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Purim in PW!
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!


Most American Jews attend Shul 3 days a year, and aren't prepared just yet to begin going each Shabbat. The jump from 3 to 55 times a year is quite the leap. So people figure they're just not "Shul-goers" leaving them and their families to become strangers to the Shul environment and all that comes with it. Until they re-visit their spiritual home for the following Rosh Hashanah. (I'm told some synagogues will announce the times for Rosh Hashanah services at the conclusion of Yom Kippur :).


Suggest that people attend once each month. If you're not ready to jump from 3 to 55, how about from 3 to 15? You and your family will begin to feel right at home at Shul and stay connected with the Shul community, and the connection will only grow over time. (Beware: Shul attendance and other mitzvah observances might grow as well...)


How do I decide which Shabbat to choose? It's too random to just pick one. So, while it's sounds like a nice idea, I never get around to it.



Our dedicated Sisterhood is leading the way to bring our women and families back to Shul, by establishing a particular Shabbat each month as the day to be there! (Usually it'll take place in proximity to Rosh Chodesh - the new Jewish month - a day especially connected to women. Click here to learn more about that connection).

The man is the head of the household. The woman is the neck. She tells him which way to move and when. As goes the woman so goes the family... My hope is the Sisterhood Shabbat will lead many of "my people" back to Shul 15 times a year. The impact on the families Jewishness will be extraordinary, no question!

Special Features of Sisterhood Shabbat:

-Junior Congregation - organized and led by my daughter Mushka - will take place each of these Shabbats. So bring the kids.
-A member of Sisterhood will say a 'Dvar Torah' - words of Torah at the conclusion of the service (unless there's a Bar/Bat Mitzvah).
-A nice Kiddush will be sure to be arranged each time
-Services will be kept short in order to finish promptly by noon...
-Can't come 9:30? Come at 10:30. It's really ok.

Mark your calendar:

The dates for the SISTERHOOD SHABBATS for this year are: March 1 and April 26.

Make it a family affair, and something the family looks forward to (imagine that!), the once a month we go to Shul as a family to stay more in touch with our Judaism.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Sisterhood Shabbat

Sisterhood Shabbat | Saturday, March 1 - 9:30 AM

The Chabad Sisterhood has instituted a monthly "Sisterhood Shabbat", usually on or around Rosh Chodesh, in celebration of the Jewish Woman. On these monthly Shabbats, Sisterhood members will be encouraged to attend services, a special Junior Congregation service will be held for the children 10:30 AM - Noon, and aspects of the service will celebrate this theme. Sisterhood encourages all Jewish women (whether Sisterhood members of not) - and men - to join them.

Click here for more info about the Sisterhood.

In the News
Paula Says

Open Letter to John Kerry

Dear Secretary of State John Kerry:

Because of my respect for the United States, I will attempt to afford you the honor you think you so richly deserve. It's hard to speak to you with anything but anger, hard to feel the need, again, to start from the beginning because you clearly choose to ignore history in your quest for glory. It is a quest destined to fail but its outcome, even, or more accurately especially, in failure, will hurt Israel.

Greater men than you have tried to make, to force, peace on the Middle East. I promise you, you will fail too. You will fail because you are not addressing the root cause of the problem. You, like so many before you, take the easy way out. Blame Israel. It is so easy to do, and so stupid...


My thanks to Alan Rosenzweig for bringing it to my attention

CTeen Xtreme
CTeen Xtreme

CTeen Xtreme - A 2-week Traveling Adventure Camp!

The travel camp trail sets out in Denver, CO, and treks out west, exploring the adventurous and breathtaking sights throughout the states of Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California. The thrilling itinerary boasts horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining, rappelling, and mountain biking. The camp is scheduled to visit the wondrous Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon, National Parks.

