Life Long LearningJudaism from the Inside Out: Real Wisdom for Real People
We are a community of learners at every age, from preschool through older adulthood, believing that we can grow as Jews no matter how young or old we are. We are passionate about Jewish family education, since we recognize the powerful impact that families learning together can have on a child’s spiritual and moral development.
As our sage Hillel taught us: “Be a disciple of the high priest Aaron, loving peace and pursuing it, loving all people and bringing them close to the Torah.”
Ohav Shalom is proud to offer outstanding educational programs for students of all ages. For our young students, Ohav Shalom has both an award-winning religious school, B’Yachad and an award-winning Early Childhood Center program that is unique in its ability to retain its teaching staff year after year.
In 2008, Ohav Shalom received the Framework for Excellence Award and in 2009, the Early Childhood Center received the Solomon Schechter Gold Award in recognition of its inclusive early childhood education program. We encourage families to learn together in the many holiday and Family Education programs offered throughout the year. For adult learners, Ohav Shalom offers a rich Adult Studies program with opportunities for Jewish learning, experience and growth.
B’Yachad Religious School teaches children in kindergarten through eighth grade an understanding and appreciation of the core concepts of God, Torah, Israel, and ethical values, as they are embodied in our Jewish tradition. Through formal instruction, family education, and community-based programs, B’Yachad’s rich learning environment instills the knowledge and skills necessary to carry on Jewish traditions at home, participate in their synagogue, and the broader Jewish community. the welcoming to all families and inclusive to all types of learners. By working in partnership with families, and in the context of a nurturing Jewish community, we aim to develop positive and strong Jewish identities.
B’Yachad is a Hebrew word that means “together.” It symbolizes the union of the Religious Schools of Congregation Ohav Shalom, B’nai Sholom, and Temple Israel, providing a quality Jewish education and a reinforced community for our children.
Kadima has monthly events that generally alternate between Temple Israel, Ohav Shalom and off-site locations. Our Kadima chapter is a combined chapter from TI and Ohav Shalom and brings together students from our Hebrew School, the Hebrew Academy and all middle schoolers in the Capital District.
TI and Ohav have a combined “Capital District” chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY), the youth wing of the Conservative Movement. Weekly meetings range from social gatherings to more focused discussions on upcoming holidays or other Jewish themes. Capital District teens also participate in Tzafon Region activities, and attend Regional conventions hosted by Conservative synagogues throughout Upstate New York.
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Lifelong Learning – Study Talmud with Rabbi Dan, Mondays, Oct. 2017 through June 2018read more
Ohav Congregant, Bob Gumson reflects on his experiences as a blind person in the various, local Jewish communities.read more
February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month
See how Ohav is working to make our shul more inclusive