women Sued the Reader’s Digest and Changed History.” The book has been called a “gentle lesson in activism” and has received excellent reviews.

You can read some of the reviews of the book on Elaine’s website: or on Good Reads and Amazon.  And you can learn more about the suit against Reader’s Digest from the NY Times article of Nov. 5, 1977 by clicking here.



Other Sisterhood Programs:

  • Volunteer at the Salvation Army soup kitchen
  • Knitting
  • Mah Jongg
  • Reyut
  • and more!

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!


Upcoming Events (May-October 2022)

5/23/22 Monday 7:30 p.m. Dirty Linen How women sued the Reader's Digest and Changed History by Elaine Auerbach - Zoom

June 15, 2022 Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dessert event (see below left)

(See Outdoor Events for the "warmer"  to an upstate New Yorker Season)

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


Outdoor Events in the tent

Please click on the flyer below to register or email



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

More Planned Events

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
7:00 p.m.

Annual Sisterhood Potluck Dessert
Book Selections Event

At the deck of Mindy Holland for an
in-person, socially distant get-together.

If the weather is inclement, we could use a zoom link to select our books.

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.

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

Sisterhood Calendar

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782