Adult Education

Watch Live and Recorded Adult Ed & Shabbat Services


There is something for everyone. Choose what interests you, bring a friend or two or come on your own. Enjoy learning with new and old friends.

See our temple newsletter and calendar for upcoming classes and additional details.


  • Tikshoret (Connections): Welcome to Gates’ online adult education project, an opportunity to connect and learn with and from each other.

    • We begin with Section I. Being a Reform Jew (study guide p.67). Read it at your leisure. Then write your thoughts, ideas, impressions, questions, etc. on our online forum.
    • Once a month we will get together at different homes to continue sharing questions and answers with an eye towards creating personally meaningful Jewish experiences. 

    Study Guide Link:

    Online Form Link:

    For more information, contact Arnie Rotenberg, Director of Congregational Jewish Living at or 518-374-8173.

  • Beginning Hebrew Reading In Only 6 Weeks
    With Michael Schulman
    Sundays beginning 9/16 at 10:00 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Have you always wanted to read Hebrew? Would you feel more comfortable at
    services knowing that you can read the Hebrew prayers? This course is for
    beginners and those who wish to brush up on their reading. Learn Hebrew in a
    contemporary and engaging format. No prior Hebrew knowledge required.

    Adult B’nai Mitzvah
    With Michael Schulman
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 11:00 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Do you remember your Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Would you like to renew your
    connection to the prayers and Torah text you learned? Or perhaps you never
    had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and would like to. The Adult B’nai Mitzvah course
    prepares adults to comfortably access the texts and prayers of our tradition.
    This course will prepare you for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the spring.

    Kitah Aleph Hebrew
    With Lee Brice
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 9:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

    Prayer, Ritual, and Music
    With Lee Brice
    and guest teachers
    Rabbi Pearlman, Rabbi Matt, Arnie Rotenberg, and Student Cantor Stefano Iacono
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 10:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

    Kitah Bet Hebrew
    With Lee Brice
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 11:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

  • All who seek to find meaning in the aging process are welcome.

    In five Wednesday afternoon sessions, learn powerful tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of your own ripening life and find inspiration through the gift of mortality. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and other spiritual wisdom leaders from across many faith traditions.

    Dates Wednesdays:  April 24, May 8, 22,  June 5, 19
    Time 1:30pm-4pm
    Location Congregation Gates of Heaven
    Address 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady, NY  12309
    Co-facilitated by Audrey Seidman and Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman

    Audrey Seidman completed the Sage-ing® Mentorship Program, serves as a spiritual director, and volunteers as a chaplain at Albany Medical Center.

    Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman is Adjunct Rabbi at Congregation Gates of Heaven. She has been a therapist for approximately twenty-five years. She now focuses her work on the elders of our congregational community.

    • Participants should plan to attend all five sessions. Fee is $36/session and scholarships are available.
    • Discount of $30 for payment in full by April 19th.
    • Seating is limited so please reserve your spot by April 19th!
    • Call Laura Ehrich at 518-374-8173 or email LEHRICH@CGOH.ORG.
  • The first Thursday of each month (usually), from September-May from 7pm to 8 pm, we offer a free lecture series with various topics and speaker. Check the temple bulletin and calendar for upcoming programs and additonal details. 

    Here’s a look at our upcoming lineup:


    February 7, 2019 at 7pm: 

    Meet Virginia Eubanks

    Author of Automating Inequality; How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.

    Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific AmericanHarper’s, Wired, and The Nation. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

    Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

    In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on the poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories; from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying, to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile. Deeply researched and passionately written, Automating Inequality could not be timelier.

    Books will be provided by The Open Door Bookstore at 20% discount before

    January 30. Copies will also be for sale at the event.

  • The Biblical History of Israel
    Thursdays: 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 12/27, 1/10, 1/24 From 7 pm to 8:30 pm

    As the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, Israel is one of the most important regions in the world. With a rich history stretching back over 3,000 years, this area is a sacred land for three major faiths and the setting for defining events in religious history. But how did ancient Israel emerge? Who were the Israelites and where did they come from? What was it like to live in biblical Israel?

    Through a series of video lectures from The Great Courses by Professor Jodi Magness and Professor Cynthia R. Chapman followed by discussion, this 9-week course will add new dimensions to your understanding of the millennia-long narrative of this dynamic place.