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Beth Emeth lists summer cultural, recreational programs

Whitewater rafters from 2017 included on left side Andrew Abamowitz, Mark Swyer and Robert LeBoyer and on the right, Jeff, raft guide, David Lieberman and Jerry LeBoyer.

ALBANY–This summer, Congregation Beth Emeth’s calendar is filled with a variety of outdoor cultural and recreational events. Congregants will be offered travel to three sites to see seasonal drama and music performances, Tanglewood in Massachusetts, the Park Playhouse in Albany and The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, SPAC. For those interested in recreational activities, there will be a cruise on the Hudson, an outing to watch a ValleyCats baseball game and a whitewater rafting trip.

A Saturday morning that combines Torah and symphony music is planned by The Renaissance Group (TRG) for Saturday, July 14. Beth Emeth Cantor Jodi Schechtman will conduct a Torah study at 10 a.m. on the lawn at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass. prior to the Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Bernstein. Lawn seats may be purchased on-line or at the gate and are $14 for adults and admission will be free for children under $18. Those attending will be asked to bring a breakfast or picnic lunch. Reservations may be made with Susan Hager by July 11 at

The annual Beth Emeth Brotherhood night at Park Playhouse in Washington Park in Albany will feature the 8 p.m. performance of “Damn Yankees” on Saturday, July 21. The event will begin with a barbecue at 5:30 p.m. at Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd. There is a $5 cost for the barbecue for adults; and admission will be free for children under 13. A bus will leave for the park at 7:15 p.m. Registration for the play, barbecue and the bus are on-line at and must be made by July 14. Jay Hurewitz at 518-439-7226 has details.

On the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, Beth Emeth will host a Shabbat at SPAC with Rabbi Scott Shpeen and Cantor Jodi Schechtman. The event begins at the Hall of Springs Jazz Bar with a ‘meet and greet’ at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a service at 7 p.m. Those interested in participating in the service at the Hall of Springs do not need to attend the dinner. The SPAC performance of Joshua Bell and the Philadelphia Orchestra will begin at 8 p.m. Registration for the dinner, which is priced at $50/person, registration for the service and performance must be made on-line at by Friday, Aug. 10. Ellie Safranko at 518-489-1082 can provide information.

A cruise on the Hudson aboard the Captain JP will be sponsored by the brotherhood on Sunday, July 15. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. at Front and State Streets in Troy. The cruise, which starts at noon, will conclude at 3 p.m. The excursion includes music from the on-board band and a brunch at a cost of $36/person; $12 for children 4-12. Those planning to attend are asked to register at by July 11. Mike Barnas at 518-419-1672 can provide details.

For those who want to get wet in the Hudson, a whitewater rafting trip is planned for Sunday, July 22, by brotherhood and the Tribe. Rafters will meet at Beth Emeth at 7 a.m. to carpool to the Adirondack River Outfitters on Route 28 in North River. Rafters will enter the water to swim, relax and raft on the Hudson and Indian Rivers at 10 a.m. and finish with a barbecue at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $75 for the trip, guide, dinner and snacks. Registration is at by July 11. Mark Swyer at 518-857-2850 has details.

The Beth Emeth Brotherhood will also host a ValleyCats baseball game at the Joseph Bruno Stadium on Sunday, July 29. The sporting event, which starts at 5 p.m., features a game against the Staten Island Yankees. Reserved box tickets on the third base line are $10 for brotherhood members; $12 for non-members. Registration is at by July 25.  Information is available from Mike Horelick at 518-452-1412.



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