Jewish Bearcat of the Week + Jewpardy!



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 ~ 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 
* 1:15pm ~ Mincha services 
4:30 ~ Seudah Shelishit 
* Maariv and Havdallah
* 8:00pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens

Jewpardy! - Saturday night, Nov. 7, 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

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Alex Blumenthal

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
I am a chemistry and materials science major. I chose that major because I wanted to understand the science behind why everyday objects behave the way they do. Why are certain materials shiny while others are dull? Hard vs soft. Opaque vs transparent. Even the sound that objects produce can be characterized and explained.

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton University because of the many research opportunities that are available. It is relatively easy to get research experience early on here.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I'm from Easton, Pennsylvania and I went to Easton Area High School. My graduating class was over 700 students but very few of them were Jewish.

What is your favorite book? Why?
I don't read that much but I do have a favorite movie which is Interstellar.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love the diversity of Jewish life on campus. You can meet Jews from so many backgrounds. Some are reform while others are religious. Many of their parents are from Israel while others have had generations in America. Some even have experience in the IDF.

Do you have any siblings?
I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. They are all older than me. One of them also went to Binghamton.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
My favorite Jewish food is matza ball soup.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is steak. You can't go wrong with a nice juicy steak.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish childhood memory would be going to Israel for the first time. That first bus ride from Ben Gurion is unforgettable.

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
My favorite Chabad experience would be meeting everyone on my Birthright trip and getting to know them.

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
My favorite lockdown experience would be finishing flight lessons while not having to worry about in-person classes.

Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Nov. 6
4:33 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov. 7
5:34 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeira
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Abraham passed ten tests in his lifetime. But why did G‑d need to test him? Doesn’t G‑d know what is in a man’s heart?

But when G‑d challenges you, the challenge itself lifts you higher, much higher, to a place you could never reach on your own. It reveals entirely hidden capacities, granting you access to powers you never imagined you had. 

When G‑d throws you a challenge, don’t say, “I cannot pass this test. It’s beyond me.” It may be true that you were never capable. But thanks to this challenge, now you are.

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