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


Growing up Jewish

Congregation Ohav Shalom has developed religious services and cultural activities that address the needs of children from an early age through their journey to adulthood. Hebrew School, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and worship offerings tailored to the needs of pre-school, elementary and teens are some of the ways that Congregation Ohav Shalom connects young people to Judaism.

United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima connect young people to Jewish culture and heritage and provide space for young Jews to come together for fun and learning. Together we nurture the next generation and keep the flame of Judaism alive.

Junior Congregation and Teen Minyan

Junior Congregation services introduce elementary age children to the Shabbat experience, encourage students to improve their skill and offer opportunities to become comfortable in a leadership role. For more information, contact

Teen Minyan provides a worship space for students in middle and high school and encourages them to develop their personal relationship with Shabbat. For more information, contact

The next Shabbat dates for these worship offerings are:

12/16, 1/13, 2/10, 3/17, 4/21, 5/20 (Shavuot), 6/9


Shorashim/Shalom Tots

Shorashim: Weekly Shabbat service and gathering for our youngest families on Shabbat morning, after the children’s Torah parade in the main sanctuary, around 10:45 AM. All are welcome. Rabbi Rena Kieval and Rabbi Dan Ornstein take turns leading this service.

Shalom Tots: Ohav’s monthly programming for our youngest children and their families. For more information about program dates and details, please contact


For students in grades 6-8.

The international youth organization, sponsored by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, has thousands of members in the US and abroad. Our chapter will have monthly events that generally alternate between Temple Israel, Ohav

Shalom and off-site locations. Our Kadima chapter is a combined chapter from Temple Israel and Ohav Shalom and brings together students from our Hebrew School, the Hebrew Academy and all middle schoolers in the Capital District. For more information, contact


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. For more information, contact

Youth News

While there is always something happening at Ohav, there is nothing at the moment in this category. Please look around our site for other programs and news that meet your needs and interests.

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