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Purim Ball

Purim in the Stadium!
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

Get into the Purim spirit! If you've ever walked through our doors, you surely know that Chabad House is bursting with activity and excitement throughout Purim.

So don't miss out on this very special day! Click here for our full purim schedule which you can find on our website. The two main events to look for are the Purim Ball for adults on Saturday night, and the Purim family event on Purim morning.

Don't forget to do the following 4 Mitzvot of Purim:

1. Be sure to hear the Megillah twice, once on Saturday night and then again on Sunday. (We will have megillah readings at Chabad Sat night at 8PM and again at 11PM, and Sunday at 9AM in the main service and at 9:30 in the gym at the family Purim celebration).

2. Celebrate a Purim Feast, including bread, wine and meat, sometime during the day on Sunday, with family and friends. (No Kiddush is recited but the wine or vodka is consumed...)

3. Give Gifts of Food, usually a gift basket of ready-made prepared foods, to at least one friend. This should be done individually by each member of the family (separate and apart from participation in the communal Purim baskets).

4. Give money to the poor on this day. If you don't have access to poor on this day, we will have charity boxes at shul throughout Purim day especially for this purpose. You can also make an online donation to a Food-for-Shabbos organization on Purim day by clicking here.

For more info on Purim and the special observances of the day, click here.

Shabbat Shalom & Happy Purim,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Sara and I have no words with which to thank the community for the support and friendship in sharing in our joy of our newborn son Meir Eliezer. Thank you to all of you who were able to make it personally to the bris! You helped make it that much more joyous for us! Click here for Bris photos (by my dear friend Rob Salzbank,

Bris Photos

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to view full album
Photos courtesy of Rob Salzbank,

Become a Minyanaire

Who wants to be a MINYANAIRE?

Membership in the club requires simply a commitment to attend the morning minyan (services) either Monday or Thursday mornings - or both. Services begin at 7am promptly, and last until 7:45. Those who have the time and can stay for Coffee & Parsha for an additional 30 minutes are invited to do so as well.

Guys - think about what this can do for you - a weekly get together with "the boys" for prayer, camaraderie and a cup of coffee.

Want to join? Simply email: and let the rabbi know. Small investment of time, huge return in terms of focus, inspiration and community connection. The Minyanaire's Club is open to any Jew in the area. One need not be a Chabad member to join. Please come on board and make us stronger!

In the News
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers address on Iran at Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance

"If there is something I can say here at the Museum of Tolerance, is that we cannot be tolerant to the intolerant," - Prime Minister Netanyahu March 6, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses diplomats, leaders in the business, entertainment and Los Angeles Jewish community at the Museum of Tolerance.

Click here to r
ead excerpts of his speech.

My thanks to Kay Smith for bringing this article to my attention

Calendar of Events


Purim in PW!

Purim Happenings in Port Washington
Saturday, March 15 - Sunday, March 16

Don't miss out on Purim happenings in Port Washington. Check out our programs and events.

Click here to enter our Purim minisite.


Purim Ball

Purim Ball in Port Washington
Saturday Night, March 15 | 8:30 PM

Join the Purim Ball in costume! Including casino, and Cocktail Reception.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


Purim in the Stadium!

Purim in the Stadium
Sunday, March 16 | 9:30-11:30 AM

Featuring world famous Hoop Wizard Jack Ryan.

Click here for more info.


Save the Date

Save the Date | Gala Dinner
Monday, June 2, 2014

Please save the date for Chabad of Port Washington's annual dinner celebrating our 23rd anniversary.

Formal invitation to follow.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
Purim FAQ's
Commonly asked Purim questions

- How is Purim celebrated?
- What does "Purim" mean?
- I'll be at work all day. How can I hear the Megillah?
- How long does it take to hear the Megillah?
- Why isn't G-d's name mentioned in the Megillah?...


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Mar 14
6:42 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 15
7:41 pm
Torah Portion: Tzav

Kiddush Calendar

Light Kiddush will be served in the shul, as the social hall is already being set up for the Purim Ball!

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

Community News

Milton Cooper 3/15
Daniel Rivera 3/16

Dorothy Waxman 3/16

Carol Arnold 3/17

Jessica Lee 3/17
Pamela Lee 3/17

Bryan Sherman 3/17

Roey Kafri 3/18
Melissa Charney 3/19
Chloe Heiden 3/19
Gabriella Logvin 3/19
Barbara Kaufman 3/20


Benjamin Bieber,
(Baruch Reuven ben Josef)
3/14/2014 | Adar-II 12, 5774
observed by

Ronald Bieber

Myrna Gordon,
(Mindel bas Zalman Yosef)
3/16/2014 | Adar-II 14, 5774
observed by

Geoffrey & Karen Gordon

Cecile Meltzer,
(Ziscle bas Yakov Solomon HaLevi) 3/19/2014 | Adar-II 17, 5774
observed by Bruce & Steven Stark and Ellen Gabe

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

Photo of the Week

Celebrating Tammy Kobin's 40th at the sisterhood committee planning meeting.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday & Thursday
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

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

The Rebbe


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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Adar II 12 | March 14
Shabbat Adar II 13 | March 15
Sunday Adar II 14 | March 16
Monday Adar II 15 | March 17
Shushan Purim
Tuesday Adar II 16 | March 18
Daily Thought
Just Happy

The Baal Shem Tov taught that true happiness is the high road to G-d.

"Serve G-d with happiness!" sings the Psalmist. And the Baal Shem Tov explained, "The happiness itself is your service of G-d."

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Tzav
G-d instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim ("priests") who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the wholly consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the " handful" separated from the meal offering.

The kohanim eat the meat of the sin and guilt offerings, and the remainder of the meal offering. The peace offering is eaten by the one who brought it, except for specified portions given to the kohen. The holy meat of the offerings must be eaten by ritually pure persons, in their designated holy place and within their specified time.

Aaron and his sons remain within the Sanctuary compound for seven days, during which Moses initiates them into the priesthood.