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 

* 4:27pm ~ Light Shabbat candles in the Chabad social hall
* 5:15pm ~ Discussion of the weekly Parsha with Rabbi Ohana
6:00pm ~ Spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services 
7:00pm ~ Delicious, full course, home cooked dinner
* Dessert buffet

9:30am ~ Shabbat morning services 
* 12:00pm ~ Shabbat lunch
* Mincha services 
4:30pm ~ Seudah Shelishit 
5:25pm ~ Maariv and Havdallah
7:30pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens

Family Feud: Jewish Edition
Saturday night, November 13, 7:00pm

Join this exciting and highly competitive Torah game and have a great time with friends! Enjoy complimentary pizza and other treats!

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Registration advising for freshmen
Sunday, November 14th at 6:30pm at Chabad

Meet with upperclassmen from all majors to help you pick your classes and learn some tips and tricks!

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Seth Rosenblatt

What is your major, and why did you decide to pursue this degree?
Electrical Engineering. I knew I wanted to pursue engineering as a kid. Both of my parents are engineers and I loved going into the workspace to learn and just experience the different tools they use.

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton because of the Jewish life and the ability to drive home for the weekends. I went to public school from 5th-12th grade and I knew I wanted a community that had a larger Jewish population in it and one that had a huge support community behind.

What is your favorite book? Why?
My favorite book has to be the 5th book in the Percy Jackson series, “The Last Olympian”. That book is the definition of an epic finale. All the characters come together for a epic battle to defend the world against a wave of evil. It just felt so cool to read it as a kid.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I’m from White Plains, NY. I went to White Plains senior high school.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that there are so many different options on what you can do. There are a multitude of different dinner options and davening options on Friday night. It can be overwhelming but there is so much joy in it. I love being able to see all of my friends at all the different places and knowing that despite that we are all doing different things and going different places we are all being united under being Jewish.

Do you have any siblings?
I have one younger sister at Cornell named Amy, and I don’t know if they truly count, but I also have 4 dogs at home: Motek, Bella, Maizy and Gus.

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
My favorite Jewish food has to be matza ball soup. But you need to have mini mandels on top of it or it isn’t complete. It just reminds me of chagim with my family and Friday night dinners.

What is your favorite food?
I think my favorite food has to be grilled cheese and tomato soup. It was my comfort food that my mom showed me and now it is what I use to recover from a cold or any sickness.

If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be and why?
I would definitely be Honey Bunches of Oats. As a whole there is so many flavors that individually are so delicious and sweet.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish childhood memories definitely has to be all the Shabbat activities I would do. There was a field in a very Jewish area of town that every Shabbat afternoon during the summer tons of people will gather around and just play baseball and ultimate frisbee. No matter which community you go to, there will always be board games and sports being played on Shabbat which are some of my favorite afternoon activities

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
My favorite Chabad experience definitely had to be Shabbat 1800 my freshman year. I never thought it would have been possible to see that many people in one place.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Find your hidden chef within and join us for a grand Master Chef! Pure entertainment and even better food for all!

Text GNO to RSVP
Grand BU Menorah Car Parade
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 - 7:00 pm
Join the 5th BU Menorah Car Parade! The parade will begin at 7:00pm and will conclude on campus with a beautiful Menorah lighting!
Toy Drive Culminating Event
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 - 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Join us for a culminating celebration of the toy drive along with a GRAND toy display and special greetings!
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Nov. 12
4:27 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov. 13
5:28 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeitzei
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Why must we have jobs? Why can’t our bread fall from heaven?

It does. Everything you earn is manna from heaven. But can you eat manna from heaven?

So that manna has to get from its heavenly state down to an earthly form you can handle, step by difficult step.

And for you to bring it to that final, most difficult step, to become a part of this physical world—for that, you need a normal job in this physical world.

What’s important to know is that the job doesn’t create anything. It just provides packaging and delivery.

To create the income, you need to work with heaven. Up there, it’s your contribution towards bringing heaven down to earth that counts.

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