Jeff Kahn to discuss business at BD luncheon

Beth David’s Saturday, February 8, luncheon speaker will be Jeff Kahn, who will speak on “Building a Community: Jeff Kahn and the History of Cyber Café West.” Kahn was the owner of Cyber Café West for 22 years. Beth David’s luncheon speaker series takes place the second Saturday of the month after Shabbat morning services and is open to the community. There is no charge for the luncheon. 
“Cyber Café West was well-known as a music venue that also served food and had a game room on the second floor,” said luncheon organizers. “According to social media, Cyber Café West hosted approximately 5,000 shows. When it closed its doors in June, posts on Facebook lamented what had become a special place for locals as well as for visitors. As one fan put it, ‘One of my all time favorite places!! Amazing vegetarian and vegan deliciousness, great live entertainment, super draft selection! Gonna miss you so bad!! Binghamton will NOT be the same without you, Cyber!????’”
What made Kahn want to buy the building where the Cyber Café was housed? What did Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility discover about the building’s past when it did excavations under its parking lot in 2007? How did being Jewish influence some of the problem-solving techniques Kahn used in previous business affairs, and how did this impact his vision of what Cyber would become? These are some of the questions that Kahn will address in his talk.
Kahn graduated from Binghamton University in 1984 with a degree in philosophy. He was the owner of Cyber Café West from 1997 until 2019. He is currently a technical writer for McIntosh Labs in Conklin. “Since graduating,” Kahn said, “I have done many things that had little to do with philosophy, except that I thought about what I was doing. My talk will focus on the business of community.”
Since the monthly series’ continuation depends on the generosity of contributors, Beth David welcomes and appreciates donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Those wishing an acknowledgment to be sent to the person being honored or to the family of someone being remembered can indicate that, along with the necessary information. Donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905, Attention: Luncheon Fund.