Welcome to Sha’ar Communities

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Visit the Gate of Prayer page to see all of the Shabbat services planned for this year.

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Click to see all of the scheduled class dates.

2015-2016 class calendar

Click here to read Rabbi Lewittes’ teaching from the first day of Rosh Hashanah –

The Courage to Be

And click here to read her teaching from Yom Kippur –

Goat to Hell, and Back Again

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.