Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
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A word from the Rabbi

"The offspring of the righteous are their good deeds" - The Talmud.

In addition to his beautiful family, Zelik ben Avraham a"h Sander (aka Reb Zelik), whom we lost last week at the age of 97, leaves a legacy of good deeds and a shining example of a life well lived. 

Reb Zelik taught us to live joyously each and every day, and that getting the short end of the stick is no excuse to be grouchy.

Reb Zelik taught us not to take ourselves too seriously, and to make it our business to bring joy to those around us.

Reb Zelik taught us that no matter what happens, a Jew always remains loyal to his people, his faith. He would often ask the unanswerable question - where was G‑d when 6 million of His children were murdered. Still, that didn't stop him from being the first to arrive each morning to davening (prayer services).

May his memory be a blessing, and may his neshomo (soul) rest in peace together with his beloved Sally and his entire family who were robbed from him in his youth.

"And the living shall take to heart" (Ecclesiastes 7:2). Indeed. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M Paltiel



1 - My son Ephraim has set up a blog. Click here to post memories and lessons learned. Please also consider posting a new mitzvah resolution you are undertaking in his memory as a blessing to his soul.  You can also find there a link to a tractate of the Mishna (Talmud) called Ethics of the Fathers. Consider clicking there and studying some sections, as the study of MISHNA (the same Hebrew letters of NESHAMA - SOUL) is considered a great merit to the soul of a departed loved one. (Ephraim is also arranging for the ENTIRE body of MISHNA to be completed by the 30th day "shloshim" with the help of Yeshiva boys all over the world.  Ephraim can be reached at

2 - Join us for a memorial service which take place on Sunday, September 25th 5-7 PM, which will include Mincha and Maariv services and presentations by some of the young people in our community. Thank you Abie for organizing this event.


Chabad Hebrew School

Chabad Hebrew School starts this Sunday morning!

Email: or for more information.



We at Chabad of Port Washington are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. In honor of this special milestone we have set a goal of growing our Shul to 180 member families. We began the campaign with 160 families. So far 6 new families have joined, so we're at 166, 14 away from reaching our goal!

We welcome new members:
Dr. Paul Beck
Barry & Donna Jason
Andy &Julie Kramer
Alex & Edie Rothschild
Edith Schneider
Michael & Tracy Winters

Chabad's doors are open to all, member and non-member alike. Every Jew is invited and welcome to our shul, preschool, Hebrew school, and programs. So you ask yourself - why become a member?
Of course "membership has its privileges."

Membership perks include: Listing in the Membership Directory (including your family photo), listing of departed loved ones in the Yom Kippur YISKOR booklet, complimentary tickets to the annual Membership Shabbaton dinner, a gift of a Lulav/Etrog set at Sukkot and box of Shmurah Matzah at Passover. Plus, an attractive listing of our Member families will be displayed in the Shul lobby on time for the High Holidays. (See the complete list of perks by clicking here).

But that's not why we ask you to join.

We ask you to join to make your Chabad that much stronger! With every new family that joins we become a stronger Chabad. (Also, we find that members tend to come to shul more often (to get their money's worth), and we do like to see you at Shul more often...)

As a "new member" your 1st year's dues would be discounted 50%. Your dues can be paid out throughout the year at your convenience. If you can't afford the full fee, the rabbi will be happy to accommodate you with a confidential discounted membership. Contact: or by calling 767-8672.

In honor of the New Year, we ask that you strongly consider joining. Help us reach our goal of 180 families. We want YOUR family to become part of OUR family.

Chabad of Port Washington wishes you a Shana Tova, a happy and healthy New Year to you and yours. We look forward to seeing you at Chabad (member or not...)

Adam Katz Athletic Center

AKAC gym Sports Program off to Great Start!

Brad and Mira Bernstein


Our gymnasium is not hustling and bustling with activity every day after school. The basketball program being operated in conjunction with Island Garden has well over 100 (!) children already enrolled as of Thursday, and the number increasing with every passing day. These children are currently involved in basketball clinics. In late October Chabad teams will be formed which will be joined into the Island Garden Super League. The program is open to all children regardless of race or religion.

Our thanks go to Chabad members Brad and Mira Bernstein who dedicated countless hours exploring the various options and setting up the program in the manner most beneficial to the children of our community. Chabad is very fortunate to have such dedicated people who put so much effort behind this project and saw it through.

Click here for info and to sign up.


Calendar of Events

Oct 7-8


High Holidays with Chabad
Rosh Hashana, September 28-30
Yom Kippur, October 7-8

Join Chabad of Port Washington for a meaningful and uplifting High Holidays service. All High Holiday Services will take place at the Chabad of Port Washington located at 80 Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050.

Click here for more full High Holiday schedule and more info.

Oct 17

Mommy & Me with Yoga
Mondays | 9:45 -10:45 am

Michelle Lublin, of Om Sweet Om together with Sara Paltiel, director of Chabad of Port Washington, invite you to to join us for a spectacular Mommy and Me with Yoga. Yoga, Music & Movement in a Preschool setting.

