Senior Programs

Senior Moments Group

senior moment lunch group

This group of retired and semi-retired members meets monthly for social and educational purposes. The group occasionally travels together to places of interest. Join facilitator Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman for this luncheon program offered once per-month September-June on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 2:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public (up to $5 optional donations accepted to cover the cost of food/speakers.) Reservations are required, please RSVP to Kathy at or call the temple office at 518-374-8173.

See the temple calendar or monthly newsletter for upcoming dates and speakers.



For our member’s ages 60 and over, .no fee, no need to bring a dish. Please be our guest at our monthly pot luck Shabbat dinners held the second Friday of each month followed by our 7:00 p.m.  Shabbat Service. You are our honored guest, so no fee or need to bring a dish. Our goal is to have a multi-generational Shabbat together. Our seniors love the kids and the kids love our seniors. Please RSVP for the dinner to Kathy at



At Gates, we pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive Jewish community. We strive to make services and programs accessible and enjoyable for all of our members and guests.

Our building offers…

  • Ramps outside and inside the building
  • Ramp access to the Bimah
  • Wheelchairs
  • Handicap bathrooms
  • Assisted listening devices
  • Sign Language interpreters (upon adequate time requests)
  • Large print prayer books

If there is something you need that we do not offer, please let us know.



Project 5 is a volunteer transportation service that takes Jewish seniors where they want to go.

But, it’s more than just a ride:

Inspired by the 5th Commandment, honor thy father and mother, volunteers help seniors in the Capital Region maintain their independence by driving them where they need to go: medical and dental appointments, shopping and errands, religious services, cultural and social events, luncheons with friends…

Volunteer for Project 5: Get to know our most valued community members…our seniors. You can choose your own hours and how often you want to volunteer, get reimbursed for mileage, and receive valuable training.

For more information about volunteering or for more information about how to arrange for transportation, please contact Jewish Family Service/Project 5 at 518-482-8856 or email