The Shabbos House Jewish Student Center was founded in 1976, by Rabbi Yisroel Rubin, regional director of Capital Chabad. Originally the house was half its present size of the 316 facilty, and was expanded in the early 1980's. The new, bigger and better Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center was built in 2009, and is located two doors down from the old - at 320 Fuller Road.
Several families served as directors since 1975. Rabbi Yisroel and Rochel Rubin (Mendel's parents) were here through the late 1970's. Rabbi Moshe and Esther Chanowitz served through most of the 1980's. Yoel and Ruth (now Ruth Lind) Seliger served from 1988 thru 1992. R' Pinchas and Yehudis Schreiber served from 1992 thru 1996. Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin have been directors since Fall of 1997.
Shabbos House was founded on and continues to be inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe's vision that "every Jew is family", and that Jewish students would greatly benefit from a welcoming, home-style Jewish environment.
As the slogan of the City of Albany at its tricentennial in 1986, "Still Making History", Shabbos House continues to make history with increasing turnouts and involvement in the Jewish students and campus community at UAlbany.
See our Alumni Page for Pre-1997 Archives. If you have information or photos you would like to share with us, please contact us! Thanks!
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