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Gossip: Its Effect and How We Respond


A new course taught by Rabbi David Katz at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will look at the effect of gossip and how individuals and society respond to it.

“On Gossip” will be offered four Tuesdays beginning November 3, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom.

Gossip weakens the moral fabric of society by rending relationships.  The sages warned about gossipers: gossip can jump out suddenly or insinuate itself in the most subtle ways and always for “the best of intentions.”  The sages also criticize the passive listener: one who does not stop the gossiper is compared to a hole into which a weasel can hop down; plug the holes and the gossip has no place to go.

This course will cover how to identify and respond to gossip.  What do we say?  What can we do?  From everyday conversation to the media pundits who bombard us nightly, Judaism offers wise advice on how to listen and respond.  The course will draw from the Torah, the Talmud, modern literature and personal anecdotes as sources.

“On Gossip” is open to the public.  Registration is required.  Cost: $20; for B’nai Sholom members, it is just $15.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email with links to access the course.

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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