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Events and Groups

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.

High Holiday Services at Beth Shalom 2020-5781 - 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.

High Holiday Services at Beth Shalom 2020-5781 - 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.

June 11, 2020 - Beth Shalom's annual Congregational meeting was held via Zoom. A new Executive Board, with Lewis Morrison as incoming president, and Board of Trustees was elected effective July 1, 2020. In addition, a new synagogue budget was approved. Outgoing president BJ Rosenfeld, upper left in photo, ran the Zoom meeting.

April - December, 2020Rabbi Markowitz conducting Congregation Beth Shalom Shabbat evening services via "Zoom." Click on photo to expand.

"Off-site Dinner" - March 3, 2020

Good food, good drinks and best of all, good friends at our "off-site dinner" in Boynton Beach, FL!

Chanukah Pot Luck Dinner, Candle-lighting & White Elephant Gift Exchange -

December 28, 2019

Congregation Beth Shalom hosted a Chanukah Pot Luck Dinner, Candle-lighting with a White Elephant Gift Exchange on December 28, 2019.

Refreshments were provided by Sisterhood and Men's Club. A good time was had by all!

Off-site Dinner - December 2, 2019

Good food, good drinks and best of all, good friends at our off-site dinner!

Snowbirds Celebrate November Birthdays in Florida - November 17, 2019

A group of Beth Shalom members got together in Boca Raton, Florida to celebrate several November birthdays!

Veteran􏰂s Day program - November 10, 2019

Guest speaker and brunch.
Maj. Shawn Tabankin served in the United States Army for over 17 years, originally enlisting in 1997 as a Private in the 82nd Airborne Division. Maj. Tabankin received his commission as an Infantry Officer in 2002, and transferred to the NYANG in order to attend New York Law School. Maj. Tabankin has been mobilized twice for combat tours; Iraq in 2004 as an Infantry Platoon Leader, and Afghanistan in 2012 as an Infantry Company Commander. Maj. Tabankin􏰂s awards include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman􏰂s Badge. Maj. Tabankin is currently on Active Duty for the NYANG, serving as the Operations Officer in the 2-108th Infantry Regiment headquartered in Utica, New York.

"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


Greetings to all,

It’s March and spring is coming. As you know there aren’t any planned activities, but we’re still asking for your membership dues. Remember, only $18 for this year , because of Covid. Please send your check to Betsy Knorr, 27 Ordelia Lane, Round Lake NY 12151.

Because of the pandemic most of us are cooking more than we usually do, so let’s share some recipes. If you have a favorite kosher meat, dairy, or parve recipe send it to Jackie at the synagogue. We can print one a week in the weekly announcements or one a month in the bulletin or both. I’ll start with a recipe for an oven baked chuck roast.


2lb boneless kosher chuck ( I’ve used larger ones and doubled the rest of the ingredients

1 tsp black pepper to taste

1 sliced shallot (I’ve used 1 cup frozen chopped onion)

2 minced garlic cloves (I use jarred garlic)

1/4 cup or more red wine

1/4 cup or more low sodium chicken or beef broth

2 tbsp olive oil


Preheat oven to 350

Wash roast and dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper or just pepper

Add olive oil to an oven-proof skillet or pot. Heat the oil. Add the meat and sear on both sides each side 6-8 minutes until an outer crust forms. Remove meat and place on a clean plate.

In the same pan add onions and garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Now add the wine and broth and heat for about 4 minutes. Put the meat back in the pan, cover, and put in the oven

Allow meat to bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until tender basting it 3 or more times to add to the tenderness and flavor

Remove from pan and enjoy

Sheila and I want to thank Barbara Geizer for suggesting this recipe swap. Now let’s keep it going.

Happy Pesach,

Sandy and Sheila

Men's Club Report

We know we're going through tough times. The most important thing membership must do is stay safe and follow guidelines of

how to achieve this.

The Men's Club of Congregation Beth Shalom is one of the primary service arms of our Synagogue, and essential complement to the Sisterhood. We create, coordinate and participate in social events that entertain, or are of educational benefit to congregation families. We also contribute manpower and financial support to synagogue events as needed based on availability of volunteers and/ or funds.

Sponsorship of these activities has been welcomed & appreciated by the congregation board and those who attended. The Men's

Club wants to continue sponsoring the recurring and several different activities for the coming year. However, we cannot function at a meaningful level without sufficient annual funding to help meet program and activity costs.

With a vaccine available, we will beat this pandemic! Stay positive!

We are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to assist in our programs. Any suggestions from our members will be appreciated. I can be contacted at 518-371-4946 or email me 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