Chabad of Port Washington
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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

My family and I are taking a trip this weekend to Montreal, Canada to visit our daughter Chana on her camp visiting day. The trip is exciting also because it is a homecoming of sorts. Sara was born in Montreal where she spent her formative years. She will be able to show our kids the home and community she lived in as a child. And I will be visiting, for the first time in 18 years, the summer camp where I spent some great times as a staff member and head staff members in the 80s and 90s. Interestingly, that summer camp is currently owned and directed by my own sister and brother in law, so that makes it doubly exciting.

It's a homecoming of sorts.

When a Jew chooses to become more involved with Judaism and observe more of our traditions and customs, they will invariably feel a special excitement. Although they might be observing a particular mitzvah for the first time, it will feel warm and familiar. That's because to a Jew everything Jewish is "home", for deep down we're all completely connected to Hashem and Torah. As such, embracing Jewish practice is not a new page, it's a homecoming!

Observing Judaism's laws and customs ("mitzvahs") is nothing new to a Jew. We're simply going back to the way our bubbies and zeidies lived for 150 generations. It feels right at home!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel


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Latest Photos

Camp Gan Israel Photos: Click here to see a photo album of all the summer fun at CGI.

Add a little Class to your Life
Coffee & Parsha

Daily Torah class at Chabad: Coffee & Parsha

Sundays | 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

In-depth study of weekly Torah portion using the text and classic commentary.

For Men & Women. All are welcome, no membership required. No previous knowledge necessary.

Calendar of Events



Girls Volleyball Clinics | 5 Wednesdays

A 5 week skill development volleyball class begins Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 6pm - 7:15pm run by Chris Pinto, former NYU Head Woman's Volleyball Coach and regional volleyball coach of the year.

Click here for more info.


Israel Trip

Community Trip to Israel - February 2013!
Sunday, February 17 - Monday, February 25

Chabad of Port Washington is joining together with Chabad of the Upper East Side for a Mission to Israel. You won't want to miss this trip, the first for our Chabad, which will be offered in FIVE STAR fashion.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
Can an Agnostic Meet G‑d?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I am just back from my big trip to Israel. I thought I'd never get there. I think it's the first Jewish thing I've done since my bar mitzvah (which wasn't so Jewish either).

But here's the weird part. I went to the Wall in Jerusalem, and you know me, I'm the last person to have a "spiritual experience". But as I approached the Wall I started to cry uncontrollably. I felt this strange magnetism towards the Wall, almost as if G‑d was pulling me. What do you think? Not bad for an agnostic, huh?

Answer: You have a powerful Jewish soul, and you caught a glimpse of its power at the Wall.

The Wall is the last remnant of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. While ransacking Jerusalem 2000 years ago, the Romans burnt the Temple, and knocked down its stone walls. But one wall refused to budge, the Western Wall. The sages predicted long ago that the Western Wall will never be destroyed. It represents a holiness that no foreign power can ever touch. They can destroy the Temple, but there is something that is beyond their reach, a...


Board of Directors

Adam Katz, Esq., President

Frank Arnold*
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
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug 3
7:50 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug 4
8:53 pm
Torah Portion: Va'etchanan

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Yahrzeit commemoration of Les Savran is today, Av 15. (It's hard to believe it's already been 3 years since Les is gone!) Our love to Ellen and the boys. We miss Les!

First Yahrzeit of Milton Kaufman, Mordechai Reuven ben Tzvi, was on 10th of Av, last Sunday. Our condolences and best wishes to new Chabad members Lipa and Hadassah Kaufman of Vermont, Barbara Kaufman and Daniel Hariggan of West Hempstead, and Rhoda Kaufman of Floral Park.

Barry and Linda Balcourt on the birth of their first GRANDCHILD! A little girl, to be named Billie Luz, was born to their daughter and son-in-law, Sidney and Erik. Mazel tov!


Lily Josephs 8/3
Brooke Rahmanan 8/3
Amanda Jason Jason 8/7
Jay Flanzraich 8/9

Eli Grossman
(Yichiel Elia ben Tzvi Hirsh)
8/3/2012 | Av 15, 5772
observed by Sharon & Danny Lee

Les Savran
(Aryeh Leib ben Tzvi Hersh)
8/3/2012 | Av 15, 5772
observed by Ellen Savran

Becky Brenner
8/6/2012 | Av 18, 5772
observed by Robert & Carol Brenner

Natalie Itkin
8/9/2012 | Av 21, 5772
observed by Michael Itkin and Anna Orlov

Robert & Carol Brenner, 7/28

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

Daily Thought
Edit Your World

Suppose we were handed a red pen and an eraser and told we could rewrite reality. If the storyline wouldn't look so nice, we could change that. Even if the outcome is what we deserve and what logically follows by our actions, it could still be edited out.

