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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

This is personal.

Sara and I are celebrating an important personal simcha this Shabbat morning, the great accomplishment of our oldest son Ephraim becoming an ordained rabbi (and with quite impressive test results)...

One of life's greatest rewards are the joyous occasions - family simchas - with which we are blessed. Friends who are near and dear make those occasions special by coming out to share in the joy.

This is a personal invitation to YOU to join me and Sara (& the gang) in this celebration. Services begin at 9:30. The Torah will be read at approx 10:15. Ephraim will deliver his first sermon as a rabbi sometime after 11 o'clock. Kiddush luncheon at noon. Your presence will make the day special for us and fill out hearts with joy.

The Talmud states, one of the most precious things in the eyes of Hashem (G-d) is when one Jew shares the joy of another. Because this means that we understand that we're in fact one family, His precious children.

Please join us. It's family.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Ohel Trip

Pesach with Chabad
Photo of the Week


In honor of the Rabbinic Ordination of Ephraim Paltiel, we feature this photo entitled RABBYE ROAD, by famed photographer Rob Salzbank of Rampage Studios (

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David Nesenoff: The Man Who Brought Down Helen Thomas

Guest Speaker for Chabad's Holocaust Remembrance Shabbaton April 25-26

Click here to watch this 3-minute clip.

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
Sanford Lewis
Jimmy Neuwirth
Rabbi Paltiel
Rob Salzbank
Len Schaier
Bryan Sherman
Avi Shilian
Larry Smith

lick here for more info.

Calendar of Events


Ohel Trip

Trip to the Ohel | Sunday, April 6 | 10 AM

Join us for a visit to the Ohel - Gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in honor of the Rebbe's birthday and Passover.

Email if you'd like to join. Leaving Chabad 10am returning approx noon.


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
Fast For the Firstborn Female?
By: Tzvi Freeman

Question: I have heard that there is a special ceremony called a siyum that Jewish firstborns attend in the synagogue on the morning before Passover. Is this something that firstborn females attend as well, or is it just for men? I have been hearing conflicting reports.

ANSWER: First a bit of background:

A siyum is a celebration marking the completion of the study of a tractate of Talmud. This joyous event normally features some Torah thoughts discussing the last few lines of the Tractate just completed as well as refreshments.

Now, what does the siyum have to do with the morning before Passover?

It is customary for firstborns to fast on the day before Passover, commemorating the fact that on that on that night (the eve of Passover), G-d slew the firstborn Egyptians, but spared the firstborn Jews. This is a minor fast, about which we are more inclined to be lenient-especially since the day before Passover is a very busy time when people need their energy. As such, it is common for the firstborns to be present at a joyous occasion-such as a siyum or a circumcision-where participating in the celebratory meal is a mitzvah. Once they have already broken their fast at the meal, they may continue to eat the rest of the day. The rationale is that participating in the siyum and its accompanying meal accomplishes whatever a fast would have accomplished-plus some...


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Apr 4
7:04 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr 5
8:05 pm
Torah Portion: Metzora

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Rabbi and Sara Paltiel, and their children in honor of Ephraim becoming an ordained Rabbi!

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

Community News


David Clontz 4/5

Talya Tawfik 4/5
Jennifer Charney-Bitterman 4/6
Mr. Danny Kaplan 4/7

Mr. Robert Brenner 4/10

Adrielle Kobin 4/10


Lawrence & Kay Smith 4/4

Rina Calderon, (Rina bat Yitzchak) 4/5/2014 | Nissan 5, 5774
observed by

Bryan & Orly Sherman

Sam Greif,
(Shmuel ben Moshe Yossel)
4/5/2014 | Nissan 5, 5774
observed by

Michael & Adele Greif

Eric Munoz,
4/5/2014 | Nissan 5, 5774
observed by

Geoffrey & Karen Gordon

Bertel Mayer, (Beila bas Yisrael)
4/9/2014 | Nissan 9, 5774
observed by

Alan & Karen Salzbank

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

Shmurah Matzah


Shmurah Matzah will be available in Port Washington at local stores. Stay tuned for details!

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday & Thursday
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

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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I find the swing from inspiration and proactivity to be a lifelong dance. For a stretch of time I devoted most of my day to Torah study, surrounded by mentors who spoke the message of
G-d's unity through their teachings and their conduct. And then it was over . . .
The Month of Nissan
Meet the Jewish Month of Nissan
It is in this month that we celebrate the eight-day holiday of Passover. It's associated with miracles and so much
more . . .
Passover Focus
Haggadah Tidbits
Fifteen short and juicy explanations to accompany your seder. Includes a printout with one tidbit per page, so you can hand these out to your participants.
"Silver" for Seder
A simple craft for Passover for all ages.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Holiday Watch
Florida Town Gets Passover Gift: 600 Boxes of Shmurah Matzah
That's 10 times the amount in previous years, thanks to a supporter and the efforts of a Chabad couple
Educational Initiative in France Fosters 'Jewish School for All'
Families outside Paris given opportunity to move children to a Jewish school, regardless of financial or social situation.
Couple Works to 'Take It to the Next Level' on New York's Bowery
Plans in the works for students, alumni and philanthropists, including a kosher restaurant
New App to Lend a Big Hand to Passover Preparations
The Jewish Calendar
Friday Nissan 4 | April 4
Today in Jewish HistoryHospital Convoy Ambushed (1948)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Reuben
Shabbat Nissan 5 | April 5
Today in Jewish HistorySpies to Jericho (1273 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Shimon
Sunday Nissan 6 | April 6
Today in Jewish HistoryAfula Was Founded (1925)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Gad
Monday Nissan 7 | April 7
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Prepare to Enter Canaan (1273 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Ephraim
Laws and CustomsSanctification of the Moon
Tuesday Nissan 8 | April 8
Today in Jewish HistoryFeast Ended in Shushan (366 BCE)
Laws and CustomsToday's 'Nasi': Menasseh
Daily Thought
Ethic for a Small Planet

What's needed is not groveling compliance to accepted values. What's needed is a restraint born of a higher awareness, a sense of the divine. A sense of awe for what lies within another human being and within the creatures we consume. An awareness of something higher than our own minds, of a transcendence within the very ground upon which we tread.

A sense of right and wrong born of such awareness is more than just a goal for the future. It is the bread and water of humankind's survival right now.

And it is humanity's step over the threshold of a new era.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Metzora

Last week's Parshah described the signs of the metzora (commonly mistranslated as " leper")-a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity. This week's Torah reading begins by detailing how the recovered metzora is purified by the kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.

A home can also be afflicted with tzaraat by the appearance of dark red or green patches on its walls. In a process lasting as long as nineteen days, a kohen determines if the house can be purified, or whether it must be demolished.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.