Yom Hashoah Community Observance

Drew Kugler Programming

The entire Albany Jewish Community came together to pay tribute and remember the six million Jewish brothers and sister who perished during the Holocaust.  The experiential and moving program featured the exhibition of “Scream the Truth at the World: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto” on loan from the Museum of Jewish Heritage – a Living …

Purim Bounce Party

Drew Kugler Programming

What better way to experience the joy and fun of the Purim holiday than with a Purim Bounce Party?  With a packed house of members in costume for Megilah reading, there was plenty of bouncing for everyone with a giant inflatable obstacle course and a giant inflatable moon bounce jousting arena.  Hamantashen, ice cream, and fresh popcorn made sure everyone …

Sephardic Shabbat

Drew Kugler Programming

Jews from all different backgrounds, heritages and countries were welcome as we celebrated Sephardic culture and diversity as Sephardic Shabbat.  The immersion begin at a community-wide dinner featuring a wide range of delicious and different Sephardic food.  The fun continued on Shabbat morning with special Sephardic services featuring new melodies, a rounded seat layout, and most importantly a special Sephardic …

A Cappella Shabbat Featuring the Yeshiva University Y-Studs

Drew Kugler Programming

The ruach and singing were through the roof at A Cappella Shabbat.  Featuring the Yeshiva University Y-Studs A Cappella group, the entire community was uplifted by the beautiful songs and harmonies of this dynamic group.  Following their performance at a Friday night dinner, the Y-Studs provided a special encore performance during Shabbat morning services highlighted by the teaching and learning …

Chanukah Game Night

Drew Kugler Programming

While the game featured on Chanukah is usually dreidel, this Chanukah Game night took things to the next level with giant-sized board games of Scrabble, Jenga, Connect-Four, Snakes & Ladders, and Dominoes.  Super-sized playing cards and dreidels for everyone revved up the competition.  After lighting the Chanukah candles, everyone had a fun time enjoying delicious fresh pizza and salad, as …

Movie Night – Fill the Void

Drew Kugler Programming

Get your popcorn!  Move Night at CBAJ was just like going to the actual movies with fresh popcorn, soda and candy bars.  The featured film, “Fill the Void,” a New York Times Critics’ Pick, told the story of a young Orthodox girl who much choose between her heart and her family duty.  Following the screening of the movie, there was …

Starlight Sukkah Party

Drew Kugler Programming

While this year, the annual Sukkah Party at the home of Rabbi and Orit Lehrfield was missing the ‘Starlight’ (it was held during the day…), there was still plenty of delicious treats, snacks and great company.  With beautiful weather, the entire community got the full Sukkot experience by coming out to enjoy and relax while eating in the Sukkah.