B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Shabbat, 1 Heshvan 5775
Text Size

 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:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15-3:00. The office is closed on Tuesdays (Wednesdays in January and February).

 Sincerely,

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

The special character of the Land of Israel and the unique relationship of the Jews to that Land loom large in Jewish thought.  But what are the sources that make the bond so special? Rabbi Cashman tackles this question in a new class meeting 7:30 p.m. On Mondays, beginning November 3.  Details

Film night at B'nai Sholom presents "Nowhere in Africa," the extraordinary true story of a Jewish family that flees to a remote farm in Kenya, as they flee the Nazis in 1938. The movie screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 8.  See article below or our press release.

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!

 

Religious school for B'nai Sholom's families kicked off Sunday, September 14 with a lively orientation to our new religious school, B'Yachad, a partnership with Temple Israel and Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany.  Families heard presentations and met rabbis from the three synagogues involved in the program. Students and parents also met B'Yachad Principal Ruth Malka, who also serves as principal at Albany's community Jewish high school, Mifgash, which many of our older students attend. 
 
silverbush3 r300This year, B'Yachad classes will be held at Congregation Ohav Shalom on Krumkill Road, while Temple Israel will be the location for the 2015-16 school year. During this first year of the partnership, B'nai Sholom will host one B'Yachad event, on January 17, 2015. 
 
B'nai Sholom is represented by 19 students out of the total 97 students enrolled in grades K through 8, and we have two teens working as madrichot, or aides, in the program. Co-Chairs of the B'nai Sholom Religious School Committee, Maxine Goldberg and Mark Silverbush, attend B'Yachad meetings; Mark serves as B'nai Sholom's representative on the B'Yachad board. The committee also sponsors events solely for the B'nai Sholom religious school community, such as the five pot-luck dinners that will be held at BSRC throughout the school year. 
 
From the smiles on faces opening day, it seems the year is off to a terrific start.
 
Luca Negris, Lina Morse, Livia Silverbush, Mimi Morse, Victoria Smith are all smiles at orientation for B'Yachad.

 

DR. MIMI BRUCE IS NEW B'NAI SHOLOM PRESIDENT;
NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD CHOSEN
 
 B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation has announced the election of new officers and members to the board of trustees.
 
At the 42nd annual meeting, the congregation elected Dr. Mimi Bruce of Menands, president; Libby Liebschutz of Delmar, president-elect; Mark Reeder of Albany, vice president; Liz Davis of Glenmont, finance vice president; Deborah Adler of Delmar, secretary; and Eleanor Davis of Albany, treasurer.  
 
Bruce succeeds Jodi Kerper as president. Liebschutz, Reeder, Adler, Liz Davis and Eleanor Davis are newly elected to executive posts.
 
The congregation also elected Barbara Devore of Delmar, Debra Greenberg of Delmar and Ann Shapiro of Albany to new positions as trustees.  Continuing on the board are Joel Bloom of Loudonville, Jodi Kerper of Delmar, Steven Klein of Delmar, Joan Savitt of Albany, Mark Silverbush of Selkirk and Hana Sullenger of Troy.
 
Rabbi Donald P. Cashman has been the congregation's spiritual leader since 1985 and serves on the board ex officio.
 
"During my 33 years with B'nai Sholom, it has been my center of support, friendship and spiritual growth.  I thank Jodi Kerper for her leadership these past two years, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this wonderful community," Bruce said.
 
Melody Bruce - President 2014-2015Bruce trained in the ob-gyn program at Albany Medical Center and entered private practice in Troy in 1982.  During her career, she has served as president of the medical staff at Samaritan Hospital, chair of the ob-gyn department, medical director of women's health service for Northeast Health and board member for the new Burdett Care Center in Troy.
 
Bruce also serves on the Albany Symphony Orchestra board of directors and has been a long-time member of the Conductor's Circle.
 
  Bruce joined B'nai Sholom in 1981 and has been an active member on the congregation's adult education, ritual and social action committees.  She has served as B'nai Sholom's president-elect for the past two years and a member of the synagogue's board since 2008. 
 
A native of New Orleans, Bruce received her medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical Center and her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University.  She has lived in the Capital Region since 1978.  Bruce is married to Dr. David Ray, a physician at Albany Medical Center.  The couple has three grown children: Isaac, Margaret and Arielle.
Ancient Origins of Anti-Semitism Examined In Adult Ed Class

Where did anti-Semitism originate, and how do we know it?

A course at B’nai Sholom will provide many of the answers. Ancient Origins of Anti-Semitism will be taught over seven Tuesdays beginning September 16 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The class will be taught by popular instructor Steven Stark-Riemer.

