B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will hold a special children’s Shabbat service and confer Hebrew names on Jews who don’t have one Saturday, January 21.

Tefilat Talmidim and naming service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York. The service will feature reading from a young person’s prayer book, a “PJ Library” book read by Amy Drucker of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, and refreshments. In addition, Rabbi Don Cashman will bestow Hebrew names on those who seek them in a Jewish ritual setting.

All are welcome. Please bring children and grandchildren to this special service. Contact Julie Friedman at 518-439-8106 or jbfriedman8@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

“Hebrew names are used when a person is called to the Torah at a bar or bat mitzvah, on the ketubah (marriage document) and during the memorial prayer at funerals and services. If you lack a Hebrew name, or your children did not receive one at birth, we will delight in conferring them in the presence of your family and the congregation. The goal is a Hebrew name for everyone,” said Rabbi Cashman.

To receive a Hebrew name at the special service, contact Rabbi Cashman by January 17 by email at rabbi@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or phone 518-482-5283.