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


Working together makes us stronger.

“Ohav Shalom” means “Lover of Peace.” We strive to be 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.

in keeping with the Jewish imperative to serve as God’s partner in tikun olam (repairing our world through acts of goodness.),  our members are united in a common commitment to tzedakah (philanthropy) and chesed (kindness)

Ohav seeks to incorporate  practices which reduce damage to the environment in 0order to uphold the Jewish principle of bal tash-chit (do not waste.) Administrative offices, classroom teachers are encouraged to recycle paper and to turn off unused lights and other equipment.  We have reduced our energy consumption by installing LED lighting throughout our building and we continue to educate ourselves about ways we can reduce energy costs and be a more “green” community.

Volunteering at Ohav

Congregation Ohav Shalom is a vibrant community because of the effort put in by many members who volunteer their time. Here are many ways for members to volunteer whether it be serving on the board helping the Noodle Pudding Players put on one of their great plays, or helping as a member of one of our standing committees. Click here for a list of our member-run committees

Ohav Shalom Participates in Ruderman Inclusion Action Community
Making the Jewish religious and cultural experience accessible to all community members is a long standing goal of Congregation Ohav Shalom.  In 2016 Congregation Ohav Shalom participated in the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community. Sponsored with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, The Ruderman Inclusion Action Community project has helped our shul identify ways to make our building even more accessible than it was before. It is our goal to continue to make our shul as accessible and supportive as possible. For more information on our efforts as part of the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community click here.

While the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community program has been the impetus to many changes, Ohav’s commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility is long standing. For many years we have hosted the Seder for Adults with Disabilities. Our Hebrew school programing integrates special needs children as does our Early Childhood Center.  For  a decade, Ohav’s Early Childhood Center has  partnered with Capital District Beginnings to provide integrated classrooms for children with special education needs.

Community News

Life Long Learning

“Many Voices: Ta Sh’ma (Come and Hear)”
Judaism evolves and remains strong through its honoring of different perspectives …

Life Long Learning

Hebrew Boot Camp! Get In Shape, instruction for beginners and “drill” for folks looking to enhance their fluency!

We Need Your Help – Here is your chance to say, “Hineni” (Here I Am!)

Reach out to Ohav’s President to inquire the many ways to lend a hand in the Ohav community.

Calling All Cooks and Bakers

Bring your skills to Ohav’s kitchen to help prepare Friday night Shabbat dinners, Kiddush, holiday celebrations and more!


Thinking about working in Retail?

Our gift shop needs volunteers to work. One Sunday a month would be great.


Food For Thought

Nourish your soul. Help Ohav’s Social Action Committee assist the the regional Food Bank of Northeaster. Ohav volunteers  devote a couple hours sorting and packing food and other essential products for the needy in our area..  For information on upcoming dates and times contact .

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Volunteer Commitee Name

What is does.

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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