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 ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner 

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


9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00pm - 12:45pm ~ Shabbat Kiddush 
1:15pm ~ Mincha services 
5:30 ~ Seudah Shelishit 
* Maariv and Havdallah
8:00pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens

Student Mishloach Manot

Do you want to send your friends a Mishloach Manot?  Show them how much you care!

Order by 11PM Tuesday, February 23rd
Pick up packages on Thursday, February 25th 
9:30am - 4:30pm from Chabad

- Regular package for an individual:  $1 each
- Suite Package for a suite of friends: $6
- Deluxe package for a special friend:  $6

Click here to order.

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Seth Silverman

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
I am undecided in the School of Management. I chose the School of Management because of all of the unique opportunities and majors that they offer and I am super excited to explore all of them.

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton because of the amazing educational and religious opportunities and I have not been disappointed. Binghamton University has given me a chance to excel in my studies while the Jewish community creates so many circumstances for me to step up and get involved.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I was born and raised in New Milford, NJ and went to Frisch for high school.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love how the Jewish community is big enough to feel like everyone has a huge support system around them while also being small enough to give everyone a chance for leadership opportunities to make the community their own in their own special way. 

Do you have any siblings?
I have an older brother and an older sister.

What is your favorite Jewish food? 
Schnitzel... Not even a question.

If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be and why?
I'd want to be Captain Crunch because it's a classic and I don't know anyone who doesn't like it. 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
I think every summer in a Jewish summer camp would be my favorite Jewish memory. The ruach and comradery of everyone in a small Jewish summer camp like the one I went to mixed with the competitiveness of the daily sports competitions are unmatched anywhere else. 

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
Friday night Shabbos dinners are definitely my favorite Chabad experiences since that's when you can sit back and realize that your tough week is over and enjoy the whole Binghamton Jewish community. And of course Rivky's food is the best.

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
I was actually in quarantine over Rosh Hashanah so for every meal the other Jews in quarantine and I would take the food that Chabad gave us for the chag and eat it at the doors of our rooms so we could at least have a nice Yuntif meal together. 

Upcoming Events
Hamantashen Bake Off
Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 - 7:30 pm
Come bake delicious holday cookies and take some home with you!
Some of the Hamantashen will be delivered to residents in nursing homes and patients in hospitals.
Charge is $2
Pre-Purim Chaburah
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7-7:30pm enjoy a delicious dinner
7:30-8:30pm Enjoy student-led exploration of Purim themes, dinner and Purim treats!
Text Chaburah to 607-797-0015 to RSVP
Purim on Wheels
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 7:45 pm - JCC Binghamton parking lot, 500 Clubhouse Rd 
The annual Purim Carnival will be taking place as Purim-On-Wheels! Starting with an entertaining drive-in opening event featuring a special video performance from Nissim Black, as well as fun games and competitions, and continuing with a Purim themed parade throughout Binghamton. 

Cost: $3 (cash only upon entry)

Check out @Purim_On_Wheels2021 on Instagram to find information about participating in the prize drawing.

Register at
Purim Seudah/Shabbat Celebration
Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 - 4:15 pm
4 :15pm -  Purim Seudah to be catered by Izzy's BBQ Smokehouse!
Yeah! The Award Winning place that EVERYONE is talking about!
Plus Music, Open Bar for those over 21, and so much more. Capacity is limited and will be first come, first served.
Come dressed for Shabbat!

Featuring: Pores Mapah Umekadesh. At 5:30pm we will go right into candle lighting, Kiddush, Shabbos Kodesh matzo ball soup, Ice Cream Bar dessert and benching, after which we will do Kabalat Shabbat!

The second Shabbat dinner will be at 8:00pm
By reservation only at

Pre-paid by 2/19 $18
from 2/21 -2/23 $22
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb. 19
5:24 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb. 20
6:26 pm
Torah Portion: Terumah / Zachor
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

The original emblem of the Jewish people is the seven-branched Menorah that stood in the inner chamber of the Tabernacle and the Temple.

The Menorah shone light to a dark world. It also embodied the two opposites that make us a nation.

On the one hand, the Menorah has seven branches, just as there are seven sorts of Jews, each with their own particular light, each serving their own distinct purpose, each with their own distinct meaning in life.

On the other hand, these branches were not manufactured individually and then soldered together. The entire Menorah was drawn out of a single ingot of gold.

This is the Jewish people, a magnificent paradox: We are one who shine as many.

And what do we shine: That one day, all of humanity will be one who shine as many.

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