In honor of our 40-year history, we have celebrated with a series of programs throughout the year. We kicked off the year with an opening reception, featuring speeches and videotaped interviews of founding members as well as a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. In April, we hosted Gathering Time, an acoustic musical group featuring Jewish musical greats of the rock’n’roll era. The next big event is our “Celebrating Ourselves” Shabbaton, scheduled for November 3. We’ll cap off the celebration with a gala event on December 8. Also, over the course of the year, we’ve been creating special opportunities for service and keeping track of our collective mitzvot, to make sure that we perform at least “40 Mitzvot for 40 Years.”
B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation — 40th Year Anniversary
Forty years ago, B’nai Sholom celebrated its beginning as The New Reform Congregation. Worshipping without a building for the first seven years, congregants met at United Fourth Presbyterian Church in Albany. In 1979, we moved to our current home on Whitehall Road in Albany. Our current rabbi, Donald P. Cashman, joined us in 1985. There is more information about our history on this page, below, and elsewhere on this BSRC website.