See tabs below for Kosher, Minyan and Hotel/Motel and Visitor Resources Info near UAlbany and in the greater Albany NY Capital Region Jewish community.
|The hotels and motels on this page are the only ones within reasonable walking distance of the Shuls and synagogues in Albany NY. There are traditional (Orthodox / Chabad) Shabbos Minyans at Shabbos House on all weekends of the UAlbany academic calendar (and occasionally on weekends during the winter and summer breaks).
If you are interested in a Shabbos Minyan at the UAlbany campus, please be sure to call ahead: Shabbos House 518-438-4227.
Western Ave side of Campus
Shabbos House Jewish Student Center is located on Fuller Road, perpendicular to Washington and Western Avenues, closer to Western Ave.
The hotels on Western are generally closer to Shabbos House than the Hotels on Washington Ave.
The Hampton Inn
On/Near New Scotland Ave, Albany
The closest hotel within reasonable walking distance to the community-area shuls is the Hilton Garden Inn across the Albany Medical Center on 62 New Scotland Avenue (518) 396-3500 which is a decent (approx 1 mile) walk to Cong. Shomray Torah “the Shteeble” at 463 New Scotland Ave (just after the public library and firehouse).
A little further down on Holland Ave near Delaware Ave is the Towne Place Suites at 22 Holland Ave (518) 860-1500.
Washington Avenue side of Campus
Extended Stay America
Courtyard by Marriot
Crest Hill Suites
the two hotels below are a little further,
The University at Albany (SUNY) operates a full-service Kosher Meal-Plan (Meat) in the Dutch Quad Cafeteria during the Academic Year (closed for summer and all college breaks), which is also open to guests and community. Full meals are served and you pay one price, usually about $10pp, which includes everything.
UAlbany’s Dining Services also operate the Dreidels Cafe (Dairy, non-Chalav-Yisrael) serving bagels and shmears and other goodies in the UAlbany Campus Center.
These eateries are under the Kosher supervision of the Vaad HaKashruth of the Capital District. The University at Albany (SUNY) is centrally located, just off the 87-90 interchange at Exit 24, and between Washington and Western Aves which run through the heart of Albany.
Shabbos and Holiday Meals, Torah-Tuesdays & Minyan Bagel Brunches etc are at Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center.
KOSHER IN THE ALBANY COMMUNITY
Price Chopper Supermarket (aka “Kosher Price Chopper – KPC”) in Colonie NY
Price Chopper supermarkets (Golub Corp) offer a year-round well-stocked full-service Kosher store in Colonie (Albany area), at 1892 Central Ave, 2 miles west of Northway exit 2w in Albany, just past the junction of Route 5 (Central Ave) and Route 155 (New Karner Road). The store is open 24 Hours (deli has regular daytime hours). Call 518-456-2970 for more info. The fresh meats and deli counter have a full-time on-site Mashgiach as the bakery and bagel factory breads at this Colonie location are also supervised by the Vaad HaKashruth. Breads & bagels are pareve and pas-yisrael, pastries are dairy. Look for a long Kosher freezer isle, lots of grocery and a dairy section (inclduing Chalav Yisrael products) around the aisle corner. There is a small cafe eating area adjacent to the bagel factory (all the way across the store from the Kosher section) where you can sit down and enjoy the meal you bought in the Kosher department.
During the summer Price Chopper also has an expanded Kosher section in the Town of Catskill, and in Lake George Village at Amherst and Iroquois Streets, right behind Canada Street.
Kosher Eateries in Albany NY
TERRA was a Kosher pescatarian dairy restaurant for about two years, but is is no longer Kosher.
Albany’s prior two Kosher Pizza places (Kosher Pizza and Felafel on Washington Ave operated by Capital Chabad and Goldberg’s Cafe near Exit 23) have long closed.
“Catering by Raizy” is another option for local events or groups, contact us for availability and details.
DAILY MINYANS IN THE ALBANY COMMUNITY
Shomray Torah (aka “Shteeble”):
8am Shachris, Mincha-Maariv at candle-lighting time. 463 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208. Two houses down from the Bach Public Library and an Albany Fire-Station. Rabbi Yisroel Rubin (518) 423-4103.
Cong. Beth Abraham-Jacob:
6:40am Shachris, Mincha-Maariv at candle-lighting. 380 Whitehall Road, Albany NY 12208. Rabbi Roy Feldman. CBAJ is located in between the Sidney Albert Albany JCC and Bnei Shalom Reform Congregation.
SHABBOS MINYANS NEAR HOTELS
Shabbos House at the UAlbany campus has Minyans on all Shabbos mornings of the academic calendar, and occasionally during summer/winter break weekends as well.
Shomray Torah is about one-mile, down the same street as the Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center. See our Hotels and Motels for lodging nearby Shabbos House (the largest number of hotels and motels near a Shabbos Minyan in our area). There are also several motels close to Beth Tephila in Troy NY. And many hotels and bed & breakfasts near Saratoga Chabad/Beis Mashe (130 Circular Street) in the heart of Saratoga Springs.
The famous Lake George Minyan is usually open from after Tisha B’Av until Labor Day Weekend.
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO in and around Albany, New York’s Capital Region
Click here for a 3-page PDF list of “Places 2 Go Things 2 Do” (mostly things that are wallet and family friendly) is a bit old and needs updating but has lots of good ideas and is a good place to start. Check ahead because some attractions no longer exist. Perhaps we’ll update this soon.