Congregation Ohav Shalom

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113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12208 / (518) 489-4706 / Email Us /

Kabbalat Shabbat Under the Big Sky

Kabbalat Shabbat Under the Big Sky


July 24, 2020    
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY, 12208

Event Type


Dear Ohav Family:

We are pleased to announce that on Friday, July 24, 2020, we will hold our first Kabbalat Shabbat service OUTSIDE. We are doing this on an experimental basis as we all learn how we can worship safely together outdoors.

The service will begin at 6pm on the concrete “Sukkah slab” behind the building.

Participants will enter through the outside front gate to the playground.  You will be greeted there by a fellow congregant and will have your temperature checked.

The service will consist of a slightly abbreviated Kabbalat Shabbat service, with the chanting of the psalms and Lecha Dodi, as well as brief selections from the evening prayers and Kiddush.   The service will last approximately 30 -40 minutes.

Participation is open to Ohav members over the age of bar/bat mitzvah.

In order to ensure a safe environment, with adequate physical distancing, participation in this first service will be limited to 18 individuals

All attendees  must pre-register using the form at the bottom of this page. This is essential to ensure that we do not have more people than we can safely accommodate, and so that we have a log of attendees in the event that contact tracing becomes necessary.    Please pre-register before noon, Thursday July 23 so we can plan appropriately.

All attendees must wear a mask at all times, and are asked to maintain safe distancing at the entry and exit points and throughout the entire time that you are at Ohav.

Please note these additional requirements for the safety of all present:

  • Please bring your own siddur and kippah. If you do not have one, we will have a few available for you to use.
  • Everyone in attendance must wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.
  • Please find the seat with your name on it, and do not move the chairs. They will be placed the requisite distance apart. Members of the same household will be seated together.
  • There will be no access to restrooms as the building is closed, so please plan accordingly.
  • In view of the potential risks associated with singing, we ask that any singing be done in a quiet voice. Masks must remain on.
  • Those congregants who are in high risk groups or are particularly vulnerable are encouraged to consider carefully whether participation is advisable.
  • You may bring water, gloves and hand sanitizer with you.
  • Please refrain from shaking hands, hugging or kissing your fellow congregants

 The service will not be held if it is raining. Please check the Ohav website, if the weather is questionable.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are excited to take the first steps in worshipping together in person.


Your Return to Shul for Worship Team