Progressive, warm, vibrant Jewish congregations?

menorah blue sky background Flickr Ted Eytan CCAH writes that her family is looking ahead to a move to Albany:

So I'd love to hear any suggestions of progressive, warm, and vibrant Jewish congregations/communities. Having a good religious school and/or activities for young families would be a bonus. We lean Conservative, but can be flexible on the denomination.

AH's question was prompted in part by the earlier question this week about progressive churches and the helpful responses it garnered.

So, got a suggestion for AH and her family? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a specific congregration can be very helpful.

photo: Flickr user Ted Eytan (CC BY-SA 2.0) (cropped)


I suggest Ohav Shalom on Krumkill just off 85. Conservative, egalitarian, diverse, warm and friendly. Rabbi Dan and Rabbi Rena are the best. Congregants are encouraged to participate in services. There's a great nursery school and religious school, too.

I strongly recommend Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy. Yes it is a reformed synagogue, but I grew up going to a conservative synagogue and fell in love with CBS from day 1. We are a very progressive synagogue, with an active Hebrew School TCJRS, we have many different programs and have just celebrated our Sesquicentennial Year (150 years as an active shul). Please call the office at (518) 272-8872 or come to services Friday nights at 7:30!!!

Agudat Achim is the place to be. Conservative, egalitarian, good school. With that said, You should really go to a couple during services and see which place feels best. Welcome to the area!

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