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:  By Appointment Only.  Please call.


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

Have you always wanted to learn to speak Yiddish? Or add to your Yiddish skills? Two classes start Wednesday, December 3 at B'nai Sholom. Intermediate Yiddish is held 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Beginning Yiddish starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Courses are taught by Rachel Weitz, an experienced teacher who holds a master's degree in Jewish Education, and a bachelor's degree in modern Middle East history and Arabic language and literature. 
Join fellow students in exploring the language of your grandparents!
Registration information is contained in the Press Release.

Dear fellow B’nai Sholom congregants,

             I really should begin this thank you note with a different salutation…Dear B’nai Sholom friends. I want to thank everyone for the lovely oneg following Shabbat Hanukkah services and all the tributes and kind words. I shall treasure my special “kippot” and will need to ask the Rabbi what the correct Hebrew word is for the pom-pom on top! The necklace is beautiful and I shall wear it with pride and remembrance. I am still glowing from the warmth in the room…and not just from the Hanukkah candles.

            As I saidat the oneg, I have too many words to say about B’nai Sholom, my fellow congregants and the past twenty-two years, and so I will say only a few:

            I have been most fortunate to work among friends. In Ecclesiastes chapter 4, verses 9 & 10 it says:

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up her fellow; but woe to her that is alone when she falls, for she has not another to lift her up.”

            For twenty-two years you ALL have lifted me up. Thank you.




B’nai Sholom’s Tu Bish’vat Seder combines a ritual meal of the seven species of the land of Israel (providing a full nutritious vegetarian meal), the Kabbalistic varieties of fruits which represent the levels of Creation, passages from the Bible and other Jewish literature about trees and fruit. There is singing and four cups of wine! This year our seder will be on:


February 3, 2015

6:00 pm (until about 7:30 pm)

Reservations, with payment, are required by January 23, 2015

                                    ==> Registration Form <==

All Religious School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah students

may count this as one of their service requirements.


Parents may submit completed application forms for scholarships to help pay for their children's attendance at a Jewish summer camp (up to age 14) and Israel trips for their high-school-age children, until January 31. Scholarship recipients agree to write an essay for the Bulletin, and must be attending religious school. Find the Scholarship Application Form here.

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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01.01.2015 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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