Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
  Email:  Voice: 516-767-8672
High Holidays on Us!

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

As we salute the life of Neil Armstrong, we remember his famous words: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Judaism teaches that all of the world is one unit, as it is continuously energized by the One G‑d. Therefore, our every act, big or small, impacts the entire world. Maimonides points out: One single mitzvah, one good deed, speech or thought, by one individual, can bring about redemption to all of mankind and usher in the promised era of world peace, when the world will be filled with goodness and G‑dliness for all of mankind. 

Each time the opportunity presents itself to take a positive step in life, remember this: Your one small step forward, indeed is a giant leap for all of mankind.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Membership Drive 5773

Join Our Membership

Last year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of our Chabad, we embarked on a campaign to enroll 20 new Member Families, a goal which we reached and exceeded.  This year, as we prepare for the New Year 5773 and we complete "CELEBRATION 20", we once again have undertaken a campaign to expand our membership by bringing in 20 additional families. We welcome you to join our membership family and enjoy being part of our wonderful community!

Click here to be a part of it!

Calendar of Events


Hebrew School

First Day of Chabad Hebrew School

Join us for the first day of Hebrew School at Chabad of Port Washington.

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First Day of Florence Brownstein Preschool

Bring your little one to Florence Brownstein Preschool opening fro the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, September 10.

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Mommy & Me

New Session: Mommy & Me with Yoga!
Mondays | 9:45 - 10:45

Join Michelle Lublin, of Om Sweet Om together with Sara Paltiel, director of Chabad of Port Washington for Mommy and Me with Yoga, Music & Movement in a Preschool setting.

Click here for more info and to register online.


Parenting Class

Parenting Class | Wednesday, 10:45 AM

Monthly parenting class lead by Sara Paltiel of Chabad Port Washington. Topic: Setting boundaries and how to nourish ourselves so we can nourish others.

Click here for more info. Please RSVP by calling the office 516 767 8672.


Membership Shabbat

Membership Shabbat Dinner | Friday, Oct 19
Services: 6:00 PM | Shabbat Dinner: 6:30 PM

Chabad Members are invited to join us in celebrating Shabbat with our community and have the opportunity of meeting and getting to know other members in the Chabad of Port Washington family.

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Membership Shabbat

3 New JLI Courses for 2012-2013

Choose one or come to all 3 courses being offered this coming year at Chabad.

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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.

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Question of the Week
Question of the week
How Did Reproduction Evolve?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I'll tell you why I prefer science over religion. The Bible is riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies. To accept it you have to have faith. Science on the other hand is a rational system. Why cling to old inaccurate myths like the creation story of Genesis when the theory of evolution provides a clear and logical explanation for the origins of the universe?

Answer: Science and religion have far more in common than most give credit. Both require intense study to be understood correctly, and both can be easily misunderstood and dismissed as inaccurate when studied superficially. A cursory reading of the Torah can indeed lead one to think that it makes no sense. But the same applies to science.

I have not studied evolution theory in depth, and so my understanding of it is limited. Such shallow knowledge can easily lead to perceived contradictions...


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 31
7:10 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 1
8:09 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Teitzei

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Fern and Hersh Cohen in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary!

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


Community News

Mazel tov to Joel Avelarde on his engagement to be married to Axianna from Floral Park, Queens

Joel Avelarde


Nicole Meyers 9/1
Cyla Paltiel 9/1
Estee Weinberg 9/2
Jake Winters 9/2
Becky Freifeld 9/4
Ilan Litvak 9/4
Michael Itkin 9/6

Fern & Hersh Cohen 9/1

Orly & Bryan Sherman 9/1

Mr. & Dr. Michael Ehrenpreis 9/6

Pincus Iseson,
8/31/2012 | Elul 13, 5772
observed by

Jonathan D. Iseson

Moish Langweil,
8/31/2012 | Elul 13, 5772
observed by Edith Schneider

Mordechai Yaron,
(Mordechai ben Avraham)
8/31/2012 | Elul 13, 5772
observed by

Glen & Tami Ruben

Milton Kaplan, (Moshe ben Chanoch) 9/2/2012 | Elul 15, 5772
observed by Danny & Carol Kaplan

Jimmy Burman,
9/3/2012 | Elul 16, 5772
observed by

Russ & Audrey Burman

Irving Klarman, (Yisrael ben Eliezer)
9/4/2012 | Elul 17, 5772
observed by Edward & Becky Freifeld

Benjamin Thorn, (Benjamin ben Max) 9/4/2012 | Elul 17, 5772
observed by

Gary S. & Joyce Cohen

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

Daily Thought
Fierce & Humble

To achieve wonders takes a heart both humble and fearless.

