ALBANY–The Congregation Beth Emeth Renaissance Group will host a Shabbat dinner and learning session focused on “Weddings and Funerals & Everything in Between” on Friday, July 26, at the synagogue, 100 Academy Rd., Albany. The evening will begin with a Shabbat service at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an education program on Jewish lifecycle events.
Cantor Jodi Schechtman, who will lead the discussion, will talk about how Reform Jews decide which traditions and rituals to include in lifecycle events, which ones are halachah (Jewish law) and which ones are minhag (custom). She will review how to honor Jewish traditions and stay true to 21st century values and how Reform Judaism has evolved traditions into beautiful and authentic expressions of
Judaism for modern sensibilities.
The service and program are open to the community. Those planning to attend the dinner are asked to register at bethemethalbany.org by Tuesday, July 23. The cost is $10 for adults; children are free. Karen Fein at firstname.lastname@example.org can provide details.