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

Events and Groups

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


On January 11th, your Sisterhood co-presidents delivered the donations from you to the CAPTAIN teen and runaway shelter. We were warmly greeted by members of the staff. The shelter is hidden on a short street off Route 9 in Malta. It is amazing. The outside looks like any small suburban home, but the inside is huge: many rooms, a large kitchen, and other amenities.

Before you store winter toys like sleds and saucers, please consider donating them to the shelter. We are continuing to collect other items. A short list will be sent to you soon.

Unfortunately, our presentation on spring gardening was canceled due to lack of participation. We didn’t quite make the number of people to make this presentation a go.

Tentative upcoming activities:

April 7th Planning meeting (we are already looking for programs for September.)

May 18th Dessert and a movie. Sisterhood and Men’s Club will provide the dessert for a cost of $5 per person,

June 12th Off-site dinner at The Ripe Tomato, and a time to reminisce about this year’s accomplishments.

We wish you a joyous Pesach.

Sandy Rubin and Sheila Alfasso

Men's Club News and Views

This article includes many ”Thank You”s and many requests:


  1. Barry Hamerling, for providing the first program of the year.
    Although I was unable to attend, I heard from those who were there how great the

    program was.

  2. Mark Cury, for providing our next speaker, Claude Manna.
    Mr. Manna discussed with our members the changes in the tax laws for 2018. We all were provided with important information that will help us prepare our 2018 Federal and NYS returns.

  3. Herb Alfasso, for providing our last speaker, Judith Dumo, nurse. As an aging congregation, this was an important topic for our members to hear. Included were sudden strokes, heart attacks, myths of insurance expectations,and more. We all need to take these recommendations seriously.

  4. Barry Forman, for the additional money you sent in over our request for 2019 dues.


1. 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 (ie. 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.

Les Miller, Men's Club President