Yes, two opposites. But also from two opposite directions:

The mind awakens the heart to its nothingness, and by this, the soul G‑d gave you is bared in all its brazen power.

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

This Week @
Letting Go of Hate
Moses delivers a command so counterintuitive that we have to read it twice to make sure we have heard it correctly . . .
Containing Conceit
Set up guardrails to carefully control and temper your ego.
Judaism 101
Shatnez-Free Clothing
You've heard of kosher food, but what about kosher clothes? Just like it is forbidden to eat a mixture of milk and meat, so too the Torah prohibits wearing a mixture of wool and linen. It's called shatnez.
Nothing they did could meet with the man's approval, and it seemed as if he pursued them day and night in order to find fault with them . . .
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
North America
As Hurricane Isaac Follows in Katrina's Path, Nola Hunkers Down
New Orleans resident Jill Halpern raced home to do her laundry and bring her lawn art inside last night. She wanted to clean her clothes before the power went out, and to make sure there wasn't anything in the yard that could go flying through the air and break through the glass.
Photo Gallery
Chief Rabbis' Whirlwind of Berlin Meetings Place Circumcision on Public Agenda
Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yehuda Tiechtel - now with the added title of Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berlin - completed a two-day whirlwind of meetings and a press conference in support of ritual circumcision.
North America
Redevelopment Spurs Growth of Downtown L.A. Jewish Community
Once a Gotham-like void that went dark after the law offices, jewelry shops and fashion houses closed for the day, Los Angeles' downtown is now a center of arts and culture, its trendy cafes and chic galleries entertaining a growing number of young professional residents.
North America
Friendship Circle Beneficiary Gives Back With Sibling Camp Experience
His childhood characterized by frequent interactions with volunteers from the Friendship Circle, New Jersey's Alec Russin decided to give back, coordinating a summer camp program for the organization as part of his Bar Mitzvah project.
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Elul 13 | August 31
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Yosef Yitzchak's marriage (1897)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Ben Ish Chai (1909)
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Shabbat Elul 14 | September 1
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Sunday Elul 15 | September 2
Today in Jewish HistoryTomchei Temimim founded (1897)
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Monday Elul 16 | September 3
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Tuesday Elul 17 | September 4
Today in Jewish HistoryNoah Dispatches Dove (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Schneur Zalman's parents marry (1743)
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Ki Teitzei
Seventy-four of the Torah's 613 commandments ( mitzvot) are in the Parshah of Ki Teitzei. These include the laws of the beautiful captive, the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young, the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one's home, and the various forms of kilayim (forbidden plant and animal hybrids).

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction of an unmarried girl, and for a husband who falsely accuses his wife of infidelity. The following cannot marry a person of Jewish lineage: a mamzer (someone born from an adulterous or incestuous relationship); a male of Moabite or Ammonite descent; a first- or second-generation Edomite or Egyptian.

Our Parshah also includes laws governing the purity of the military camp; the prohibition against turning in an escaped slave; the duty to pay a worker on time, and to allow anyone working for you-man or animal-to " eat on the job"; the proper treatment of a debtor, and the prohibition against charging interest on a loan; the laws of divorce (from which are also derived many of the laws of marriage); the penalty of thirty-nine lashes for transgression of a Torah prohibition; and the procedures for yibbum (" levirate marriage") of the wife of a deceased childless brother, or chalitzah ("removing of the shoe") in the case that the brother-in-law does not wish to marry her.

Ki Teitzei concludes with the obligation to remember "what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt."