Congregation Ohav Shalom

Building Community Celebrating Tradition

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



Mazel Tov! The uniting of two people in love through marriage is one of the most beautiful celebrations in life. Our rabbis perform weddings for all Jewish couples under the standards of Conservative Judaism. Consistent with the December 2006 ruling of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, Ohav Shalom’s rabbinic leadership will perform commitment and same-sex marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in which both partners are Jewish. For more information regarding weddings, contact Synagogue Administrator, Nancy Pandolfo at

General Scheduling Guidelines for Planning the Date of a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings may be held on any day, except the following: Shabbat or these Festivals – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, First and Second Day of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot… from sundown on Friday for Shabbat observance or the evening prior to the day of the Festival through nightfall on Saturday or the day of the Festival. Jewish weddings also do not take place during these traditional times of communal mourning: from the second day of Passover through Lag B’Omer and from the 17th of Tammuz through the 9th of Av. The online date converter at can help you with converting English dates to Hebrew and vice-versa.

Auf Ruf

An Auf Ruf (pronounced oof-roof) is a time for a couple to receive special blessings and generally takes place on the Shabbat before a wedding. The couple may be called to the Torah to receive a blessing. It is customary for the family to sponsor the Kiddush after services on this day. Please contact the synagogue if you would like information about having an Auf Ruf at Ohav Shalom.