Friday, January 25, 2019

with guest speaker Dr. David Harris, President of Union College.

Gates annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Shabbat will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019. Shabbat service will be held at 5:00 p.m., followed by Soup Shabbat dinner at 6:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. Dr. David Harris, President of Union College, will be our guest speaker.

David R. Harris, Ph.D., a sociologist with a distinguished record as an innovative teacher, scholar, and administrator, became the 19th President of Union College on July 1, 2018.  Most recently, he was chief academic officer at Tufts University. During his tenure, he led the creation of a strategic plan, from which emerged a program to encourage students to perform a year of service before college; and Bridge Professorships, which span two or more schools to advance research and teaching on complex issues. He also established the new position of chief diversity officer and launched Bridging Differences, an initiative to encourage informed discussion around challenging topics. From 2003 to 2012, Harris was at Cornell University, first as a professor of sociology and later as founding director of Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences. From 2010 to 2011, he served as deputy assistant secretary for human services policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His scholarship has focused on race and ethnicity, social stratification and public policy.


Soup Shabbat Dinner

We will serve 12 different hearty soups (and you can try them all!) along with crusty breads and of course, dessert. We ask for a  donation for the dinner that will go to the Schenectady Inner City Ministries food pantry. The suggested donation  is what you would pay if you went out for dinner. Please RSVP for the dinner by January 18. You may make your reservation and donation on our website at, or contact Kathy at or call 518-374-8173.