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 and an award-winning nursery school 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 nursery school 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.
Maccabi Games Come to the Capital District August 6-11
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When director Darren Aronofsky’s film, “Noah,” was released in March 2014, it provoked a wide range of reactions from praise to outrage. For Delmar resident and armchair archaeologist Steven Stark Riemer, however, “Noah” made perfect sense. Now, Stark-Riemer will...read more
Study Talmud …the great text of Jewish tradition. Join us for this text exploration and skill building class. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Talmud necessary. Please bring a copy of the Schottenstein Babylonian Talmud, Tractate - Sanhedrin Volume 3. Led by Rabbi...read more
Learn how a deepened awareness will help you be your true self. Drawing from the ancient Jewish practice of mussar (instruction), we will explore how we can cultivate ‘soul traits’ (middot) such as patience, trust and dignity. Sessions will include discussion, text...read 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
B’Yachad Religious School is committed to providing our students with 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 classroom instruction, family education, and community-based programs, we provide a rich and varied learning environment that is welcoming to all families and 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.
Ohav Shalom’s Early Childhood Center incorporates play–based learning, Jewish education and enrichment activities for children from 18 months to pre-kindergarten. Children of all faiths enjoy attending the Early Childhood Center’s warm, nurturing educational experience.
Our class sizes are small so that our teachers can devote the time and attention children require to grow and thrive. We place a strong emphasis on the process of your child’s development. Our teachers provide positive reinforcement to help each child reach their potential for intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional growth.
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.