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Schenectady temple hosts its own ‘holiday’ event

Informal tradition of Chinese food, movie celebrated

Pearl Zvirman of Niskayuna, enjoys wonton soup at the 5th Annual Chinese Buffet and Movie at the Congregation Gates of Heaven on Ashmore Avenue in Niskayuna Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Pearl Zvirman of Niskayuna, enjoys wonton soup at the 5th Annual Chinese Buffet and Movie at the Congregation Gates of Heaven on Ashmore Avenue in Niskayuna Tuesday.
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Victor Friedman likes to joke. He’s just fulfilling the Jewish prophecy, he said, by eating Chinese food and watching a movie on Christmas Day. “It’s been that way since I was a little kid,” he said. He put down a pencil and notebook filled with names from his congregation and looked out over a white-clothed table full of steaming, silver trays. Dragon Garden in Scotia caters this event at Congregation Gates of Heaven, the oldest ...


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