September 2017

Dear Friends,

As your new President it is both my privilege and honor to extend holiday greetings.   As we move from the lushness of summer into the beauty and changes of fall so too are we moving through the changes of the Jewish season.  We celebrate our New Year, the joyful oneness with our faith and each other.  We also look to our missteps both in action and deed and reverently enter into a time of forgiveness, for our actions and give forgiveness to those who ask it.    We give ourselves a fresh slate from which to start anew.    Eight years ago I came into a co-presidency with little knowledge of the workings of the Temple and board.  There were many opportunities to ask for forgiveness and I was fortunate to receive forgiveness through the support and friendship of the congregants.   I am back now with fresh eyes and more in-depth knowledge of the running of the Temple and look forward to leading the way on changes that will enhance your membership experience.  If I have done or if I do something that offends you, I ask that you come to me so that I can try and right a wrong.

In the coming year you will see changes to our Facebook and Web pages, allowing for a more interactive experience.  Services will be enhanced with themes that speak to the needs of the congregation.  And you will see more Saturday services.   The board of trustees are committed to making your needs first and foremost in all that we do.   Congregational meetings will be held to allow all of you to have a voice to ask questions and to provide updates to the business direction of running the Temple.   We are said to be a destination synagogue based on the distance people travel to attend services and functions.  We strive to be a destination synagogue based on what we are offering.   We want to include each one of you into activities that promote a deeper community experience for all.   

I ask all of you to offer comments and suggestions on how our synagogue can best meet your needs as a member and as a Jew.  

I wish all of you and your families a happy and sweet New Year.   L’Shana Tova Umetukah.


Jane Henry


Congregation Berith Sholom

High Holy Day

Worship Schedule for 5778/2017

Rabbi Debora S. Gordon and Choir



September 16

7:30 pm

Slichot Services at BETH EL - Teaching by Rabbi Kasman. Service led by Rabbi Gordon 

 "Did Darth Vader repent?"  411 Hoosick St.

(Top of the hill, just before Lake St.)



September  20

7:30 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service


September 21

9:30 am

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service


11:00 am – 12 Noon

Children’s Services
K’tonton Service (PreK-2) 

Junior Congregation (Grades 3-7)


NOTE:  The Shofar Services occurs in three separate parts in our new machzor (prayerbook.)  The first shofar blowing will likely be between 10:30-11 am, and the second and third between Noon and 12:30 pm


12:30 pm

Kiddush- light lunch 


1:45 pm

Leave for Tashlich – stairs are on River Street – 2 doors down past Arts Center to the right is brick entrance



September  24

1:00 pm

Cemetery Service at Congregation Berith Sholom Cemetery with Rabbi Gordon. Through prayer and meditation we honor those who have come before us.  If you have loved ones or friends buried in our cemetery, please join us to honor their memory.






September 29

7:15 pm

‘Cello Kol Nidre prelude

  (We will be unable to seat anyone between 7:15 and 7:30 pm)


7:30 pm

Kol Nidre Service


September 30

10:00 am

Yom Kippur Morning Service



To  1 pm

Children’s Services

(K’tonton –PreK- 2) &(Grades 3-7)


1-1:30 pm

Yizkor Service (approximate time)


 2:15 – 4:00 pm

Yom Kippur Creative Interlude

led by Audrey Seidman


4:30 pm

Afternoon Service


6:00 pm

Ne’ilah, followed by Havdalah


7:00 pm

After Sunset - Communal Break the Fast sponsored by Leo & Martha Levy




October  6

5:45 pm

6:15 pm


SUKKOT Community Potluck*

Doors open

Candle lighting


* bring a soup or 1 pot meal to share


October  9

1 – 4 pm

Rabbi & Judy invitation

Open Sukkah at the Farm

Wednesday, October 11

6:30 pm


“Pre-neg” - light snack

Simchat Torah Service: As we honor Davida Wohl and Karl Yesse - a small way of saying "Todah Rabbah" for your extraordinary dedication and devotion to Berith Sholom.

Morning Service Child Care check in and available in the school wing.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling Synagogue Office at 272-8872:

·         Rosh Hashanah deadline:  Wednesday, September 13th

·         Yom Kippur deadline:  Friday, September 22nd

  • Child care is available to Berith Sholom members only. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate children of guests in our child care.
  • A donation to help defray costs is requested.
  • Children will not be permitted to wander back and forth through the Social Hall. If you wish to remove a child from child care, please use the outside door to the school wing so as not to disturb those worshiping downstairs.

There will be security and greeters at the entrance of our Synagogue.

Please bring identification with you. 

Guests must check in.

There is no seating in the sanctuary until 30 minutes before start of  services in order

 to allow the Choir to warm up.

Parking Options:  Russell Sage lots

There are two lots, one directly across Division Street and another large lot down the FRANKLIN St. alley diagonally across Division Street.

In order to keep members with allergies more comfortable,
please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume to Services.

167 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180   518-272-8872  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Nassau Synagogue (Rt 20 in Village of Nassau-diagonally across from Stewarts)

            September 21  at 9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Second Day will be led by Derek Field & Fred Rheingold

For Beth El Services - visit

  • Division Street.- is school and office entrance corner of Franklin.
In order to keep members with allergies more comfortable,
please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume to Services.