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Who We Are..

Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob (CBAJ) is an Orthodox synagogue that was established nearly two hundred years ago to serve the needs of the Jewish community of the Capital District in Albany, New York. CBAJ is dedicated to creating a Jewish home through a variety of Jewish spiritual, social, and educational experiences for parents, children, newcomers, singles, young, and old alike. CBAJ welcomes people from all walks of life to enhance both their love for and knowledge of Judaism while deepening their Jewish commitment.

CBAJ aims to create an environment and culture of sensitivity and understanding both within the synagogue as well as in the broader Jewish community by creating an abiding commitment to Torah and Mitzvot.


A central feature at CBAJ is its inspiring and meaningful Shabbat and weekday services. With a focus on communal singing and a warm and inviting atmosphere, all in attendance reach a spiritual high in their prayer services. With one of the only daily minyanim up I-87 between New York City and Montreal, our services are always infused and uplifted by many guests passing through Albany.

Family & Social Programming

One of the most important ways we build community at Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob is through fun and engaging family and social programming. Past events have included communal Friday night dinners, themed Shabbatot, holiday programming, BBQ’s and synagogue-wide games and competitions. With so many different and unique programs, there truly is something for everyone at CBAJ.

Adult Education

Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob is committed to the development and growth of its members by offering a myriad of engaging and creative learning programs throughout the year. To expand involvement and interest in Jewish learning, CBAJ offers dynamic and engaging adult education classes and programs including Nach Yomi, Scholars in Residence, and weekly and monthly classes in Tanach (Bible) study as well as Contemporary Halacha (Jewish Law). 

Youth Programming

At the core of Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob’s mission is a commitment to developing a warm, fun, and educational environment for the youth of our Synagogue. CBAJ strives to provide meaningful and positive Jewish experiences for all of the children in our community through weekly Shabbat morning and afternoon programming, Saturday night and Sunday morning events, and NCSY programming. In addition, youth programs are led and organized by trained and dynamic Youth Directors and Advisors who act as positive Jewish role models for the children of our community. 

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