This Fall 2021 the Jewish holiday season comes very soon at the start of the year, Rosh Hashanah begins the night after Labor Day, two weeks from the start of classes. And all the holidays fall mid-week which takes up a lot of days (in festive ways!) at the start of the semester. 

Click on calendar image to enlarge the image or click here for the same handy half-page in a crisper PDF calendar view of the Jewish holiday season at UAlbany, all the prayers, festive meals and celebration at Shabbos House, this year all in the month of September 2021. 

There is no cost to students for any holiday meals or prayers. There’s no dress code, no attendance, no expectations. Prayers are traditional but explained and student-centered and student-friendly. 

These are wonderful times of Jewish celebration, student-centered and student-friendly, with good food, good friends, good times. Each holiday offers a special flavor and atmosphere and creates a special set of memories. Sukkot and Simchat Torah are especially rich in celebration, connection and are very memorable times at Shabbos House.

 

CLASSES ON THE HOLIDAYS

UAlbany does not give off for the holidays anymore, there will be classes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, though some teachers may cancel. All faculty are notified that religious holidays (and they have a University list of them) are excused absences and if there are tests or such on those days students are very much entitled to ask to have them rescheduled.

Obviously, out of respect and courtesy, students should not tell this to the professor last minute, it is best that they are told of your observance dates and observance level at least a week or more prior.

Not all students observe the holidays the same way. Some will go home to be with family, some will miss class to attend services and holiday meals, some will attend class but not write or take tests – whatever your or your family’s observance level or style, this is something UAlbany is committed to respect.

If there should be any issues with any professor in this regard please contact Rabbi Mendel and the Deans Office and they will promptly address it. 

ROSH HASHANAH 2021 AT UALBANY

All Rosh Hashanah prayer services and holiday meals will be at Shabbos House. In addition, there will be a quick and accessible Shofar Express with holiday treats at a Small Fountain campus table from 3-5pm each afternoon of Rosh Hashanah. 

RSVPs are not required, but they are helpful so we can be best prepared, and recommended during Covid. Please use this ONLINE FORM link to RSVP for any/all of the Rosh Hashanah prayers & meals below.

FIRST NIGHT, MONDAY, SEPT 6:
Prayers 7pm, holiday dinner at 8pm (this is night of apple and challah dipped in honey, and eating pomegranate seeds etc, plus a full-course holiday meal)

FIRST DAY, TUESDAY, SEPT 7:
Morning Prayers 9:30am, Shofar 12pm, Lunch at 1:30pm followed by nearby neighborhood waterside Tashlich
Shofar Express & holiday treats at a Small Fountain table on Campus, 3-5pm

SECOND NIGHT, TUES NIGHT, SEPT 7:
Prayers 7:30pm, holiday dinner 8pm (on the second night we eat new and exotic “Shehechiyanu” fruits, plus a full-course holiday meal). 

SECOND DAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPT 8:
Morning Prayers 9:30am, Shofar 12pm, Lunch at 1:30pm followed by nearby neighborhood waterside Tashlich
Shofar Express & holiday treats at a Small Fountain table on Campus, 3-5pm
Holiday ends 7:59pm. We’ll do a light meal and farbrengen to close out the holiday at approx 7pm. 

Those observant of the Fast-of-Gedalia (on the day after Rosh Hashanah, this year Wednesday Sep 8th) the fast ends at 7:44pm. We’ll do “Kosher on Fuller” at 7:45pm that night. 

YOM KIPPUR AT UALBANY
Yom Kippur services at UAlbany are a joint project of Shabbos House and UAlbany Hillel

YOM KIPPUR NIGHT, WED SEP 15:
Prefast Meal at Shabbos House 5pm-6:15pm
Kol Nidrei Prayers in Campus Center Assembly Hall at 6:50pm

YOM KIPPUR DAY, THURS SEP 16:
9:30am-2pm Morning Prayers in CC Assembly Hall 
5:45pm Mincha Prayers in CC Assembly Hall 
6:30pm Neilah Closing Service in CC Assembly Hall
7:45pm Yom Kippur Ends, Break-Fast By UAlbany Hillel

Please use this ONLINE RSVP FORM for Yom-Kippur and Yom-Kippur Week events. We do not hold you to your RSVPs but it is recommended during Covid and also helps us be best prepared. 

