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.

This summer … the Ohav Youth Community will be the ‘place’ to be!

We are planning a series of virtual activities for our teens (and almost teens) who are

going into sixth grade through our current graduating high school seniors.

We will be providing you with information about opportunities

to connect with teens from across North America as they become known to us.

Do you have an idea for great virtual program? Let us know….send us an email !




Across North America, teens and pre-teens will be coming together to experience a ‘USY’ summer! (Membership in USY is not necessary!)

Programming areas include: Arts & Crafts, College Prep, Cooking, How To …, Israel Affairs, Kadima (5-8th grade), Leadership, Performing Arts, Religion/Education, Social Action/Tikun Olam, Talmud/Torah, Wellness, and more! Most sessions are included in the $99.00 flat-fee for six weeks of programming!

Learn more about the #MyUSYfiSummer experience,

P.S. As New York State regulations continue to evolve regarding in person gatherings, it may be possible for us to run programs later this summer where we can be together in the real world. If those opportunities become feasible, we will be abiding by all regulations for social distancing, etc. Stay tuned!

OYC's Got Talent! Register Here!

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


Calling all 6th, 7th & 8th graders!

The Ohav youth group is back and programs are being planned with the help of our new advisors: Sarah Toledano for 6th and 7th and Emma Strumpf for 8th and 9th. Programs will be a combo of fun, food and friends with a little social action thrown in. We’ll join regional USY and Kadima events and do lots on our own, too. Parents, thanks in advance for being chauffeurs, chaperones and chefs (only as needed!) For more information, please contact

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.

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