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

Happy post Pesach! I hope it all went well and was real meaningful.

Six reasons to attend the Shabbaton Dinner & Shabbat morning program with Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff:

1. This is our annual Holocaust Remembrance Shabbat established by Reb Zelik Sander of blessed memory. So, come to pay tribute to Zelik and the Six Million of our brothers and sisters who were murdered in the holocaust.

2. At a time when anti-Israel (read: anti-Semitsm) activity is rampant on college campuses and around the world, hear the story of one Jewish hero who acted, and single handedly brought down anti Semite Helen Thomas and forced her to retire in shame.

3. Nesenoff shares a wide ranging message of Judaism, based on the premise of pride, activism and staunch active yiddishkeit as the recipe for a strong Jewish future. We all need to hear this message (including our teen age children...)

4. Nesenoff's delivery is absolutely fantastic. Utterly filled with depth and meaning, while presented with excellent humor. The perfect blend!

5. He's spoken at over 130 Chabad Houses around the world over the past two years. He is the only speaker on the Chabad circuit to get a five star rating from Chabad rabbis!

6. This annual event has become an important time for our community to get together to meet and greet.

So please:

  • RSVP TODAY for tomorrow night's Shabbat dinner by clicking here
  • Plan on attending Shabbat morning for the sermon & lunch discussions as well (no RSVP needed)

What about the kids? My Mushka & Berel will be organizing a children's program to go along with each of Nesenoff's 3 speeches so you can sit, relax and enjoy!

I hope to see you. Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Shabbaton schedule: Fri night services 7 PM, Dinner 7:45 PM, Shabbat Sermon 11 AM, Kiddush Luncheon and talk at 12 PM.

Tefillin Wrap

Yom Hashoa Tefillin Wrap

Join us on Sunday, April 27, 9:00 am for our annual Teffilin Wrap and brunch dedicated to the memory of Reb Zelik Sander OBM.

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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
Eden Kuta
Sanford Lewis
Jimmy Neuwirth
Rabbi Paltiel
Moshe Saleh
Rob Salzbank
Len Schaier
Bryan Sherman
Avi Shilian
Larry Smith
Bart Waxman

lick here for more info.

Calendar of Events



Sisterhood Events | May 4, 10 & 14

On Sunday, May 4th, the Sisterhood will be showing its support of Community Mitzvah Day as the Chabad of Port Washington participates in this community event.

On Wednesday, May 14th, the Sisterhood will also be hosting a wellness evening for women, including discussion from a nutritionist, physical trainer, chiropractor... more information to follow in the next few weeks. This will be our last major event before the Summer months arrive.

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
When is the Jewish Month of Aviv?
By: Rochel Chein

Question: I read in the verse that Passover is in the, "...month of Aviv." But I cannot seem to find it in the Jewish calendar. When is the Jewish month of Aviv?

The Hebrew word aviv (Heb. אביב) actually translates as the season of "spring."

We find mention of the "month of Aviv" several times in the Biblical writings. The example you brought from Exodus 13:4 reads:

Today you are going out, in the month of Aviv.

In his classic commentary Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, also known as Rashi, explains why it uses spring in this context:

Now do we not know in what month they went out? Rather, this is what Moses said to them, "See the loving-kindness that He bestowed upon you, that He took you out in a month in which it is suitable to go out, when there is neither heat nor cold nor rain."

So aviv is not the name of a month, but rather one of the four seasons.

We still need to understand why the verses keep on referring to Passover as being in the "month of Aviv," the month of spring.

The sages explain on the verse (Deuteronomy 16:1), "Guard the month of Aviv, and make [then] the Passover offering," that the use of "spring" is telling us that we should ensure that Passover will always coincide with the right season, during the aviv, spring.

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Apr 25
7:26 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Apr 26
8:29 pm
Torah Portion: Kedoshim

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Alan Salzbank 4/25
Ariella Bulkin 4/27
Rorie Blythe Wach 4/27
Davin Rabman 4/28
Theadora Rabman 4/28
Deborah Lee 4/30
Gregory Savran 5/1

Fenya Glass,
4/25/2014 | Nissan 25, 5774
observed by Michael Itkin & Anna Orlov

Claire Salzbank,
(Chayka Perel Bat Yosef Aharon) 4/26/2014 | Nissan 26, 5774
observed by

Robert & Stephanie Salzbank and

Alan & Karen Salzbank

Goldie Effune, (Tzhavah bas Shlomo) 4/27/2014 | Nissan 27, 5774
observed by

Edwin & Sandra Effune

Marvin Gitnik, (Michael ben Pesach) 4/28/2014 | Nissan 28, 5774
observed by Avner & Lisa Maloul

Pola Burstein, (Pola bas Dovid)
5/1/2014 | Iyar 1, 5774
observed by
Michael & Adele Greif

*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: 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

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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Nissan 25 | April 25
Omer: Day 10
Today in Jewish HistoryEgyptians Sue Jews (4th Century BCE)
Laws and CustomsCount "Eleven Days to the Omer" Tonight
Shabbat Nissan 26 | April 26
Omer: Day 11
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Joshua (1245 BCE)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 1
Laws and CustomsCount "Twelve Days to the Omer" Tonight
Sunday Nissan 27 | April 27
Omer: Day 12
Today in Jewish HistoryWarsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirteen Days to the Omer" Tonight
Monday Nissan 28 | April 28
Omer: Day 13
Today in Jewish HistoryJericho's Wall Collapses (1273 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryBuchenwald Liberated (1945)
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbe's Call (1991)
Laws and CustomsCount "Fourteen Days to the Omer" Tonight
Tuesday Nissan 29 | April 29
Omer: Day 14
Laws and CustomsCount "Fifteen Days to the Omer" Tonight
Daily Thought
Meditation Through a Sea of Reeds

Accept the world at its face value and it won't let you move forward.
Every impulse must be bridled, every step carefully balanced
-and even then, for every step forward, you fall back two.
You are enslaved within an Egypt of your own making.

Here is your route of escape:

Meditate deeply upon the inner soul of the world;
struggle to see the vision described by our teachers.
Part the murky waters of a coarse, material world;
enter the reality that lies beneath it;
let that be your path from bondage.

Grasp that inner vision and it will flow outward
through the heart to the conscious self,
down to the heel that steps upon the earth,
until all these, as well, become mind.

Your eyes are now open,
your heart is awake,
your hands themselves know what to grab and what to avoid,
as your feet know where to walk.

In the struggle for deeper vision,
life becomes effortless.

You are free.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Kedoshim

The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: "You shall be holy, for I, the L-rd your G-d, am holy." This is followed by dozens of mitzvot (divine commandments) through which the Jew sanctifies him- or herself and relates to the holiness of G-d.

These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, Shabbat, sexual morality, honesty in business, honor and awe of one's parents, and the sacredness of life.

Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, "This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary"-" Love your fellow as yourself."