The Tech Valley Experience

The JBizTechValley.com region encompasses the Capital Region, Adirondacks/North Country, Hudson Valley, northern Catskills and eastern Mohawk Valley.

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Tech Valley offers rewarding career and business opportunities, world-class educational and research facilities, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and exhilarating year-round outdoor pursuits.

This 16-county region includes more than 40 congregations, more than 900 Jewish business owners, many Jewish-run not-for-profits and is a region brimming with opportunity and excitement.

What is JBiz?

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all that our community has accomplished. We have been leaders in the arenas of academia, economics, entertainment, arts and politics. We have shown guidance as advocates, mentors and volunteers. We are a diverse, strong, lively and energetic community breaking new ground in everything from technology to medicine and innovative ways of doing business.

By standing together we have and will continue to empower Jewish men and women throughout New York state to build a better, more prosperous future for all.

About This Website

This online directory contains contact information for Jewish business owners and Jewish professionals, Jewish-run not-for-profits and non-Jewish businesses that cater to the Jewish community in the Capital District.

This website is designed to serve three purposes:

  1. To inform prospective newcomers to this area that there is a Jewish community with a broad base;
  2. To show folks outside the region that this area supports a vibrant and vital Jewish life and culture; and
  3. To encourage people within the Albany-area Jewish community to support local Jewish businesses.

Some Jewish Humor

News Jews Can Use

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From Smith to Cuomo, a Gubernatiorial Retrospective

For the past three weeks, since his passing, I have been thinking a lot about the 12 years Mario Cuomo served as governor. For me, good, bad or indifferent, covering the actions by the Cuomo Administration is an experience I will never forget. Many people have said recently that Mario Cuomo’s tenure did not have Continue Reading »

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The Cover Story

One of my favorite remembrances about Mario Cuomo was when he was first elected. In 1983, the newly-minted governor had to do some redecorating in the Executive Mansion because when he had a walk-through of the mansion shortly after the 1982 election, he found mirrors on the bedroom ceiling, red walls and tacky carpeting left Continue Reading »

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Mario Cuomo Meets the Lubavitcher Rebbe

It was October 14, 1990 when Governor Mario Cuomo walked into 770 Eastern Parkway, the Lubavitch World Headquarters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, to meet with the leader of the Lubavitch sect of Judaism, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. It was a brief meeting, less than 90 seconds but the meeting reverberated worldwide. You Continue Reading »

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Space Program

First Journalist in Space

In October 1984, on my way back to Albany from Washington, DC, I was listening to WTOP radio and heard about NASA accepting applications for the First Journalist in Space program. The news anchor was giving out the address to request an application while I was driving. Talk about distracted driving, I leaned over to Continue Reading »

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