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A Sukkot Sunday in 2014

Originally, we didn’t have much planned for this Sunday of Sukkot, after all it comes after a 3-day holiday when students were here celebrating for six festive meals… but it turned out to be quite the busy day after all! … Read the rest

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YK: Take5

Based on the “Confusing Internal & External Batteries” story that Rabbi Mendel shared at Neilah, our Yom Kippur appeal this year isn’t about feelings and character and other internal areas.

SONY DSCWe are calling our Appeal: “Take5”. Take5 is the … Read the rest

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2 New things for Yom Kippur 5775 2014 at UAlbany

There are 2 things we’re doing this Yom-Kippur that we haven’t done before:

(1) What are you really praying for? Underneath and between everything else? Part of the long prayer is an effort to isolate and discover that essential kernel … Read the rest

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L’chaim DaneJewHome Shirts & Soak It All In! Towels at SA Block Party

SONY DSCLchaim Board Members were all decked out in the new “Dane Jew Home” purple t-shirts, giving out purple and gold hand towels that read: “Soak it all in! Absorb the Shabbos House Experience.”

This year’s Student Association Block Party was … Read the rest

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Recap of Shabbat Sept 5-6 2014

This was the Circle Shabbos as we hosted Chaya of the Friendship Circle. We served matzahballs and meatballs, circular mini-quiches, cucumber rounds salad, a ice-cream pies for dessert. The Friendship Circle is a national organization that pairs teens and college … Read the rest

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A Labor Day of Mazal Tov & Farewell

Labor Day 2014 was an exciting and emotional one for us, traveling to attend an alumni engagement party on Long Island and also sending off our eldest daughter Mushky for a year of study in Israel. We left Albany at … Read the rest

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An Alumni Labor Day 2014 Visit

SONY DSCAfter graduating in 2003, “Big Dave” has been back a number of times since, but this Labor Day 2014 visit was his first time up her with his wife and child and first time to the new, bigger and better … Read the rest

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Our First Sunday Talmud

SONY DSCOur Minyan Brunches are off to a good start this Fall 2014 and now we’re happy to share that we had our first Sunday Talmud study group after the Brunch, which will hopefully continue as a weekly tradition.

In this … Read the rest

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Last Shabbat of August 2014 Recap

This weekend was the first Hillel Dinner of Fall 2014, and it was packed, every seat taken. The new Hillel board did assigned seats by numbers that students got upon entry, to try and ensure that people would get to … Read the rest

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Starting off Elul 2014…

Elul is the (Hebrew) month of preparation before the Jewish New Year and High Holiday season. It’s a time of reflection and introspection, soul-searching and spiritual stock-taking. Chabad Chassidus call this time when “The King is in the Field” which … Read the rest

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