Click here for more info and to register online.

Rebbe E-Video

The King Awaits

The first Chabad Rebbe offers a parable illustrating G‑d's closeness of every individual during the Hebrew month of Elul.

Click here to watch a 6-minute clip.

Question of the Week

Should Our Fights Be Fixed?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, AU

I have a problem. My fiancee and I never fight. I have heard that relationships can only grow through tension, that only when we have a disagreement and then work through it can we get closer. But what can I do? We simply agree on everything. Now I'm nervous. Should we be arranging some arguments? Maybe a weekly roster with a list of topics to fight about, and then make up afterwards?


Board of Directors

Adam Katz, Esq., President

Frank Arnold
Bert Brodsky
Martin H. Brownstein, M.D.
Howard Fensterman, Esq.
M. Allan Hyman, Esq.
Sara E. Paltiel
Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel
Alan Rosenzweig
Alan Salzbank
Michael Samuel
Felix Sater


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Sep 16
6:45 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 17
7:43 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Tavo

Kiddush Calendar

This Shabbos we will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Schaffer. Big Mazel tov to the proud parents Dinah and Preston. And of course to the big sister, long time Chabad day camp dedicated staff member, Allana.

Click here to let us know if you'd like to sponsor a kiddush.

Community News

it is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Abe Miles, Avraham ben Rafael, beloved father of Stewart Miles, who passed away this morning at the age of 86. Funeral will take place sunday 10am at Gutterman's in Woodbury (jericho turnpike).
Sunday morning services will take place at 8:45am, so that people can attend the funeral.
May we share simchos!

Stewart, Stacy and Rebecca Miles

Our condolences to Matt & Laurie Merlis on the passing of Laurie's mother Nogah Gaynor. May we share only happy occasions.


Brette Ehrenpreis 9/17
Gerald Loew 9/17
Tami Ruben 9/19

Allison & David Rosen 9/22

Ida Levine, (Chaya bat Avraham)
9/19/2011 | Elul 20, 5771
observed by Carol Arnold
& Bill Ostrower

Carol Arnold

Ida Pearl Russell,
9/20/2011 | Elul 21, 5771
observed by Barbra Russell

Barbra Russell

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

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning
Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 6:45 PM
Shabbat services followed by kiddush
Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at Noon
Mincha: Following Lunch

Schedule of Classes

Weekly Torah Portion
Sundays | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Coffee & Parsha Class

Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:00 AM

Tanya Class
with Rabbi Paltiel
Saturdays | 8:45-9:30 AM

for men with Rabbi Weinberg
Thursday evening at private home in town. Call for details.

Daily Thought

Being and Not Being

He made His world of contradictions, opposites that combine as one.

Being and not being,
infinity and finitude,
light and darkness,
form and matter,
quantity and quality,
giving and withholding.

At their nexus, a world is formed: Neither can exist without the other, all function together as a single whole.

They are mere modalities-He Himself is none of them. He mixes them and matches them at whim.

Paradox is our window to the Unknowable.


Bar Mitzvah Speech

Two weeks ago, we celebrated the triplet Bar Mitzvah of the Tennenbaum brothers.

Click here
for the eloquent speech delivered by the proud mother, Dawn, on behalf of herself and her husband Rob. Enjoy!



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Ki Tavo: Being Grateful
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The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Elul 17 | September 16
Noah Dispatches Dove (2105 BCE)
R. Schneur Zalman's parents marry (1743)
Elul Observances
  Shabbat Elul 18 | September 17
Chai Elul
Passing of Maharal (1609)
Baal Shem Tov Born (1698)
Chassidic Movement Founded (1734)
1st Chabad Rebbe Born (1745)
Chassidic Holiday
12 Days of Reflection
Ethics: Chapters 3 & 4
Elul Observances
  Sunday Elul 19 | September 18
Elul Observances
  Monday Elul 20 | September 19
Elul Observances
  Tuesday Elul 21 | September 20
Elul Observances
The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Ki Tavo
Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that G‑d is giving to you as your eternal heritage, and you settle it and cultivate it, bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) of your orchard to the Holy Temple, and declare your gratitude for all that G‑d has done for you.

Our Parshah also includes the laws of the tithes given to the Levites and to the poor, and detailed instructions on how to proclaim the blessings and the curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal-as discussed in the beginning of the Parshah of Re'eh. Moses reminds the people that they are G‑d's chosen people, and that they, in turn, have chosen G‑d.

The latter part of Ki Tavo consists of the Tochachah ("Rebuke"). After listing the blessings with which G‑d will reward the people when they follow the laws of the Torah, Moses gives a long, harsh account of the bad things-illness, famine, poverty and exile-that shall befall them if they abandon G‑d's commandments.

Moses concludes by telling the people that only today, forty years after their birth as a people, have they attained "a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear."