Anyone interested in learning more about Judaism can register for classes at Berith Sholom, regardless of their religious background or prior knowledge.

Adult Education

From casual study sessions to multi-week classes – led by our Rabbi and members of our congregation – education opportunities abound for adults interested in learning more about Judaism.

One way to educate yourself is to become familiar with the tunes we use for prayers. Listen to prayer recordings here.

Educational offerings for adults.

Advance registration may be required to attend.
For information about the 2-year Adult Bar-Bat-B Mitzvah course beginning Fall 2023,
contact Jewish Life Coordinator Jack Mintzer.

Literature & Libations: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

First Wednesdays
7:00 pm

Connect with fellow readers and engage in stimulating conversation about current books.

Recurring Event

Youth Education

Congregation Berith Sholom operates the Jewish Community School at Berith Sholom to offer Jewish education to students from Kindergarten through seventh grade in a warm, welcoming and creative environment.

Our students come from all over the Capital Region, and small class sizes allow for individualized instruction and close, personal attention.

We pride ourselves in teaching our students how to do mitzvahs (good deeds/responsibilities) and help the community inside and out of the classroom. Students learn about the values of tzedakah (ensuring the basic well-being of others by sharing what we have), tikkun olam (the obligation to repair the world, to leave it better than we found it), and chesed (a culture of kindness). These values are infused into all aspects of the school community and educational programming.

The curriculum focuses in age-appropriate ways on religious education, including Jewish customs and practices; values and ethics; Hebrew and prayer; holidays and symbols; Bible and history; the diversity of the Jewish community and our complicated relationship with Israel.

Most students celebrate Bar-Bat-B Mitzvah. All students learn basic synagogue skills, preparing them to connect with Jewish community wherever they go.  Listen to prayer recordings here.

JKids Story Time

JKids Storytime is a video program for children ages 2-5. Children  use their imaginations, learn stories, sing songs, explore major Jewish holidays, and develop a love of learning.

JKids Storytime is led by Morah Elana, who has a MS in education with a concentration in early childhood who teaches Pre-K at Temple Israel in Albany, NY. Her lively and interactive Story Time videos include Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Pesach, and Israel Independence Day.

Contact Us

For information about the Jewish Community School at Berith Sholom, please email our Jewish Life Coordinator at JewishLife@berithsholomtroy.org.
The School is generously funded by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

RegistrationYou can download the 2023-2024 registration form. Return to to the office (Office@BerithSholomTroy.org or in person or by US mail).

CalendarDownload the 2023-2024 school calendarMeet our Staff 2023-2024
Moreh Eric Cooper-Ginsburg (older students)
Rabbi Debora Gordon (younger students)

Moreh and Morah mean "teacher"

Congregation Berith Sholom really is a community treasure that we need to keep supporting as generously as we can.
Amy Vastola
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Congregation Berith Sholom really is a community treasure that we need to keep supporting as generously as we can.
Amy Vastola
I always felt I was part of a family.
Joseph Meda z"l
We're a place of justice and warmth and action as much as we are a place of worship.
Matt Mann
[After attending Berith Sholom], I honestly saw a whole different way of looking at Judaism. I began to understand that there is no one way to Jewish.
Wendy Kay

Have questions about our educational offerings? We can help.

167 Third Street
Troy, NY

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