B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Shlishi, 19 Kislev 5776

 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 popular Synagogue Scholar series of talks by members of our community begins Friday, December 18 with a lecture by congregant Paul Finkelman. Finkelman, an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, and civil liberties, among other topics, will deliver the talk, “Getting Ready for Brandeis:  The Centennial of the Nomination of our First Jewish Supreme Court Justice.”   Following a format first tried last year with great success, he will speak during the oneg reception after the service, to allow for more informality and greater interactive discussion.

Brandeisr150On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis D. Brandeis to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Jew to serve on the high court.  Four months later, the Senate would finally confirm him. The fight over his nomination – the longest in U.S. history – was tinged with anti-Semitism, but the so-called “Jewish issue” cut in two directions.  Some senators used anti-Semitic language and code words to oppose him; others supported him because he was Jewish.  As the 100th anniversary of his nomination approaches, this lecture will prompt thought about Brandeis and perhaps about the role of the Supreme Court in modern society.

Finkelman is the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in Canada and senior fellow in the Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author or editor of more than 40 books and 200 scholarly articles, and his op-eds and shorter pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Huffington Post.  He has appeared on CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and the History Channel.  Finkelman holds a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Chicago and was a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard Law School.

Future synagogue scholar lectures will include Martha Rozett discussing the novel, Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas, on January 29; David Liebschutz discussing “What We Can Learn About Leadership from our Jewish Tradition,” on March 11; and Steven Stark-Riemer speaking on a topic to be announced later in the spring.

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, twinmom4@verizon.net , so we can post the best ones on the web site and on Facebook. Thanks!

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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.

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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

Coming Events


12.01.2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


12.02.2015 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm




12.03.2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


12.03.2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


12.05.2015 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


12.06.2015 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


12.06.2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


12.07.2015 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


12.08.2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


12.09.2015 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12.12.2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am


12.12.2015 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


12.13.2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am