Congregation Beth Shalom
Clifton Park

What Are We Saying When We Are Praying?

A Discussion Group facilitated by Brenda Sugarman.

Please join us for our next meeting to continue our discussion on: Date:  Tuesday, May 28th, Time:  2:00 pm. Place: 4 Mystic Lane, Clifton Park.

Please bring a siddur with you. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Brenda.

05/28/2024 2:00 pm
Brenda Sugarman's Home

Annual Congregation Meeting

Please put this date on your calendars as this is a very important meeting for the entire congregation to attend. The business of the meeting will include two items:

  1. Voting for a new slate of Board officers and Trustees for the 2024- 2025 year.
  2. Review and vote on the fiscal 2024 – 2025 budget.

It is necessary to complete this business in order to continue our activities. These issues affect everyone! You will receive a mailing in about a week with ad

05/30/2024 6:30 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom

Potluck Dairy Brunch

Please join us Sunday, June 9, 2024, as we celebrate the courage of all our fellow members who stayed behind this winter with a potluck dairy brunch. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring a dish to share. Please call Jackie at 518-371-0608 or email her at and let her know how many people are coming and what dish you plan to bring. This way we won’t have too many of the same thing. The partnership will supply the bagels, cream cheese and drinks.

06/09/2024 11:30 am
Congregation Beth Shalom

Hadassah Book Review for June

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

06/17/2024 1:00 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom and on Zoom

North Country Event in Saratoga Springs

Federation is excited to share that we will host our annual spring North Country event on Sunday, June 23, 7 PM at the Saratoga City Music Hall. We had the great opportunity to secure Rabbi Menachem Creditor as our keynote speaker. A little on our speaker and topic…

How Much Would be Enough? The Revolution of Zionism

For two-thousand years, Jewish history was defined by wandering. This changed with the miraculous birth of the State of Israel in 1948. How did this new political reality change the fundamentals of Jewish identity and spirituality? Explore a radical connection between the visions of early Zionist thinkers and the ancient wisdom of the Rabbis of the Talmud with Rabbi Menachem Creditor as we address a basic question—how much would truly be enough?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York and was the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. An acclaimed author, scholar, and speaker with over 4 million views of his online videos and essays, he was named by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America. His numerous books and six albums of original music include the global anthem “Olam Chesed Yibaneh” and the COVID-era two-volume anthology “When We Turned Within.” He and his wife Neshama Carlebach live in New York, where they are raising their five children. In addition, Neshama Carlebach’s father was the famous rabbi/cantor, Shlomo Carlebach!

06/23/2024 7:00 pm
Saratoga City Music Hall

Hadassah Book Review for July

Don’t Forget to Write by Sarah Goodman Confino

In 1960, a young woman discovers a freedom she never knew existed in this exhilarating, funny, and emotional novel by the bestselling author of She’s Up to No Good.

When Marilyn Kleinman is caught making out with the rabbi’s son in front of the whole congregation, her parents ship her off to her great-aunt Ada for the summer. If anyone can save their daughter’s reputation, it’s Philadelphia’s strict premier matchmaker. Either that or Marilyn can kiss college goodbye.

To Marilyn’s surprise, Ada’s not the humorless septuagenarian her mother described. Not with that platinum-blonde hair, Hermès scarf, and Cadillac convertible. She’s sharp, straight-talking, takes her job very seriously, and abides by her own rules…mostly. As the summer unfolds, Ada and Marilyn head for the Jersey shore, where Marilyn helps Ada scope out eligible matches—for anyone but Marilyn, that is.

Because if there’s one thing Marilyn’s learned from Ada, it’s that she doesn’t have to settle. With the school year quickly approaching and her father threatening to disinherit her, Marilyn must make her choice for her future: return to the comfortable life she knows or embrace a risky, unknown path on her own.

07/22/2024 1:00 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom and on Zoom
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