Congregation Beth Shalom
Clifton Park

Congregation Beth Shalom Board Meeting

We will be meeting on Sunday morning, June 23rd at 9:30 am. A plus is that bagels and coffee will be provided!! 

06/23/2024 9:30 am
Congregation Beth Shalom

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

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

06/25/2024 2:00 pm
Brenda Sugarman's Home

11th Annual Klezmer & Kosher Festival

It’ll be a lively day with kosher dinner, crafts, games, and of course, live Klezmer concert. An amazing line-up of musicians will play traditional Klezmer groups as well as Chassidic and Israeli melodies.

RSVP – $15 per person: all-inclusive fee

07/16/2024 5:30 pm
Clifton Common (Outside Clifton Park Senior Center) Clifton Common Blvd. Clifton Park

An Analysis Delving Into Free Speech, Antisemitism, and the DEI Culture at College Campuses – Sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom

by Dr. Stephen BerkAcademic Credentials: B.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Columbia University

Dr. Stephen M. Berk is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York and Chair of the Department of History . Professor Berk is considered a superb lecturer and teacher.

On Wednesday, July 17th at 7:00 pm, Congregation Beth Shalom of Clifton Park is sponsoring a talk and follow-up question and answer session with Professor Stephen Berk. The discussion topic will be:

“An Analysis Delving Into Free Speech, Antisemitism, and the DEI Culture at College Campuses”

Of late, Antisemitism and other religious discrimination have been rearing its ugly head on domestic campuses. Students of Jewish faith and other religious faiths are increasingly fearful as are other minority groups. This is what makes this topic so timely.

A thoughtful discussion – Professor Berk has been teaching at Union College for over 50 years and he is recognized as one of the most prominent historians and speakers in the United States. He has appeared numerous times on national TV, has spoken to groups all over the world, and is considered by his colleagues to be incredibly thoughtful on this complicated topic.

We hope you can join us! This event, because of limited seating, will be by reservation only. Please call Jackie at the Congregation to reserve your seat at: (518)-371-0608.

There will be no charge and no solicitations.

07/17/2024 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom

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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