The Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life celebrated a quarter century since its founding with a Gala 25th Anniversary Dinner held in October in the historic Gotham Hall in New York City. Close to 600 guests largely comprised of alumni spanning the years 1985 to 2010 and parents of students past and present attended the dinner. Honored at the dinner were Lori and Marc Ben Ezra, both of the year 1987 (their daughter Ilana will be a freshman at Binghamton University next year), who represented the years 1985-1990; Steven Katz ‘91, who represented 1990-1995; Naomi ‘97 and Ari ‘95 Rosenfeld, representing the years 1995-2000; Stacy ‘01 and Stuart ‘00 Mayer, representing the years 2000-2005; and Meeka and David Natanov, both ‘05, representing the alumni of the last five years. Rabbi Aaron Slonim announced the founding an endowment fund to help ensure financial stability for Chabad into the future and the launching of an interactive alumni website that would help strengthen the ties of Chabad of Binghamton graduates. The event included video presentations that introduced the award presentations to honorees, a presentation by the current Chabad student executive board, personal reflections by the honorees and greetings from Rabbi and Rivky Slonim, Barry Newman, president of Chabad’s board of trustees, Brian Rose, vice president of student affairs at Binghamton University and George Rohr, chairman of the Chabad on Campus International Board of Trustees.
The Chabad Center
November 30, 2010