Welcome to Sha’ar Communities

Rabbi Lewittes’s words as we enter Shabbat: Toward Shabbat

As we make our way to Yom Kippur please read Rabbi Lewittes’ drashah for

Rosh Hashanah 2017/5778


The latest article written by our very own Rabbi Adina Lewittes published in The Forward. It’s Time for Conservative Jews to Embrace Sexual Fluidity


Please read these recent articles about Rabbi Lewittes and Sha’ar Communities:

North Jersey Faithful Seek Place in Society Under Trump

The verdict is in: Rabbis should say yes to officiating at interfaith weddings

In or out doesn’t work anymore

Welcome to Sha’ar

We are a network of small Jewish communities offering prayer, study, travel, youth programs, social action and lifecycle rituals. Rabbi Adina Lewittes is a leading teacher, speaker, writer, and creative voice in the reimagination and revitalization of Jewish life.

Sha’ar Communities creates multiple gates (“Sha’ar” = gate) through which people can enter Jewish life and establish Jewish connections. People experience Jewish life from a variety of perspectives. Sha’ar looks to offer multiple gateways through which seekers can pass to create connections to Judaism and to community. For some one gate will suffice. For others, several might beckon. For some Sha’ar Communities will be their primary Jewish home. For others, it will provide a secondary community. Each gate provides its own community, with its own membership or fee-for-service payment structure.

Read some of the recent articles about Sha’ar Communities in The Jewish Standard and L’Chaim Magazine.

Read the Jewish Standard article about Sha’ar’s unique outdoor riverside celebration on the second day of Rosh Hashana.

Read an article in the Jewish Standard co-authored by Rabbi Adina Lewittes and Aaron Lewittes Tannenbaum about Sha’ar’s trip to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham to learn about the Civil Rights movement.

This agency/organization Sha’ar Communities is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.


Choose your gate. Open your soul. Find your community.