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

This Shabbat is sponsored in memory of our father and grandfather, Allen Lederman (Elya Leb ben Yisroel Lazar) by

Lori ('87) and Marc ('87) Ben-Ezra
Ilana ('14 and '15) and Mendel,

Rena ('17 and '18) and Joey ('19), and Zack ('22)

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 

4:15pm ~ 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 
4:15pm ~ Seudah Shelishit 
5:15pm ~ Maariv and Havdallah
7:30pm ~ Chabad Cafe opens


Live downtown? Join Chabad at 60 Henry Street
Kabbalat Shabbat 7pm
Dinner 7:30pm


The Chabad Fitness Center is now open for use to all students free of charge, with separate men's and women's hours as posted.

Sign in is required on the sign-in sheets at the Fitness Center.  Equipment must be disinfected after use with the supplies provided.

Jewish Bearcat of the Week
Featuring Scott Mayer

Why did you choose Binghamton University?
I chose Binghamton University because of its vibrant Jewish life.

What is your favorite book? Why?
My Favorite book is probably anything by John Grisham. I really like his style of writing and his books are really exciting to read.

Where are you from?  Where did you go to high school?
I am from Great Neck, New York and I went to North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. I also spent a gap year in Yeshivat Lev Hatorah.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love Friday night dinner at Chabad. The ability to meet so many new people from so many different places is amazing. 

Do you have any siblings?
I have two siblings, a younger sister and a younger brother.

What is your favorite Jewish food?  
My favorite Jewish food is my mom's homemade Schnitzel. 

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Heinz tomato Ketchup. Ever since I was a little kid I've eaten it with every meal. It also goes really well with the shnitzel.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish memory is going to shul with my dad every week and being able to sit with him and develop an appreciation for davening.

What is your favorite Chabad experience?
My Favorite Chabad Experience has been leading Davening on Friday night. I really enjoy singing and dancing with the entire community.

What's your favorite lockdown experience?
My favorite lockdown experience was last year on Thanksgiving. I was in Israel and my roommates and I were quarantined together. We had a huge Thanksgiving meal together. Even though we couldn't be with our immediate families, we really bonded a lot that night.


Upcoming Events
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!
Donate at:
Final TLC
Dec. 12-17, 2021 
Studying for finals? We have quite and inviting study space! Enjoy some yummy food and comforting vibes!
Midnight Madness
Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 - 10:30 pm
Take a break from studying for your finals!
Plus get in a meal before the fast (Asarah BTevet)!
This is Midnight Madness like never before!
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Dec. 3
4:15 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec. 4
5:19 pm
Torah Portion: Mikeitz
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

At the threshold of liberation, darkness filled the land of Egypt. Yet in the homes of those to be liberated, there was only light.

Light is our true place and light is our destiny. As dawn approaches, darkness shakes heaven and earth in the final throes of its demise. But those who belong to light and cleave to it with all their hearts have nothing to fear.

Even as they fall into the deepest caverns where no stone glimmers, no path yields promise, and all meaning seems unfathomable, even there that light will lead them. It will reveal to them the treasures that lie there, that they must rescue for their own liberation.

All is truly light. For darkness is created to vanish, but light is forever.

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