SUKKOT
Sukkot is all about atmosphere! There are lots of meals in the Sukkah, opportunities to shake the Lulav and spend quality holiday time together.

SUNDAY, SEP 19:
Sukkah Building BBQ 3:30pm-7:30pm

FIRST NIGHT IN THE SUKKAH, MONDAY SEP 20:
Holiday prayers 7:30pm, first dinner in the Sukkah  8pm

FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT, FIRST LULAV SHAKE, TUESDAY SEP 21:
Prayers 10am, with Lulav & Etrog, followed by holiday lunch in the Sukkah 12:30pm

SECOND NIGHT OF SUKKOT, TUESDAY SEP 21:
Holiday prayers 7:30pm, 8pm dinner in the Sukkah

SECOND DAY OF SUKKOT, WEDNESDAY SEP 22:
Prayers 10am, with Lulav & Etrog, followed by holiday lunch in the Sukkah 12:30pm
Light meal at 6:30pm
Havdalah and holiday ends 7:34pm

Sukkot is a long holiday, but its middle/intermediate days are more like weekday days of the holiday. 

LOOK FOR SUKKAH BIKE ON CAMPUS
Making its rounds on Thursday and Friday, flag us down or schedule us for accessible Lulav shakes!

SHABBAT IN THE SUKKAH, FRIDAY NIGHT, SEP 24:
Always a special night in the Sukkah, 7pm prayers, 8pm dinner in the Sukkah

SHABBAT DAY OF SUKKOT, SAT SEP 25:
Prayers 10am (no Lulav on Shabbat), Lunch in the Sukkah at 12:30pm
Shabbat ends 7:28
Pizza in the “Hut” (Sukkah) 9pm

SUNDAY SEP 26, MORE LULAV, SUKKAH PARTY… And Axe-Throwing, too
Minyan Bagel Brunch with Lulav and Hoshanot, 11am
Axe-Throwing, Lulav Shakes, Food and more at Sukkah Party 12:30-3pm
Hoshana Rabba Late Night in the Sukkah 9:30pm

HOSHANA RABBA, LAST DAY FOR LULAV, MONDAY SEP 27:
Hoshana Rabba Prayers TBA. 

But it doesn’t end here and goes straight into the finale of Shemini Atzeret and SIMCHAT TORAH! (see next tab)

 

SIMCHAT TORAH!

This is the grand finale climax conclusion of the whole holiday season… 

SHMINI ATZERET, LAST DINNER IN SUKKAH, MONDAY NIGHT, SEP 27:
Prayers (and mini Hakafot) at 7pm, 8pm dinner in the Sukkah

SHMINI ATZERET DAY, TUESDAY, SEP 28:
Prayers 10am followed by 12:30pm last lunch in the Sukkah

SIMCHAT TORAH NIGHT! TUESDAY, SEP 28:
Don’t miss this – even if you can only come for a short window, your soul needs this Jewish energy!
8pm start, hopefully until midnight! A very special spirited night pf Hakafot dancing and singing and fun!  

SIMCHAT TORAH DAY, WEDNESDAY, SEP 29:
9:30am Prayers, long davening, more Hakafot, completing and restarting the Torah cycle… Lunch 1:30/2pm
Holiday ends (and with this the whole long holiday season) at 7:21pm
Sukkah Take-Down… 

 

 

 

Rosh Hashanah prayers and festive meals will all be at Shabbos House. Yom Kippur prayers will be in the Campus Center Assembly Hall with pre-fast at Shabbos House and Break-fast by Hillel in the Campus Center. All Sukkot holiday meals and prayers climaxing with the joyous Simchat Torah will be at Shabbos House. 

Stay tuned for updates and details – best way to get the full info is to be on the weekly student email list from Shabbos House. The Shabbos House Whatsapp student list is also helpful way to keep informed with any last minute updates or changes and such (especially in this Covid period).