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AEPI alumni visit reflections

About 30 brothers of the old AEPI in the 2000’s at UAlbany came up for a reunion visit in February 2015. They sponsored Shabbat Lunch (and then some) and we asked each of them to introduce themselves and share a … Read the rest

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I Chose UAlbany in the Sukkah!

I came up with my dad one Fall weekend as a prospective student. It was the Sukkot holiday and the dinner was out in the Sukkah on the deck of the old Shabbos House. Raizy sat me down with some … Read the rest

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my beautiful (and Jewish!) girlfriend…

Shalom Rabbi Mendel, Raizy and family!

I hope this note finds you well, having enjoyed a wonderful Chanukkah with family and friends.

This year has certainly been a fantastic one for me – the highlight of course being meeting and … Read the rest

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Feedback about Simchas Torah 5775/2014

“It was like a musical!” – Phyllis S. from the Albany community

“This is the first time we appreciated a 3-day YomTov…” – group of a new students, reflecting on the extended Sukkot and Simchat Torah weekends

more coming soon…… Read the rest

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That fateful Yom Kippur

On midday of the day before Yom Kippur this year, an alumni wrote us this deeply touching Facebook message:

In a few hours, it will be 9 years since that fateful Yom Kippur when I walked into your house for Read the rest

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My late father’s Tefillin

Dear Rabbi Mendel Rubin,

Enclosed please find my father’s (of righteous memory) last pair of Tefillin. I have his pair from when he was younger, but this pair is something that shouldn’t be stored away but should continue to be … Read the rest

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regards from Beijing!

… thank you for connecting our son with the Chabad in Beijing for the High Holidays! He went there and met the Rabbi. It was great! It is truly wonderful to have Chabads all over the world. Enjoy the holidays!… Read the rest

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A heartwarming handwritten letter from an Alumni

This heartwarming letter was handwritten, and hand-delivered, so unique in today’s digitized world!

Dear Shabbos House,

I really miss you all! It’s interesting leaving Albany, because I realized its not Albany I miss, but the people I miss most. Shabbos … Read the rest

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The Significance of Names

I gave a Dvar Torah before the holidays about the first parshah of exodus for a Judaism class Ricky and I are taking at a local synagogue. I talked about how the title means names, and how in the past … Read the rest

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A Wintertime Sukkot Gift

One afternoon in early January 2014 a FedEx truck pulls up and the driver gives us a small but heavy box. Inside there’s a thick book, a collection of advanced commentaries on Talmud tractate Sukkah (which Mendel teaches this year Read the rest

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