Welcome to Congregation Shaarai Shomayim

Living Jewishly, Intentionally, and With Heart. 
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Ever wonder about sex, drugs, and rock & roll

from a Jewish perspective?


Now's your chance to find answers to these questions and more.


Ask the Rabbi


January 24 at 7:00 PM


All questions are welcome.

Rabbi Paskoff will respond as time permits.

Please send your questions in advance

by Sunday January 23 at 12:00 to




Lancaster Center for Adult Jewish Learning,

Congregation Shaarai Shomayim


To join via Zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/479280143

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As Temple Life returns to in person service and events,
we will continue to 
connect virtually.
Take a look at everything coming up.

Invite your friends to share in the richness of
Jewish life at Shaarai Shomayim!

Please note, in order to keep our virtual interaction safe, all sessions will be password protected. Please contact the office at
jperry@shaarai.org for the password.

If you have any difficulty connecting (or need the password), please email 
Rabbi Paskoff at jpaskoff@shaarai.org for assistance.


Book Group 
12PM - 1PM


12PM - 1PM

Adult Jewish Growth 
7PM - 8:30PM


Morning Minyan 
8AM - 8:30AM

Coffee with the Rabbi 
11AM - 11:50AM

60 Mystical Minutes 
12PM - 12:50PM

Sh'arim -Virtual Only,

Adult Hebrew
7PM - 8PM
Beginning Hebrew - Decoding with Aaron Zinner 

Conversational Hebrew with Adi Shalev


No event scheduled



Torah Study 
9AM - 10AM



Sh'arim Family Service


Effective immediately, all in-person activities at Shaarai Shomayim are suspended. Programs, services and Sh’arim will be accessed virtually – further details will be sent in the coming days. Our plan is to resume in-person Shabbat services on

Friday, January 28th and in-person Sh’arim on Sunday, January 30th. We will adjust these dates as appropriate.


At our recent Board of Trustees meeting, the board passed a proposal that limits access to our in-person services, events and Sh’arim to those who either are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) and to those who are not eligible to be vaccinated because of age or health conditions. Everyone entering our building or participating in our programs will still need to be masked. This policy will go into effect on January 28th for anyone Age 12 and over and February 13th for anyone Age 5 and over. The policy will last as long as our medical advisors deem necessary. Please remember that almost all of our offerings have a way to participate virtually.


In order to implement this, we will be asking everyone who comes to any in-person event to show your vaccine card (paper or electronic). Separate details will be sent to our Sh’arim community on how their information will be collected.


Learn About Our Community

Our schedule is full, with programs and events for every age and every demographic. Click here to check out our calendar for a full listing of what we are up today and in the future.

Lancaster, PA may seem an unlikely landmark for American Jewish history, yet Jews have been here since the early 18th century. Click here to learn our incredible history!

We strive to be a Ner L'Atid, a light to the future. Click here to read our Congregational Brit, or Contract, to understand who we are as a community.

We are celebrating a wonderful relationship with our Rabbi, and our friend, Jack Paskoff. We have learned together and grown together. Click here to read more about our wonderful Rabbi.