It’s almost the High Holidays, see our post about the October Jewish Holidays or print out this handy half-page PDF card  octoberjewishholidaysualbany2016 (two on a page so you can share with a friend) with all the holidays, meals, prayers and event times at a quick glance for handy reference…

Look for us at the SA Block Party on Sunday Sept 18th with black shirts and yellow lettering and something that you can spin. We have a super useful giveaway, be sure to pick up yours.

Monday the 19th we have a Paint and Sip Night for the Girls, and a Shofar Factory the following Monday Sept 26th on the Podium.

Mega Havdalah is Sat Night the 17th of September, and we have Midnight Selichot Jam on Sat Night the 24th – at midnight!

Save the date for some special Shabbat weekends this Fall 2016:
November 4th Faculty Shabbat, invite your professors!
November 11th-13th NYC mega Chabad on Campus Shabbaton, sign up at JewFest.NYC
and “Shabbat 360” returns to the UAlbany Ballroom on February 3rd

40th year since Entebbe: hear it firsthand from IDF paratrooper Sassy Reuven on Sept 13th at Shabbos House

Stay tuned for info on High Holiday services and meals, and of course the full Sukkot and Simchat Torah schedule…


We’re back from a 10-day roadtrip down and up the I-95 to a family wedding in Florida and a family getaway in the process. We took 1000+ photos, enjoyed many sights and stops, beaches and museums, visited with alumni and made many memories.

We have Opening Shabbat planned (walking groups from State and Indian Quad Archways), a Brunch on Sunday and a Welcome Firepit that evening! The new Kosher Dining opens on Monday at Indian Quad. Check it out, and look into signing up for its meal plan options.

We had 3 alumni reunions this July, in Long Island, NJ and NYC. All in all we got to see close to 100 alumni at these events, plus alumni who visited for Cozy Shabbat weekends or stopped by to say hello, or those we met up with along the way.

We also met some really nice incoming freshmen and we look forward to welcoming many more into our campus community, starting with freshmen weekend/move-in Shabbat and the welcome (back) firepit on the first Sunday night…

These last few weeks of summer we’re doing some small upgrades at Shabbos House and putting in a lot of time to catching up on paperwork and backend office work – plus planning for the new semester. So much to do, so little time!

We also look forward to two family weddings this August. So its going to be a busy and exciting time.

Here’s our schedule of Cozy-Shabbat summer weekends and summer events. We’re doing all the weekends of July and the start and end of August. Alumni and students are welcome to join us, some travelers come, too.

Planning now for the Fall semester! The holidays fall much later than usual, and there’s no Chanukah or Purim on campus this year. But we have lots in store! Stay tuned…

See this Facebook album for 100+ photos of our Grad Party farewell to the Class of 2016. We’re going to miss you! (aside for those staying on for grad school at UAlbany).

Our “What’s Cooking?” Fall & Winter newsletter update has now been printed and mailed. It’s not on the “What’s Cooking?” page yet, but you can click to download our most recent “What’s Cooking?” Update Newsletter in web-resolution PDF format.

See our page of summer Torah study opportunities, some are still open for applicants.

Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin
Shabbos House Directors