Congregation Ohav Shalom

Building Community Celebrating Tradition

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Here is your chance to say, “Hineni” (Here I Am!) There are many volunteer opportunities available at Ohav! Getting involved will help you build a strong connection with our synagogue and will make our shul feel more like your home away from home. We value and appreciate the time given to our shul by our volunteers, and hope you’ll become part of our ever-growing membership of caring individuals.

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Ohav gift shop. If you are willing to help and love meeting with our congregants this is the place for you! No retail experience necessary. Please contact Ohav Gift Shop.



Listing of Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a listing of volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you. In addition to those listed, there are opportunities to get involved on various Committees. Please use this Volunteer Form to let us know of your volunteer interests. Thank you!

Community Service Opportunities:

  • Blood Drive – Our synagogue hosts the Nate Erlbaum Memorial Blood Drive annually
  • Chevra Kadisha
  • Cemetery
  • Food And Toiletries Collections
  • Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless Cooking
  • Nurturing the New Parent
  • Regional Food Bank
  • Seder For Adults With Developmental Disabilities
  • Welcoming the Stranger – Support for Refugee Families and Local Organizations

Cooking Opportunities:

  • Kiddush Shoppers
  • Kiddishe Mamas and Papas
  • Minyan breakfast
  • Seudah Shleesheet
  • Shabbat dinners
  • Yad Yonatan meals

General Service Opportunities:

  • Building projects
  • Fold and stuff envelopes for mailings
  • General Office Assistance
  • Gift Shop – help out in the Gift Shop and receive a discount!
  • Library
  • Social Events
  • Theater group – The Noodle Pudding Players

Education and Prayer Opportunities:

  • Daveners and coordinator  
  • B’nai Mitzvah Mentors 
  • B’Yachad Board
  • Chanters and Coordinator of the Torah, Haftarah and Megillah
  • College Outreach
  • Early Childhood assistance
  • Kadima and USY
  • Lifelong Learning – classes and programs.
  • Lovers Of Torah Study group 
  • Meditation Leaders
  • “Minyanaires”
  • Parnasim – Commentators

Sanctuary-based Opportunities:

  • Center Square Minyan
  • High Holy Days Committee
  • High Holy Days Ushers
  • Holy Rollers, Care of Sacred Objects – silver, Torah mantles, books
  • Purim Bags
  • Shabbat Service “regulars”  
  • Sukkah building
  • Torah parade ‘Candy-Man’
  • Youth Services 
  • Young Families – Shorashim kids’ service, Shabbat Dinners.