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A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

I'm looking forward to seeing so many of you in Shul next week for Rosh Hashana and then Yom Kippur.

Some rabbis chastise the people for not coming more often the rest of the year.

I say - it's so nice to see you!

I then accept the challenge to try and make the services meaningful and enjoyable so that you'd want to come back more often during the year.

BTW - If you haven't registered for the High Holidays please click here. Members and their families do not need to register.

If you're already a MEMBER at our amazing Chabad - THANK YOU! If you're not, please consider joining. It's inexpensive, first year's dues are 50% discounted, and you're part of the "mishpocho" - the Chabad of Port Washington family. How about it... No better time than now to take the plunge.

See ya real soon... Looking forward!

Shana Tova & Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Notice our new website design. Thank you Matt Harris ( for his dedication and talent. Came out beautiful and easy to navigate. (I'll drink to that).

Rosh Hashana 5773
High Holidays

Rosh Hashana Schedule of Services

Sunday, September 16
Evening Service: 6:30 PM

Monday, September 17
Morning Service: 9:00 AM
Junior Congregation: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sermon/Shofar Blowing: 11:00 AM
Tashlich Service: 1:30 PM
Evening Service: 6:45 PM

Tuesday, September 18
Morning Services: 9:00 AM
Junior Congregation: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sermon/Shofar Blowing: 11:00 AM
Evening Service: 6:45 PM

Click here to make reservations.

Calendar of Events



Girls Volleyball & Boys Basketball
at Adam Katz Athletic Center

Once again this fall Chabad of Port Washington will be home to numerous sports programs.

Click here for more info and to register.



Sukkot Holiday | September 30 - October 9

Join Chabad of Port Washington for Holiday services, dinner in the Sukkah, Sukkot family fun day and lots more.

Click here for more details and to RSVP.


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.

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.

Click here for more info and to RSVP online.


Membership Shabbat

3 New JLI Courses for 2012-2013

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

Click here for more info and to register.


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
Overcome Your Fear of Dogs
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: Why are religious Jews scared of dogs? Whenever I walk mine past a frum family, all the kids hide behind their mother's skirt in terror. And teh mother looks pretty scared too. Is there some curse on dogs?

Answer: I know exactly how your dog feels. I often get a similar reaction from Jews. While many observant Jews are scared of dogs, many unobservant Jews are terrified of rabbis. There's something in common between dogs and rabbis that make us both objects of trepidation. And it's not the facial hair...


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, Sep 14
6:47 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 15
7:44 pm
Holiday Begins:
Sunday, Sep 16
6:44 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Monday, Sep 17
7:41 pm
Holiday Ends:
Tuesday, Sep 18
7:39 pm
Torah Portion: Nitzavim

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Dr. Geoffrey & Karen Gordon in honor of the yahrzeit of Karen's mother, Florence Krzyzanowski - Feygel bas Yisroel Hirsch. Yahrzeit is this Shabbos.

Dr. Geoffrey & Karen Gordon

A kiddush is being planned to celebrate the engagement of Joel Avlerade and Oksana, his bride to be. The Kiddush will take place after the holidays, probably sometime in October or early November. If you'd like to help co-sponsor the Kiddush please contact Ellen Schaier at

Joel Avlerade & Oksana, his bride to be

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

Community News

Mazal tov to Elyas Bokhour and Yvette Kashi on the engagement of Yvette's son Netanel

Elyas and Yvette

Brooke Cenname 9/14
Ariella Sater 9/15
Brette Ehrenpreis 9/17
Gerald Loew 9/17
Tami Ruben 9/19

Florence Krzyzanowski,
(Feygel bas Yisroel Hirsch)
9/15/2012 | Elul 28, 5772
observed by Geoffrey & Karen Gordon

Abraham Becker, (Avraham)
9/16/2012 | Elul 29, 5772
observed by Phil & Jacqueline Becker

Bryan Elan Sandman,
9/19/2012 | Tishrei 3, 5773
observed by Alan & Linda Sandman

Jack Feder, (Yaakov ben Aharon) 9/20/2012 | Tishrei 4, 5773
observed by Bart & Dorothy Waxman

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

Daily Thought

Hide & Seek

Rosh Hashanah, the Baal Shem Tov taught, is a game of hide and seek. G‑d hides, we seek.

