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A Traditional Shul

Welcome to Congregation Shaarei Shamayim. We are an in-town Traditional shul, whose spiritual focus is developing a relationship with Gd through prayer, meditation, and the study of Torah, and reaching out to our fellow human beings with chesed, love and compassion. Our shul is a place of comfort, companionship, and healing. We are a community of families and singles who care about each other, for we believe in the holiness of the human spirit—that every human being is an image of Gd.

We believe that both the written and the oral Torah were given to the Jewish people by Gd at Sinai, and, therefore, the Torah is our primary guide in all matters. We believe the mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah set our religious parameters, but certainly allow for creativity and open-mindedness. Jewish tradition views men and women as equal and complementary, but not interchangeable. Hence, we maintain that while Jewish law prescribes different obligations for men and women, it also allows considerable latitude for women's participation in synagogue life.

In an effort to break down the artificial barriers and labels that separates our people, the principle of Ahavat Yisrael, love of our fellow Jew, takes center stage, and all are welcome. That is why we offer both separate (machitza) and mixed seating for men and women.

Organizational Model

  • Torah is the guide to all aspects of synagogue life. Rabbi, lay leaders, and members work together to bring Torah values to our community.
  • Torah guides the conditions for governance; there is congruity of actions and words.
  • Mutual respect between members, lay leaders, and clergy is essential for success.
  • A traditional and inclusive model of governance ensures that all members work together to achieve our common goals.

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim is an intimate, involved congregation. Everyone has a voice in the Shaarei Shamayim family. We encourage all members to play a role in carrying out the mission of our shul, which is: To develop a relationship with Gd through prayer, meditation, and the study of Torah and reaching out to our fellow human being with chesed, love, and compassion.

"The world stands on three things: Torah (it’s observance and the study of), Avodah (worship and prayer), and G'milut Chassadim (acts of love and kindness)." (Pirke Avot 1:2)



Dancing With God

Dancing With God

Dancing With God: How to Connect with God Every Time You Pray
by Rabbi Mark Kunis

There have been many books written that teach about prayer, its history, its structure and its meaning. This book will teach you how to pray and connect with God. In its wisdom, Jewish tradition has created what can only be understood as a dance that, if done properly, can lift the participant into an intimate encounter with the Divine. How is Jewish prayer a dance? One sits and stands, moves one's hands, moves backward and forward, bows and rises up; one chants and sings and embraces God. Each movement is pregnant with meaning. Taken together, Jewish prayer is nothing short of a most intimate dance with the Creator. This book was written to help the reader learn how to "dance" in such a way that he will connect with God every time he prays!

My book, Dancing with Gd: How to Connect with Gd Every Time You Pray, has finally arrived. It will be available from the shul office and if you buy it there or on its special website - - all proceeds will go to charity. It’s also available at and at as well. If you buy it from the synagogue office I will be most happy to personally inscribe and sign it for you and you will not have to pay any shipping costs.

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1600 Mount Mariah
Atlanta, GA 30329
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