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Welcome to Congregation Shaarai Shomayim

Living Jewishly, Intentionally, and With Heart. 

Nathan and Natalie Loss Scholar in Residence


Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Join us Feb 03 - 05

For a weekend of learning, reflection, and inspiration.

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Topics include:

Friday, Feb 03 @ 7pm Shabbat Evening Service followed by 

The Wisdom of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel at about 8:30pm

In person or virtual via Zoom at

Handout for Rabbi Heschel session - Click Here

Saturday, Feb 04 @ 9am (refreshments at 8:45)

Torah Study and Imperfect Biblical Heroes

In person or virtual via Zoom at


Saturday, Feb 04 at 7pm (refreshments at 6:30)

Fault Lines: Exploring the Complicated Place of Progressive American Jewish Zionism

In person or virtual via Zoom at


Sunday, Feb 05 @ 10am (refreshments at 9:45)

The Jewish Ethics of Weaponry

In person or virtual via Zoom at

Handout for Weaponry Ethics - Click Here

To find out more about Rabbi Creditor - Click Here

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Congregation Shaarai Shomayim Edward Freedman Retreat

March 31 - April 2 at Capital Camps, Waynesboro, PA



Private rooms and bathrooms

All meals included:

Community dinner Friday night through breakfast Sunday

Havdalah bonfire and smores



Mah Jongg, Hiking, Singing

Family and Adult Games- New and experienced players welcome!


Pray and Learn

Friday and Saturday Shabbat services with Rabbi and Steve

Saturday group sessions

See and feel an unrolled Torah scroll


Pricing details and registration form at 

or scan the above QR code

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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. If you have any difficulty connecting (or need the password),please contact the office at for the password.



Book Group
12:00pm - 12:50pm

Adult Jewish Learning 

7:00pm - 8:30pm

In person or virtual

Talmud Study 
12:00pm - 12:50pm



Morning Minyan
8:00am - 8:30am
In person or virtual

Coffee with the Rabbi
11:00am - 11:50am

Journey to Greater Intimacy with the Divine
12:00pm - 12:50pm

4:30pm - 6pm

Adult Hebrew 
7:00pm - 8:15pm


No Event Scheduled


Shabbat Evening Service 
7:00am - 8:00pm
In person or virtual
Facebook Live - Shaarai Shomayim Page

8:30pm -9:30pm
Scholar in Residence
In person or virtual


Torah Study/ Scholar in Residence
9:00am - 10:30am
In person or virtual

Scholar in Residence
7:00pm to 8:30pm
In person or virtual


9:15AM - 12:00PM

Scholar in Residence
10:00am - 11:30am
In person or virtual

Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
Civil Rights Journey
Jan 26 - 29, 2023

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.

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