B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

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 BSRC Exterior6 2 sign cWe are very glad to welcome you to B'nai Sholom, a place Reform Jews and their families -- of whatever backgrounds -- can truly call "home."

We are located at (click here for directions):
420 Whitehall Rd
Albany, NY 12208

Please join in our worship, our studying, our celebrations. We look forward to getting to know you.  Please call us at 518/482-5283, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Office Hours:  9:30 am - 2:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.  Closed Tuesdays


Rabbi Don Cashman, the officers, trustees, and members of B'nai Sholom

A new course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation will help readers of Hebrew understand better the makeup and nuances of the Hebrew in Jewish prayers.
Rabbi Cashman will teach “On the Path to Understanding: Hebrew Hints in Prayer” on Mondays beginning April 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom.
The eight-session class will focus on aspects of the Hebrew will help increase understanding of Jewish liturgy and aid in the fluency of reading (“decoding”) Hebrew texts.  Topics will include: roots; prefixes and the differences between prepositions and verb forms; suffixes; word patterns; and related topics of student concern.  This is not a Hebrew course, but rather a course about Hebrew.
For information on registration, click here.


The community will gather on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, for a lively, food-oriented Shabbaton, marking the Capital Region’s Reform synagogues' Founders Day. 




Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, editor of “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic,” finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, will be scholar in residence. She’ll speak at Friday evening services, at 8 p.m. on “Reform Jews and Kashrut: Really? Yes! Ritual, Ethics, Food and Choice.”




On Saturday morning, Rabbi Zamore continues with text study on Passover foods — matzah, hametz and manna — that trace the Jewish journey. A potluck lunch follows, and in the afternoon, workshops will include “Exploring the Challenges of Balancing Social Justice with Food Systems" with Amy Koren-Roth, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Nutrition Risk Reduction at the NYS Department of Health, and “Why Is This Wine Different From All Other Wine?” with B’nai Sholom's own Rabbi Don Cashman, a discussion of kosher wine, and viniculture in Israel and the diaspora. 




Funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, the Shabbaton is free to all. Reservations are needed for the potluck, though. Please call Linda Strohl to sign up and arrange what dish you’ll bring.




See the full program  here

Delicious Dining Event Takes Place in March

Thanks to the participants in our first Biannual Progressive Dinner, who indicated that it offered ample opportunity to socialize and enjoy great food.  The membership committee – and Jodi Kerper, who did much of the organizing (assisted by Art Alowitz, veteran progressive dinner coordinator) – are grateful to each attendee, all of whom contributed mightily to its success.

         We look forward to even greater participation for our next progressive dinner, likely to be held in March of 2017.


It's not too late: Steven Stark-Riemer's course on "The Diversity of Ancient Israel” is being held Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., through April 28. A "sampler" of his other classes, this one gives a big bang for the buck: history, archaeology, provocative insights. And his class, “The Archaeology of the Religion of Ancient Israel” is being held on Thursday evenings at 7:15, now through April 30. It’s an in-depth look at what archaeology tells as about religion in “The Land” as it was actually practiced, from earliest days through the Babylonian Conquest.


The Diversity of Ancient Israel

 Archaeology of Ancient Israel



Jodie Rosh HaShana 5775We love our Sukkots and Rosh Hashanah luncheons, but we don't have many photos of congregants enjoying the food and fellowship that only happens once a year. 


Thanks to the photographers among us (with a shoutout to Fran Sinkoff!) who came through with pictures from the wonderful Rosh Hashanah luncheons arranged by the Membership Committee, spearheaded by Terry Royne & Bettina Stoller. And thanks to those who hosted. Smiles were bountiful, along with terrific food. The New Year certainly started off sweetly.

Please take out your smart phone and snap some shots to share with the Communications Committee! Send them to Deb Adler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so we can post the best ones on the web site and on Facebook. Thanks!

Fundraising for B'nai Sholom is easy, painless, and -- best of all -- FREE. Pre-paid grocery cards from Hannaford and ShopRite, and Internet shopping through our web page portal both net funds for the congregation, with no surcharge for shoppers. What's not to love?  Further Information..

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Our community is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Click here for our Social Action.

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Israel Education & Advocacy

IsraelADULTS -- Over 100 people have traveled on our 8 congregational trips to Israel in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2012.  From age 3 1/2 to over 80, we've gone from the Golan Heights up north to Eilat in the south, and once went over to Petra in Jordan.  While our itinerary varies each time, we always spend plenty of time in Jerusalem, and visit Safed, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv.

HIGH SCHOOL -- We provide scholarships for our High School students to visit Israel on Summer programs.  Our students have gone on trips sponsored by NFTY, Ramah Seminar, HaShomer HaTza'ir, BBYO,Young Judea, and Nesiya.

COLLEGE -- Many college students from B'nai Sholom have gone on Birthright-Taglit trips to Israel, FREE trips for students ages 18-29.  Our members can get priority status for KESHER Refrom Movement trips by contacting Rabbi Cashman

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