Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Chabad, and who are you?

Rabbi Josh and Rebbetzin Andi Krisch are the official Chabad Lubavitch emissaries to Ithaca College. Chabad is the largest and most influential Jewish organization in the world, with 3,500 institutions in 81 countries and on 400 college campuses. Emissaries are not centrally funded, and move far away from home to ensure that Jewish people from every walk of life have access to the rituals and scholarship of Judaism.

What do you do at Ithaca College?

We are about to begin our fourth year in Ithaca. We have weekly Shabbos dinners, group Torah study classes every day of the week, opportunities to study one-on-one with Rabbi Josh or Rebbetzin Andi, exciting winter and summer programs, and holiday events (including a roving Shofar service on Rosh Hashanah, a Sukkah Mobile on Sukkos, a giant ice menorah on Chanukah, and a traditional Seder on Passover). We are also the only full-time Jewish clergy available to IC students at any hour of any day, for discussion and counseling.

We never charge students for any of our services.

Is there kosher food in Ithaca?     

There is a large selection of kosher food available at Wegman's, and limited offerings at the other supermarkets in town. During the school year, there are kosher dining halls at both Cornell and Ithaca College, where non-students can pay a flat rate for meals. At Cornell, check out 104 West, which is under the supervision of the Star-K. At Ithaca College, try the kosher section of the Terrace Dining Hall, under the supervision of Rabbi Eli Silberstein.

What about prayer services?

Friday night and Saturday morning services are held at The Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell. Dinner follows the Friday night service, lunch follows the day service. For details, and to RSVP, visit: Weekday services are at 104 West (The Cornell Center for Jewish Living) during the school year. Over the summer and winter breaks, call us to inquire about minyan availability.

Please note that there is not an eruv on the South Hill side of Ithaca. Ithaca College and its surrounding areas are not within the Cornell eruv.

How can I get involved?

Chabad is always looking for dedicated students, faculty, alumni, and supporters who are determined ensuring that every Jewish student has access to Judaism. We have student board positions available, and we are working on building an advisory committee to help steer our growth. The best way to reach us is by filling out our Contact form, or sending us an email: [email protected] 

To contribute to Chabad, please click on the Donate tab at the top of this page. 

What are people saying about Chabad of Ithaca College?

“Believe us when we tell you that the two of you are an important reason for his decision to come to Ithaca College. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!” --Parents of an incoming Freshman.

“You welcomed [name redacted] into the Jewish Ithaca community. [Redacted] has had a relatively easy transition with his Freshman year at Ithaca. You guys helped with this transition.” Parents of one Freshman from a traditional Jewish background. 

“It is so nice to know that we have a nice place and great meal waiting for us at the end of each tiring week. Thanks for your hospitality and care for us! Shabbat Shalom!” Four Sophomores from non-traditional Jewish backgrounds, who sent Chabad a joint letter.

“How wonderful for Jewish students at Ithaca College (including my daughter [redacted]) to have you there, to learn from, to share with, with whom to observe and celebrate Shabbat, and more!” Mother of one Senior from a non-traditional Jewish background.

“The other night, I was grateful to discover something I had never encountered before in my Jewish upbringing: the Chabad house…I sat and ate a wonderful Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Josh Krisch and his wife, Andi, at the Ithaca College Chabad on Grandview Court. We laughed, told stories and connected over our experiences with journalism and Judaism. People walked in the door without knocking or ringing, and they were welcomed with open arms. Josh always says ‘welcome back’ when people enter, because he has trouble keeping track of all the people who visit his home. I was surprised when he not only invited me back for Shabbat next week, but for lunch the next day or to just drop in whenever I felt like it. Although Josh and Andi’s home was small, and although they had a newborn child to raise, their door was always open, and they always welcomed visitors.” Excerpt from an unsolicited student essay published in The Ithaca College Chronicle