B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation is opening its doors to welcome the Capital Region community for the High Holy Days.
The congregation once again offers visitors and guests the opportunity to attend any or all of the services at no charge. All services will be available in person and via Zoom. For children, B’nai Sholom will offer specially tailored one-hour programs geared to ages 3-7 on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings.
Visitors and guests are required to register in advance for services and programs. Voluntary donations to help support B’nai Sholom will be welcomed and appreciated. To register, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office: 518-482-5283 or email@example.com.
B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.
Schedule of holiday services is:
- Sunday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. –Evening Service
- Monday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. –Morning Service
- Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. –Evening Service
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. –Morning Service
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. – Study Session (offered in-person only)
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m. – Healing Service
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:45 p.m. – Afternoon Service
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. – Memorial Service
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:45 p.m. – Concluding Service
Rabbi Danielle Weisbrot, who joined B’nai Sholom as its spiritual leader in 2021, will conduct all services.
Worshippers will be able to enjoy the wonderful voices of B’nai Sholom’s new congregant choir and harken to the sound of the shofar blown by congregants.
Rebecca Pacuk, a graduate of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and an Albany area native who attended B’nai Sholom during her youth, will be the cantorial soloist for the holy days once again. In addition, Elizabeth M. Huntley will return to furnish harp accompaniment to the services.
B’nai Sholom continues to place paramount importance on its community’s health and safety. The congregation monitors the rapidly changing COVID situation and follows state and CDC health guidelines regarding masking and social distancing.
The congregation has adopted the two-volume Mishkan HaNefesh, published in 2017 by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as its prayer book for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It features gender-neutral English translation and easily accessible transliteration of all Hebrew prayers, supplemental and alternative readings and poetry and other liturgical innovations. For those participating via Zoom, the prayers and readings will be shared on the screen.
B’nai Sholom’s single-story synagogue is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs, walkers and strollers and includes a handicap-accessible, all-gender restroom.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region. Nearly 120 diverse households from six counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.