Congregation Ohav Shalom

Building Community Celebrating Tradition

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

Youth Activities

Youth Activities

Learn more about our youth education programs, B’Yachad and Mifgash.

Be in the know!

In order to connect with our youth community members, we want to make certain that we have correct contact information for all of our 5th-12th graders and their parent(s)/guardian(s). If you have not already done so … please take a few moments to complete this online youth community membership form for each 5th-12th grader in your household (or have them fill it out!).

Also, be sure to follow the Ohav Shalom Youth Community on Facebook and Instagram!

Campfire 2020 | Thursday, October 8! > Register Today

One World. One Sky. We’re In It Together.

Campfire. Storytelling. Snacks. Friends.

Open to 6th-12th Graders.

With help from storyteller Sandy Schuman, we will connect to the world around us and each other … as we join together outdoors at Ohav Shalom for this special, socially-distanced, Sukkot celebration!

  • There is no cost for this program.
  • Only those who register in advance will be able to attend.
  • Masks are required, and we will observe social distancing guidelines.
  • Registration is open. Click here for more information and to register today!


#MyUSYfiFall Registration is Open for 5th-12th Graders!

Calling all 5th-12th Grade Ohav Youth Community members!
Join with USYers & Kadimaniks from across North America for a season of excitement, learning, connection, and fun! Register today … and have your Fall filled with exciting programming and new friends! Open to all Jewish pre-teens and teens in 5th -12th grade! Learn more and register on USY’s My USYfi Fall landing page.

Creating a New Vision for Youth Community …

This year, Congregation Ohav Shalom has dedicated itself to reimagining the framework of our youth groups for fifth through twelfth graders.

Our goal is to involve our pre-teens and teens – along with their parents and other interested Ohav members – in a process of dreaming about the kinds of programs and engagement initiatives that will empower our future leaders to create opportunities for themselves, and their peers, to gather together in a variety of settings; and where possible, collaborate with community partners to build out the Jewish social and experiential education circles for our teens.

On September 1, about 20 of our youth community members gathered on Zoom to brainstorm together … and nearly two dozen amazing, creative program ideas were generated! As we move through and beyond the High Holy Days, look for future communications that will detail programming for the coming months: many virtual, and possibly some socially-distanced in-person gatherings!

Last year, a number of parents participated in conversations where we dreamed about how to create a vibrant, engaging, meaningful Youth Community. Going forward, we want to create a ‘youth commission’ comprised of parents and other stakeholders to support the efforts of our teens and pre-teens in building our emerging youth community. If you are interested in being a member of our youth commission, please contact Howard Goldberg at



Shabbat Youth Programming – Kulanu

Currently, during the COVID 19 pandemic gathering restrictions,

our staff is offering online programming

If you are interested in participating please contact Administrator Nancy Pandolfo 


Ohav Youth Programming    

Young Familes are Invited to Celebrate Shabbat with our Ohav Shabbat Youth Leaders:

Shorashim with Bracha Louz Young Children
June 12 Shorashim Shabbat #11 watch here
June 5 Shorashim Shabbat #10 watch here
May 29 Shavuot and Shorashim Shabbat #watch here
May 22 Shorashim Shabbat #8 watch here
May 15 Shorashim Shabbat #7 watch here
May 8 Shorashim Shabbat #6 watch here
May 1 Shorashim Shabbat # 5 watch here

 Ohav Kulanu Jr leader Dan Scher,

To receive a link to join Dan’s LIVE Kulanu services on Friday evenings at 4:45pm,
please email  Nancy Pandolfo
Early Childhood Shabbat Party 11:00AM-12:00PM Friday  Join Live on Zoom
Preschool Havdalah and Songs to welcome a new week 
Monday 11AM Join Live on Zoom
Follow along with the songs here


Shorashim – Pre Schoolers – K

Shabbat and Holiday Programs for Preschoolers and their Families are led by our wonderful Bracha Louz, children’s musician and educator. 

Shorashim, meets every Shabbat, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. with the Torah parade in the main sanctuary, followed by Shabbat, holiday and Torah-related songs, stories, games and prayer with Bracha.

Bracha will also celebrate with our young families on the High Holydays, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Lag Ba’Omer and at other community events.

Kulanu Jr.
Monthly Shabbat service led by our dynamic educator and youth leader Dan Scher. Beginning at approximately 11AM with the Torah parade in the main sanctuary, the service continues in the small chapel with prayer, Torah activities and games with Dan.
Remaining dates for this year are:         4/11,  4/25,        5/9,      6/6,  6/13.

Kulanu Teens
A stimulating monthly discussion-based program led in which teens have an opportunity to explore Jewish issues related to Torah, holidays, current events and their own life experience. Led by our talented educator Ruth Malka, the group generally meets the second Shabbat of each month beginning at 10:45 AM

Kulanu Extra
Ruth Malka will oversee this monthly group where older school-age students gather for games, conversation and informal Jewish learning. Dates to follow


College/Young Adult Outreach

Ohav’s program that keeps our college-age students and young adults connected with Ohav and Jewish life through the delivery special packages to their college/home addresses. The cost per student/young adult is $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Members receive sign-up information in their high holy days packet over the summer.