Binghamton University has a long standing tradition of closing for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur but the doors of Chabad stay open. We make sure students remaining in Binghamton feel at home with easy to follow, inspiring services and delicious holiday meals.

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Sukkot is always special at Chabad with a mega sized Sukkah that still seems roomy after 400 have piled in. Holiday meals, pizza in the hut, late nite parties, a Jazz and Rib festival and more, take place in the biggest but homiest Sukkah in Broome County. Chabad also brings the spirit of the holiday to BU with pop up sukkahs placed strategically around campus as well as a Sukkah Mobile that visits locations on and off campus.
Simchat Torah at Binghamton has become legendary. The holiday festivities draw alumni and students from other campuses who come to join us for this exciting and meaningful holiday. The Simchat Torah blast on campus draws hundreds of students for a night of spirited dancing and a memorable show of Jewish pride. Simchat Torah continues at Chabad House the next day with Aliyot, a special Kiddush, the Mitzvah auction and so much more.
Although Chanukah often falls during finals week (other years it falls during the Winter vacation) Chabad sponsors a huge Menorah lighting ceremony replete with holiday treats and entertainment. Since 2000, Chabad has also held a charity raffle drive which always culminates on Chanukah. Chabad students have raised thousands of dollars for crucial charities with this project. Before Chanukah begins, Chabad goes into high gear with the “Lights across Binghamton” campaign making kits with menorahs, candles and the appropriate blessings available to any Jewish student who wants them.

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Purim Rocks at Binghamton with a whole series of holiday themed events.
The season kicks off with Hamantashen baking in which students not only bake treats for themselves but also make enough to deliver to seniors in area residences. The United Purim Service through Chabad allows students to send mishloach manot packages to their friends on and off campus. Chabad also runs a service through which parents can send their children gourmet Mishloach Manot packages. The Purim Carnival Extravaganza is one of the largest student run events held on Binghamton’s campus each year. This event attended by thousands of students, includes, rides, attractions, carnival games, a masquerade competition, a battle of the bands, a hot dog and pie eating contest and so much more, all while raising thousands of dollars for charity. But that’s not all: Chabad runs multiple Megillah readings on and off campus , introduced a Purim Shpiel tradition in 2007, and hosts a Purim Feast to end all feasts. All in all, Purim at BU is memorable.

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While Binghamton University recesses for the first two days of Passover each year, there are always seats at our Seders for students who opt to stay in Binghamton. For the rest of the holiday, Chabad House provides services and holiday dinners for students hungry for holiday spirit and fare.
The Lag B’omer Fest, often held during finals week, is a beautiful way to say good bye for the year with a BBQ, music, games and that special feeling of Jewish community and celebration.