B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Rishon, 7 Iyyar 5775

 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.. 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

 Sincerely,

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

The release of the film "Noah" in 2014 left many viewers scratching their heads at monsters and other story elements not part of the familiar story. Now a six-session class will illuminate the apocryphal and midrashic origins of the movie, starting and ending with a screening of "Noah." The new course by popular teacher Steve Stark-Riemer debuts at B'nai Sholom on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. 
 
 "Part of why these books were never canonized is because they were so bizarre. They reflect what was, at the time, a rising apocalyptic world view that was trying to explain why there is evil in the world," Steve explains. He will help students dive into and explore the film in these lively and informative sessions.
 
 The class is open to the public; registration is required. The course is $60 for non-B'nai Sholom members; $40 for members. Full course information and registration, click here. Or call the synagogue office at 518-482-5283. 
A new course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation will help readers of Hebrew understand better the makeup and nuances of the Hebrew in Jewish prayers.
 
Rabbi Cashman will teach “On the Path to Understanding: Hebrew Hints in Prayer” on Mondays beginning April 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom.
 
The eight-session class will focus on aspects of the Hebrew will help increase understanding of Jewish liturgy and aid in the fluency of reading (“decoding”) Hebrew texts.  Topics will include: roots; prefixes and the differences between prepositions and verb forms; suffixes; word patterns; and related topics of student concern.  This is not a Hebrew course, but rather a course about Hebrew.
 
For information on registration, click here.
 

It's not too late: Steven Stark-Riemer's course on "The Diversity of Ancient Israel” is being held Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., through April 28. A "sampler" of his other classes, this one gives a big bang for the buck: history, archaeology, provocative insights. And his class, “The Archaeology of the Religion of Ancient Israel” is being held on Thursday evenings at 7:15, now through April 30. It’s an in-depth look at what archaeology tells as about religion in “The Land” as it was actually practiced, from earliest days through the Babylonian Conquest.

 

The Diversity of Ancient Israel

 Archaeology of Ancient Israel

 

 

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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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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