For the first time in history, more than 1,500 people attended the Shabbat 1500 event on Friday night at Binghampton University.
Chabad’s annual event was co-sponsored the Student Association, Hillel-JSU, the Elaine Heumann Memorial Foundation and a few social and professional fraternities. Students were encouraged to bring their friends to the 6 p.m. dinner at the Events Center.
Chabad at Binghamton started the tradition as Shabbat 1000, aiming to unite Jewish students for a night of relaxation, celebration and friendship. In 2008, the event was renamed Shabbat 1500 after several years of surpassing the 1,000-attendee mark. These events have spread across the country to over 15 other campuses.
Harvard, Tulane, Cornell, Yale, Carnegie Mellon and University of Vermont all have their own Shabbat 1000 events. The event required weeks of planning from hundreds of volunteers. Students in Chabad helped cook and prepare 530 pounds of chicken and cold cuts, 280 pounds of challah and more.
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