B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Chamishi, 17 Nisan 5774
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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. . Or get in touch with our Membership Co-chairs, Hana Zima, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ron Royne, 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

ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL EXAMINED AT B’NAI SHOLOM

 

What do we know about the archaeology and history of ancient Israel, and how do we know it? A course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will provide many of the answers.

“Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel” will be taught over eight Thursdays beginning April 17 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, N.Y.

         Biblical archaeology is a field of inquiry about the flesh-and-blood world in which ancient Israelites lived along with their Canaanite, Egyptian, Moabite, Philistine and many other neighbors. This course will examine the development of Biblical archaeology from the antiquarians of the 19th century to the maturing of the discipline in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s; the environmental, geographic, historical and prehistoric contexts of ancient Israel; and the archaeology of the Patriarchal Age, the descent into Egypt and the Exodus. Later discussion will look at the wandering in the wilderness, the conquest and settlement of the land of Canaan, the emergence of Israel as a people, the united monarchy of David and Solomon, and its dissolution into the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The timeframe of this course concludes with the Babylonian Conquest and the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E.

Stev Stark-Riemer2r100Steven Stark-Riemer, the course instructor, has taught about the scientific study of the Biblical world since 2007. He 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.

“Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel” is open to the public. Fee for the eight-session course is $60 ($40 for B’nai Sholom members), and registration is required.

Adult Education

ARCHAEOLOGY AND MEANING OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

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Are the Dead Sea Scrolls “the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century”? A course at B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will answer that question and more with an in-depth look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, their meaning and their impact.

“The Archaeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls” will be taught over eight Tuesday mornings beginning April 29 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, N.Y.

The ancient manuscripts have captured both the attention of scholars and the imagination of the public.  Indeed, there are those who consider them to be the most important archaeological find of both the 20th and 21st centuries. Translations of the texts that are included in the Scrolls continue to be published more than 60 years after their discovery in the remote caves of Qumran, and there is no end in sight to the nearly annual conferences to discuss them and the articles and books written to explain them.  After all, they represent the oldest Biblical texts known to exist.

In the early years following their discovery, the Scrolls were hailed as a primary source for the development of Christianity. More recently, however, scholars have learned that only through understanding what the Dead Sea Scrolls teach about the history of Judaism is it possible to learn what they teach about the history of Christianity, since Early Christianity came into being only after these texts were composed and copied. This eight-session course will address the discovery and publication of the Scrolls; the “Judaisms” or sects of the Second Temple Period; the founding and later development of the Qumran sect; the archaeology of the settlement at Qumran and nearby caves; the character of the Qumran community; women in the Dead Sea Scrolls; the theology and beliefs of the sect; and “messianism” in the Scrolls and its influence on Judaism and Christianity.

For more about course instructor Steven Stark-Riemer, see the preceding article. “The Archaeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls” is open to the public. Fee for the eight-session course is $60 ($40 for B’nai Sholom members), and registration is required.

Adult Education

 
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Links between Jewish-American, African-American Music Explored
 
 RobertLCohenAccording to Robert Cohen, American-Jewish music has incorporated African and African-American musical idioms – blues and jazz, reggae and world music, even gospel and rap – to express the exuberance and vitality of contemporary Jewish life.  Conversely, Jewish texts and Jewish musical themes have spoken to Africans and African-Americans alike, who have enriched them musically and enhanced their message. 
 
Come listen as Cohen, an acclaimed music historian, discusses African-American and Jewish-American music and plays selections from the music itself. Cohen will present his talk, “American-Jewish Music & African-American Music: Shared Visions & Dreams,” Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom. The program is free and open to the public.
 
Copies of Cohen’s recent compilation CD, Open the Gates!  New American-Jewish Music for Prayer, will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be served following the program, which is funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities Program.
 
Cohen has been lecturing on Jewish music, American folk and popular music, and New York City folk, popular and ethnic music for more than a quarter of a century.  He has presented talks at such diverse venues as the New York Public Library (Jewish Division Lectures), Brooklyn Public Library, New England Conservatory of Music, National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, Hebrew College in Boston, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Skidmore College and the New School.  Cohen has produced and hosted more than 100 radio programs on Jewish culture and identity, including NPR’s “One People, Many Voices:  American-Jewish Music Comes of Age” narrated by Theodore Bikel and now part of the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media in New York. 
 
Invite your friends, and come to the synagogue for an intriguing evening of musical exploration. 
 
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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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7:00PM Apr.17.2014 - 8:30PM Apr.17.2014
The Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel

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Apr.18.2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Shabbat Service

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Apr.19.2014 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Torah Study

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7:30PM Apr.21.2014 - 9:00PM Apr.21.2014
Membership Committee

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7:30PM Apr.22.2014 - 9:00PM Apr.22.2014
Library Committee

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7:00PM Apr.24.2014 - 8:30PM Apr.24.2014
The Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel

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Apr.25.2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Shabbat Service

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Apr.26.2014
Parashat Kedoshim

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Apr.26.2014 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Torah Study

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Apr.26.2014 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Bar Mitzvah - Ben Rethemeyer

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Apr.27.2014
8am-1pm Red Cross Blood Drive

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Apr.27.2014 9:00AM - 1:10PM
Religious School

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Apr.29.2014 10:00AM - 11:30AM
The Archaeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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May.01.2014
Lecture-Robert L. Cohen

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7:30PM May.01.2014 - 9:00PM May.01.2014
Social Action Committee

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7:30PM May.01.2014 - 9:00PM May.01.2014
Adult Ed Committee Meeting

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May.02.2014 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Kabbalat Shabbat

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May.03.2014
Parashat Emor

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May.03.2014 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Prophets Study

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May.04.2014 9:00AM - 1:10PM
Religious School

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May.06.2014 10:00AM - 11:30AM
The Archaeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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7:30PM May.06.2014 - 9:00PM May.06.2014
Board of Trustees

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7:00PM May.08.2014 - 8:30PM May.08.2014
The Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel

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7:30PM May.08.2014 - 9:00PM May.08.2014
Religious School Committee

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May.09.2014
Eisner Retreat

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May.09.2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Shabbat Service

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May.10.2014
Parashat Behar

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May.10.2014 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Torah Study

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May.11.2014 9:00AM - 1:10PM
Religious School

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May.13.2014 10:00AM - 11:30AM
The Archaeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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