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  • Hanukkah

    Hanukkah candle lighting with Rabbi Matt

    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). 

  • What's Happening at Gates

     Watch Shabbat Services Live2017 Live Stream services lcon

    Watch our Shabbat Services live or see archived services. Shabbat Service @ 7:00 p.m. every Friday and  Morning Services @10:45 a.m. Saturdays only when we have a B'nai Mitzvah.


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     Martin Luther King Jr Soup Shabbat

    Community conversation and soup dinner on Friday, January 19, 2018. Evening begins with a 5pm Shabbat service followed by 6pm soup dinner fundraiser and conversation with guest speaker Stephen C. Ainlay, President of Union College. Read more.


    schenctady baseballSenior Moments Luncheon

    Free monthly lunch and speaker program for seniors (all adults welcome to attend). Join us on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (rescheduled from 1/17/18 due to snow)from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. our guest speaker will be Chris Leonard of the Schenectady County Historical Society. Chris will discuss Baseball in Schenectady.The program, facilitated by Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman, is free and open to the public.RSVP to (Up to $5 donations accepted.)


    dinner and a movieBrotherhood Sponsored Dinner and Movie

    Save the date for another wonderful dinner and movie night out on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Movies are Victoria and Abdul, Dunkirk, and Despicable Me 3. Italian buffet dinner with salad, meatballs, eggplant parm, ziti, rolls, and dessert. Popcorn, candy, and drinks available during movie. Fee for dinner is $12/12yrs and up, $6/under 12 yrs, and max $30/family. Movies are free. RSVP to or 518-381-4432.


     Holocaust picHolocaust Memorial Center In Niskayuna Community Discussion

    Did you know a Holocaust Memorial Center and Museum is being planned for Niskayuna, NY? Please come hear Dr. Michael Lozman speak about his plan to build this memorial center. Mindy Holland will facilitate the program. Join us at the temple on Sunday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. No reservations needed. The plan calls for a box car replica surrounded by a fence to create the aura of the death camps (see image to left). Read more about this on Rabbi Matt's blog


    torah on tapTorah on Tap

    Torah-On-Tap a new program to talk Torah over beers and bagels with Rabbi Matt and Arnie Rotenberg. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Schmaltz Brewing Company.Read more.


    rhoda rheinbeckThursday Adult Ed Talks

    A monthly series of evening talks featuring a variety of speakers and topics. Each talk is free standing, so join us for one or all! On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. our guest speaker is Rhoda Rosenheck. Her topic, based on her book, Yiddishe Yoga: A Jewish educator's take on Jewish American life. Read more. 


    Stefano Iacono

    Concert and Dessert Social

    Gates presents Stefano Sings, A Cantor Unplugged on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale: $20 ea ($25 at door) or be a patron at $100 for two tickets and your name in our event program. Tickets are limited to only 250 seats...don't miss out! Click here to purchase tickets online or contact the temple office at 518-374-8173 or .  Read more about the event. Read more about Stefano and hear samples of his music.

    dinner and dance logo2nd Wind

    For all adult Gates members and their friends. Join us for Pot Luck Dinner & Dancing at the temple on Saturday, February 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m  Beginner dance lessons will be provided by Ed Bein and Paula Metzner. No skill or dance knowledge expected or necessary. It's all just for fun! If you don’t want to dance, please join us for dinner and friendship. RSVP to Paula by 2/4 at


    brotherhood breakfast logo Brotherhood Sponsored Breakfast & Speaker

     Join us for the best breakfast in town on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Guest speaker will be Dahlia Herring, her topic is Welcoming the Stranger: Supporting Refugees and Immigrants in the Capital Region  Ms. Herring is the co-chairperson of the Capital Region Refugee Round-table. Breakfast begins at10:00 a.m. and speaker at 10:30 am. Click here for more information about the program and speaker.


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