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 

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.

March 6th Begins a new Chapter of the Talmud – 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.