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

Delicious Dining Event Take Place in March

Take a late-winter break with friends and join in B'nai Sholom's "Progressive Dinner" on Saturday, March 14, when congregants will meet to share food and have fun in several different venues.

A progressive dinner changes location as you progress through the meal. B'nai Sholom's evening will begin with Havdallah, blessings over the meal, and appetizers at the synagogue, starting at 6 p.m. After that, we will head to different congregants' houses for the main course, and then on to other homes for dessert.  Then…you're on your own for after-dinner drinks and late night snacks!

It's a relaxing and special night out on the town, with adult conversation and companionship. Show off your favorite "go-to" dish, and get to know your fellow congregants outside of the synagogue.

For a successful Progressive Dinner, participants are needed to volunteer for one of the tasks below. Each dish should accommodate eight people.

Providing appetizers and bringing them to B'nai Sholom;
Hosting and preparing the main course;
Hosting and preparing dessert.

To volunteer and participate in the event, please e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, February 12.  We need your help in making this event happen!

Long-time instructor Rachel Weitz begins a new term of Yiddish instruction Wednesday evenings starting February 11 at B'nai Sholom. Classes will be offered in both beginning and intermediate Yiddish, informed by her background as an Israeli native speaker of both Hebrew and Yiddish, and her studies in Jewish Education. 
Interest in Yiddish has increased in recent years, with many resources now available. For more information on the two classes, click here.

Chili 2015 Winners 500













Chili, beer, fellowship and awards: a great evening happened there…at
Chilipalooza.  ==> More Details Plus Deb's Winning Recipe  <==


==> More Chilipalooza Pictures in B'nai Sholom Social Events<==


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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.

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






03.07.2015 9:30 am - 12:00 pm






03.10.2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm




03.12.2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm






03.14.2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am



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