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  • 2016 December Bulletin

  • 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

    stefano sings cdStefano Sings Concert CD Now Available

    Purchase a 2-CD set of the entire concert for $20.  If you were there, you'll want to hear it all again. And if you missed it, this is your chance to hear every minute of the concert with pristine sound quality. The CD's will be available on March 1, but pre-purchase now while supplies last. This is a fundraiser for the temple.


     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.


    conversionThursday 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!

    Many people seeking a spiritual home find Judaism attractive. Here at Gates we have welcomed many as they have explored what Judaism offers. Our march topic: My Jewish Journey. On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. come listen to members of our community talk about conversion to Judaism and how it represents a challenging, powerful, and transformative undertaking. 


    dinner and a movieDinner and A Movie

    Brotherhood sponsored Dinner and a Movie on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Movies are Only the Brave and Red Dog: True Blue.Dinner at 6:00 p.m. movie around 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be eggplant, vegetable lasagna, and salad. Drinks and snacks are all included. Please advise if any special dietary concerns, restrictions, preferences, additions, or if you require babysitting. Cost is $12 per person and $30 for family for the dinner. Movie is free. Must RSVP to Michael Auerbach at


    senior lunch

     Monthly Senior Lunch and Program

    Free monthly lunch and program for seniors (all adults welcome to attend). Join us on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Michael Diana from the Schenectady Historical Society. His presentation will be about the Glen family and the Glen Sander Mansion. He traces the first three generations of the Glen family and their roll in Schenectady.The program, facilitated by Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman, is free and open to the public.RSVP to (Up to $5 donations accepted.)


    jewish food festival logo15th Annual Jewish Food Festival

    Sunday, March 18, 2018. Featuring unlimited food samples of traditional and modern foods prepared by restaurants, caterers, and members of the Gates synagogue family. One price and sample all the food you can eat! Read more.

    Don't stand in line... per-purchase your tickets online!


    foundersFounder's Day Service

    Join us for this community service on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. held at Berith Sholom located at167 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180.There will not be a Shabbat service held at Gates that evening.


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