We were: Our confidence in G‑d's kindness. Trust in Him, believe it will be good, and He will make it so.

Is it fair? Is it justified?

Yes. Because if you can trust so strongly, you have already transformed yourself.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 7:00 PM

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch


Schedule of Classes

Coffee & Parsha Class
Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

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

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



Talon Air


This Week @
Why Is the Jewish People So Small?
Why have divine providence or human choice, or both, eventuated in the sheer smallness of the Jewish people?
Living with the Enemy
An Auschwitz survivor shares his story of survival, including how the Gestapo in Paris hired him as a translator. (Many viewers may find details described disturbing. Discretion advised.)
15 Av: Celebrating Marriage
An Arranged Marriage
Had Isaac and Rebecca met in the modern age, their courtship might have looked something like this . . .
Judaism 101
10 Special Haftorah Readings
The haftorahs of the Three Weeks tell of G‑d's disappointment with Israel, and that which would befall them if they would not mend their ways. The next seven tell of hope, consolation and closeness.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
North America
Nazi Officer's Son Tells Jersey Audience of Embrace of Judaism
"I'm not a son of a survivor," Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger told the crowd at a Jewish day school in Morganville. "But I'm a son of a perpetrator. And I have to live with that, and I have an ongoing living and struggling with that issue. But today I'm also a Jew. I'm an Israeli citizen and serve proudly in the IDF as an officer."
North America
Massachusetts Campers Still Have an Exciting Week Left of Summer
The campers at Camp Gan Israel of Chestnut Hill, Mass., are having a blast, and they still have more than a week's worth of fun left for this summer's general session. From 30-month-old toddlers to 14-year-old teenagers learning to become counselors, the day camp has something exciting for everyone, say organizers.
Western France Overnight Camp Performs for Local Mayor
Boys attending a new Jewish overnight summer camp in Bournezeau in western France met with the commune's mayor, Louis Marie Giraudeau.
Photo Gallery
Orange County Day Camp Crafts Music Video
Camp Gan Israel of Orange County, N.Y., just finished a fun-filled three weeks of day camp that culminated in recording a Jewish-themed music video for the entertainment of hospitalized children.
The Jewish Calendar
  Thursday Av 14 | August 2
  Friday Av 15 | August 3
Today in Jewish HistoryEnd of Dying in Desert (1274 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryBan on Inter-Tribal Marriage Lifted (13th century BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryTribe of Benjamin Re-Admitted (circa 1228 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJeroboam's Roadblocks Removed (574 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryBetar Dead Buried (148 CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryMatchmaking Day
Today in Jewish History"The Day of the Breaking of the Ax"
Laws and CustomsJoyous Day; Tachnun Omitted
Laws and CustomsIncrease Torah Study
  Shabbat Av 16 | August 4
Laws and CustomsShabbat of Consolation
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 3
  Sunday Av 17 | August 5
Today in Jewish HistoryHebron Massacre (1929)
  Monday Av 18 | August 6
  Tuesday Av 19 | August 7
  Wednesday Av 20 | August 8
Today in Jewish HistoryZohar Published (1558)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1944)
  Thursday Av 21 | August 9
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Chaim Brisker (1918)
  Friday Av 22 | August 10
  Shabbat Av 23 | August 11
Laws and CustomsBless New Month

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Va'etchanan

Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored G‑d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but G‑d refused, instructing him instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land.

Continuing his "review of the Torah," Moses describes the Exodus from Egypt and the Giving of the Torah, declaring them unprecedented events in human history. "Has there ever occurred this great thing, or has the likes of it ever been heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of G‑d speaking out of the midst of the fire . . . and live? . . . You were shown, to know, that the L‑rd is G‑d . . . there is none else beside Him."

Moses predicts that, in future generations, the people will turn away from G‑d, worship idols, and be exiled from their land and scattered amongst the nations; but from there they will seek G‑d, and return to obey His commandments.

Our Parshah also includes a repetition of the Ten Commandments, and the verses of the Shema, which declare the fundamentals of the Jewish faith: the unity of G‑d ("Hear O Israel: the L‑rd our G‑d, the L‑rd is one"); the mitzvot to love G‑d, to study His Torah, and to bind "these words" as tefillin on our arms and heads, and inscribe them in the mezuzot affixed on the doorposts of our homes.