We had a wonderful Opening/Freshmen Weekend meeting over 25 new students (including a few transfer and graduate students) many of whom came along on the Walking Groups (aka The Boats to Hogwarts). We had a Tennis guest with his Gedalia Goomber moment, and 3 weekday Minyans including the first weekly Sunday Minyan Brunch of the semester (with some Chabad Geography) and amazingly  two early morning Minyans for Rosh Chodesh Elul. On the Friday before Opening Weekend we received a very special package in the mail with this message “My late Father’s Tefillin.” 

This coming weekend will be a Hillel Friday Night in the UAlbany Campus Center, 3rd floor. Shabbos Minyan this week celebrates Aaron W.’s Bar-Mitzvah anniversary (he’ll be reading Torah Parshat Shoftim) and at Lunch we’ll celebrate Bassie’s 9th birthday.

We look forward to an exciting semester ahead. Torah-Tues schedule us up, the Shabbos schedule is on the Events Calendar Page, and two new t-shirts are in the works (still in design stages). Look for a new Talmud class on Sundays. And Hillel brings the Maccabeats in Concert on Sunday evening before Rosh Hashanah.

Although there’s lots to do, we’re also trying to cram some quality time with the kids now that everyone is home from camp and before Mushky sets off for a year of study in Israel. While we have a big list of things to do, quality memorable  time with the kids is high up on that list.

With the recent events in Israel, which continue to unfold, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Israel and all those affected by terror. And in connection with the sad Jewish day of 9th of Av, the Fast Day commemorated recently, here are Mendel’s favorite Eicha Lamenation verses with positive, uplifting and hopeful messages.

Right now there’s a special offer available for first-time Mezuzah users to get their own Mezuzah for $5 (a $40 value!) one Mezuzah per household, and for first-timers only. This offer is available to young adults and students, use the website: www.JoinProtectiveEdge.com. These Mezuzot are in the merit of protecting our homes and our homeland in this challenging time. The Mezuzot will be delivered to Shabbos House, and we can give them to you or help you affix them.

A ray of light in all this darkness, Raizy gave birth to a baby girl on Wed July 23, Tammuz 25. We named her Rivka at the Torah reading on Thursday morning. See here for why we named her Rivka. We had a small Kiddush at Shomray Torah this Shabbos Chazak (Sat July 26th) and will celebrate with a full Kiddush celebration with the students when they return in August. Raizy is getting back to herself, Sara got home on July 20th and has been a big help. By the first week in August, Mushky and Chani came back too and have all been very helpful, and we had some quality family times together, too.

Mushky is now packing for Israel, we’re rushing about getting her some last minute things. Our kids begin school after Labor Day, and we begin teaching there (at Maimonides) as well.

Thanks to last year’s Unite Funds we bought a new 20 qt commercial mixer which will help with Challah dough, cookies, pizza-dough and much more. This year’s  Lchaim Unite Video is up for this year. Check it out (its a twist on Frozen) and give it a $5 or $10 vote! In past years the Unite Video earned us a new commercial fridge and the sound system we use for speakers and Jamming Night. Your small contribution-vote can go a long way…

Thanks to all for your personal involvement and generous support!

Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin
Shabbos House Directors