Shabbat in honor of Idan ob"m



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

Please join us this Shabbat in remembering our dear friend, Idan Greenstein, '20, of blessed memory.

Join his parents, siblings, and friends in celebrating an exraordinary life and spirit.

Tributes to Idan will be offered on Friday night during the second shift of dinner and at Shabbat lunch. 

There will be a get-together for friends who want to share memories following Mincha.

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
6:30pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:15pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner

Second Shift
7:45pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services
8:30pm ~ Delicious, home cooked dinner


9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:30pm ~ Shabbat lunch 
1:45pm ~ Mincha services 
7:55pm ~ Seudah Shelishit 
8:55pm ~ Maariv and Havdallah
* 10:00pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens


Shabbat Downtown

Services 7:30pm, Dinner 8pm

Wine and Cheese

Attention seniors:

We invite you to an elegant Wine and Cheese reception on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:00pm.  If you have not yet signed up, please do so ASAP at

If your family will be in Binghamton, they can RSVP for graduation festivities at Chabad here.

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Josh Marcus

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
I am a double major in Psychology and Judaic Studies. I chose Psychology because when I first started Binghamton I was planning on going into Special Education. I added the Judaic Studies major later on in college as I had really loved the Judaic Studies courses I had taken, and realized between those and my Israel Gap year I had mostly completed the major anyway so I decided to finish it. 

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
During my senior year in high school, my mom and I came to Binghamton for an open house. I immediately fell in love with the campus and everything Binghamton had to offer. The incredible Jewish life on campus was just the cherry on top of the cake! From the moment I set foot in Binghamton, I knew I was meant to go here.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I am from Cedarhurst, New York. I went to Rambam Mesivta for High School. 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that every single Jew, no matter their background or affiliation, has a place they can feel welcome and at home. I grew up Orthodox but decided to branch out in college and explored services and events from every denomination. No matter where I went everyone was always so welcoming and warm and it was such a beautiful thing to experience. 

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have a twin brother who lives in Israel and an older sister. 

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
Potato Kugel hands down! 

What is your favorite food?
Fettucine Alfredo 

If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be and why?
Reeses Puff because I am sweet and fun and it’s always an adventure when I am around (if I do say so myself)

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Making Potato Latkes with my grandmother every year on Chanukkah. 

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
Friday night Shabbat dinner. It is always a great feeling to unwind from the week with friends. Shabbat dinner at Chabad always felt so much like home!

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
Learning new ways to stay in touch with my friends that I never even thought could happen. My favorite has to be zoom trivia night! 

Upcoming Events
Cheesecake Bake
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 8:00 pm
Pre-Shavuot no bake Cheescake Bake Text CHEESCAKE to 607-797-0015 to register $3 Masks and Social Distancing required
May 16-18
In Binghamton for Shavuot?
Come listen to the 10 Commandments being read on Monday, May 17, and enjoy cheesecake and iced lattes!
Choose a convenient time:
11:00 during morning services
1:30 after lunch
4:30- text Latte to RSVP
Watch out for information on holiday services and meal!
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 7
7:52 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 8
8:58 pm
Torah Portion: Behar-Bechukotai
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Where is the playwright within the play? Within the lead actor? Behind a rock?

She has invested her entire being within her play. She is present in every detail.

And yet the playwright is nowhere to be found.


Where is the soul within the body?

At the smallest wound in the body, the soul reels in pain. The slightest nuance of the soul is immediately expressed in the body. Grab a living body and you grab a soul.

And yet nowhere within your body will any biologist ever find you, the person, and your will to choose to do what you do.

The body and soul are one, and yet the soul has not become body—and the body without the soul remains only a slab of meat.


Where are you within your own personality?

Are you your feelings? Are you your mind? All these things change and yet you remain the same person.

In every detail of your persona, we find you, all of you. Yet you are none of these, and neither are you all of these.


Where is G‑d within His universe?

Within every detail.

And in none of them.

Beyond and within.

As the Zohar says, “He grasps all things, but none grasp Him.”

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