Welcome to Chabad of Clinton, NY

Serving the student community of Hamilton College
and the Jewish community of Greater Utica

Meet New People

Everything is better when done in great company. Chabad is a great place to make new friends and hangout with old ones. Celebrate religion and culture with other awesome people! Our commitment is to making every person feel welcome and comfortable. Come in and see for yourself.

Awesome Events

Chabad offers quality programming for every type of person. From educational classes and courses to social gatherings and activities, there’s bound to be something you’ll love. Delicious refreshments are always the cherry on top!

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Helpful Resources

You can benefit from Chabad’s many Jewish resources. Need Kosher food? Want to hang a mezuzah on your door? Would you like to study or chat with a rabbi in person? Care for an interesting read on Jewish thought? If it’s Jewish, we have it.

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Who we are is really simple:

A 100% open place where everyone is welcome.

(Scroll down to see the long explanation.)

Chabad is a Jewish movement
with a bold vision and a simple philosophy.

The philosophy is to be inclusive of all Jews, regardless of their background. With over 4,000 emissaries around the globe
and over 200 branches on U.S. college campuses, Chabad is the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world today.

Chabad of Clinton opened its doors in the fall of 2014 with social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty. Chabad is a home where all Jews are welcome no matter the affiliation, denomination or life style. We give you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your Jewish heritage. Most importantly, Chabad is a place where being Jewish is fun.



Rabbi Didy and Devorah Waks, and their two children, Mendel and Yetta, moved to Clinton in September 2014 to establish the Chabad Jewish Student Center. How does an Australia-born rabbi, his Brooklyn-raised wife, and their sunbathed Floridian children, end up in Clinton, NY?




Predicated on the Mitzvah of  “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” at Chabad of Clinton we seek to foster a sense of Jewish identity and belonging by engaging Jewish students at their own pace and comfort level in a warm and non-judgmental environment, and by offering innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.




We do not receive funding from any central organization. The wonderful programming and warm environment at Chabad of Clinton is made possible through the generous support of parents, alumni, and friends like you. Thank you!


Dear Student,

Welcome to Chabad of Clinton – your Jewish home away from home while you’re at college.

Students – we are here for you.

When you need to get away from the stress and pressure; when you want to express your Jewishness in a fun and meaningful way; when you would like nothing more than a homemade cookie and a coffee – Chabad is there for you.

Meet, greet, eat, socialize, study and discuss with other Jewish students in a warm atmosphere and engaging environment. Our activities are open to all regardless of Jewish affiliation, background or level of observance with no judgments ever.

If only there was a little more to it, but its really as simple and as real as that.

Looking forward to greeting you personally,

Rabbi Didy and Devorah Waks

Dear Parent,

We are privileged to serve your children while they’re at college, providing them with a wide array of programs to help create a strong and vibrant Jewish community. Through our diverse and dynamic programming, we provide a welcoming and warm environment for students of every background.

Hallmarks of our program include a warm family environment, intellectual stimulation, and delicious homemade food. Our Shabbat experience exemplifies our broader program philosophy: to deliver Jewish experiences that are both relevant and substantive to students, in an inclusive and welcoming space.

The programming that we offer would not be possible if not for the generosity of individuals like you. If you would like to help support Chabad of Clinton, please visit our secure online donation page. We are supported entirely by parents, alumni and friends. Thank you!

We value our relationship and partnership with parents, and would love to hear from you. We look forward to welcoming you to Chabad when you’re around!

Thank you!

Rabbi Didy and Devorah Waks


01 / Shabbat Dinner

Students are invited to join us on Friday night to celebrate Shabbat in a relaxed family atmosphere and explore this cornerstone of Jewish tradition.

04 / Holiday Observance

Everything from a model Seder to shish-kabob in the Sukkah. If you can’t go home for the holidays, it’s the next best thing. Chabad is your home all the time, especially around Jewish holidays.

02 / Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Weekly gatherings at Chabad to discuss a theme from the weekly Torah portion and enjoy a delicious kosher lunch.

05 / Guest Lecturers

Hear many different insightful speakers on a wide variety of contemporary issues relevant to students today.

03 / Coffee with the Rabbi

Want to learn about something specific? Just want to talk with a rabbi? Meet over a cup of coffee with Rabbi Didy or Devorah any time during the week.

We are here for you!

Resources from Chabad. From a Jewish calendar (with Chabad programming listed!) to accessibility to
Jewish items and Kosher food, Chabad is there for you. Never hesitate to call us.


Want to know when the next Jewish holiday is? Do you want to see when the next program at Chabad is scheduled? See the Chabad calendar for all this important information.


Mezuzah is the spiritual protection system for your room. Get it now! By hanging a Mezuzah on your door, you connect to generations of Jewish tradition and are reminded of this every time you enter and exit your room.  By internalizing the Mezuzah’s eternal messages, your life will be enriched.

Chabad makes owning a Mezuzah, which is generally pricey, an extremely inexpensive Jewish item.


Want to know when your Jewish birthday is? Curious to find further reading on Jewish topics? Need to know about Jewish holiday times and practices? Check out some of these links to explore some of the internet’s best kept secrets!

Keeping Kosher

Whether you strictly keep a Kosher diet or you would like to try and enjoy some Jewish cuisine, Chabad is the place to fulfill your holy cravings! Contact us to discuss your Kosher needs. We’re here to help you.

Chabad Blog

Come and earn the secrets of making a delicious Shabbat dinner. All welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

Why do we do so many of the things we do? Just because? Why do we take a lulav and etrog on Sukkot? It doesn't say it (clearly) in the Torah!

Come and see (and hear) for yourself at this all-new, fascinating series.
At the JCC for 6 consecutive Wednesdays, starting January 25, at 12:30 pm (lunch at 12:15 pm). All welcome. No charge!
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What a wonderful Clinton Wine&Cheese Chanukah party! Thank you to all the fabulous people who made it happen and to the whole community for coming.
We were honored to have Hamilton College President David Wippman join us.

Happy Chanukah!
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A wonderful celebration with a very special Jewish community. ... See MoreSee Less

Keeping Clinton bright and beautiful!
Happy third night of Chanukah!
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 8 Dwight Ave, Clinton, NY, 13323

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