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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, 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 ~ Shabbat dinner to-go, first shift
7:30pm ~ Shabbat dinner to-go, second shift

9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00-12:30pm ~ Shabbat lunch to-go
12:40pm ~ Mincha
6:35pm ~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, sign up at

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Interested in learning more about Judaism? Expanding your knowledge base? Deepening your understanding and feeling of connection?

 jLearn is your opportunity to do all of that and more! With nine great mini-courses, jLearn has an offering for people on any and all levels of Jewish knowledge and those with no previous experience in Jewish learning as well! 

Registration closes on Sunday, March 7th, so sign up now at!

Passover in Binghamton

Chabad will be providing Seders and Passover holiday meals.  Please take a moment to fill out this survey so that we can plan accordingly.

We urge you to fill out the survey whether you plan on going home or staying in Binghamton, so we can get an accurate count!

Bikur Cholim Coordinator

Chabad has the paid internship position of Bikur Cholim Coordinator available.  This student will be responsible to coordinate the delivery of chicken soup to students requesting such when they do not feel well. 
Email Rabbi Slonim to apply.

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Anny Safier

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
Right now I am undecided but I am strongly leaning towards a social work degree because it looks like a job that is really needed in these times and is one where I can combine activities I am passionate about into easily. 

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton because of the Jewish life as well as the extremely helpful office of disability services which other schools around me do not have as good of. 

What is your favorite book? Why?
As a bookworm, I could be reading three or four different books at the same time, but one that enthralled me the most would be the mortal instruments series.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I am from Fairlawn New Jersey and attended Frisch for high school. 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
What I like about the Jewish life on campus is that there are so many opportunities and things to get involved in that I’m always busy and meeting up with friends despite social distancing. 

Do you have any siblings?
I have an older brother, Justin.

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
My favorite Jewish food would have to be brisket, barbecued is better but plain is really good too. 

If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be and why?
I love a lot of cereals but the one that would describe me is Chocolate Chex because sometimes I want sweeter and others not as sweet.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish childhood experience would have to be Chai Lifeline Shabbatons where I made friends in the community who I have kept in touch with and going to school with even until today. 

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
While all the experiences I’ve had at Chabad are a lot of fun, I would have to say the Friday night and holiday meals are definitely the best, whether I am sitting with people in the dining room or if we are all enjoying our meals outside while the weather was still nice. 

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
My favorite lockdown experiences would be a tie between helping make my family's first Pesach at home, which ended up being better than some of the years we’ve gone away, and the first time I made a Shabbos meal  for my family.

Upcoming Events
Sinai Scholars Society
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
Fashions for a Cure
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021
Join us on Zoom for Fashion for a Cure! Raising money for Sharsheret to help those with breast & ovarian cancer. Register for the event at and donate at Follow @fashionforacure2021 to see the prizes in the prize drawing.
GNO-Dorm Decor
Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm
Join us for GNO - Dorm decor! 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, Mar. 5
5:41 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar. 6
6:42 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Tisa / Parah
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Standing there, looking down from Mount Sinai, Moses had to make a decision.

In his hands, he held two tablets, the work of G‑d, engraved by G‑d with His own words. No objects more precious than these two stone tablets had ever materialized in this universe.

Below, he beheld his people in the debauchery of their sin, worshipping a golden calf only forty days after hearing from G‑d Himself, “You shall have no other gods.”

If Moses would hold onto the tablets, he would have to deliver them, and then, he knew, none of those who had any involvement with the golden calf would have a chance of survival. He was their leader, their shepherd.

Yet it was to receive the Torah that he had liberated the people from Egypt and brought them here. It was to receive the Torah that he had ascended the mountain and lived as a heavenly being, without food, water or sleep, for 40 days and 40 nights. For Moses, these two tablets lay at the very essence of his being.

And now, Moses had to decide: Are the people here to keep the Torah, or is the Torah here to liberate the souls of the people?

So he shattered the tablets. And he saved the people.

And with that, Moses established forever the relationship between the Torah and the people.

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