ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth of Albany has announced several programs slated for October.

A free “virtual” conversation about race and Judaism with Lacey Schwartz Delgado, has been set for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3. Delgado, raised as a white Jew in Woodstock, discovered she was black when she was 18. This ignited a mission for her to give voice to difficult truths she learned and she became an award-winning writer, director and producer creating the documentary film “Little White Lies” Registration is available at Registrants will be given access to the film, prior to the discussion.

A service featuring the blessing of pets will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Beth Emeth parking lot, 100 Academy Rd. It is in conjunction with the week’s parshah, Noach. Congregants and others are invited to bring pets or favorite stuffed animals for a blessing. Families are asked to bring donations of canned cat or dog food, L or XL Kong toys, L or XL Nylabones, peanut butter, training treats, plastic cat toys (no catnip) for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Live streaming also will be available, via the synagogue’s website, The regular Shabbat service will follow indoors, with proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. It will also be live-streamed.

“A Come In And Learn” program on Wednesday, Oct. 13, will feature the free “To Life” program of Dick Feldman. The program features songs from Broadway that celebrate hope, optimism and following one’s dreams. Those wishing to attend in person, must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Masks must be worn at all times. No snacks or beverages will be provided; currently, eating is not permitted in the building. It will also be available via Zoom, using the link:

https//; the password is CBE. The program is free and open to the public.

Deb Sokoler at or 518-436 9761, ext. 230, can provide details about all programs.