Chabad to celebrate 30 years at Binghamton on May 5
May 4, 2016Tweet
Binghamton University students, faculty and administrators will join members of the local Binghamton community in marking three decades of service by the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University at a celebratory event Thursday, May 5, to be held at the Rohr Chabad Center at 420 Murray Hill Rd. in Vestal.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and includes a buffet dinner and cocktail party; a Viennese dessert spread will follow the formal program which will begin at 7:30 p.m. A journal has been prepared to mark this event.
Founded by Rabbi Aaron Slonim and his wife Rivkah in January 1985, Chabad at Binghamton is a branch of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement established by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory. Over the three decades of its growth, the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life has become a Binghamton institution. Chabad has welcomed tens of thousands of students spanning two generations through its doors, and despite its steady growth is still widely referred to as a “home away from home.”
The Chabad Center includes a sanctuary, lounges, a research library, a game room, a fitness room and a dining room that accommodates up to 500 students for dinner. “Chabad is a nerve center of activity 24/7, hosting religious services, Shabbat and holiday dinners, celebrations, lectures, social events, classes, workshops and meetings of all kinds” said Rabbi Levi Slonim, director of programming and development at Chabad. “But Chabad is not contained within its walls – it brings its energy to campus with a wide variety of campus-wide programming and celebrations.”
As one of the largest and most active of all student groups on campus, Chabad’s signature campuswide events that include Shabbat 1800, the annual Mitzvah Marathon commemorating 9/11, the Purim Carnival Extravaganza and others are known to students of all faiths and social circles.
“Chabad has played an integral role in the lives of thousands of students at Binghamton University,” said Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger. “We are grateful to have an organization on campus that values community as much as we do, and we look forward to Chabad’s next 30 years.”
Guests of honor at the May 5 event will be Michael R. Wright and Sandra and Roy Paston.
“We are elated and indeed feel privileged that we can recognize three special and greatly beloved members of our local community. Michael Wright has been at our side since day one —he actually incorporated Chabad of Binghamton in 1985 — serving in the capacities of president and vice president for many years. His wise counsel and constant assistance have been vastly instrumental in the development of Chabad of Binghamton.
“Roy and Sandra Paston came to Chabad a bit later but embraced and ‘adopted’ us with zeal and love. There is always something they find to do at and for Chabad; a million and one ways to help in the smooth function of the organization. Having friends such as Michael, Roy and Sandy is a blessing and being able to recognize them properly is a deep pleasure,” said Rabbi Aaron Slonim, executive director of Chabad.
The couvert for the evening is $75. A special price of $18 is being extended to students. Reservations can be made at www.JewishBU.com/dinner.