Jewish Bearcat of the Week



Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University 
420 Murray Hill Avenue ~ Vestal, NY 13850 ~ [email protected] ~ 607-797-0015

Shabbat at Chabad

For the health and safety of our community, RSVP is required for all Shabbat meals.   Text Events to 607-797-0015 to RSVP.

Shabbat Highlights 

Friday Night

First Shift

6:00pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:00pm - 8:15pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner 

Second Shift
8:00pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
8:40pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner 


9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00pm - 12:45pm ~ Shabbat Kiddush 
* 6:45pm ~ Mincha services 
* 7:15pm ~ Seudah Shelishit 
* Maariv and Havdallah
* 9:30pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens

Looking forward to seeing you!

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Adam Cohen

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
Computer Science. Since I was young, I was always interested in computers. I would often take them apart, look at all the parts--not knowing what they do--and then put it all back together. I took a couple comp sci classes in high school and I loved it. 

What is your favorite book? Why?
The Food Lab by J.Kenji Lopez-Alt: I'm only halfway done with it but it's already my favorite book. It's kind of a mix between a textbook and cookbook that combines food science with recipes. It's super informative and teaches me a lot about cooking. 

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
Oakland, California. I went to Jewish Community High School Of The Bay; a small Jewish school in San Francisco. 

Do you have any siblings?
I have one amazing sister. She's 22 and lives in Israel. 

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
Sufganiyot. I mean it's a Jelly donut, need I say more? 

What is your favorite food?
Pizza. It's such a simple food, yet it is so hard to make well. When I'm back home, I make it every Thursday for my family. 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
All my best memories have come from Shabbat when I was a kid. Every Saturday I would walk over to my friends house and just hangout for hours and hours. We played Settlers Of Catan, played with hot-wheels, had nerf gun fights, and talked. Those were the good old days. 

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
I took a road trip from California to The Hamptons. One of the highlights was seeing Madison, Wisconsin. It was a very unexpectedly nice little college town with two beautiful lakes in the middle of it. Also made some amazing memories during the trip. 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee a lot. I'm on the club team here at Binghamton. We usually practice during the week and go to tournaments once or twice a month. I also very much enjoy cooking, baking, and making pizza. Unfortunately, I live on campus so I do not have many opportunities to cook but when I am home I cook every day.  

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The challah. That stuff is so good. Whenever I come to Chabad, I stupidly fill up on challah before the actual meal is ready. 

Upcoming Events - Text Events to 607-797-0015 to RSVP
Freshman Funday
Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020 - 12:00 pm
*For New Students
Ever wonder what the city of Binghamton has to offer? Join us for a day of discovery and fun as we visit some of Binghamton’s favorite destinations.

Monday, Sep. 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Have a fun night with the guys!
Inter-Greek BBQ
Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Calling all Greeks!
Join us for a delicious BBQ, surprise attraction and all your Greek, Jewish friends at Chabad! We are going to have more fun than should be legal!
Mitzvah Marathon
Friday, Sep. 11, 2020 - 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
You CAN Make a Difference! Remember 9/11 & all victims of terror. Join in the BU Mitzvah (Good Deed) Marathon Fair Marking the 19th anniversary of September 11.
Stop by & do a Mitzvah on the spot or pledge to do a Mitzvah at a later date. There will be many options to choose from.
A mega blood drive will take place; stop by & save a life!

Chabad Apple Picking
Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020 - 2:30 pm
Fall Apples and Upstate NY are an unstoppable combination.
Enjoy a trip to the orchard, pick the freshest, most delicious apples right off of the trees.

Taste of Rosh Hashana
Monday, Sep. 14, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Bake Rosh Hashanah treats, take some home with you, and learn about the themes and lessons of the holiday!
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Sep. 4
7:14 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep. 5
8:12 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Tavo
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Do not pray.

Prayer means to ask for something. Sometimes there’s something to ask for, so you pray. Sometimes there’s nothing to ask for. So you don’t pray.

But Jews don’t pray. Jews practice tefillah.

Tefillah means to bond. Bond with the Infinite Light from which all things come.

Because your essential self is in perpetual bond with that light.

It’s only that now you’ve become tied up with a body. The body needs stuff. You get tied up with that stuff. Your bond with the light can become weakened.

So every day there are times for reconnecting. Refreshing that bond. Tightening that bond.

That’s why tefillah is for everybody, at any time.

Even someone who has no needs must still reconnect every day.

And if you do have needs, ask for them by connecting. Bond yourself with the Infinite Light, so that divine energy will come through you and into our world to heal the sick, to cause the rain to fall, to give life.

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