CTeen Xtreme is open to Jewish teens grades 9-12, regardless of affiliation, who want to enjoy the summer of a lifetime. No previous experience in outdoor adventure is necessary. For more info visit

Calendar of Events



Lesson 5: To Be a Jew in the Free World
Sunday, March 2 | 10:00 AM

Antisemitism-free Jewish Identity The fifth lesson examines the transformation of antisemitism in the modern age. Whether in the Dreyfus case in fin de si�cle France or Henry Ford's eager dissemination of the Russian forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, hatred of Jews reappeared in the West in new and virulent forms. Why did the world's new freedoms not result in the death of hatred? How do we identify and respond to the continuous morphing of antisemitism? To what degree are the Holocaust and antisemitism a necessary forces in molding the Jewish identity of future generations?

Click here for more info and to register.


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
You Must Be Joking!
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I saw you put on a comedy night for Purim. I have never understood the connection between the two. I know it is a festival of miracles, but then again, so is Pesach, and we don't do comedy acts on Pesach. So why jokes on Purim?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Feb 28
5:26 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 1
6:26 pm
Torah Portion: Pekudei

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Mr Joshua Setton, Setton International Foods, Inc.

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

Community News

Paul Kagan 2/28
Ayala Konfino 3/1

Thea Farhadian 3/2

Haim Sater 3/2

Lana Shuris 3/2
Anna Wasserman 3/3
Bria Edidin 3/4

Tamara Kobin 3/5

Richard Levi 3/6


Alan & Linda Sandman 3/5


Ester Sherman, (Ester bas Sinai)
3/1/2014 | Adar-I 29, 5774
observed by

Donald & Arlene Markowitz

Leila Waxman,
(Rochel Leah bas Avigdor Hakohen) 3/3/2014 | Adar-II 1, 5774
observed by

Bart & Dorothy Waxman

Bella Charney, (Bluma)
3/4/2014 | Adar-II 2, 5774
observed by Sophia Charney

*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

Brunch Sunday morning bagels sponsored by Orit and Avi Shilian in honor of the yahrzeit of Orit's father Isaac Kempner - Aryeh Yitzchak ben Tzvi Chaim - of blessed memory

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

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


This Week @
The Golden Tzitz
The kohen gadol (high priest) wore eight garments and accessories when serving in the Holy Temple. Let's explore one of the lesser-known ones: the golden tzitz.
A Needle in a Haystack
Rabbi Pinchas Woolstone was on a trip to New York when he was approached for assistance in finding a girl from Brooklyn who had run away to Australia. Not knowing where to start, Rabbi Woolstone decided on his first step: to consult the Rebbe. (1980s)
Don't Forget
Positive constructs are more effective than negative ones, especially when talking to kids.
Are You Breathing?
We need look no further than the processes taking place inside our very own bodies for inspiration.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Rabbinic Student From Ukraine, 25, Diligent Scholar and Caring Teacher
Campus Life
Students Appreciate Eye-Opening Look at Ancient Artifacts
Experts in Chicago lead a tour chock full of Jewish history, with a few surprises along the way
North America
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With a mikvah and more, the thriving downtown community will have amenities for all
North America
To Stamford With Love: National Russian Shabbaton Draws 1,000 Participants
Across the generations, a special bond is fostered during a weekend of activities, lectures, spirituality and entertainment
The Jewish Calendar
Friday Adar I 28 | February 28
Shabbat Adar I 29 | March 1
Laws and CustomsParshat Shekalim
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Sunday Adar I 30 | March 2
Rosh Chodesh
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Monday Adar II 1 | March 3
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryPlague of Darkness (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Ibn Ezra (1164)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Shach (circa 1663)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Tuesday Adar II 2 | March 4
Today in Jewish HistoryAgadir Eathquake (1960)
Daily Thought
Inner Exile

It is not so much that we need to be taken out of exile.

It is that the exile must be taken out of us.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Pekudei

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments-the apron, breastplate, cloak, crown, hat, tunic, sash and breeches-according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil, and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the Divine Presence that has come to dwell within it.