Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany NY     (518) 489-4706

Life Cycle Events

Celebrating together


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Do you have a celebration or sorrow you would like to share with your Ohav Community? Please call 518-489-4706  or email the office.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A Jewish girl becomes a bat mitzvah at 12 years and one day according to the Hebrew calendar.  A boy becomes a bar mitzvah at 13 years and one day according to the Hebrew calendar. Our longstanding congregational practice is to give girls bat mitzvah dates on or after their thirteenth birthdays according to the Hebrew calendar.  Each child who celebrates becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Ohav Shalom is offered a tutor.  Tutors are assigned by the rabbinic or educational staff and are supervised by them.

Other guidelines pertaining to Bar/Bat Mitzvah training and to the day of the celebration itself can be found in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parents’ Handbook.


Ohav Shalom’s sanctuary is a beautiful place to hold a wedding ceremony for Jewish couples. Consistent with the December 2006 ruling of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, Ohav Shalom’s rabbinic leadership will perform commitment and same-sex marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in which both partners are Jewish. For more information regarding weddings, contact our office.

Cemetery and Funerals

All members, at any level, are required to pay a Communal Sacred Obligation fee of $18 per individual and $36 per family every year. This fee establishes our communal obligation to guarantee a Jewish cemetery for our Congregation. Every member is responsible for their obligation and mitzvah whether or not the member(s) intend to be buried in either of Ohav Shalom’s cemeteries. Every member in good standing is entitled to a plot upon death. If one spouse dies, the remaining spouse can purchase a plot in order to ensure burial in an adjoining site.  If a plot is not purchased within 6 months and the remaining spouse retains their membership, he/she would be buried in any available plot.

For questions regarding at Ohav or a mourners meal at Ohav following the burial please contact our office

Sponsoring Kiddush

The sharing of food with friends and congregants after Sabbath morning service is a core part of Congregation Ohav Shalom. Kiddush usually lasts for a little over an hour as congregants gather together to discuss and laugh. It is a tradition for families celebrating simchas to sponsor a Kiddush.

Ohav Shalom has two full kosher kitchens and our staff often prepare all the food for these special Kiddushes in our facilities. If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush please contact Operations and Events Coordinator.

Kol Hakavod

Meaning, literally, “All the honor”, as in “More honor to you!” Kol Hakavod is a way to honor an Ohav Community member for good works or success in life. Kol Ha’kavod, literally “all the respect” but meaning “well done” provides a means for members of the Ohav community to kvell over the accomplishments of Ohav members and their families. We ask that you use Kol Ha’kavod to honor members of the Ohav community, be they congregants, children of congregants or the loved ones of congregants.

Reserving Space at Ohav

Congregants and community groups have used our space for events and celebrations. For modest events our kitchens have produced wonderful food, and for more formal gatherings we recommend one of wonderful kosher caterers in this area. Please contact Operations and Events Coordinator, Nancy Pandalfo.

Daily Minyanim

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

Shabbat Zmanim

Ohav Inclusion Info