The modern terms “anti-Semitism,” “anti-Judaism” and “Judeophobia” will be examined for their appropriateness in understanding attitudes toward Jews in the ancient world. The class also will review the history of violence against Jews during an 800-year era from 410 B.C.E. through 387 C.E.  Evidence from archaeology, ancient papyri, the later histories of Egypt, Hellenistic and Roman writings, the 380 C.E. edict declaring Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, and the denouncement by early church leaders of gentile Christians who observed the Torah will form the background of the discussion. The course will attempt to distinguish between the antipathy of early Christianity toward Judaism as a threat to Christian identity and the irrational accusations against Jews in the Middle Ages of ritual murder, well poisoning and other atrocities.

Stev Stark-Riemer2r100Steven Stark-Riemer studied anthropology at City College of New York, where he specialized in archaeology, and received his degree in 1972.  He conducted field work at the Tel Gezer excavations in Israel under the direction of William G. Dever, director of the Hebrew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School at the time.  Stark-Riemer continues to pursue his interest in the archaeology, history and religion of the ancient Near East.

“Ancient Origins of Anti-Semitism” is open to the public.  Fee for the seven-session course is $36 for members of B’nai Sholom, and $54 for non-members. For the registration form click here registration form and the full news release is posted here press release.

New “Bible As Literature” Course Kicks Off September 8

Congregant and distinguished teacher Fran Berg invites adult learners to explore The Bible As Literature, for eight Monday evenings, beginning September 8.  The class will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Examining passages in the Bible that “illuminate the human experience,” Berg and the class will look through the critical lens of contemporary literary interpretation. “We will consider Biblical examples of stories with heroes; comedy and tragedy, and lyric poetry,” Berg explains. The course will culminate in conversation about unifying themes. 

Fran Berg r125Fran Berg holds a BA from Brooklyn College, and a Master’s degree in English literature from SUNY Albany. She has 35 years of experience teaching English literature in the Albany and Rensselaer school systems, where she received multiple awards and student acclamations. 

Suggested (not required!) reading: How to Read the Bible as Literature…and Get More Out Of It, by Leland Ryken.

The current Bulletin (September Bulletin) includes a registration sheet. For full news release, see press release. Cost of the course is $40 for BSRC members, and $60 for non-members.

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..

Get Connected

Current B'nai Sholom Bulletin

Photo Gallery

Rabbi's Blog

Social Action

Social_Action

 

 

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.

Youth Groups

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

Upcoming Events

OCT
26

Oct.26.2014
9:30am B'Yachad

OCT
27

Oct.27.2014
7:30pm The Bible as Literature

OCT
28

Oct.28.2014
10am Ancient Origins of Anti-Semitism

OCT
28

7:30PM Oct.28.2014 - 9:00PM Oct.28.2014
Library Committee

OCT
29

Oct.29.2014
4:00pm B'Yachad Gr 2-7

OCT
31

Oct.31.2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Shabbat Service

NOV
1

Nov.01.2014 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Psalms Study

NOV
2

Nov.02.2014
B'Yachad 7th Gr Family Ed

NOV
2

Nov.02.2014
9:30am B'Yachad

NOV
3

Nov.03.2014
7:30pm The Land of Israel in Jewish Thought-Part 1

NOV
5

Nov.05.2014
4:00pm B'Yachad Gr 2-7

NOV
4

Nov.04.2014 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Board of Trustees

NOV
7

Nov.07.2014
Friends and Family Potluck Dinner

NOV
6

Nov.06.2014 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Social Action Committee

NOV
6

Nov.06.2014 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Adult Ed Committee

NOV
7

6:00PM Nov.07.2014 - 7:00PM Nov.07.2014
Kabbalat Shabbat

NOV
8

Nov.08.2014
Movie Night-Nowhere in Africa

NOV
8

Nov.08.2014 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Torah Study

NOV
9

Nov.09.2014
9:30am B'Yachad

NOV
9

Nov.09.2014
B'Yachad 6th Gr Family Ed

NOV
10

Nov.10.2014
7:30pm The Land of Israel in Jewish Thought-Part 1

NOV
12

Nov.12.2014
4:00pm B'Yachad Gr 2-7

NOV
13

Nov.13.2014 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Religious School Committee

NOV
14

Nov.14.2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Shabbat Service

NOV
15

Nov.15.2014 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Torah Study

NOV
16

Nov.16.2014
B'Yachad Global Day of Jewish Learning

NOV
16

Nov.16.2014
9:30am B'Yachad

NOV
16

Nov.16.2014
9:45am B'Yachad Parent Education

NOV
17

Nov.17.2014
7:30pm The Land of Israel in Jewish Thought-Part 1

NOV
17

Nov.17.2014 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Membership Committee

Comming Events

No events found

News from Israel