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

"Jewish wealth is not in money or houses. It is in children and grandchildren who follow the ways of Torah and Jewishness" - The Rebbe

Sara and I indeed feel rich - having been blessed by Hashem with another child, a beautiful, healthy son to raise in the path of our people's rich heritage.

The baby's bris will take place, G-d willing, on Tuesday at 6PM, followed by dinner.

In Jewish tradition, we don't INVITE people to a Bris. Rather, we simply NOTIFY people when it'll take place and leave it up to them to come if they can make it.

The reason for this custom is this: Being such an important, sacred event, when a Jewish child enters the eternal covenant of our people, attended by Elijah the Prophet himself, were one to be invited and not show up it would seem disrespectful.

So, you're NOT invited... You're simply being notified about it. However, should you join us, it would bring great joy to Sara and myself... :)

I pray that we have many opportunities to share happy occasions with one another.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Another custom is to celebrate the upcoming Bris with a "Shalom Zachar" (lit. peace onto the male child), an informal gathering which takes place the Friday night prior to the Bris. Friends and family gather simply to wish the child well in his journey in the Bris and beyond. You are invited :) to attend our son's Shalom Zachar, a light Kiddush oneg this Friday night at the shul after services. Services will begin at 5:30 PM, the Kiddush will be recited at approx. 6:15 PM. (Click here to learn about the custom of Shalom Zachar)

Become a Minyanaire

Who wants to be a MINYANAIRE?

Not to be outdone by the active Chabad women of SISTERHOOD, the guys decided to strengthen a club all their own - The Minyanaire's Club!

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.

Thank you to the current MINYANAIRES: Sanford Lewis, Avi Shilian, Michael Grieff, Burt Falkenstein, Rob Salzbank, Sam Glasser, Bryan Sherman, Larry Hollander, Yaniv Konfino, Howard Abrahams, Jerry Kramer, Jonathan Kramer, Sy Kaplan, Larry Smith, Ron Bieber, Jimmy Neuwirth, Len Schaier & Rabbi Paltiel.

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
Arutz Sheva

Praise for Chabad Schools' Emphasis on Compassion

Deputy Minister of Education Avi Wortzman (Jewish Home) visited a unique school affiliated with the Chabad Lubavitch movement on Tuesday, and came away highly impressed.

Wortzman took part in a class conducted via the internet, as part of a Chabad project to provide schooling for the children of the movement's shluchim (emissaries) around the world.

Chabad shluchim provide Jewish outreach and education in a variety of cities around the world. Often, the communities they join are lacking Chabad schools, or are lacking Jewish schools altogether...


My thanks to my son Ephraim for bringing this article to my attention

CTeen Xtreme
CTeen Xtreme

CTeen Xtreme - A 2-week Traveling Adventure Camp!

Open to all Jewish boys and grades 9-12.

For more info & to register visit

Calendar of Events



Lesson 6: To Be a Jew in the Free World
Sunday, March 9 | 10:00 AM

Purpose for All Mankind: The final lesson looks not at how the world of freedom affects Jews, but at how Jewish tradition can affect the world. The lesson examines the life of Menasseh ben Israel, who at the dawn of the Age of Freedom found a way to share the world's dream of redemption and move England to readmit the Jews who were expelled centuries earlier. The lesson also explores a debate that reached the U.S. Supreme Court: the constitutionality of placing menorot in the public square. We then ask: What new opportunities do we Jews have to actualize Jewish tradition's redemptive promises in new and powerful ways?


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
A Cake of Mistaken Identity
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: Why do we eat Hamantaschen on Purim? I have heard that they are the same shape as Haman's hat. But Haman was the man who wanted to wipe us out. Why would we immortalize him by eating cookies that bear his name?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Mar 7
5:34 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 8
6:34 pm
Torah Portion: Vayikra

Kiddush Calendar

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

Community News

Roman Itkin 3/7
Aliza Herz 3/8

Arnie Herz 3/8

Boaz Edidin 3/10

Benjamin Firestone 3/10

Robert Salzbank 3/11

Gideon Joseph Clontz 3/13

Rachel Lee 3/13

Bart Waxman 3/13


David Brenner,
(Shimshon David ben Shea) 3/13/2014 | Adar-II 11, 5774
observed by

Robert & Carol Brenner

Paul Klat,
3/13/2014 | Adar-II 11, 5774
observed by

Alan & Peggy Klat

*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 & Thursday
Services: 7:00 AM
followed by Coffee & Parsha

Friday Evening: Candle lighting time

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 5 | March 7
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses' Last Day of Leadership (1273 BCE)
Shabbat Adar II 6 | March 8
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses Completes the Torah (1273 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Print of Torah with Onkelos & Rashi (1482)
Sunday Adar II 7 | March 9
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses' Birth & Passing (1393 and 1273 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryThe Spanish Inquisition (1481)
Laws and CustomsBurial Society Day
Laws and CustomsSanctification of the Moon
Monday Adar II 8 | March 10
Today in Jewish HistoryMaryland Law Revoked (1825)
Tuesday Adar II 9 | March 11
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Torah Dispute (1st century CE)
Today in Jewish HistorySixth Lubavitcher Rebbe arrives in America (1940)
Wednesday Adar II 10 | March 12
Today in Jewish HistoryMaharal Meets Emperor (1592)
Daily Thought
Dancing With Us

This self we are conscious of, it is only a tiny portion of the whole, a finely focused constriction of light, the tip of a peninsula from a great, fertile continent.

Upstream lies unimaginable wealth, storehouses of treasures left by many generations. There can be found the deeds and wisdom of our holy mothers and fathers, the iron courage of every martyr, the eternal power of G-d's breath within His eternal people.

Next time you dance and sing in the joy of a beautiful deed, hear your holy mothers and fathers of ages past dancing and singing along with you.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayikra

G-d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

� The "ascending offering" (olah) that is wholly raised to G-d by the fire atop the altar;

� Five varieties of "meal offering" ( minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

� The "peace offering" (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

� The different types of "sin offering" (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

� The "guilt offering" (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a "betrayal against G-d" by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.