I am happy to announce my 40th year as a Rabbi. I have been in the Albany/Saratoga area of New York for over thirty years, serving Conservative congregations until I founded Temple Shabbat Shalom. While doing post graduate Family Therapy training, studying the interfaith phenomena, I came to understand that couples from different religions (including atheists and agnostics) deserved a Rabbi (which simply means “Master Teacher”) as a mentor.
I founded Temple Shabbat Shalom so that interfaith couples could have a Rabbi (from Innerfaith to Interfaith). We then grew to be one of the larger Temple networks in the country. Our focus is to teach you how to practice in your heart and in your home. This is also our “hierarchy”; First, God in the heart, then in the home, then in the structures of community.
– Rabbi Laurence Aryeh Alpern
Teaching Everyday Spiritual Values to Families
The mission of Temple Shabbat Shalom is to teach individuals and families the core spiritual values of the Torah (Bible). Nowadays, religion centers around the church and synagogue but we want to help people live their spirituality outside of the church and synagogue walls. We will teach you how to bring these values into your everyday life.
The deeper meaning of The Breaking of the Glass at a wedding ceremony is that each couple is unique. At the end of the ceremony we break the mold. You are unique as a couple and Rabbi Alpern will guide you through a process of creating home ritual. If you’re looking for a network of couples sharing ideas, who want to stay in touch after the ceremony, then kindly call me today. Contact Rabbi Alpern to help guide you through your upcoming celebrations like baby naming, Bar/t Mitzvahs, and of course, weddings.
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Kindly let us know if you will be attending services in 2015. Rosh Hashanah starts Sunday Night September 13. Call for your Seder, Including the Rosh Hashanah Seder for Parents with Young Children. Rosh Hashana 2015: Monday September 14 at Temple Shabbat Shalom: 11:00...read more
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The Birthday Haggaddah: A Personal Seder Shalom and blessings: We invite you to tell your personal story in the narrative of this unique Birthday Haggaddah. The order of the Telling will be up to you. Every personal has an obligation to write their own Odyssey. On...read more
A Devar Jonah Conversation Ari.A Alpern (This version is set up to start a conversation) A salam Ah laykum. Shalom A lay chem, Peace be Upon You. And upon you Peace. Welcome to our devotional conversation on the Quran. We will read and recite together, from “The...read more
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Bar Mitzvah Boy Syndrome? Yes.Time To Grow Up Time magazine the late spring of 2011 asks: Sex, Lies, and Arrogance: What Makes Powerful Men Behave So Badly? Why is it that the higher one rises in a power hierarchy the more likely they are to commit indiscretions?...read more
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My “I Have a Dream Speech” of Shabbat Shalom ( In memory of Rabbi Edwin H. Friedman ) Rabbi Friedman of blessed memory is my main rabbinic mentor. In his final book, A Failure of Nerve, the good rabbi challenges each of us to have our own “I have a dream speech.”...read more
A: Mastering the Final Name. Be a Baal Shem Tov A Review Say A, The Final Name, or Ah, as in say Ah Aleph God In A Beginning add lamed say Ale, or A lah Plural of majesty Al o heam, not L o him in A Beginning creating continuously, in your goodness Ma ah say B...read more
On Reading Wallace Stevens with Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary Poetic allusion must be “recognizable not only to a coterie of poets and gentlemen scholars, but to a whole culture as well.” John Hollander My diction is ary Sitting pretty upon...read more
Gnomologia of Elijah For Theo, who prefers poetry You are the task, (as Rebbe K teaches), and no disciple, far or wide; and the Teacher, and the Savior of your own life. So what is Decisive? Sinai? Calgary? Only The A Ascent. Arête, Says this Prophet of...read more
Announcing: A REAL Event in Ten Acts Sealah! Act One: From A to Z A to Z As easy as A-lijah ascending Zion Meeting Moses And Kafka on the way All Knowing The decisive thing, The truth beyond the coffin Is taught and learned. Sealah! Ari-A one To the zebra shawled I...read more
Taiku The burden of Elijah T.A.I.K.U.? All solved? Haiku. Well versed! (For Ezra, Once Again) A legal debate in the Talmud the Rabbi’s are unable to settle is referred to as a Taiku, an acrostic for “Tishbi will resolve.” That would be me. Oy. It’s not enough...read more