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International folk dance lesson set to aid Family Promise; B’nai Sholom is a sponsor

ALBANY–B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany, Delmar Presbyterian Church and Journey United Church of Christ in Glenmont will host a dancing event Saturday, Jan. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.mat the Delmar Presbyterian Church, 585 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Led by Joan and Jim Savitt of Albany, experienced folk dance teachers and B’nai Sholom congregants, have indicated that participants will be taught easy international dances, including some from Israel, that are appropriate for all ages. Refreshments will be provided by a team of bakers from all three congregations.

Admission is free; but voluntary donations to the Family Promise organization will be appreciated, according to organizers.

Through an interfaith hospitality network of congregations and dedicated, trained volunteers, Family Promise provides shelter, food and assistance to children and their families who have lost their housing due to a variety of reasons, such as loss of job, reduction of working hours or rising rents.  Thirteen host and many support congregations provide meals and overnight accommodations to 3-4 families for one week at a time, four times a year. The program’s Day Center, located on New Scotland Avenue in Albany, offers families a home environment, including two full baths, laundry facilities and computers as well as case management services. Transportation is provided between host sites and the center using a 15-passenger van.

B’nai Sholom is the only congregation in the region participating in Family Promise. The Delmar Presbyterian Church serves as a host congregation in partnership with B’nai Sholom as its support. Journey United Church of Christ also provides assistance for Family Promise programs.

Information about the Jan. 13 program may be obtained from office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or 518-482-5283.

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