Congregation Ohav Shalom

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

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May 15, 2020 - July 23, 2020, All Day
Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road
Albany, NY 12208

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Ways to receive support:

We continue to encourage members of our community to ask for help, and/or to offer help to those who are vulnerable at this time.

JFS Virtual Support Groups Extended Dates


JFS is providing virtual groups for teens, adults and seniors*. We are waiving fees for these groups and they will be facilitated by JFS clinical staff.

Once your register, you will be emailed a link / phone number to join the group via Zoom, an online, interactive platform with video — but you can also simply call in! If you need one-on-one help accessing Zoom, please contact JFS at 518-482-8856


Coming Up for AIR: A Support Group for Seniors

 Facilitated by the JFS Senior Resource Network team, this group is for older adults to discuss Aging Information and Resources and other timely issues. We will address staying connected when you feel disconnected, coping with the barrage of changes and realities that impact your life, maintaining safety in your home, preserving healthy habits and self-care, and more.
Facilitators: Erin Plonka, LMSW, Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW, CAPS,and Clara Simon, MSW

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

Now available Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22

To register: 518-482-8856, or online form


Mission Impossible: Parenting During COVID-19

Parents are stretched to the limit, but our kids need us more than ever.
If this feels impossible, that’s because it is! Gather virtually with area parents to commiserate, support each other, and offer suggestions on how to do the impossible: parenting (and educating) in the time of quarantine. This group is open to parents of children of all ages (infancy through high school)

Facilitator: Claire Greenhill, MS

Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. 5/14, 5/21, 5/27*, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18

To register: 518-482-8856, or online form.

* Group meets Wednesday 5/27 due to Shavuot on 5/28.

Student Chat

This group is for middle- and high-school students experiencing frustration with being
stuck at home. We’ll talk about what it’s like being trapped with your family full-time,
missing your friends, the loss of end-of-school-year activities, and other stressors. 
Facilitators: Claire Greenhill, MS,and Lauren Weisberg, PsyD

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

To register: 518-482-8856,, or online form.

Mindfulness Practice & Discussion to Combat Tension

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment – it takes practice, but it can help with emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, and managing day-to-day stress. This group will provide guidance, discussion, and practice mindfulness activities.

Facilitators: Judi England, RN, LMT, and Lauren Weisberg, PsyD

Mondays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 (no group on 5/25)

To Register: 518-482-8856, or online form.


Resilience & Activities that Promote Emotional Well-being

In this group, we will discuss and help participants implement ways to regain and maintain resilience, identify tools to fuel your spirit, and engage in activities to address boredom, lack of purposefulness, and isolation. Activities will be modified for physical limitations you may have. This will also be an opportunity to discuss shared interests that you value and enjoy.


Facilitators: Lauren Weisberg, PsyD and Nanette Brenner, OTR

Mondays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

To Register: 518-482-8856, or online form

TO REGISTER: email, call 518-482-8856 or visit
You will be emailed a link / phone number to join the group via Zoom, an online, interactive platform with video — but you can also simply call in! If you need one-on-one help accessing Zoom, please contact JFS.
* More groups being added. Please be in touch to suggest additional topics.

Ask for Support

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Please remember that both Rabbi Dan and Rabbi Rena are available for spiritual guidance or sustenance, referral for services or conversation about specific issues of concern at this time. Contact us at or
We are in this together. Every one of us can help strengthen our community by offering the gifts of kindness, patience and generosity of spirit to one another and to ourselves.  
With our wishes for a Shabbat of peace, joy and well-being.  Shabbat Shalom