Congregation Ohav Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.
Ohav Shalom is a traditional synagogue, deeply rooted in the laws and practices of the past, while not afraid to see change as an authentic part of our tradition. As an egalitarian congregation, we invite men and women to participate equally in all aspects of congregational worship.
The name “Ohav Shalom” means “Lover of Peace.” We are known for being a warm, embracing, and friendly synagogue family. We see our synagogue as a spiritual home to Jews of all religious backgrounds, personal circumstances and interests. We believe that the preservation of Judaism and the Jewish people is what all Jewish institutions are about. We strive to unite our members in a common commitment to tzedakah (philanthropy) and chesed (kindness) in keeping with the Jewish imperative to serve as God’s partner in tikun olam (repairing our world through acts of goodness).
We have chosen to preserve the full traditional liturgy in our sanctuary service, rather than truncate it or incorporate a great deal of English. Our primary prayer books are Etz Hayim Torah and Commentary and Siddur Sim Shalom. We provide our members who do not know the liturgy or Hebrew with the educational tools to participate in worship, rather than to alter these important traditions. We also provide a variety of educational modes and parallel worship formats to help all people come closer to Jewish study, spirituality and prayer. See our full Sanctuary Guide.
Daily morning Minyan services are held Sunday through Friday. Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services are held at 6:30PM in the Ohav Chapel, Saturday morning Shabbat service starts at 9AM with Kiddush immediately following.
All Passover preparation information, including the chametz sale form, can be found here. Chag sameach!
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The Center Square Minyan meets monthly at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Albany.
Daily morning minyan
Mondays at 6:45 AM
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Fridays at 7:00 AM
Sundays at 8:30 AM
*Federal Holidays at 8:00 AM
Services for teens in grades 7-12 begin at 10:30 AM on the following dates: 2/11, 3/18, 4/8 and 6/3
Services for children in grades 1-6 begin at 10:30 AM on the following dates: 2/11, 3/18, 4/8 and 6/3
Kabbalat Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 6:30 PM in the Chapel at Ohav Shalom. See DASH or weekly news for updates.
Services for children ages 2-6 are led by one of the Rabbis immediately following the Torah Service
Shabbat morning services are held on Saturdays at 9:00 AM in the main sanctuary at Ohav Shalom. See DASH or weekly news for updates, mincha/ma’ariv times and B’nai Mitzvah information.