A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

If you know me, you know the Rebbe means a lot to me.

It's completely safe to say he's shaped the direction of my life and has taught me much of the way I see myself and the world.

As we approach the twentieth "yahrzeit" of my beloved mentor, teacher and Rebbe, I'd like to share with you, my dear friend, some of the wisdom he imparted.

In "Paradigm Shift" - the new JLI adult education course which begins Sunday - we will explore a number of central pillars of the Rebbe's teachings.

Why am I so excited to share with you what I've learned from this great master?

Ever come across an amazing book, recipe or experience that you simply MUST share with your friends?

The Rebbe's outlook is so brilliant, uplifting and empowering. I just gotta share it with you!

Not sure the JLI course is for you? As always, Lesson One is open to all free of charge. Come, explore, see if you like it and then decide if you would like to enroll.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel

P.S. By now you should have received the invitation to our upcoming annual dinner taking place just over two weeks away, on June 2nd. Please click here and place your reservation TODAY for dinner tickets and scroll of honor listings.

P.P.S. Chabad Members - don't miss the Lag B'Omer BBQ at the Shurka gorgeous waterfront home in Sands Point, Sunday 7pm. Click here to RSVP, no charge.

Membership BBQ
Lag B'Omer BBQ

Lag B'Omer BBQ | Sunday, May 18, 7:00 PM

Chabad members are invited to Membership BBQ this Sunday.
RSVP here.

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Become A Minyanaire

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

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


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.


Soul Encounters

Soul Encounters| Sunday, June 29, 2014
A Journey of Connection, Reflection & Upliftment

A balanced collection of lectures and workshops create a stirring journey into the life and teachings of the Rebbe. A visit to the Rebbe's Ohel for personal reflection transforms the teachings into soulful inspiration.

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Camp Gan Israel

Gan Israel Day Camp 2014
Registration now open!

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Question of the Week
Question of the week
Celebrate on the Anniversary of Death?
By: Dovid Zaklikowski

Question: Every year on the holiday of Lag BaOmer, we go to the park, have bonfires and live music and many celebrations. I never understood this. Are we supposed to have celebrations on the anniversary of someone's passing?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 16
7:48 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 17
8:54 pm
Torah Portion: Bechukotai

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Peggy and Alan Klat in honor of the baby naming of their new granddaughter Blake Ellie Klat.

Peggy and Alan Klat

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

Community News

Mazal tov to Keivan and Thea Farhadian on the engagement of their daughter Sarah Lauren Farhadian to Cary Adickman, son of Dr. Martin and Dr. Joan Adickman

Farhadian family


Julia Zalta 5/17
Mark Lebovitch 5/21
Harrison Firestone 5/22
Laura Kobrinsky 5/22

Albert Tawfik, (Abraham)
5/16/2014 | Iyar 16, 5774
observed by David & Talya Tawfik

Andrew Hyman,
5/19/2014 | Iyar 19, 5774
observed by

Allan & Susann Hyman

Sheindl Bernstein, (Sheindl bas Meir) 5/20/2014 | Iyar 20, 5774
observed by Annette Chana Buchman

Harry Heiden,
(Hersh Leib ben Avraham)
5/22/2014 | Iyar 22, 5774
observed by

David & Regine Heiden

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

Latest Photos

New Purim photo albums added to the site! Thanks to Carl Kupferberg.

Click here
to view.

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

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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Iyar 16 | May 16
Omer: Day 31
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Shabbat Iyar 17 | May 17
Omer: Day 32
Today in Jewish HistoryRoman Garrison Defeated (66)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of "Noda B'Yehudah" (1793)
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 4
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Three Days to the Omer" Tonight
Sunday Iyar 18 | May 18
Lag BaOmer
Today in Jewish HistoryPlague among R. Akiva's Disciples Ends (circa 120 CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Shimon bar Yochai (2nd century CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rama (1573?)
Today in Jewish HistoryEttingen Jews Acquitted (1690)
Today in Jewish HistoryIDF Created (1948)
Today in Jewish HistoryHurva Synagogue Destroyed (1948)
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Monday Iyar 19 | May 19
Omer: Day 34
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Maharam (1293)
Today in Jewish HistoryGoebbels Committed Suicide (1945)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Five Days to the Omer" Tonight
Daily Thought

When people want to free themselves from their humdrum workaday life, they go on vacation.

They rent a cabin with half the rooms they have at home, and sacrifice many of the conveniences they generally rely upon. They rough it. And then they feel free.

As it turns out, everybody agrees: When you let go of those material things to which you have become attached, only then can you start to be free.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Bechukotai

G-d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh " rebuke," warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him.

Nevertheless, "Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L-rd their G-d."

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to G-d, and the mitzvah of tithing produce and livestock.