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                                                               Welcome Home

Founded in 1854, Congregation Gates of Heaven is a reform synagogue in Schenectady, New York, and a member synagogue of the Union for Reform Judaism. We are the spiritual home of over 350 member families, including over 100 students in Gates Quest, our re-imagined supplemental school. We’re a caring family united in social action, prayer, education, and social activities. We encourage you to engage with Judaism on your own level, on your own terms. Gates welcomes members of all backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Our members consist of Jews each with unique experiences within Judaism, young and older adults, married and unmarried, and members of the LBGTQ+  community.

Our Gates are open to all and you belong here.

Join Rabbi Matt for a trip to Israel - leaving February 14, 2024 -Trip details

                                                 Coming Up at Gates of Heaven

     OFFICE HOURS are:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Listing and Links to Upcoming CGOH Events (or see Community Events:)              

November 28, Giving Tuesday: We appreciate your generosity! If you haven't yet given, please click on the leaves below:

We ask all of our community to support the many programs and services we offer. Every gift matters. Every gift makes a difference. 

Please click on the leaves to make your donation.   Thank you for your generosity.


Thursday, December 7, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM Red Cross Blood Drive:  Schedule a Donation Now


Friday, December 8, 5:30 PM Hanukkah Dinner


$10/person or $25/family. Sign up here

Join us for Dinner with latkes (freshly fried by Mona Golub, Del & Randie Salmon, and Jeff & Barbara Walton), chicken, ziti (gluten-free & dairy-free available), green salad & beverages.

Gates of Heaven Temple Youth activities:

Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 PM, GOHTY Interfaith Hanukkah Party, make (& eat) latkes, play games, light the hanukkiah &  more! RSVP to 



December 25, Brotherhood Chinese Dinner & A Movie 5:00 PM (see below) 
January 5, 5:45 PM Jammies & Jeans sign up here $12/family for Pizza &/ Macaroni & Cheese
January 7,  1:00 PM Sisterhood Book Group Pot Luck (see below)
Friday, January 19 SOUP SHABBAT- 5:00 Shabbat Service, 6:00 Hearty Soup Dinner, 7:00 Assemblywoman Pat Fahy


Sisterhood Info

Click the link above to view all upcoming Sisterhood programs and Join Now for 2023-2024 membership information

See the Sisterhood page above for photos of 2023 events.

Evening Book Group Pot Luck Luncheon is Sunday, January 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the home of Mindy Holland.

 Book discussion led by Ellen Strauss.

Please email Mindy to let her know what you plan to bring to the Potluck Luncheon.

Food suggestions are on

Brotherhood Info

Click the link above to view all upcoming Brotherhood programs and Join Now for 2023-2024 membership information

On December 25th 5:00 PM Chinese Dinner and a Movie

Please join us for a social evening of food and movies as Brotherhood restarts our December 25th Chinese Dinner & A Movie at the Temple! This get together will be catered by Jade Bistro, Scotia, NY beginning at 5:00 pmMonday, December 25 with soup and a variety of buffet choices, including vegetarian.

Movies: Somewhere in Queens & Trolls- details for adult & children's movies. 

The cost is $18 per person (ages 13 & up), $8 per child (ages 7-12), no charge for age 6 and under, with a $50 maximum per family. 

RSVP by mailing your check to the Temple made payable to “Congregation Gates of Heaven – Brotherhood” indicating it is for the Chinese Dinner & A Movie. You may also register here.

All paid reservations MUST be received no later than Wednesday, December 13th. We need about 40 attendees to make this viable, please consider coming! 

Questions? Contact coordinators:                                                Stan Strauss, or Jeff Dashew,

                                            ONGOING SYNAGOGUE PROGRAMS

Here is a list of the many ways you can connect with your Gates community:

Zenobics Tai Chi Mondays at 6:30 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room (likely to be held 12/11)

Community and Coffee Wednesdays at 1:00 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room

Talmud Study  Thursdays at 12:00 PM Zoom / Hatkoff Room (not 11/23- Thanksgiving)

     Shabbat Services Fridays at 7:00 PM Livestream or Sanctuary

Torah Study Saturdays at 9:00 AM Zoom / Hatkoff Room

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