B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Sheini, 18 Tevet 5777

 sign c150We 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 office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

Shabbat services usually begin at 8:00 PM.  On the first Friday of each month, they begin at 6:00 PM.

We hold Saturday morning services at 10:30 AM at least once a month. Please check the calendar to see what’s going on.

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

 B’nai Sholom’s Tu BiShevat 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:

Friday
February 10, 2017
6:00 pm (until about 8:00 pm)
Reservations, with payment, are required by January 31, 2017
Click here for reservation form.

All Religious School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah students
may count this as one of their service requirements.

Note: There will NOT be a regular Friday Sabbath Service on February 10

Courses:

  • Lost Women of the Bible -- Rabbi Beverly Magidson (January 23 - February 20, 2017 7:30 PM)
  • Mishkan HaNefesh: The New Reform Prayer Book for the Days of Awe -- Rabbi Don Cashman (February 9 - March 23, 2017 (Alternating weeks) 7:30 PM
  • Tevye Stories -- Rabbi Don Cashman (February 27 - April 3, 2017 10-11:30 AM)

Torah/Sacred Text Study (Saturdays 9:30 AM)

Movies:

  • The Other Son -- February 18,  2017 7:30 PM
  • TBA - March 25, 2017 7:30 PM

Click here for details and course registration

We have lots of pictures on our web pages.

Recently updated on our photo galleries:

  • Simhat Torah
  • Judaica and Fair Trade Sale

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On Saturday May 7 we finished the Psalms! After 24 monthly sessions with coffee, bagels, cream cheese, herring, egg salad, fresh veggies, lox, babka, ice cream, and other goodies, we concluded this round of Psalms study. This followed 9 1/2 years working on the Prophets. Next up: the book of Proverbs, which should take about a year, followed by Job for another year, then we'll knock off the Five Megillot (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) which combined will take a less than year

 

We meet 9:30 AM to about noon once a month to study the Sacred Texts (usually the first Saturday of each month; but is subject to change).  Bagels, coffee, and other goodies are provided by members of the group on a "pot-luck" basis.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, and dozens of people regularly join the circle for fascinating discussions and delicious food. 


The other Saturday mornings of each month we study the current weeks' Torah text from 9:30 AM to about 11 AM .  All are always welcome.BYOB or use one of B'nai Sholom's Bibles.

 

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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.

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

Coming Events

Jan
16

01.16.2017 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Jan
17

01.17.2017 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Jan
17

01.17.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jan
18

01.18.2017 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan
18

01.18.2017 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan
20

01.20.2017

Jan
21

01.21.2017 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Jan
21

01.21.2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Jan
22

01.22.2017 9:30 am - 9:30 am

Jan
22

01.22.2017 9:30 am - 9:30 am

Jan
22

01.22.2017 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Jan
23

01.23.2017 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Jan
25

01.25.2017 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan
25

01.25.2017 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm