A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut - Think good & it'll be good!

The Rebbe would often say this, quoting one of his illustrious predecessors, the 3rd Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, (known as the Tzemach Tzedek).

Optimism and joy, rooted in absolute faith and trust in G-d, is clearly one of the pillars of the Rebbe's life and teaching.

This Yom Kippur I chose to make this the theme of my Yiskor sermon. The response was overwhelming. I don't recall ever getting a better response to a sermon (with perhaps one exception - the Lion King sermon). Click here to read the sermon, explaining why with positive thinking one can expect positive results.

As we approach the Rebbe's 20th Yahrzeit - anniversary of passing - (July 1st), we've decided to make this the theme of this year's annual dinner. Join us as we celebrate Chabad's 23rd anniversary, salute our amazing Man of the Year and Guests of Honor, and proudly celebrate optimism, faith and joy as taught by our beloved Rebbe.

If you have already made your dinner reservations, THANK YOU!

If you have not yet made your dinner reservations, PLEASE do!

Got some extra gelt? Make a Scroll of Honor gift as well! We need your financial help as well as your solidarity by physically attending the dinner. Get on board today!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel

P.S. The new JLI adult education course PARADIGM SHIFT - life guidance based on the wisdom of the Rebbe - began last Sunday. 30 students have enrolled in the course. It's not too late to join the course and enjoy a journey in personal growth! Come to lesson two this Sunday where we will recap lesson one before continuing. Click here to register for the course, or come on Sunday to trial the course.

Membership BBQ
Lag B'Omer BBQ

Membership BBQ at the home of Manny and Marcy Shurka

Thank you Manny and Marcy for opening your home so warmly to the Shul. What a gorgeous site for a community BBQ! Thank you also to Rob for the amazing photos (as usual). Also thanks to Ashley & Jason Shurka, Joel & Gina Lazarus, Blanca Ramos, and of course to Cantor Noam Segal and his helpers for such great music!

Click here to view full album.

Click here to watch

Student's Commencement Speech in D.C. Emphasizes Torah Values

A popular Jewish student at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.-known for proudly wearing his kipah (skullcap) around campus-delivered the commencement speech on Sunday afternoon imparting to some 25,000 fellow graduates, faculty, family and friends the importance of utilizing each moment to its fullest.

Click here to watch. (forward to minute 1:20)

In the News
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Israel Seeks to Make Yom Kippur a UN Holiday

United Nations (AP) -- Israel has launched a campaign calling for the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor sent a letter to all U.N. member states saying there are three monotheistic religions but only two - Christianity and Islam - are recognized by the U.N. calendar.

"Such discrimination at the U.N. must end," Prosor said in an excerpt of the letter sent to journalists Friday by Israel's U.N. Mission.

On Yom Kippur, Jews don't work or eat and go to synagogue to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Prosor asked the 192 other U.N. ambassadors to join Israel's campaign by signing a letter urging the United Nations to make Yom Kippur a holiday so Jewish employees won't have to work.

Thank you Alan Rosenzweig for bringing this to my attention

Become A Minyanaire

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

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Calendar of Events


Lesson 2: Realizing Your Potential
Sunday, May 25 | 10-11:30 AM

REALIZING YOUR POTENTIAL: The soul is not a recessive gene. With every movement of the body, its innate perfection finds expression. Discovering this for yourself will not only boost your self-esteem and improve your relationships, but will also lead you to demand more of yourself and push your limits to redefine what is possible.

Click here for more info and to register.


UJA Dessert Reception

UJA Dessert Reception | Tuesday, May 27

You are cordially invited to attend the Port Washington and Sands Point Community dessert Reception on behalf of UJA-Federation of New York. At the Community Synagogue 160 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, New York with Guest Speaker: Noam Shalit

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


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.


Click here to enter our Shavuot minisite.


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.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


Camp Gan Israel

Gan Israel Day Camp 2014
Registration now open!

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Question of the Week
Question of the week
What is Shavuot?

Question: What is Shavuot? Why do we celebrate it? and what does Shavuot mean?

ANSWER: The Torah was given by G-d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G-d's gift, and G-d "re-gives" the Torah...


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 23
7:54 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 24
9:01 pm
Torah Portion: Bamidbar

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Suzanne Kolen in honor of her 50th Hebrew birthday tomorrow.

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

Community News

Samuel Litvak 5/23
Stephen Shenfeld 5/23
Tzivia Leba Paltiel 5/24
Sara Salzbank 5/24

June Azoulay 5/25

Anna Orlov 5/25
Leibel Paltiel 5/25
Stephanie Salzbank 5/27
David Tawfik 5/27


Mr. and Mrs. David Clontz 5/28

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Greif 5/28

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Winters 5/29


Max Effune,
(Mordechai Ben Leb Yehuda) 5/25/2014 | Iyar 25, 5774
observed by

Edwin & Sandra Effune

Helen Rothstein,
5/27/2014 | Iyar 27, 5774
observed by
Sam & Sally Glasser

Ben Cohen,
5/29/2014 | Iyar 29, 5774
observed by

Hersh & Fern Cohen

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

Hebrew School

Click here to view a picture slide show of our fantastic year at Chabad Hebrew School!

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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Friday Iyar 23 | May 23
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Omer: Day 39
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Sunday Iyar 25 | May 25
Omer: Day 40
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Monday Iyar 26 | May 26
Omer: Day 41
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Saadia Gaon (942)
Today in Jewish HistoryRamchal (1747)
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Daily Thought
Constructive Worrying

There are only two things to worry about: your mind and your actions. "What am I thinking about?" and "What am I meant to do?"

Of course, you should be thinking good thoughts. Of course, you should be doing good things.

The world around you may be in shambles-including, perhaps, yourself. Your knowledge of how things should be and what you are actually doing are so far apart, you cannot see yourself changing anything.

That's His job. He will make a bridge from your thoughts to your deeds, and together they will become the most powerful instrument in the world.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Bamidbar

In the Sinai Desert, G-d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary, replacing the firstborn, whose number they approximated, who were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel "ransom" to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary's vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary's entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron's sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.