Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
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Yom Kippur Appeal

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Dear Friend,

A Day of Atonement?

Sounds like a strange concept.

If I've sinned, I need to make good. That's a personal action I need to take to fix things up. Surely I can do that on any day. So, why the big deal about Yom Kippur being THE DAY for atonement? What's the day got to do with it? Either I ask forgiveness and resolve to change my ways - or I don't...

Truth is - "THE DAY" does matter, a great deal.

In truth, a Jew's connection to Hashem is un-severable. G‑d and His people are one, attached at our core. No sin can get in the way of that connection, much the same as nothing a child does can make a parent dis-own them or not love them. The kid can run away from home - but he's always welcome back with open arms.

"THE DAY" simply serves as a reminder of this essential bond. On that day, some 3300 years ago, we made amends after the terrible sin of the Golden Calf - which took place such a short time after Sinai - illustrating that our bond is unconditional and eternal. We might stray from time to time, but we'll always come back home.

So... surprise surprise... Yom Kippur is really a happy day, in fact, it's the most happy of all days - albeit in an "awesome" sort of way... It's meaning touches the heart of every Jew in a very deep place, the place of the "pintele yid" - the essential spark of Jewishness within each of us.

Enjoy the day! Yes, try to be focused. Understand it's serious. It does demand some soul searching and realigning of priorities. Make a resolution or two. But don't worry - "THE DAY" does most of the heavy lifting. It automatically brings you back home. Because in truth, you never left!

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom, a complete inscription in the Book of Life, and a "Happy" and meaningful Yom Kippur!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. It's not too early (read: too late...) to order your Lulav/Etrog set. They are inexpensive, and free to Chabad members. Also - you can still order your own Sukkah. Click here for details and to place orders. While on the site make reservations to join us at Chabad's sukkah for dinner 1st night of Sukkot.

Also - if you are a CHABAD MEMBER, your departed loved ones will be listed in our YISKOR booklet for Yom Kippur. Please make sure our office has all of your yahrzeit information. If you are not sure, simply email it to [email protected] (Information needed: Name of deceased, Hebrew name and father's Hebrew name, date of passing).

Yom Kippur 5773
High Holidays

Yom Kippur Schedule of Services

Tuesday, September 25
Evening Service: 6:30 PM
Junior Congregation: 7:15 PM

Wednesday, September 26
Morning Service: 9:00 AM
Junior Congregation: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sermon/Yizkor: 11:00 AM
Mincha & Neilah: 5:00 PM
Break the Fast: 7:30 PM

Click here to make reservations.

Calendar of Events



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
Want Good Return on your Honey?By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: Every year on the night of Rosh Hashana, I like to share with my family a new thought about why we dip apple in honey. I am starting to run out of novel interpretations. Even Rabbi Google didn't help. Can you tell me one I haven't heard before?

Answer: Honey is a miraculous substance. It can do the impossible. Just try this experiment with your family at the Rosh Hashana table:


Rosh Hashana Sermons

Miraculous Survival of Am Yisroel

Click here to read Rabbi Paltiel's sermon of Day 1 Rosh Hashana.

Sold or Sent?

Click here
to read Rabbi Paltiel's sermon of Day 2 Rosh Hashana

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 21
6:35 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 22
7:32 pm
Yom Kippur Begins:
Tuesday, Sep 25
6:29 pm
Holiday Ends:
Wednesday, Sep 26
7:25 pm
Torah Portion: Vayelech

Kiddush Calendar

This Shabbos we will be celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of David Resnick. Mazel tov to the proud parents Robert and Barbara.

Robert & Barbara Resnick

A kiddush is being planned for September 29 to celebrate the engagement of Joel Avlerade and Oksana, his bride to be. If you'd like to help co-sponsor the Kiddush please contact Ellen Schaier at [email protected].

Please help sponsor kiddush for the following dates:
Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast 9/26
First 2 Days of Sukkot 10/1-10/2
Shabbat of Sukkot 10/6
Shmini Atzeret 10/8

Click here to let us know if you can sponsor a kiddush

Community News

Amenda Palmer 9/24
Roee Greener 9/25
Bradford Bernstein 9/27


Allison & David Rosen 9/22

Harry Davis,
9/23/2012 | Tishrei 7, 5773
observed by

Hersh & Fern Cohen

Irving Greenstein, (Yisroel)
9/26/2012 | Tishrei 10, 5773
observed by Gerald & Bernice Loew

Ezra Kivity,
9/26/2012 | Tishrei 10, 5773
observed by

Joseph & Aliza Cohen

Ted Charney,
9/27/2012 | Tishrei 11, 5773
observed by Sophia Charney

Alan Rabinowitz, (Jakov)
9/27/2012 | Tishrei 11, 5773
observed by Yair & Debbie Harari
and Lucille Rabinowitz

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


Daily Thought
Animal Cry

The shofar is a cry not of a human being, but of an animal's horn.

From a place so essential and unbounded, so raw and primal,
that the mind ceases to ponder, the heart stands still.

From the raw essence of man a cry rips aside heaven's curtains
to reveal the raw essence of his Maker.

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

Signature Bank

Rebbe E-Video

Rebbe Video of the Week
True Meaning of Teshuva

Rebbe E-video

Click here to watch a 7-minute clip.

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Chabad Telethon Reaches Millions, Nets Millions
Millions of people learned about the High Holidays through a combination of dance, song and liturgical performances courtesy of Chabad-Lubavitch of the West Coast's 32nd annual "Lchaim! To Life!" Telethon.
Sarcelles Attack Latest Aimed at French Jewish Community
France's Jewish community came under attack once again Wednesday when a device that some reports indicated was a grenade exploded inside of a kosher supermarket as patrons did their post-Rosh Hashanah shopping.
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Puerto Rico Abuzz With Sounds of Shofar Factory
Chabad-Lubavitch of Puerto Rico was abuzz with the sounds of drilling and sanding recently as Jewish community members young and old gathered to make their own rams' horns, popularly known as shofars.
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The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Tishrei 5 | September 21
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  Shabbat Tishrei 6 | September 22
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbetzin Chana (1964)
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  Sunday Tishrei 7 | September 23
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  Monday Tishrei 8 | September 24
Today in Jewish HistoryTemple Dedicated (826 BCE)
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  Tuesday Tishrei 9 | September 25
Erev Yom Kippur
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  Wednesday Tishrei 10 | September 26
Yom Kippur
Today in Jewish HistoryRebecca Born (1677 BCE)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayelech
The Parshah of Vayelech ("and he went") recounts the events of Moses' last day of earthly life. "I am one hundred and twenty years old today," he says to the people, "and I can no longer go forth and come in." He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.

The mitzvah of hak'hel ("gather") is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemittah cycle, the entire people of Israel-men, women and children-should gather at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where the king should read to them from the Torah.

Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with G‑d, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah "shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants."