Rebekah Silver and Cantor Glenn Groper.

ALBANY–The Beth Emeth religious school had a 180th birthday bash, complete with cake, balloons, a circus performance on Sunday, March 25, at the Academy Road synagogue in Albany. The children were noting the 180 anniversary of the congregation.

The festivities began with a meet and greet in the children’s chapel with former Beth

Circus Theatriks show the students some balancing performances.

Emeth Cantor Glenn Groper and his daughter, Rebekah Silver. The cantor read aloud a children’s book called Peas and Luv that his daughter wrote with the help of her mom, Micki Groper, who died last year. Peas and Luv is a tale about two dolls and is a story of caring, patience, and what it means to be a friend. A framed photograph of Micki Groper, who was an integral part of Beth Emeth and the Albany Jewish community for many years, according to organizers, was presented and will be hung at the religious school in

Beth Emeth Board of Trustees Secretary Robyn Marinstein celebrates with a cupcake or two.

her honor.

The celebration continued with a brief circus performance by Circus Theatricks, which allowed participating children to learn balance performance, juggling, tumbling and acrobatics.

The religious school children also witnessed a reading of a official proclamation recently issued by the city of Albany in honor of the 180th anniversary and finished the morning with birthday cupcakes and song.

Rabbi Scott Shpeen, Cantor JodiI Schectman and Religious School Director Shara Siegfeld show the proclamation  issued by the City of Albany noting the congregation’s 180 years at the recent birthday bash for the congregation’s  religious school.