Congregation Ohav Shalom

Building Community Celebrating Tradition

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

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Adult learning experiences are good for the mind, body and soul! According to Harvard Medical School, “scientists have found that brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological ‘plasticity’ and building up a functional reserve that provides a hedge against future cell loss. Any mentally stimulating activity should help to build up your brain. Read, take courses…” Ohav has just the ticket for you to do this with our Lifelong Learning options!

Current Lifelong Learning Classes

Many Voices: Ta Sh’ma (Come and Hear) 2019-2020 – Join us for stimulating study and lively discussion as we continue our exploration of classic Jewish texts which teach the values of pluralism, the honoring of different perspectives, and respect for all people regardless of differences. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous text study experience not required.

  • Instructor: Rabbi Rena Kieval
  • Thursday mornings 11 a.m. – 12:15 pm:
    9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31,11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/23. (Remaining spring dates TBA)
  • Cost: Members $42 Non-Members $54


Study Talmud 2019-2020

The great text of Jewish tradition. Join us for this text exploration and skill building class. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Talmud necessary. Led by Rabbi Ornstein.

Please bring a copy of the Schottenstein Babylonian Talmud, Tractate – Brakhot Volume 2.

Monday Mornings 11AM
Starting September 9 ~ Ending June 8
check online calendar for Mondays with no classes due to Holidays
Evening Dinner Classes ~ December 16 and March 30 ~ 6PM

  • Cost: Members $42 Non-Members $54

The Diversity of Ancient Israel: A Retrospective of Archaeology, History, and Religion

Diversity – of community, of thought, of practice – has marked Ancient Israel from its beginnings in the central hill country of Canaan to its life in the Diaspora. This course, consisting of eight 1½ hour sessions, is built on the instructor’s ongoing study of the archaeology, history, and religion of Ancient Israel that highlights this variety.

Presented by Steven Stark-Riemer

Classes take place on Tuesday evenings: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 PM

  • Cost: Members $42 Non-Members $54

Ohav Shalom Presents “From Aging to Sage-ing®: Living as a Spiritual Elder”

Men and women who wish to embrace life and live their elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately are invited to a workshop series, From Aging to Sage-ing®: Living as a Spiritual Elder, that will begin Tuesday, Dec. 3rd from 1:30-4:00 p.m. The program is facilitated by Audrey Seidman, who completed a two-year Sage-ing® Mentorship program in 2016 and has offered this program through Jewish Family Services and AARP-NYS.

Sponsored by Congregation Ohav Shalom, the series will continue on Tuesday, Dec. 17th, and conclude Tuesday, Feb. 4th at the Ohav Shalom.

Building on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z”l, the program offers powerful contemplative tools and opportunities to explore fears and dreams in community. Participants will be invited draw wisdom and harvest blessings from their life experiences, consider where forgiveness may be needed, find inspiration in contemplating mortality, and reflect on how to be of sacred service. All who want to gain deep meaning in the aging process are welcome.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all five sessions, the first of which is essential. Purchasing the book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing, is suggested, but not required. Pre-registration is required.

In addition to her work as a Sage-ing Mentor, Audrey Seidman is a Spiritual Director, having completed her training in 2010. Audrey has completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Albany Medical Center, and serves as Outreach Chaplain for the Jewish Federation of NENY Chaplaincy Services. She retired in 2015 from careers in public relations and organization development, last serving as Manager, Employee Engagement Programs at a New York State agency, where she facilitated programs to bring out the best in employees and the organization.

Presented by Audrey Seidman

Classes take place On Tuesdays from 1:30pm-4:00pm on the following dates:

December 3, December 17, January 7, January 21, February 4.

  • Cost: Members $42 Non-Members $54

Lovers of Torah Study Group: Torah L’Shma – Please join us on alternate Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for adult, peer-led study and discussion about the weekly Torah portion, focused on how the Torah’s message is relevant for us today. Contact the Ohav Shalom Office for more information.