Learning More About B’nai Sholom

What if I don’t want to join right away? Can I come to services regularly?

  • Yes, of course, please do! All our worship services are open to the public, member and non-member, Jew and non-Jew alike.  We have services every Friday night, some Saturday mornings, and most holidays.  You can find the dates and times posted on the calendar on the website, or you can contact the office.

What about Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur? Don’t most synagogues require you to pay to attend those services?

  • Our services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are free of charge. However, we do ask folks to register in advance for those, so we can be sure to have enough seats and to know who is with us for security purposes.  We have a special service and program for kids in grades K-4 on those holidays, and we also offer babysitting for younger children and infants for a modest fee.

Are there other ways I can explore B’nai Sholom’s offerings without becoming a member?

  • Sure. You could join us for one of our many educational, social action, or plain fun activities.  We have adult education classes, weekly Torah study on Saturday mornings, a fair trade market, wine and cheese tastings, a chili-making contest, and periodic open-mic coffeehouses, among other things, all open to the public.  Or perhaps you’d like to join us when we help at the soup kitchen or our homeless program, provide dessert for the Empty Bowls hunger event, or put together our Books for Babies packages.  There is always lots going on!   Many of our congregants have come to a few such activities and gotten to know us a bit before deciding to join.

How do I find out what’s going on at B’nai Sholom, so I can try out some things before I decide to join?

  • Non-members can sign up to receive our monthly bulletin and weekly e-mail announcements, so you don’t miss out on upcoming events. Or, you can check our website – most events are listed on the calendar, and key events of interest are usually featured on the home page.  We also have a Facebook page, and you can follow us on Twitter, too (@BSRCalbany)

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