SATURDAY Morning at 10 am Rabbi Markowitz offers a wonderful Torah study on the Torah portion of the week.
This is followed by a kiddush. All are
welcome! Once per month (please see calendar) we have a Shabbat morning service with Flo Miller chanting Torah.
Please see the calendar for a more detailed worship schedule. Please note that the service schedule is subject to change. Check Thursday's Beth Shalom email announcements for the most current information.
For membership information, please call 518-371-0608.
Please Visit our Calendar for All the Upcoming Events
Do you have a special event coming up that you would like to share with your family, friends, and synagogue family? Why not sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush? Sponsoring a kiddush is honoring, celebrating, memorializing, and congratulating any individual/s or event. A kiddush is a wonderful way to bring people together and begin to celebrate the Sabbath too. For more information you can call the synagogue office and speak to Jackie at (518) 371-0608 or call Linda Russell at (518) 371-3641.
High Holiday Services at Beth Shalom 2020-5781
Limited in-synagogue attendance with social-distancing, required masks, etc., combined with a Zoom transmission provided very meaningful high holiday services, see photos below. Click on photo to expand.
Services were followed by Rabbi Markowitz blowing the shofar out-doors (accompanied by Ellen Markowitz) as our socially-distanced congregation members looked on. Click on photo to expand.
Shofar blowing was followed by Tashlich nearby. Tashlich is a customary Jewish atonement ritual where the participants symbolically cast off their sins by gathering along the banks of a river or stream and reciting prayers of repentance. Click on photo to expand.
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Message from the Capital District Board of Rabbis
The Capital District Board of Rabbis and Cantors condemns the unprecedented assault on the United States Capitol building, the members of Congress, and indeed on democracy itself. Such acts of trespass, vandalism and violence are contrary to the values of our nation. We are particularly disturbed and heart-broken that these actions came as a result of leaders of our country putting their party loyalty ahead of the interests of the common good. Our democracy is only strong when all agree to abide by the laws of our nation. We call for all residents of the United States to unite for the common good; to respect the peaceful transition of power, and to reaffirm our commitment to democracy and civil discourse.
We pray for our country and its future well-being with these words from our Rabbis:
Bless the leaders of our United States of America.
Grant them the health, safety, strength, wisdom, foresight, and fortitude to lead our nation in a manner that will allow us all to live in a world of blessing, safety, well- being, and peace. (Rabbi Roy Feldman - Orthodox)
Teach them the insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst. (Siddur Sim Shalom - Conservative)
Grant our leaders wisdom and forbearance.
May they govern with justice and compassion.
Help us all to appreciate one another,
And to respect the many ways that we may serve You. May our homes be safe from affliction and strife,
and our country be sound in body and spirit. (Mishkan Tefillah – Reform)