An annual tradition since 2000, Shabbos House hosts a meaningful and memorable Grad Party for students and their friends on the Sunday one week prior to graduation, and Kosher meals and open house welcome to graduates and their families over Graduation Weekend.

What makes this year different (aside for the graduates, of course!) is that Graduation Day falls on the biblical Jewish holiday of Shavuot (which begins on Sat Night and runs until Monday night). We will have an regular Shabbat meals on Friday Night and Shabbat lunch and an open-house welcome for graduates and their families on Sunday afternoon, but will also host prayer services and holiday meals for all of Shavuot weekend (Friday Night thru Monday afternoon) for those families observant of the holiday who will be staying up here. See GRAD WKND tab below for more details. 

Thanks to parents and alumni and friends for their support of all types of Shabbos House activities and events, including these Graduation festivities.  These graduation events are sponsored in large part by the L’chaim Student Group (Student Association funded) which is especially important on Graduation Weekend when no other Kosher food options are available for parents and families on campus.


Farewell to the UAlbany Class of 2018
active at Shabbos House and in the UAlbany Jewish community

Sunday, May 13th, 2017
5:00pm at Shabbos House
Hors d’oeuvres & Hot Buffet
Picture-Memories Video
Presentations & Gifts
2018 Class Picture

Special Guest Address

UAlbany Jewish Community
& Friends of Graduates are Welcome

Stay tuned for this year’s featured speaker

Grad Party honors May, Summer and December Graduates of the Class of 2018. Please sign up using the form below as it helps us be prepared for you! There is a separate family signup form for graduation weekend. Thanks!


GRADUATION WEEKEND Schedule at Shabbos House

Traditional Services precede Shabbos and Shavuot holiday meals,  please feel free to come at your convenience.

Friday Night – May 18
Prayers 7pm, Dinner 8pm @ Shabbos House

Saturday – May 19
Prayers 10am, Lunch follows 12:30-3pm @ Shabbos House
(feel free to come for lunch before or after Saturday afternoon graduation ceremonies)
Shavuot Holiday Prayers 9pm, followed by light dinner and study

Sunday – May 20 – Graduation Day (Shavuot I) 
TBD – an early morning Shavuot prayer service and Torah reading to allow for graduates & families to attend Graduation
Open House Buffet Luncheon @ Shabbos House following Main Commencement Ceremonies all throughout the afternoon – until 4pm. 
Sunday night Shavuot evening prayers and meals, times TBD

Monday – May 21 – Day after Graduation (Shavuot II)
Minyan Prayers at 10am, followed by holiday lunch at 12:45pm
Light dinner towards end of holiday
Shavuot holiday ends at 9:07pm

Family & Friends Welcome!
RSVP’s very much appreciated but don’t worry you can come even if you don’t reserve! Please use the form below to indicate how many of you will be joining us for each meal (whichever you join for) over Graduation weekend so we can be best prepared. There is a separate signup form for the student Grad Party on May 14th.

If you’d like to contribute to Shabbos House you can do so online via PayPal at or via check to “Shabbos House – Chabad Center”. We are also able to process credit-cards on our end. Thanks for your support and looking forward to this important milestone weekend!