CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM


688 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
(518) 371-0608

Events and Groups

March of the Living" Talk - September 7, 2019

Guest speaker Seth Finkle spoke about his experiences taking part in the 2019 "March of the Living." This is a three kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau, done as a tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. This walk takes place annually on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and brings people, young and old, from around the world.

"PAPER CLIPS" - July 17, 2019

Over 35 people turned out to watch this video, partake in deserts and enjoy commentary from Tony McCann. The video began as a lesson about prejudice as teachers, in a rural Tennessee heavily Christian community, searched for a way to teach their students about prejudice and the Holocaust. What happened next was a MIRACLE. 

Sukkot 2018 at Congregation Beth Shalom - September, 2018

80th Birthday Celebration - June 17, 2018


Rabbi Markowitz (left) and many friends and relatives helped Don Rubin (center) celebrate his 80th birthday.

4th Annual Joint Rosh Hodesh Woman's Program - May 15, 2018

Portraits of our Mothers: We came together to share who our mothers wre before they became mothers.  What were their dreams and accomplishments, and how did they inspire us?

Men's Club Talk: The Future Of Clifton Park - April 29, 2018

Phil Barrett, town supervisor, discussed “The Future of Clifton Park" using a very comprehensive and informative slide presentation. 

Celebration of Israel’s 70th Birthday - April 20, 2018
The festivities included dinner, Shabbat Services and a special Oneg Shabbat. Our own Clifton Park Town Supervisor, Phil Barrett (pictured below right with Congregation President Fern Hayden) was our special guest speaker are talked about the special relationship between the United States and Israel.
Pot luck dinner followed by Jewish storyteller  - October 21, 2017
Sisterhood sponsored a delicious pot luck dinner followed by storyteller Sandor Schuman.

Choir Practice - September 2017

The Beth Shalom choir during a practice session for the High Holidays.

Annual Congregation Beth Shalom Picnic - August 27, 2017

Men's Club sponsored our annual picnic: great friends, great food, great live music and great weather!  A good time was had by all.

JCC Maccabi Games - August 6-11, 2017
Congratulations to all the members of Congregation Beth Shalom who were involved in successfully bringing the JCC Maccabi Games to Northeastern New York. Great job by the volunteers who were involved in hosting, coaching, and cheering the athletes. 

Trip to Montreal, Canada - June 28-29, 2017

Members of Congregation Beth Shalom spent two days in Montreal touring and shopping.

A Day at the Lake - July 9, 2017

Members of Congregation Beth Shalom spent a pleasant day among friends on Lake Buel, Massachusetts.

Bat Mitzvah - 2016

Rabbi Markowitz reviews the Torah portion with a Bat Mitzvah.

Volunteers For Israel (VFI) - 2014, 2015

Three individuals from Congregation Beth Shalom have participated in VFI Program (In Israel: Sar El)

Sisterhood News and Views


Hi Everybody,Wow, the summer sure went by quickly and now fall is in the air. Sisterhood is looking forward to a busy new year. Our first event will be Saturday, September 7th, starting at 7:30 pm. My son, Seth Finkle, will be speaking about his experiences taking part in the 2019 March of the Living. This is a 3 kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau done as a tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. This walk takes place annually on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and brings together people, young and old, from around the world. Following the talk there will be refreshments. Please call the synagogue at 518-371-0608 or Sandy at 518-877-7878 for reservations so we can plan for food.

The following Sunday, September 15th, a planning meeting is scheduled for 10 am at the synagogue. Please come and bring us program ideas for the coming year.

October is also a busy month. Sisterhood will again sponsor a break the fast, catered by Linda Russell. Please call the synagogue for reservations. The cost will be $10 per person.

On October 16th we will be taking part in Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends Day.” We will be selling $5 discount shopping coupons that entitle you to 25% off of almost all purchases on that day only. The coupons will be available to buy in early September in the synagogue office. On October 16th we will be manning a table in Boscov’s from 3 pm to 6 pm selling coupons to customers. Please call Sandy at 518-877-7878 if you can help.

Finally, Sheila and I want to wish all of you, and your families, a very happy and healthy new year.


Sandy Rubin and Sheila Alfasso

Men's Club News and Views


I want to report on some of the programs that will take place in the coming months. These programs are for Congregation members and their friends. The Men’s Club and Sisterhood are sponsoring these programs free of charge.
Programs scheduled so far:

November: Veteran’s Day program on November 10th at 10 am with guest speaker and brunch.
December: Since we are an aging synagogue, we are planning to set up a program relating to this topic for our members on December 8, 2019 with Denise Yonnoc, from the Saratoga County Office for Aging, as guest speaker.

Programs we are working on:
February: State Police on security
April: Phil Barrett
DTBD: Film and dessert
Refreshments will be served.

Please send in your dues for 2019. We provide programs of interest to all. These programs are free for Beth Shalom members. Some programs do cost us some money (i.e., Refreshments).

Your Men’s Club wants to continue putting on programs that will provide enjoyment, both social and cultural, for the members of our congregation. To be able to do this, we need the help of our congregation members.
We are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to assist in our programs. Any suggestions from our members will be appreciated. Les can be contacted at 518-371-4946 or email Les at [email protected] We need our members to volunteer in order to achieve Sisterhood/Men’s Club future programs.
OUR NEXT MEN’S CLUB MEETING IS ON SUNDAY, September 22, 2019 @ 10a.m.  PLEASE ATTEND.
Les Miller, Men's Club President