About Our Congregation

Traditional and Inclusive

New Beginnings

In 1991, Congregation Shaara Tfille moved from 260 Broadway to its current home at 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY, the first new synagogue ever to be built in Saratoga’s Jewish Community.

The most distinctive feature of our building is the huge window shaped as a Menorah, accentuating the natural setting of the Synagogue by bringing diffused light into the Sanctuary. The proximity of the building to the Cemetery enhances the sense of connection to the long-standing history of the Congregation.

The building was designed by
Harris and Daniel Sanders, Architects.
The General Contractor was Northeast Masonry, Inc.

Congregation Shaara Tfille Under Construction
Sanctuary of Saratoga Jewish Congregation Shaara Tfille

The Synagogue was chartered in 1912, but congregants gathered to worship as far back as 1897, in a building on Broadway, in downtown Saratoga Springs. We are one of the oldest ongoing congregations in the Capital District. Since our inception, when we met in members’ homes, we have occupied numerous buildings in Saratoga Springs.

Our Present

Our spacious and light-filled sanctuary is highlighted by a beautiful Menorah-shaped window that has become a symbol of Congregation Shaara Tfille. On the outside wall of our synagogue is an eight-foot bronze menorah, designed by Carol Korfin, the winner of a contest to create a decoration for the exterior of our synagogue when it was located at 260 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

The menorah was restored and re-dedicated in 2015, at a ceremony attended by Dr. Robert and Doris Pletkin, who had originally donated the Menorah in memory of Doris’ mother, Sadie Brown. The restoration was made possible by a generous grant from The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. The removal, refurbishment and reinstallation of the Menorah was the work of Fisher’s Fabrication and Metal Art in Hagaman, N.Y.

From our early Orthodox roots, we have evolved into an egalitarian, inclusive, Conservative congregation. We are dedicated to fulfilling the religious, educational and social needs of the Jewish community by promoting the tenets of contemporary Conservative Judaism while maintaining the values and traditions from our origins.

Saratoga Jewish Congregation Shaara Tfille Outside Sanctuary
Saratoga Jewish Congregation Shaara Tfille Social Hall Weddings

A symbol of our dedication to religious services and educational endeavors, our building offers a beautiful Sanctuary and several dedicated classrooms. Events of all kinds, including weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, concerts, lectures and films, can be accommodated in our spacious Social Hall, with its stage, giant screen and a state-of-the-art sound system, donated by Mort Zelikofsky, of blessed memory.

Our Kosher kitchen easily produces meals for any occasion, from a banquet to a small Oneg. Members may borrow books from our expansive library. Located on our grounds is a well-maintained cemetery, with both Jewish and non-Jewish burial plots, for members.

Our Future

The efforts that began in 1912 by a small group of families provided a solid foundation to enable us to serve the needs and interests of the Jewish community, locally, nationally and around the world. We support charitable and humanitarian efforts in Saratoga, the United States and Israel. Our goal is to provide a spiritual home for our members, to reach out to all Jews who wish to be part of a Conservative community, to engage in tzedakah and Tikkum Olam.

Rabbi Marmon reading Saratoga Hebrew School

“Do not separate yourself from the community, Do not trust in yourself until the day of your death, Do not judge your fellow man until you have reached his place.”

– Hillel, Pirkei Avot 2:4

Our Leadership and Team

Rabbi Boaz Marmon Saratoga Congregation Shaara Tfille

Boaz Marmon

Rabbi

Linda Bertrand President Congregation Shaara Tfille

Linda Bertrand

President

Pamela Polacsek Vice President of Grants and Publicity Congregation Shaara Tfille

Pamela Polacsek

Vice President

Ted Orosz Treasurer Congregation Shaara Tfille

Ted Orosz

Treasurer

Deborah Sabin Secretary Congregation Shaara Tfille

Deborah Sabin

Secretary

Al Kasin, Gabbai and Director

Allen Kasin

Gabbai / Director

Judith Ehrenstaft Sisterhood President Congregation Shaara Tfille

Judith Ehrenstaft

Sisterhood President / Director

Sharon Dunn Board Member Congregation Shaara Tfille

Sharon Dunn

Director

Robert Katzman

Robert Katzman

Director

Piper Lutbak Congregation Shaara Tfille

Piper Lutbak

Director

Larry Paltrowitz Congregation Shaara Tfille

Lawrence Paltrowitz

Director

Eileen Woodcock - Director of  Congregation Shaara Tfille

Eileen Woodcock

Director

Committee Chairs
Religious: Allan Polacsek
Budget: Ted Orosz
Cemetery: Allen Kasin
Education: Eileen Woodcock
Endowment: Robert Katzman
Fundraising: Vacant
House and Grounds: Skip Woodcock
Membership: Seth Rosner
Sisterhood: Judith Ehrenshaft
Strategic Planning: Pamela Polacsek
Website: Deborah Sabin
Liaisons
Bingo: Michael Fischer
Men's Club: Allan Polacsek
Facebook: Deborah Sabin
Website: Deborah Sabin
Scroll Editor: Michael Fischer

Our Veterans

The Veteran’s Wall was created by congregant Susan Edwards after ten years of research, collection and compilation of information, photographs and memorabilia about members of the Congregation who had served in World War II. The Wall, which includes Susan’s father, a long-time congregant, Gerald Selig, has become the heart of the Social Hall and a fitting tribute to all our Jewish War Veterans from the Greatest Generation.

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Congregation Shaara Tfille
The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs
84 Weibel Avenue
Saratoga Springs
New York 12866

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