UAlbany Chanukah celebrations get off to a late start due to the Thanksgiving Break, but there will be plenty opportunity for communal celebration once everyone gets back on Sunday or Monday after Thanksgiving.

SUNDAY NIGHT  “MAARIV & MENORAH” Dec 1, 8pm at Shabbos House

This isn’t a formal event, but we’re welcoming returning students to stop by and light a Menorah, enjoy some Latkes and Chanukah treats, while we also do  Minyan Maariv so that Mr. Jacobowitz can say Kaddish for a yartzeit. Shouldn’t be long, we hope to do the 10-minute Minyan at 8pm.

MONDAY  “HOT LATKE TABLE” Dec 2, 11am-4:30pm outside Campus Center at Small Fountain

Lchaim’s Hot Latke Table will be outside, braving the cold. Stop by for a bunch of mini-Latkes (with applesauce, if u’d like), a Dreidel, Choco-Gelt and other Chanukah fixings. There’s no charge. We also have Menorahs and Candles available (limited supply) for those who need them for the last few days of the holiday.

MONDAY “MAJOR MENORAH LIGHTING” Dec 2, 4:30pm at the Small Fountain

6 professors from the departments/schools/majors of Business, Art-History, Computer Science, Philosophy, Political-Science, JST/History, will each kindle of the 6th lights on the Menorah (for the 6th night of Chanukah). The Shamash (helper candle) will be lit by Nancy Belowich-Negron, retiring director of the Disability Resource Center for all her work in helping students of all majors to access and reach their goals, and shine like the candles of the Menorah. There will be light Chanukah refreshments. (Plus, a Mincha Minyan for Mr. Jacobowitz saying Kaddish at approx 4pm).

SHAMASH CANDLE by Nancy Belowich-Negron retiring director of the Disability Resource Center to kindle the Shamash candle – the Shamash helper candle is symbolic of her efforts in assisting students of all majors to shine brightly.

6 Candles by Professors: Dr. Sarah Cohen – Art History, Dr. Elliot Rich – Business, Dr. Bradley Armour-Garb – Philosophy, Dr. Seth Chaiken – Computer Science, Dr. Victor Asal – Political Science and Dr. Arthur Brenner – JST/History.


MONDAY “Hillel’s CHANUKAH CRAZINESS” Dec 2, 8pm at the Interfaith Center Building

Hillel’s “Chanukah Craziness” event will be at the Interfaith Center (formerly Chapel House) at 8:30pm with crafts, food and activities etc. Kashruth at Hillel Interfaith Center events is as per Hillel’s Kosher policies.

TUESDAY “Hillel’s TUESDAY SCHMOOZEDAY” Dec 3, 11am-2pm in the Hillel Office & Lounge – Campus Center Room 320

As every week, Hillel offers bagels, shmears and treats with conversation on Tuesdays. Come for 5 minutes or a few hours.

TUESDAY “CHANUKAH GAME NIGHT” (instead of Torah-Tues) Dec 3, 6pm-9:30pm at Shabbos House

Instead of the usual Torah-Tuesday we’re going to host a series of Game-Shows, lively, engaging, entertaining and even a little educational. Plus, you can light your Menorah here, enjoy a Felafel dinner with soup and desserts, and some delicious Latkes. Come for one game show or a few, probably one each hour. There are prizes, large and small, and good times to be had by all!

WEDNESDAY “GIRLS NITE-IN” Dec 4, 8pm at Shabbos House

Last night of Chanukah. Join for craft, fun, conversation. This time making soaps! Girls-Nite-IN! is co-sponsored by Shabbos House and UAlbany Hillel.

Some of the Hillel guys said they wanted to do something for the guys this evening, stay tuned for that..

Click here to see CHANUKAH 2013 RECAP – how it all turned out, photos, reports, impressions and more.


Below are some of the many communal events this Chanukah, in and around the Capital Region area:

 Wed 11/27: Bethlehem Chabad 5:30pm at Four Corners in Delmar (Delaware & Kenwood) the Chanukah Wonderland (395 Kenwood) will be open 4pm on Wed, and 1pm on Sunday Dec 1st.
 Thurs 11/28: Annual Kosher Thanksgiving & Chanukah Dinner 4pm at Saratoga Chabad For Cost/RSVP call: 526-0773
 Friday 11/29: Ice-Skating 12pm at Delmar YMCA Call Rabbi Simon 439-8280 for info.
 Sat 11/30: CBAJ Chanukah Game Night, 6:15pm, $5pp. Games, food and music.
 Sun 12/1: “The Giving Menorah” Celebration at Clifton Park Center -Mall, 4pm near Boscov’s
 Sun 12/1: Menorah at Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro MA with Bubble-Mania, 4pm.
 Sunday 12/1: Chanukah in the Chocolate Factory w/ Gelt-Games, Golden Tickets, Oompa Latkes… 2-4pm at the East Greenbush Library
 Sunday 12/1: Menorah Lighting in the Park 5:30pm at Congress Park in Saratoga
 Mon 12/2: Last Menorah with Mayor Jennings, at Albany City Hall, completing 20 years in office
 Mon 12/2: Chanukah on Ice in Saratoga, 5pm at 40 Wiebel Ave, near 87 Exit 15. Call: 526-0773.
 Mon 12/2: A “Major” (University Majors) Menorah Lighting 4:30pm at UAlbany’s Small Fountain outside Campus Center. 526-0770.
 Mon 12/2: 5:15pm Festive music, magic show, raffle & Dinner at Beth Israel Schenectady. Kids who bring Chanukah art come free w/paying adults. Cost?/RSVP: 377-3700.
 Tues 12/3: Chanukah Bowling at “Spare Time” in Clifton Park 4pm. $10 for 2 games including shoes. Bowling-pin Menorah with donuts and cider between games. Call 495-0772/9 for info.
 Tues 12/3: Menorah Lighting with the Mayor of Troy 5pm at the Atrium in downtown Troy.
 Wed 12/4: Annual School Raffle-Auction (28 Prize Packages, tickets $5-$20) & Greek Chanukah Dinner at “Nathan’s Kitchen” ($7pp or $25 per family) at the Maimonides School, 404 Partridge Street Albany.