But where can G‑d hide? Wherever you go, there He is. As the Zohar says, "There is no place void of Him."

So perhaps what the Baal Shem Tov meant is more like peek-a-boo-when the parent hides behind his or her own fingers. So too, G‑d hides Himself within the guise of an awesome, indifferent king, judging His subjects strictly by the book until the most sublime angels shiver in dread.

And we seek. We seek the father behind the stern voice. We are the small child who climbs into the king's arms, tears off the mask and exclaim, "Daddy!"

Which is just what He was waiting for.

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


Talon Air

Rebbe E-Video

Rebbe Video of the Week
High Holidays with the Rebbe

Rebbe E-video

Click here to watch a 3-minute clip.

This Week @
Rosh Hashanah Minisite
Virtually everything you need to know about Rosh Hashanah: how-to guides, essays and insights, holiday stories, traditional recipes, multimedia, and much more!
Why Be Jewish?
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Adopting Our Daughters
After consulting with world-renowned infertility specialists, and after various medical procedures, we were informed that it would be impossible for us to bear children.
The Master Key
His heart froze: the paper had disappeared! He distinctly remembered placing it there that morning, but now it was gone.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Online Classes Examine 2012's Hot-Button Issues From a Torah Perspective
As Americans tuned in to the final days of both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, another kind of political back and forth engaged Jewish men and women at Chabad-Lubavitch centers around the country.
North America
Record-Breaking Purchase Changes Midtown Jewish Landscape
In one of the largest real estate acquisitions in the history of Chabad-Lubavitch activities across the globe, Chabad of Midtown Manhattan closed Thursday afternoon on the purchase of the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot building it's occupied for 16 years.
Holiday Watch
Young and Old Welcome High Holidays With Open Arms
Neal Reizer has big plans for the year ahead, reflecting on the events of the past 12 months and how he's spent them, and discovering opportunities for growth and transformation for the months that follow.
Holiday Watch
Finding the Right Note for the Holidays: Cantors Pack Their Bags
A cantor who has spent the past seven years singing at different synagogues around the United States, Aryeh Leib Hurwitz typically begins his prep up to three months ahead, first with daily voice exercises.
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Elul 27 | September 14
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Belzer Rebbe (1855)
Laws and CustomsSelichot
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Shabbat Elul 28 | September 15
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Sunday Elul 29 | September 16
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Today in Jewish HistoryTzemach Tzeddek Born (1789)
Laws and CustomsSelichot
Laws and CustomsNo Shofar Today
Laws and CustomsAnnulment of Vows
Laws and CustomsVisiting the Cemetery
Laws and CustomsRosh Hashanah Begins Tonight
Laws and CustomsElul Observances
  Monday Tishrei 1 | September 17
Rosh Hashanah
Today in Jewish HistoryAdam & Eve (3760 BCE)
Today in Jewish History1st Sin & Repentance (3760 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryDove's 3rd Mission (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryBinding of Isaac; Sarah's Passing (1677 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryBaal Shem Tov's Vision of Moshiach (1746)
Today in Jewish HistoryDaf Yomi (1923)
Laws and Customs"Good Year"
Laws and CustomsApple & Honey
Laws and CustomsShofar
Laws and CustomsTashlich
Laws and CustomsTorah Reading
Laws and CustomsLinks
Laws and CustomsTen Days of Repentance

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Nitzavim
The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith:

The unity of Israel: "You stand today, all of you, before the L-rd your G‑d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood-hewer to your water-drawer."

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G‑d's laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, "You will return to the L-rd your G‑d... If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L-rd your G‑d gather you... and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed."

The practicality of Torah: "For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven... It is not across the sea... Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it."

Freedom of choice: "I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love G‑d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life."