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New B’nai Sholom Course Examines Sacred Paths in Reform Judaism

A new course taught by Rabbi Don Cashman at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation will look how Reform Judaism constantly evolves as Jews continue to seek and create a faith in harmony with our times, beliefs and experiences.

“A Life of Meaning: Sacred Paths in Reform Judaism” will be offered Mondays beginning April 22, 7:30 p.m., at the synagogue, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.

The goals of religion have changed over the centuries.  Ancient people may have hoped to ease their way into the afterlife.  Later, religion provided direction for salvation.  Now, humans are looking for meaning in the here and now (and only possibly but not definitely the afterward). 

This new course will read and discuss a variety of essays of varying viewpoints on Reform Jewish practice, experience and belief.  Topics include “Knowing God,” “Choosing Covenant,” “Connecting to the Divine,” “Living the Texts,” “Building Community” and “Dignity of the Other.”  All are sections from A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path (CCAR Press, 2017) by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan.

Registration for this six-session course and purchase of the book are required.  Cost of the course is $30; for B’nai Sholom members, it is just $25.  Participants may obtain Kaplan’s book through the synagogue for $20 or on their own; a Kindle edition is available for $7.99.  Deadline to purchase the book through B’nai Sholom is April 10 to ensure that it arrives by the start.

For more information or to register, contact the B’nai Sholom office: 518-482-5283 or


Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region, creating a vibrant Jewish present that links ancient traditions with the promise of the future.  Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.  For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit  or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or

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