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Leisure Institute

The Shaar's special place for 65+

Naomi Kassie founded the Leisure Institute in 1968. The Leisure Institute of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim hosts educational and cultural activities geared primarily towards retirees, with a roster of popular programs open to the community. Attracting sizeable crowds, the Leisure Institute encourages adults to socialize, learn, and enjoy the fruits of retirement.

Sundays at the Shaar

Our Sundays program is a bi-monthly lecture and musical series that features
local experts who discuss relevant issues. It is open to the community and
includes a delicious lunch. Guest presenters have included local celebrities
Thomas Schnurmacher, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Josh Freed, Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, Stephen Glass, Lynne Kassie, and Dr. Issie Weisglass.
Info: 514-937-9471

Open Gate Program

Our non-sectarian community program offers frail seniors, 65 to 100+, a stimulating day out each week. The program includes transportation, music, exercise, games, crafts, guest speakers, and a hot lunch. Open Gate received The Community Service Award from Federation CJA.
Susie Schwartz, Coordinator: 514-937-9474 ext.124

Open Gate Gala: Mahjongg, Dinner & Bridge

The Open Gate Gala is an annual day-long fundraiser to help support the Open Gate program. Attended by hundreds, the gala consists of a daytime mahjongg tournament, gala dinner, and bridge tournament featuring spectacular door prize items and raffle packages.
Info: 514-937-9471
Friday, December 6, 2019 8 Kislev 5780