Chabad of Port Washington
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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

Pesach is almost upon us!

Please be sure all has been taken care of in preparation of this important Festival.Here is just a short "checklist" including some of the programs being offered through Chabad:

1. Sell the Chometz click here.

2. Get yourself some Shmurah Matzah (the special handmade type that looks like it's really 3000 years old...) It is a very special mitzvah to have everyone at your Seders eat some of this special matzah on both nights. (Every Chabad Member family will be receiving one).

3. Make Seder arrangements for both Seder nights. You can RSVP to join both or one of the Seders at Chabad by clicking here.

4. For Firstborn males only: Mark your calendar to be present at the special ceremony, Monday, April 14 at 7am.

Passover is the time when we are blessed with spiritual freedom to allow us to rise above and "Passover" the confusion and worry stemming from the challenges we face in daily life. Enjoy its rich traditions, observe it's sacred customs. It will afford you much needed energy of joy and liberation to savor year-round.

I would like to encourage you to join me at Shul during this Passover Holiday for at least one of the holiday services, if not more. Spending some time in Shul gives Passover the respect and attention it deserves. This in turn gives us an additional dose of the many blessings and inspirations which Pesach provides, namely the spirit of true freedom from every conceivable obstacle, from within and from without.

Click here for full schedule of Passover services.

Please accept my best wishes for a Happy, Kosher and Meaningful Passover!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

The Rebbe's Birthday
The Rebbe

Friday, the 11th of Nissan, is the Rebbe's 112th birthday. In Judaism we don't stop counting after a person's passing, because the soul lives on. Friday is a very special day, the day Al-Mighty G-d gifted the world with the luminous soul of this gigantic human being, back in 1902.

Click here to request Rebbe's blessing

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
Sy Kaplan
Yaniv Konfino
Jerry Kramer
Jonathan Kramer
Eden Kuta
Sanford Lewis
Jimmy Neuwirth
Rabbi Paltiel
Rob Salzbank
Len Schaier
Bryan Sherman
Avi Shilian
Larry Smith

lick here for more info.

Calendar of Events


Pesach with Chabad

Passover at Chabad

First Seder: Monday, April 14, 7:30 PM
following services at 6:45 pm

Second Seder: Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 PM
following services at 6:45 pm

Click here for more info and to register.



Holocaust Remembrance Shabbaton
Friday Night & Shabbat, April 25-26 | 7:45 PM

Annual event dedicated to the memory of Reb Zelik Sander of blessed memory featuring: Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.



Sisterhood Shabbat | May 10 - 9:30 AM

The Chabad Sisterhood has instituted a monthly "Sisterhood Shabbat", usually on or around Rosh Chodesh, in celebration of the Jewish Woman.

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.


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
Can I Have My Seder On a Different Night of Passover?
By: Chani Benjaminson

Question: Can I have my Seder on a different night of Passover, to accommodate family who can't make it on the first or second night?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Apr 11
7:11 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr 12
8:13 pm
Holiday Begins:
Monday, Apr 14
7:14 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Tuesday, Apr 15
8:16 pm
Holiday Ends:
Wednesday, Apr 16
8:17 pm
Torah Portion: Acharei

Kiddush Calendar

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

Community News

Magdalene Levi 4/12
Lucille Rabinowitz 4/12
Michael Winters 4/13

George Kalinsky 4/14

Michael Greif 4/15

Matthew David Loew 4/16

Brian Steinwurtzel 4/16
Shelly Steinwurtzel 4/17

Rochelle Lebovitch 4/17
Andrew Neuwirth 4/18

Allan Hyman 4/19

Alan Jaffe 4/19
Abigail Levy 4/19
Rhoda Kaufman 4/23

Lila Heller, (Liba bas Pincus)
4/11/2014 | Nissan 11, 5774
observed by Lucille Rabinowitz

Victor Bernstein,
(Avigdor Yehoshuah ben Osios)
4/13/2014 | Nissan 14, 5773
observed by Annette Chana Buchman

Alan Posner,
(Avraham Yaakov ben Yehoshua)
4/16/2014 | Nissan 16, 5774
observed by

Jason & Tamara Kobin

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

Thank You


Thank you Marina Shapiro for delivering the lions share of the matzahs to our membership families.

Thank you also to Lisa Maloul, Ephraim, Mendel, Levi, Chana and Mushka Paltiel for helping with deliveries.

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

The Rebbe


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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Nissan 11 | April 11
Today in Jewish HistoryMass Circumcision (1273 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Nachmanides (1270)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Sheloh (1630)
Today in Jewish HistoryLubavitcher Rebbe Born (1902)
Today in Jewish HistoryEducation and Sharing Day USA (1978-Current)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Asher
Shabbat Nissan 12 | April 12
Shabbat HaGadol
Today in Jewish HistoryWar of Egyptian Firstborn (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryHezekiah Falls Ill (548 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryEzra Departs Babylon (348 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Naftali
Laws and CustomsRecite from Haggadah; Study Passover Laws
Sunday Nissan 13 | April 13
Today in Jewish HistoryAbraham's Brit (1714 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryHaman's Decree (357 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Joseph Caro (1575)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Tzemach Tzeddek (1866)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Levi
Laws and CustomsSearch for Chametz Tonight
Monday Nissan 14 | April 14
Erev Pesach - First Seder tonight
Today in Jewish HistoryMaimonides Born (1135)
Laws and CustomsFast of the Firstborn
Laws and CustomsChametz Eating Deadline
Laws and CustomsBurn and Nullify Chametz
Laws and CustomsPassover Offering
Laws and CustomsPassover Seder Tonight
Daily Thought
Final Sight

The angels who perceive all things from their haven above, they will never know. They will never confront the ruthless and the insensible, the mountains of obstinate darkness, the futility of screaming as mortal life flogs you against its cold, deaf barriers. To them, all things have reason, nothing is impossible, every event has its cause and that cause its cause-they will never escape the prison of knowing.

Even the G-dly soul-these are things she can never comprehend until she passes through this world. Here, cast beneath the blanket of Earth's atmosphere, at some point she can no longer close our eyes to the real world He has made. And find there are things she cannot face. Things that cannot be uttered. Things that cannot be, but are.

The breath of G-d descends to this world, opens her eyes and closes them. And will open them again. At that time she will see the Essence That Has No Cause.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Acharei

Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, G-d warns against unauthorized entry "into the holy." Only one person, the kohen gadol ("high priest"), may, but once a year, on Yom Kippur, enter the innermost chamber in the Sanctuary to offer the sacred ketoret to G-d.

Another feature of the Day of Atonement service is the casting of lots over two goats, to determine which should be offered to G-d and which should be dispatched to carry off the sins of Israel to the wilderness.

The Parshah of Acharei also warns against bringing korbanot (animal or meal offerings) anywhere but in the Holy Temple, forbids the consumption of blood, and details the laws prohibiting incest and other deviant sexual relations.