SCHENECTADY — The eight synagogue windows glow with rich colors that flow across the congregation as the sunlight moves across the sky.
Look closer and it’s clear that Congregation Gates of Heaven’s windows are not mere glass. Each is divided into round, rectangular and pebble sized cells, each one a deep hue. Eight windows depict Jewish holidays and Bible stories. The Rosh Hashanah window’s apples are a ruby color so real, a tiny sparrow flutters outside pecking at it, trying to nibble. The Creation Window features planets, oceans and fish flowing in the cosmos. And there are windows made of fragments of sapphire, azure, indigo and cobalt blue to represent a night sky dotted with gold and silver stars.