A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Shavuos (this Sunday and Monday) is a VERY BIG DAY (ok, days...). It's when G-d gifted us His precious Torah containing His infinite wisdom and direction for life. This is what has sustained our people miraculously for 3,300 years. Torah also infuses each of our personal lives with meaning and purpose.

Shavuot is the anniversary of our marriage with G-d. Like in any marriage, Hashem proposed... and we said YES! Each year on this day,"the question" is popped to each of us individually - will you marry Me? Will you accept My Torah, to be in a real time daily relationship with Me?

Let's make sure we're prepared to say a resounding YES!

Here are some ways I suggest you celebrate and take advantage of the powerful G-dly energies of the 48 hours of Shavuot:

? Attend the Shabbat and Holiday Services whenever possible the next 3 days, see schedule below.

? As per custom - Saturday night there'll be all night Torah study. Torah class will be offered 11pm-12am; Chabad will remain open until 4am, no formal lectures, just a library of Torah books (or BYO), 2 rabbis + Berel, lots of cheesecake and coffee and comfortably air conditioned spaces. Stop by for as long or as short as you can, grab a bite, a little Torah, or private reading, its good stuff.

? Don't miss the Ten Commandments reading Sunday morning at 10:30am. It's a MUST, can't miss... For you and your family. Trust me! A great kids program is planned led by my son Berel, complete with goodies and prizes. Click here for details.

? Yiskor Monday (Memorial Day...) at 11am sharp CST (Chabad Standard Time)...

Shabbat Shalom, Chag Someach, I hope to see you!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. As you know, I wear many "kippahs"... One is to raise funds to keep our Chabad financially strong. The annual dinner, taking place next Wednesday, May 27, is a very important part of our annual fundraising. It is also an important social when we all get together to celebrate our Chabad's accomplishments and continued growth. I'm delighted to tell you we already have 220 guests registered for the dinner. My goal is to reach and exceed 250 with G-d's help... It's not too late to join us. Click here to rsvp and/or to place your Scroll of Honor listing. Help us make this dinner a great success, and join us for another fantastic evening of celebration and yiddishkeit!

Shavuot Schedule
Shavuot Holiday
Shavuot Holiday Schedule:

Friday, May 22
6:30 pm Evening Services
7:54 pm Candle Lighting

Saturday, May 23
9:30 am Morning Services
9:01 pm Candle Lighting
8:00 pm Evening Services

Sunday, May 24
9:30 am Morning Services
10:30 am Reading of the 10 Commandments
12:00 pm Ice Cream Party & Dairy Kiddush following services sponsored by Gary and Rita Litvak
8:00 pm Evening Services
9:02 pm Light Candles after

Monday, May 25
9:30 am Morning Services
11:00 am Yizkor Memorial Services
12:00 pm Dairy Kiddush sponsored by Gary and Rita Litvak
9:03 pm Holiday Ends

Click here for more info.

Click to watch

How Shmura Matzos Foiled a Hamas Terror Attack:

IDF Captain (Res.) Dan Gordon, a screenplay writer and author, relates a story from the recent war between the IDF and the Hamas terror group. How a group of Orthodox Jews looking for wheat to be used for Matzos during a Shmitah (sabbatical) year foiled a terror attack that Hamas sought to launch through one of its terror tunnels.

Click here to watch.

Calendar of Events


Shavuot Holiday

Click here for more info and holiday schedule.


All You Need is Love

24th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


Speech & Book Signing

Author Dr. Murray Weissbach | 6:30 PM

Click here for more info.



Lesson 4
| Sunday, 10 AM
Click here for more info and register.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
A Deep Reason to Eat Cheesecake?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: What's behind the custom of eating dairy products on Shavuot? Is there a connection between the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai and eating milk products? (I'm not complaining, I love cheesecake - I'm just looking for a deep spiritual excuse to eat more.)


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
 [Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 22
7:54 pm
Shabbat Ends / Holiday Begins:
Shabbat, May 23
9:01 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Sunday, May 24
9:02 pm
Holiday Ends:
Monday, May 25
9:03 pm
Torah Portion: Bamidbar

Kiddush Calendar

The kiddush on the first and second days of Shavuot are Sponsored by
Gary & Rita Litvak

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

Community News

Laura Kobrinsky 5/22
Samuel Litvak 5/23
Steven 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

Zachary & Maxie Marans 5/27

Mr. and Mrs. David Clontz 5/28

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Greif 5/28


Anne Burman,
5/22/2015 | Sivan 4, 5775
observed by

Russ & Audrey Burman

Samuel Seelig, (Shmuel ben Michael) 5/23/2015 | Sivan 5, 5775
observed by

Suzanne Kolen and

Arnie Herz

Marcia Eichenwald,
5/24/2015 | Sivan 6, 5775
observed by

David & Fern Weingast

Harry Fink, (Aaron ben Elya Hersh)
5/26/2015 | Sivan 8, 5775
observed by
Mrs. Sylvia Chase

Mollie Gotbaum,
5/26/2015 | Sivan 8, 5775
observed by
Russ & Audrey Burman

Joseph Golding, (Yosef ben Chaim)
5/28/2015 | Sivan 10, 5775
observed by
Mark & Jo Ann Engel

Dovber ben Eliezer Paltiel
5/28/2015 | Sivan 10, 5775
observed by

Rabbi & Mrs. Abba Paltiel

*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 - Friday
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
Saturday night: 10 minutes after the end of Shabbos

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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Defining Your World

We are not passive observers of this universe, but rather partners in its creation. We are the ones who assign each thing its meaning, who bring definition and resolution to an otherwise ambiguous world.

In fact, we are legal witnesses who determine a matter of life or death: For each thing we hold, each event that enters our life, our word declares whether it breathes with G-dly life or simply idles itself into oblivion.

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.