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The Jewish idea that each person in partnership with God is responsible for doing their share to make the world a better place. At Gates we have embraced this tenet of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. We reach out to those in need in our community and address many issues of social and economic injustice through our diverse projects locally, nationally, and in the world. Our mission is to help those at risk, the ignored, and neglected, the elderly and the very young who live in poverty and despair.



By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world but also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children. We can’t do it without our volunteers. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact the temple office at 518-374-8173.



Mitzvah Day is about the spirit of volunteerism and giving back that has come to be one of the hallmarks of Gates.

22 Years of Service in Our Community!




This past November, we celebrated our 18th annual Mitzvah Day when more than 200 volunteers showed up and got to work on projects in our community. We raked leaves, made stew, sewed, sorted, donated, read, fixed, spruced, clipped, baked, Zumba’d, and recycled, and we provided hope and help. Our Zumbathon raised $600 to benefit the Immigration Law Clinic at Albany Law School.

And what better way to ring in the season of thankfulness? Even during the darkest part of the year, we were and will continue to be the light- in our community, to our neighbors, and to those who most need to see light in the darkness. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year’s Mitzvah Day a tremendous success!



When local kids go hungry, we have their backs! Click here for more information.



Contact the temple office or email us for more information.

  • Mitzvah Day
  • REGIONAL FOOD BANK: Third Sunday each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Whenever you can make it. Help to sort and pack food. Children welcome.  If you can help, please contact Eric Siegelman at or for additional information on the Regional Food Bank www. Regional Food

  • Sisterhood Volunteer Opportunities

  • PLEASANT VALLEY/KEANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: mentor reading or math; play chess with kids.

  • SCHENECTADY DAY NURSERY: read to and play with kids.

  • BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS: be a Big to a needy Little. Get together twice a month.

  • DARFUR EFFORT: help organize educational awareness activities.

  • GREEN TEAM: help on a project to make the Gates community environmentally friendly.

  • HOLIDAY HELPERS: Deliver Thanksgiving food baskets to residents at B’nai B’rith House; Prepare a dish for the annual Thanksgiving  and December holiday dinner at the Lighthouse homeless men’s shelter; Holiday home hospitality-Passover Seder, High Holy Days… for our local college students away from home.


  • SICM Food Pantry
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary School
  • William C. Keane Elementary School
  • Bethesda House
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Welcome the Stranger Refugee Assistance


  • Food Assistance Programs
  • Info Etc
  • Interfaith Activity/Black-Jewish Relations
  • Bethesda House
  • Save Darfur
  • Hamilton Hill Arts Center
  • Universal Health Care
  • Lighthouse Homeless Shelter holiday meals


Union of Reform Judaism’s Irving J. Fain Award for Excellence for our work with…

  • 1995: Temple Community Service Corps
  • 2001: Pleasant Valley Elementary School
  • 2007: Schenectady Day Nursery

The Schenectady Day Nursery’s Special Friend of the Year Award in 2005

The Schenectady School Districts’ Golden Apple Award in 2004 for our mentor and tutoring program



Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782