Opening Weekend, the Firepit Welcome, first Hillel dinner – we’ve been meeting fine freshmen students, and looking forward to a great year!

First Torah-Tuesday is coming up. See the Torah-Tuesday semester schedule here! Almost all the classes for this semester are all-new. We’re starting off with a relevant infographic and ending the season with a special film short.

Coming up Labor Day Weekend: Friday Night Shabbos Dinner at Shabbos House Chabad. Shabbos Lunch here as usual. Sat Night is the Midnight Selichos Jam (music and pizza at midnight, Selichos prayers at 1am), Sunday Block Party with our special giveaways – stop by the Lchaim Table. Monday Labor Day Minyan… busy weekend.

Yes! We do have High Holiday services at UAlbany. Many do go home but we have services and holiday meals here for those who don’t. Check for detailed schedule soon. Rosh Hashanah services and meals will be at Shabbos House, Yom-Kippur services are on-campus with pre-fast meal at Shabbos House. Check back soon for more info.

Alumni: please check out and RSVP if you are able to one of our Summer Reunions, we’re doing two this year, the Manhattan one was a great chance to catch up with alumni friends, meet their friends and spouses. We’re now looking forward to the Long Island one, please RSVP online if you plan to attend. Thanks!

L’Chaim Student Board has a lot planned for the Fall 2015 semester. Good stuff is in store. Stay tuned for details, but we already posted the alternating Shabbat Schedule with Hillel on our EVENTS CALENDAR, more events and details to be posted there soon…

This year will be a Hakhel Year, which happens every seven years on the Jewish calendar. Find out more about Hakhel and what it means to us here at Shabbos House, in this front-page cover letter of our most recent “What’s Cooking” update newsletter. (Newsletter to be posted soon, and will be mailed this coming week).

for larger contributions – this is a huge undertaking and an amazing opportunity to make a mega difference: Our Burn the Mortgage in 2015 thermometer has been inching upward, one contribution at a time! Thanks for investing with us. The thermometer reflects actual in-the-bank contributions since this campaign was announced in December 2014, there are additional pledges that are being paid over time.

Have a great Summer!

Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin
Shabbos House Directors