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!

Scholar Stream 5783

Congregation Ohav Shalom’s Life Long Learning Program is excited to announce the full year of ScholarStream learning in 5783! Beginning August 31 and spanning all the way up to Shavuot, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering with us to offer seven series that will bring our community face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer. 


The first series, entitled “Elul: A Journey Toward Repentance”, begins next week on August 31st (see below for series topics and teachers), with each subsequent series following closely behind. Click here for a full overview of the series dates, topics and faculty. The sessions will be recorded and will be accessible to each registered participant, in case of any time conflicts. (Register now for all the programs, and you’ll be able to access all the sessions, even ones you miss.)


Congregation Ohav Shalom’s Life Long Learning Program is a cosponsor of the whole year’s program, and has already paid for the registration of our members. When you register, please use our discount code (OhavShalom5783) to register at no cost to you.

Series 1: Elul: A Journey Toward Repentance 

Click here to register use discount code OhavShalom5783

Wednesdays (Aug. 31st – Sep. 21st) All times are Eastern Time

Please note that the first two lectures in this series take place at 12 PM the last two lectures take place at 8 PM ET 

  • Aug. 31st (12 PM ET) – Questioning the Unquestionable God: A Heart to Heart Mono/Dialogue with God
    • Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, Senior Lecturer in Rabbinics and Mashpiah Ruchanit, The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
  • Sep. 7th (12 PM ET) – Was Adam the First Ba’al Teshuvah (repentant sinner)? From the Apocrypha to the Midrash 
    • Dr. Gila Vachman, Lecturer in Midrash, The Schechter Institute
  • Sep. 14th (8 PM ET) – The Light of Repentance: Horned Altars, Glittering Priests, and Illuminated Souls
    • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • Sep. 21st (8 PM ET) – Sin and Repentance in Judaism and Christianity: It All Depends on How You Understand Human Beings in the First Place 
    • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

5783 ScholarStream Full Schedule 2022-23

Series #1: Elul: A Journey Toward Repentance
Wednesdays, August 31 and September 7, 14, and 21 at 8 PM 

Series #2: What’s Your Burning Question?
Wednesdays, October 26 and November 2, 9, 16 at 8 PM 

Series #3: Great Thinkers Who Have Influenced Conservative Judaism
Wednesdays, November 30 and December 7, 14, 21 at 8 PM  

Series #4: The Exodus in the Jewish Tradition: Philosophy, Bible, Midrash and Art
Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1 at 12 PM 

Series #5: How the Conservative Movement’s Law Committee Impacts our Lives Today
Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22 and March 1 at 8 PM 

Series #6: Living our Values: Social Justice and Social Action
Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 at 8 PM 

Series #7: Counting the Days & Making Every Day Count
Wednesdays, April 19, 26 and May 3, 10 at 12 PM 

If you have any questions, please email Christine Aucoin at

Current Ohav Shalom Lifelong Learning Classes 

Turn It and Turn It: A Torah Study Circle led by Rabbi Rena Kieval

Through reading and conversation, we will study the basic content, the peshat, of each parsha, and explore its deeper teachings through traditional and contemporary commentary and our own thinking. We will use the Etz Chayim chumash as our text, and students are asked to purchase a copy, which can be done through the Ohav office at the time of registration.     

Thursdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom,  

Currently all classes are conducted through Zoom

  • Instructor: Rabbi Rena Kieval
  • Thursday mornings 11 a.m. – 12:15 pm: 
  • Cost: $42 ~  optional charge of $65 to purchase Etz Chayim


Study Talmud 

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.

 – Join at any time come as often as you can. Bring a friend and learn together.

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

Monday Mornings 11AM

check online calendar for Mondays with no classes due to Holidays

Currently all classes are conducted through Zoom

Class Cost: Members $42

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.