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

Megillah Readings - Friday, Feb. 26

8am - 2pm - Every Hour on the Hour at Chabad center

10am - Outdoor Megillah Reading, Chabad Parking lot

12pm - Outside C4, Dickinson side lower entrance

3pm - Last Megillah Reading at Chabad Center and Downtown

RSVP Necessary ~ text MEGILLAH to 607-797-0015

Shabbat at Chabad

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

Shabbat Highlights 

6:00pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:00-7:30pm ~ Shabbat dinner to-go

9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00-12:30pm ~ Shabbat lunch to-go
* 12:40pm ~ Mincha
6:30pm ~Maariv and Havdallah
8:00pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens, take-out only


If you or a friend are in quarantine and need food for Shabbat to be delivered, please contact Rivky at [email protected] with the dorm, room number, and cell phone number.

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Mia Raskin

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
My major is Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. I chose this because it's what I'm passionate about! 

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton University for the incredibly committed Jewish community and impressive business school.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I am from Potomac, Maryland and I graduated from Berman Hebrew Academy in 2019 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that no matter your background or the way you connect to your Jewish identity, there's a place for you to explore your Judaism on campus.

Do you have any siblings?
I have two! Nessa, a senior in high school and Ezra, an eighth grader.

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
I am a BIG gefilte fish fan.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is ice cream! ESPECIALLY Ben and Jerry's.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish childhood memory is Sukkot with my family, I love decorating it and then filling our temporary outdoor home with fun guests.

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
My favorite Chabad experience is Seudah Shlishit, while Shabbat is winding down it's nice to nosh on leftovers, sing a little before Shabbat is over, and just shmooze before the week gets crazy again.

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
My favorite lockdown experiences at school have been the improvised Shabbat dinners on the Newing quad or in random dorm lounge rooms. 

At home, it's been very nice to get some extra family bonding time; playing board games during the week and not just on Shabbat! 
Upcoming Events
jLearn Registration Open
jLearn offers focused mini courses aimed at exploring the "why" and "how" of Judaism. Whether it's Jewish history, ethics, or digging beneath the surface of our rituals and traditions, particiate in a course that interests YOU.
jLearn classes begin the week of March 8th. To register visit

The Sinai Scholars Society offers a fresh and exciting context for Jewish life and learning, with thought-provoking classes, social activities, and national networking opportunities, offered to Jewish students with limited formal Judaic schooling. Sinai Scholars  invites students to engage in an open community of study and self-discovery. The program includes eight classes, an exciting trip and Shabbaton, and a $350 stipend upon completion.

Registration is now open for spring '21.  Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings, 8:00 PM
Limited space available. 
For more information or to join, visit

GNO-Dorm Decor
Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm
Use different methods to stain wood, and paint a quote on a beautiful wooden board.
$5 entry
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb. 26
5:33 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Feb. 27
6:34 pm
Torah Portion: Tetzaveh
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

There is a quiet happiness: an inner sense of bliss, the innocent joy of a small child, one of wonderment and gratitude. It is a happiness to carry with you at all times.

Then there are those seasons when happiness blooms for all to see, bursting out in song, in dance, in celebration. A festival, a wedding, a time to feast and rejoice with family and friends.

But the ultimate happiness is the joy of Purim. It is no longer about you, your family, your life. It is about making others laugh, bringing smiles to the weary, celebration to those who feel abandoned, a feast to those who had lost all hope.

It is a season for breaking out of yourself, out of your character, out of all those bounds you have set for yourself—“beyond knowing.”

The light of Purim knows no bounds.

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