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An Alumnus at the Cemetery

This message was from an alumni who lost his father in the days before Rosh Hashanah after a long and debilitating illness.  I need to let you know of a wonderful mitzvah that happened at the cemetery (the burial took place in Queens and the funeral was in Monsey) because of your email. There were […]

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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 little something, what they are doing today, or a reflection from their Albany years. While […]

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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 girls who (became and) are my closest friends until today. I felt so welcome, so […]

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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 being with my beautiful (and Jewish!) girlfriend E. I hope to be able to introduce […]

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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…

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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 a pre-fast meal.When I opened the door, I did not expect a rabbi to greet […]

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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 used. A physical item isn’t holy unless it is used for a Mitzvah, rather than […]

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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! Carol and Steve G.

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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 House is at the top of that list. I loved coming over and sharing many […]

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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 I skipped the parts about names and people because it bored me. But reading the […]

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