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Signature Programs

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Chabad has developed some highly innovative programs that have been recognized for their pedagogical effectiveness and appeal to the widest spectrum of students. These programs have raised the profile of the Jewish community on campus and conferred the ultimate status of “coolness” to Jewish life at Binghamton University.
 
Pioneered in 1994, Shabbat 1000 is the single most ambitious Shabbat program to be launched by any Jewish student organization--or synagogue--anywhere. The goal is to unite a diverse group of Jewish students in a meaningful Jewish experience by providing the now famous Chabad Shabbat dinner experience to a much broader audience.
Co-sponsored with the other Jewish organizations on campus, the program empowers students to reach out and bring their friends--as their personal guests--to this event. In 2007, after having surpassed the one thousand mark for a number of years, the program was renamed Shabbat 1500 and then later to Shabbat 1800. The Shabbat 1000 model has proven to be a potent catalyst for invigorating Jewish life on campus; it has served as a portal to the Jewish campus community for many students who were previously uninvolved.

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Introduced in 1990, the annual Purim Carnival Extravaganza is one of the largest and most successful campus events. While the program is spearheaded by Chabad, the primary co-sponsors each year are a campus Fraternity and Sorority, who in turn invite the remaining Greek groups to join in the event. A wide array of Jewish and other campus groups and residential communities also co-sponsor this event which raises money for important charities. The carnival is famous for the entertainment! It typically features carnival games, large attractions, a Battle of the Bands, a costume contest, prize drawings and a Hot Dog and Pie Eating competition. The programs draws between 1500 to 2,000 students annually and has become a much anticipated annual program on the Binghamton campus.

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The Mitzvah Marathon, first held on September 11, 2002, the first anniversary of 9/11, and held each year since on that date, was conceived with the goal of creating a meaningful commemoration of the national tragedy; to give students at Binghamton University a way to turn tears into action. A pavilion offering passers by a choice of “mitzvah (good deeds) opportunities” is set up in a central location on campus for the duration of the day. Students and faculty typically "pledge" to do a good deed in memory of a terrorist victim including (but not limited to) donating blood, visiting patients, helping out in a soup kitchen etc. Each pledge card carries the name and photo of a victim who perished on 9/11. The pledge cards are hung on a memorial wall that grows more arresting with each passing hour of the day. The slogans for the day, “A little light sheds much darkness” and “Twin Towers stand eternal: Goodness and Kindness” find wide resonance among the thousands who take a minute out of their day to make a difference in memory of those who perished. The program is co sponsored with the other Jewish organizations on campus.

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Created with the idea that the ultimate social event could also be educational, My Big Fat Jewish Mock Wedding brings hundreds of students together for a party like no other! With students assuming the roles of the members of the wedding party as well as the caterers, florist and party planners, this is an event that takes months of planning and a huge amount of work but culminates in a joyous evening that leaves every participant thrilled.
The evening includes all of the elements of a traditional Jewish wedding with a reception followed by the Chupah ceremony, dinner and spirited dancing. An on campus venue is transformed into an elegant wedding hall, the wedding party and guests are dressed to the hilt, the food is delicious and the dancing wild. For many students this is the first Jewish “wedding” they have ever attended and is a wonderful way to learn about the important traditions that make it unique.

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In 2003, Chabad of Binghamton introduced a novel way for students to celebrate Chanukah. A few weeks before Chanukah students were asked to donate cans of food (of various sizes) towards the construction of a unique Menorah dubbed the "Light up a Life Menorah". After the construction of a 15 foot menorah made of the cans, and a lighting ceremony that engendered enormous excitement, the Menorah was de-constructed and the over two tons of canned foods were donated to the local food pantry servicing the needy population in Binghamton. The project breathed a new dimension into the traditional Menorah lighting ceremony and united students in a meaningful charity campaign.

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