Twenty-nine years ago, Binghamton University’s Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life began what has become a longstanding tradition — hosting a large gathering for a Shabbat dinner. It has been replicated on more than 50 campuses throughout the world; still, Binghamton maintains the national record for gathering the largest number of students in one place for a Shabbat dinner. Shabbat 1000 (2000 in Binghamton) is a national Chabad on Campus initiative.
This year’s 29th annual Shabbat 2000 dinner at Binghamton on March 24 drew more than 2,000 students to a meaningful Shabbat dinner.
BU’s president, Harvey Stenger, joined other members of the school’s faculty and administration at the dinner. This year’s Shabbat 2000 also celebrated the year of hakhel or “gathering,” a biblical event brought to modern times as a year of unity, education, and spiritual growth.