A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Another line up of exciting events and programs coming up:

- Don't miss services tomorrow morning, a SISTERHOOD SHABBAT, celebrating OUR MOTHERS! Services 9:30am; Torah reading 10:15am; Rabbi's MOTHER'S DAY sermon & Sisterhood Dvar Torah (by Co-Prez Tami Ruben) approx. 11:30; Mother's Day Kiddush luncheon sponsored by Sisterhood at noon. Special Sisterhood TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS during lunch.

- Hebrew School graduation/Lag B'Omer BBQ for Hebrew School families: Sunday May 18

- JLI's new adult ed course entitled Paradigm Shift begins a week from Sunday, May 18. In honor of the Rebbe's 20th yahrzeit (anniversary of passing) this July, this course will present the Rebbe's revolutionary thinking on a host of important areas in life. Click here for info and to register. It's going to be a real journey, learning "from the Rebbe"!

- Our 23rd anniversary dinner coming up on June 2nd. You can RSVP above; invitations will be in your mailbox within a couple days. Something really special happening at this year's dinner: Felix Sater, our Man of the Year, will be completing a new Torah Scroll in memory of his beloved father. It'll be something special to be a part of such a historic moment at our Chabad. Plus lively, fun and delicious as always.

See you real soon!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel

Mitzvah Day in Port Washington!
Mitzvah Day

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Mitzvah Day representing Chabad! We operated a number of mitzvah projects including a blood drive and many mitzvah collections of canned foods and clothing.

Mitzvah Day
Rabbi Z & Rabbi P celebrating MITZVAH DAY at Community Synagogue with Tefillin!

In honor of Mitzvah Day, I spent the morning along with my son Berel at the Community Synagogue offering our fellow Jews to put on tefillin. We spent two hours and people were putting on tefillin continuously, without stop! More than 50 people put on tefillin with us.

Click here for a sampling of a few photos.

In the News
Chasidishe Derher

The Ultimate Partner

Story about our Man of the Year Felix Sater featured in this month's "Chasidishe Derher" - an internal Chabad - Lubavitch publication

Click here to read.

Become a Minyanaire

Who wants to be a MINYANAIRE?
Monday & Thursday mornings | Services at 7:00-7:45 AM

We welcome new member to minyaniare's club Mr. Alan Jaffe!

Thank you to the current MINYANAIRES:

Howard Abrahams
Ron Bieber
David Eidiltz
Burt Falkenstein
Sam Glasser
Michael Grieff
Larry Hollander
Alan Jaffe
Sy Kaplan
Yaniv Konfino
Jerry Kramer
Sanford Lewis
Jimmy Neuwirth
Rabbi Paltiel
Moshe Saleh
Rob Salzbank
Len Schaier
Bryan Sherman
Avi Shilian
Larry Smith
Bart Waxman

Click here for more info.

Calendar of Events



Sisterhood Shabbat | May 10 & 14

Upcoming Sisterhood Shabbats:
May 10 (in honor of Mother's Day)
June 14 (in honor of Father's Day)

Click here for more info about the Sisterhood.


New JLI Course: Realizing Your Potential
6 Sundays | Beginning May 18

Realizing Your Potential is about reaching for the purpose of existence, by actualizing the powerful latent opportunity that exists within each individual and by utilizing singular deeds to incrementally achieve the impossible. Join us on a fascinating journey as we encounter the Lubavitcher Rebbe's unique philosophy and outlook on life that touched so many lives and shaped Chabad into what it is today.

Click here for more info and to register.


Annual Dinner

23rd Anniversary Gala Dinner
Monday, June 2, 2014

Chabad of Port Washington cordially invites you to our 23rd anniversary dinner.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


Camp Gan Israel

Gan Israel Day Camp 2014
Registration now open!

Click here for more info and to register.

Question of the Week
Question of the week
Why Do We Count the Omer?
By: Yeruchem Eilfort

Question: From the second night of Passover until the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the Jewish people engage in an unique mitzvah called Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the Omer). The Torah commands us that during this time each year we count seven complete weeks, for a total of 49 days. At the end of the seven-week period we celebrate Shavuot, which means "weeks." Why do we count these days?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 9
7:41 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 10
8:46 pm
Torah Portion: Behar

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by The Sisterhood in honor of Mother's Day and Sisterhood Shabbat.

The Four Sisterhood Presidents

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

Community News

Donald Markowitz 5/10
Devin Rosenthal 5/10
Jasper Abrahams 5/12
Sania Clontz 5/12
Arik Eshel 5/13
Yoram Greener 5/13
Harrison Spatz 5/13


Mr. & Mrs. David Weingast 5/15

*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 & Thursday
Services: 7:00 AM
followed by Coffee & Parsha

Friday Evening: 7:00 PM

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch

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

Quick Links


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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Iyar 9 | May 9
Omer: Day 24
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Five Days to the Omer" Tonight
Shabbat Iyar 10 | May 10
Omer: Day 25
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Eli (891 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rif (1103)
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 3
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Six Days to the Omer" Tonight
Sunday Iyar 11 | May 11
Omer: Day 26
Today in Jewish HistoryJewish Books Confiscated (1510)
Today in Jewish HistoryRiots in Wasilkow and Konotop (1881)
Today in Jewish HistoryThe Battle at Deganya (1948)
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Seven Days to the Omer" Tonight
Monday Iyar 12 | May 12
Omer: Day 27
Today in Jewish HistoryRoman Jews Granted Privileges (1402)
Laws and CustomsCount "Twenty-Eight Days to the Omer" Tonight
Daily Thought
The Personality Thing

You need to be honest with yourself: Are these feelings of guilt and inadequacy based in reality, or just a personality issue? Does G-d really have it in for you, or is this just the pessimism of an anxious beast inside?

If it is the latter, take a break from your self-derision and nurture confidence in the Director of this universe. He carries you through every moment, but only as close as your trust in Him will allow.

As for the personality issue, channel that in positive ways. People of such nature are generally apt to serious study, deep and creative thought, and dogged persistence.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Behar

On the mountain of Sinai, G-d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year-the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners.

Behar also contains additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury.