"Our hearts go out to all the people who were injured in Boston," he said, addressing more than 1,700 congregants and guests at Temple Sinai.
"We don't yet know who did this . . . but what I do know is the kind of bomb that was there has exploded in other parts of the world, including in the Middle East . . .," he said. "I know there were [similar] bombs in Jordan that destroyed a wedding, and I walked on the glass ruins of the site that was like that."
Before Clinton spoke, Rabbi Michael White requested a moment of silent prayer "for Boston."
During his remarks, Clinton honored a group of local teens who traveled to Albany on Monday to lobby for gay and lesbian rights.
"In a world full of the Internet and social media and unprecedented movement of people and money and ideas, whether we like it or not, our futures are bound up together, so the question is whether the binding is going to be positive, negative or both," Clinton said. It seemed, he added, to be "both."
Clinton drew laughter when he referenced his televised interview last week with comedian Stephen Colbert.
"It's a great time to be alive in so many ways," Clinton said. "I got interviewed by Stephen Colbert last week, and he opened up his own Twitter account for me, and I have more followers than I could have ever got on my own -- for saying something with absolutely no redeeming social value."