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
* 5:50pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:00pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner 

Second Shift
7:30pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
8:15pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner 


9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00pm - 12:45pm ~ Shabbat Kiddush 
5:15pm ~ Mincha services 
5:45 ~ Seudah Shelishit 
* Maariv and Havdallah
8:00pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Alyssa Wengrofsky
What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
I'm a political science major with a health and wellness minor. I chose this major sophomore year because I loved the political science classes. Once I started taking all my health and wellness courses, I realized how passionate I am about fitness and nutrition. This has pushed me to pursue a masters in dietetics after I graduate! 

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton University because of its jewish community. I wanted a school where I can be away from home, but still have a jewish community where I can feel comfortable and at home. 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that everyone, especially chabad, is so welcoming. It was so nice to be able to come to Binghamton and easily make friends who share the same values that I do. 

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I'm from Long Island (the five towns) and I went to HAFTR!

Do you have any siblings?
I have two older siblings- Aaron (28) and Nicole (25). 

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Definitely potato kugel….you can never go wrong with potato kugel :)

What is your favorite food?
Pizza…but ice cream comes close. 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
I love Chanukah. When I was really young, my school would have a day where would make our own menorahs. I remember loving it and I’ve kept all of them!

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
I have always loved staying in Binghamton for Sukkot. It was super fun to eat in the Sukkah with all of my friends! I especially love the zucchini soup :) 

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
My favorite lockdown experience is definitely a tie between making abnormal amounts of banana bread and working out outdoors with my family because the gyms were closed. It was actually really nice to be able to spend that much time outdoors!

Upcoming Events
Supper with Study-Beit Midrash
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7-7:30pm enjoy a delicious dinner, featuring poke bowls.
7:30-8:30pm Chavruta study of any topic of your choice or join a Chabura discussion.
Text Supper and Study to 607-797-0015 to RSVP.
Mega Challah Bake
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 - 7:00 pm
This will be different, this will be HUGE. Get ready Binghamton!
Students - $3 for a special gift and ingredients kit.
Pay cash at pickup. Text MEGA CHALLAH BAKE to 6077970015 to RSVP and pick a location.
Bake delicious Challah, join with Binghamton, friends and alumni for an amazing and fun challah bake!
Shabbat, Nov. 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Compete in this fun and highly competitive Jewpardy game. Create your own team or come as an individual. Enjoy complimentary pizza and other treats.  Sign up at

More Info »
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Oct. 30
5:42 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Oct. 31
6:41 pm
Torah Portion: Lech-Lecha
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Before He brought the cosmos into being, all that now exists was no more than a question in His mind, a counterpoint of ideas, pondering, “Should it be? Or should it not?”

Then, from that thought He created all things, and out of all things He formed Adam.

“And He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living being.”

So Adam awoke and he began to ponder: Is there really a world? Should there be a world? Why should there be anything at all? Is it worthwhile?

And now that is the struggle within each of us.

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