About

A progressive reform congregation rooted in a long, proud history.

Mission & Values

Congregation Berith Sholom is a liberal Reform congregation rooted in a long, proud history.

We are, above all, a caring community, warm, open, and diverse. We welcome traditional and non-traditional families to pursue joyous worship, lifelong learning and acts of loving kindness.

We support the State of Israel and the spirit of Reform Judaism, encouraging members of all ages to work actively within our congregation and in the wider community to help improve the world.

Our History

In 1866, a year after the Civil War, “all male persons of full age” were gathered together “in their rooms in the Wotkyns’ Block… for the purpose of incorporating themselves as the religious Society and Congregation of Baris Sholem.”

This group had, in the previous decade, organized worship services in their homes and created a burial society. By 1870, land was purchased at the present site on Third and Division Streets in Troy.

The cornerstone was laid in June, and the building was completed in time for the High Holy Days in September of that year. It now is New York State’s oldest building in continuous use as a synagogue.

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Gordon was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1997 and came directly to Congregation Berith Sholom.

During nearly a quarter of a century in New York’s Capital District, she has guided Congregation Berith Sholom into a dynamic congregation of learners and leaders, and the congregation has nurtured Rabbi Gordon in practices of Tikkun Olam, deeds that repair the world.

Her partnership with Cantorial Associate Emerita Leslie Boyer led to the development of a dedicated volunteer choir with a wide-ranging repertoire, whose members now serve as the chazzanim/chazzaniot (prayer leaders) for High Holy Days.

Lay Leadership

Interested in serving our congregation as a trustee, committee leader, or committee member? Contact the Main Office at 518-272-8872, or reach us by email at office@berithsholomtroy.org.

Executive Officers

Beth Hershenhart
Co-President
president@berithsholomtroy.org
Shelley R. Stein
Co-President
president@berithsholomtroy.org
Amy Lovett
Secretary
secretary@berithsholomtroy.org
Sandi Costello
Treasurer
treasurer@berithsholomtroy.org

Synagogue Leadership

Margaret Harvey
Capital Project Co-Chair
David Gittelman
Capital Project Co-Chair

Synagogue Staff

Sabrina Manna
Choir Coordinator
Dan Foster
Choir Director
Andrew Dudziec
Office Manager
office@berithsholomtroy.org
Debora S. Gordon
Rabbi
rabbi@berithsholomtroy.org

Trustees

David Le Vine
Cemetery Trustee
cemetery@berithsholomtroy.org
Karl Yesse
Chair of Security
security@berithsholomtroy.org
Allyson Beletti
Chair of the Lev B’lev Committee
levblev@berithsholomtroy.org
Kyra Garrigue
Chair of the Membership Committee
join@berithsholomtroy.org
Beth Hershenhart
Chair of the Sustainability Chevra
chevra@berithsholomtroy.org
Debbie Birnbaum
Trustee at Large
Daniel Kirk-Davidoff
Trustee at Large
Wendy Neifeld Wheeler
Trustee at Large
Support

Help sustain our transformative, welcoming spiritual community.

167 Third Street
Troy, NY
12180

518-272-8872
office@berithsholomtroy.org

Congregation Berith Sholom is a 501(c) (3) organization and tzedakah (contributions) are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 14-6014559.