B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Shlishi, 2 Av 5777


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At B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project.  Judaism offers a wealth of rich, deep, sophisticated ideas which are most useful for adults.  Adults make decisions about raising children, choosing careers, medical care for themselves and loved ones, where to live and whom to love.  Adults need the guidance of a religious system to help them through this maze of serious choices.  Adults also experience fully the deep sorrow of loss and the great joy of true love.  Jewish tradition can guide adults throug these emotional highs and lows.


Adult learning at B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation equips our lifelong learners to face the complexity of their lives armed with Jewish knowledge.  Whether taking a Judaism course, current events, or an archeology course, our learners come away from the experience with a greater appreciation of Judaism's profound depths, and a greater understanding of how to lead an inspired life.


Please join us at any one of our course offerings this year.  Membership is not required, and many of the classes have a nominal charge, suggested donation, or are free!

Other Jewish Adult Education opportunities:


All are Invited
We welcome everyone, Jewish or not, Member or not, to attend our classes and programs.  Please join us!

Enrollment and Cancellation Policies:

  • Some classes and programs have limited enrollments.
  • Register early to avoid disappointment.
  • If enrollment is too low, an event or class may be canceled.
  • To be notified of schedule changes or cancellations, you must be preregistered.

Click here for Adult Education Course Registration Form

Lost Women of the Bible
Teacher: Rabbi Beverly Magidson
Monday evenings, January 23 through February 20, 7:30 - 8:45 (4 classes)
$25; $18 discounted fee for BSRC members

We all learn about the Matriarches, Miriam, Deborah, and Ester.  But there are many women who are mentioned briefly, sometimes with no name given, and then are lost to us.  Who are these women, and what does the midrash (Rabbinic lore) say about them?  Come join us as we talk about Peninah, Avigayel, Samson's mother, Avishag the Shunamite, and Huldah the Prophetess, and maybe even some others.  Please bring a Bible if you can.

Rabbi Beverly W. Magidson is Director of Chaplaincy Services for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York  and Religious Coordinator at Daughters of Sarah Senior Community.  She was ordained at HUC-JIR NY, and was one of the first women admitted to the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly.

Mishkan HaNefesh: The New Reform Proyer Book for the Days of Awe
Teacher: Rabbi Don Cashman
Alternating Thursday evenings, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23; 7:30 PM
$60; $40 discounted fee for B'nai Sholom members.
Fee includes Mishkan HaNefesh.  Households may share a set for a single fee.
Registration deadline 1/23/27; late registrants will have to order book themselves.

All are invited to be part of the process to help BSRC decide whether to adopt the new mahzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  Participants in this progect will examine key holiday sections of the services as well as renderings of familiar regularly recurring liturgical passages from the new book, and will compare them to our current mahzor Gates of Repentance.  At the conculsion of the course, participants will be debriefed in order to create a recommendation to guide our Board of Trustees.

Tevye Stories
Teacher: Rabbi Don Cashman
Monday mornings: February 27 through April 3, 10:00 a.m- 11:30 a.m. (6 classes)
$45; $30 discounted fee for BSRC members

Details to follow

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Torah Study

Saturday mornings, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Extended Text Study one Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
At Torah Study, we read translations and various commentaries in English, and discuss the meaning of the weekly Torah portion.
On Extended Study days, we've been working our way through the Tanakh with Rabbi Cashman.  We have just completed the book of Proverbs and will be starting the Book of Job.  Our Extended Study is powered by coffee, bagels, and an assortment of other delicious breakfast food.

These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis.  BYOB - Bring you own Bible, but we've got extras.  No previous knowledge necessary!  Share what you know!

Movie Nights
Dates: February 18 (The Other Son) and March 25, 2017 (Divided We Fall)

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Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond as presented following the Friday night worship service

Elizabeth Greenberg
Jews in the Garment Industry, Friday, December 16, 2016

To understand the schmatte business or rag trade, as it is playfully called, one must realize the role American Jews have played in designing, altering and literally stitching together the whole business.  From the early 19th century immigrants seeking success in America, to tailors and peddlers, pressers and cutters, designers and manufacturers, models and moguls, this paresentation showcases the impact and influence of American Jewry on the world of fashion.

Elizabeth Greenberg, Director of the Opalka Gallery at Sage College will share with us her research from her prior experience as Assistant Curator at Yeshiva University Museum on the exhibiton A Perfect Fit: The Garment industry and American Jewry 1860-1960.  Trained as a fashion historian at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology, before coming to the Opalka.  She was the curator of fine arts at Siena College.

Martha Rozett
Discussion of The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks
January 27, 2017

A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March, Geraldine Brooks brngs King David to life tracing the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.  The Times called it a "thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David--makes a masterly case for the generative power of retelling."

Martha Rozett is a professor of English at the University at Albany with an affiliate appointment in Judaic Studies.  A Shakespeare scholar who whas written extensively and taught about Shakespeare, she also teaches contemporary historical fiction, including ficion on the history of the Jews.

The following are some of the adult education courses and programs offered in the past by B'nai Sholom:


Program Name                                                                                            Date
5th Century Favorits - Rabbi Don Cashman

 Fall 2013


Who Wrote the Hebrew Bible -  Steven Stark-Riemer

October 10, 2013-

“The Ethics of Eating – or, Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” -- Rabbi Don Cashman October 22, 2012 - January 28, 2013
Mahler on the Couch -- Movie and Discussion
October 19, 2013
Beginning Hebrew Fall 2012
Yiddish (Beginning and Advanced)

Fall 2014

Winter 2014

Siblings: 2nd Temple Judaism - Steven Stark-Riemer
January 2014 - March 2014
Isreal and the Holocaust -- Prof Arthur Brenner
January 20, 2014 - February 2014
Love at Second Sight -- Movie and Discussion February 1, 2014
Born in Berlin -- Movie and Discussion
March 22, 2014
The Diversity of Ancient Israel
April 16, 2013 - June 25, 2013
Doreen Rappaport, Author -- Talk "Beyond Courage" Chronicles Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
April 28, 2013







  • Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray
  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Ethan Bloch Lecture Jan 17, 2013
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Diversity of Ancient Israel
  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel
  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel