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 K-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 K-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!



New! #MyUSYfi Spring Registration is Open for 5th-12th Graders!

Join with USYers & Kadimaniks from across North America for a season of excitement, learning, connection, and fun! Register today … and have your Winter and pring 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 #MyUSYfi Spring landing page.



WHAT IS THE PRICE AND WHAT DOES IT COVER? For USY (8th-12th Grade) regional programs and conventions, February through early June: $99 for those who were registered for 2020 USYfiFall and/or IC participants | $124 for all others (includes international membership fee)

For Kadima (5th-7th grade) regional programs and conventions, February through early June: $49 for those who were registered for 2020 USYfiFall and/or IC participants | $74 for all Others (includes international membership fee)

4 Kadima and 4 USY international programs > February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2021: $18 per program / $25 for All-Access (All-access is only available to current USY members. Membership can be purchased separately for $25.)

WHO CAN SIGN UP? All Jewish teens who, as of September 2020, are In 5th through 12th grade are invited to register for #MyUSYfiSpring!

DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF A SYNAGOGUE OR USY CHAPTER? No! If you do not indicate you are a chapter member on your registration, we will connect you with our closest chapter so that upon the return of in-person programming, you have the opportunity to participate In local events.

WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR WHEN IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING RESUMES? We are continuously evaluating programming opportunities for later spring and summer as the situation evolves, and will keep you updated as decisions are made.

CAN I TRY USY OUT BEFORE I COMMIT TO REGISTERING FOR #MYUSYFISPRING? Yes! You can attend one regional program for free to try it out, and we hope that after that you will register for all that #MyUSYfiSpring has to offer. To learn more about upcoming regional programming, contact your branch staff.

WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN REGIONAL PROGRAMS? OR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS? Your #MyUSYfiSpring Membership gives you the ability to choose a pass for regional programs, international programs, or both. 

IS THERE A SIBLING DISCOUNT? Yes! Once one child registers there will be a $25 discount for each sibling that registers after. 

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE? Yes! Scholarships are available for those with financial need. To learn more, please be in touch with your branch staff.

ARE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE? Yes. You can choose a plan when you register. If you need a longer plan, please contact Michelle Rich at

IS MY CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED IN THIS? No. Registration fees cover all regional and international dues. Your chapter may charge an additional fee for membership. (For the 2020-2021 program year, Ohav Shalom is not charging chapter membership dues, but we do ask that you complete the chapter membership form if you have not already done so!)

WILL PROGRAMMING BE GRADE SPECIFIC? There will be programming for grades 5-7 and 8-12. In addition, some programs may be open to grades 5-12. There will also be programming by grade for 8-12 graders.

I HAVE A TIME CONFLICT WITH A PROGRAM! CAN I WATCH IT LATER? Yes – programming will be recorded and accessible to paid members after it takes place. 

If you have any other questions, please email



Tzafon USY/Kadima Calendar: Winter/Spring 2021

February 19-21: USY Virtual Winter Kallah

March 6: KADIMA Havdalah Happening

March 10: USY Lounge

March 20: USY Senior Night

March 31: USY Matzah Pizza Competition

April 10: KADIMA PJ Havdalah Happening (9:00 – 10:00pm)

April 25: KADIMA and USY Bring-Your-Own-Picnic East/West Events

May 14-16: USY Regionals


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 Families are Invited to Celebrate Shabbat with

our Ohav Shabbat Youth Leaders:

Join Bracha, Rose & Sahra for a ZOOMtastic Shabbat morning service at 9:30.
Hope to see you there!!
Click hereto join.
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.

Kulanu Teens

A stimulating, monthly, Shabbat discussion program where teens explore Jewish issues related to Torah, holidays, current events and their own life experience. Led by our talented educator Ruth Malka.

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.