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Recap Chanukah 2013 at UAlbany

UAlbany Students at Major Menorah

This Chanukah had a lot of hype and energy about it due to the first day coinciding with Thanksgiving. See our 5 meaningful connections between Chanukah and Thanksgiving. This calendar scheduling allowed students to spent the first half of … Read the rest

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First Students Light! 5th Night.

MenorahGlowFor the first half of Chanukah it was pretty quiet here without the students. We got back from Brooklyn on Sat Night. On Sunday later afternoon the first students to come to light the Menorah were this brother and sister.… Read the rest

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First 4 Chanukah Lights 5774/2013

As Chanukah fell on Thanksgiving this year, nearly all students went home for the extended weekend, so the first part of our holiday was mostly family.

EM's first Menorah LightIt was Esther-Miriam’s first Menorah Lighting, she was delighted to do it every night, … Read the rest

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and the 8th Night!

For much of the 8th Day of Chanukah (and also for weeks and months prior) we have been busy with the Maimonides School Raffle-Auction in the Albany Jewish community. It’s an important annual fundraiser and communal event for our kids … Read the rest

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The 7th Night: Chanukah Game Night

Instead of Torah-Tuesday we switched format to something light and fun for the 7th Night of Chanukah. Rabbi Mendel led a Game-Show style series of questions to the crowd, for which people earned points. There was a texting option, too, … Read the rest

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The “Major” Menorah

This year’s unique Chanukah twist was the “Major Menorah” featuring 6 different University at Albany majors with professors from those departments lighting that candle. Quite a bit of work went into the preparations for this, leading up to the special … Read the rest

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1st Night Chanukah 5774/2013

Most students are home now for the extended Thanksgiving Weekend, and this year the first half of Chanukah as well. It’s quieter here to say the least, but now and then, it’s nice to have a family night, as we … Read the rest

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Yud-Tes Kislev, Nov 22-23 Shabbat, Last B4 Thanksgiving & Chanukah

The biggest change-up this Shabbos was the twist on the water-bottles, see Mendel’s Messages on “What happened to the water bottles?” for more on that, in connection with that inspiration students were excited to sing Nyezu Ritzy … Read the rest

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Look Back at Shabbos Vayishlach (Nov 15-16-17) Weekend

Following Hillel’s “Week of Awesome” (series of events nearly every day) the Friday Night Dinner was by Hillel on the third floor of the Campus Center. The menu was Chinese (Kosher prepared by Dutch Kosher Kitchen – Sodhexo, under Vaad … Read the rest

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2 Minyans, Ohel Visit, Alumni Wedding.. all in a Sunday!

This was quite the Sunday (November 10th 2013) with lots to celebrate and appreciate.

THE SUNDAY MINYAN BRUNCH
We’re trying to keep up the weekly Sunday Minyan Brunch, thanks to the interest and dedication of the students, especially the Freshmen … Read the rest

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