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    Hanukkah (meaning Dedication)

    The joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the temple in Jerusalem.

    The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the Hanukkah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; unique foods are eaten like latkes and jelly doughnuts called Sufganiot; and special songs and games are played.

    Hanukkah Dinner

    We invite you to partake in the warmth of our traditional Hanukkah Dinner and Service held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Bring along your family menorah to light in the good company of fellow congregational members gathering to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

    For more information about our Hanukkah Celebration Dinner and Service or RSVP, please contact Kathy at or call the temple office at 518-374-8173.

    Mona Golub's Famous Homemade Latke Batter Salelatkes

    Purchase your latke batter on Sunday, November 18 from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m or until sold out. 

    Pre-ordering (by 12/12) is highly recommended!(Batter Freezes very stock up!)

    Each quart size batch makes 12 three inch latkes for $10 per quart.

    To pre-order contact Kathy at or call the temple at 374-8173.

    All proceeds benefit Gates of Heaven Temple Youth group (GOHTY). 

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    L'Shanah Tovah

    It's that time of year. Do you have plans for the holidays? Come ring in the New Year with us. All of our High Holy Day services are free and you don't need to be a member. We've got your ticket... just give us a call! Contact the temple 518-374-8173.


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    Watch High Holy Day Services Live

    Can't make itto temple for the holiday services? or maybe you can't get hear for Shabbat services or yourgrandchild's b'nai mitzvah. That's ok! Watch services live (or archived). Stream online to your computer, smartphone, or TV (if you have a smart TV that is). Click here to live stream services.


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    High Holy Days Begin 9/1/18

    Click here to see our schedule of programs and services.



    SelichotTorah Covers HHD A

    Prepare yourself spiritually for the High Holy Days by participating in a special service called Selichot. Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Matt will discuss, The Power of The Season: Prayer, Politics, and Repentance, while enjoying a light meal together, followed by the 8:00 p.m. Selichot Service. RSVP for the discussion & meal to Michelle at


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    Prospective Member Open House

    Are you looking for a place where you can be part of a caring diverse community of like-minded people? A place you're welcomed and embraced for who you are? A vibrant and nurturing religious school? Here's your chance to come check us out, we'd love to meet you. Our open house is Friday, September 7, 2018: 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service, 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Services--come to all or any part of the evening. For those with young children, come to Tot Shabbat and dinner. For those without little ones, come to dinner and stay for the 7:00 p.m. Service. RSVP to Kathy at Oh, and don't forget to ask for your free High Holy Day tickets.


    apple pickingFamily Apple Picking Day

    Let's get into the holiday spirit! Let's go apple picking. We’ll meet at 1:30 p.m. at Altamont Orchards (4094-4118 Becker Road, Altamont, NY 12009) on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Let us know you're going, email Amy at Sponsored by 2nd Wind. (Pay for your own. No open toe shoes or pets.)

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    2nd Day Rosh Hashanah

    This is a creative family-friendly service, with activities and lunch heldat William K. Collins, Jr. Park in Clifton Park on Tuesday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by 9/7 to Michelle at or 518-374-8173.



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    First Thursdays Adult Ed Lecture Series

    Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Not the first Thursday)
    With guest speakers Bruce Feldman and Meg Levine as the attorneys and Brian Haak as the judge.

    Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

    Dr. Richard Ognibene, Professor Emeritus at Siena College, willdiscus his newest book, Change in Early 19th Century In New York’s Capital District.


    Sukkot WallpapersSukkot Celebrations

    • Family Sukkot Fun on 9/22/18 at 12:30 p.m: At the home of Jesse and Mindy Holland. Decorate sukkah, play lawn games, andpot luck lunch. RSVP yes to Mindy at
    • Adults Sukkot Partyon 9/23/18 at 12:30 p.m: At the home of Jesse and Mindy Holland. Enjoy apot luck lunch andsmooze with friends under their sukkah. RSVP yes to Mindy at
    • NY Harvest Sukkot Celebration and Service:At the temple on 9/23/18: 4:00 p.m. decorate the temples sukkah with family and friends, 5:00 p.m. NY pizza to share a slice of life with each other, and bringa NY harvest dessert, 6:00 p.m. Sukkot Service under our decorated sukkah. RSVP to Kathy at


    simchat torahSimchat Torah and Consecration

    Please join us as we celebrate together God’s gift of Torah on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. We will encircle our congregation with an open Torah Scroll, as one of our we read the ending and the beginning of the Torah. Our kindergarten and new primary grade students will receive the symbolic gift of a miniature Torah scroll. Third grade students, beginning their Hebrew studies, will be recognized and honored. All students are invited to bring their own Torah scroll made in 2nd grade with Dr. Dickinson.

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