A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

We've got lots of programs planned for summer here at Chabad. Scroll down on this email to the Schedule of Events to see all the exciting learning and social programs we have planned. Feel free to participate in any that interest you. Take a few moments to review the list and mark your calendar accordingly. I hope to see you.

BTW, we need Kiddush sponsors for Shabbat luncheons for many Shabbats during the summer. For $250 you're a Kiddush sponsor. Let me know if you're up for it. Do it in honor of a birthday, anniversary or yahrzeit. Or just as a way to spend money on something that helps the shul.

Also, I remind you about the Chabad New Year Calendar. It is an excellent opportunity to advertise your business to the local community. Click here for details. Deadline is July 20.

Shabbat Shalom!

Happy 4th!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

From the Desk of the Camp Director
At BGI, camp is in full swing! Our campers loved the Fun Bus on the first day - a school bus filled with slides, trampolines, and toys instead of chairs. The children are working on their swimming skills in the beautiful Manorhaven Pool. We've taken advantage of the beautiful weather - enjoying the outdoors in our playground and on nature walks. The children's smiling faces and laughter brightens up Chabad!

Click to watch

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Play Ball!

Chabad of Port Washington is organizing a Baseball game to compete against a team from Chabad of Great Neck

Date, place and time TBD. Please let us know if you are interested in playing so we can put together the team.

Email Blaine Klusky, blaineklusky@yahoo.com to let us know you'd like to join.
Calendar of Events


Camp Gan Israel

Summer Camp Week 2
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for more info and to register.



Lecture | CHABAD: History and Philosophy
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Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av Video Presentation
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for more info and to register.


Lecture Series

Justice and the War on Terror
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for more info and to register.


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Question of the Week
Question of the week
Why Can't We Have a Double Ring Ceremony?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I am getting married in two months from now, and last night we had a meeting with the rabbi who will be conducting the ceremony. Something came up that I am quite uncomfortable with: the issue of only the groom giving the bride a ring, and not vice versa. This essentially represents to me that I am being purchased. The idea that there is a problem with the bride also giving the groom a ring seems absurd to me. Surely I have as much say in the agreement to be married as my husband-to-be?

I know I am allowed to give the ring after the ceremony. However, I want to exchange rings during the ceremony. Gender equality is a very important issue to me. I am a highly educated woman, and I also value my Jewish identity, but I am quite upset about this. I would like to hear your opinion.


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
  [Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jul 3
8:12 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jul 4
9:20 pm
Torah Portion: Balak

This July 4th weekend wherever you are be a lamplighter this friday evening when shabbat begins 18 minutes before sunset. Please light the shabbat candles at the proper time and usher in peace and tranquility for you, your loved ones, and the world! Please share this message with your jewish friends. Together we can help bring true freedom and independence to all mankind! Candle lighting time in Port Washington is 8:12 pm. It is customary to place a few coins in a charity box before lighting the candles.

Kiddush Calendar

Chabad is looking for upcoming kiddush sponsors. Please let us know if you'd like to be one of them.

Click here to let us know if you can sponsor a kiddush.

Community News


Ben Jaffe 7/3
Dr. Glen Ruben 7/3
Yuri Wasserman 7/3
Rochel Yunis 7/3
Evan Freifeld 7/5
Agam Youssefia 7/5
Kyla Maloul 7/6
Lewis Broad 7/8
David Resnick 7/8
Jaclyn Robinowitz 7/8


Stephanie & Robert Salzbank 7/4

Mr. & Mrs. Yaniv Konfino 7/9


Joseph Farhadian, (Yousef)
7/4/2015 | Tammuz 17, 5775
observed by

Keivan & Thea Farhadian

Ethel Stern, (Etel Bat Eleazer) 7/5/2015 | Tammuz 18, 5775
observed by
Ronald & Lea Beatus

Josef Karp,
(Yosef Shlomo Mordechai Ben Dovid) 7/8/2015 | Tammuz 21, 5775
observed by
Ronald & Lea Beatus

*CLICK HERE to convert any regular calendar date, birthday or Yahrtzeit to its corresponding Jewish-calendar date!

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM
followed by Coffee & Parsha

Friday Evening: 6:30 PM

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch
Saturday night: 10 minutes after the end of Shabbos

Schedule of Classes

Sunday | 9:45 - 10:00 AM

Coffee & Parsha Class

Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

Tanya Class
with Rabbi Paltiel
Saturdays | 8:45-9:30 AM
This Week @ ChabadPW.org
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North America
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Photo Gallery
At the Rebbe's Ohel: General and Personal Petitions for Blessing
Photo Gallery
Photos: At the Rebbe's Ohel Prior to Gimmel Tammuz
News Insight & Commentary
The Charleston Massacre and the End of Mass Murder
Human civilization-the sum total of civilized human behavior-is not keeping pace, and in some very important ways, even regressing.
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Tammuz 16 | July 3
Today in Jewish HistoryGolden Calf Made; Hur Killed (1313 BCE)
  Shabbat Tammuz 17 | July 4
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses Breaks Tablets (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryTemple Service Disrupted (423 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJerusalem Walls Breached (69 CE)
Laws and CustomsFast Day Postponed
Laws and Customs"Three Weeks" Begin
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 6
  Sunday Tammuz 18 | July 5
Fast Day
Today in Jewish HistoryGolden Calf Destroyed (1313 BCE)
Laws and CustomsFast Day
Laws and Customs"The Three Weeks"
  Monday Tammuz 19 | July 6
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rabbi Yitzchak Herzog (1959)
Laws and Customs"The Three Weeks"
  Tuesday Tammuz 20 | July 7
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh ( 1954)
Laws and Customs"The Three Weeks"
Daily Thought
Personal Trainer

All of us come with a built-in spiritual fitness trainer.

The trainer's job is to gauge our spiritual capacity at every step and adjust our program accordingly. Just when things start getting too easy, our trainer will turn up the friction on the standing bicycle or add more weights to the pulley lift.

This innate personal trainer has many titles. It's crucial to know at least some of those titles. If you don't know the identity of this trainer, you might get the idea that you are failing when really you're making great progress.

Most popular title: "the beast within."

See Tanya, book 1, chapter 28.

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Balak

Balak, the king of Moab, summons the prophet Balaam to curse the people of Israel. On the way, Balaam is berated by his donkey, who sees, before Balaam does, the angel that G-d sends to block their way. Three times, from three different vantage points, Balaam attempts to pronounce his curses; each time, blessings issue forth instead. Balaam also prophesies on the end of the days and the coming of Moshiach.

The people fall prey to the charms of the daughters of Moab, and are enticed to worship the idol Peor. When a high-ranking Israelite official publicly takes a Midianite princess into a tent, Pinchas kills them both, stopping the plague raging among the people.