Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
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The Shul

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

It was wonderful spending such a meaningful and inspiring Yom Kippur with this amazing community. Surely Al-Mighty G‑d has signed and sealed all of us, amongst all of Israel, for a good year, filled with His abundant blessings of health, happiness and prosperity.

Please share my joy in the fabulous turnout we had for yom Kippur. After getting a flood of additional rsvp's for services after Rosh Hashanah, we added 220 seats in our Shul. During the daytime service and YISKOR, every one of the 700 seats was taken, plus some people standing. In addition, the children's service had well over 200 children and some parents as well. (As my mother likes to say: k'nehora!) BTW Photo above was taken by our beloved Cantor Rivkin - with his trusted cell phone - moments before Kol Nidrei services began (click here to enlarge). Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the services run so smoothly: Rabbi Weinberg and his staff for the children's Junior Congregation services and program, The dedicated ushers: Carol Arnold, Caryn Block, Sheryl Pinner & Tami Ruben who did a fine job (!) keeping things running smoothly and making sure it was quiet and orderly, Joel Avelarde, Ron DeMeo for arranging our security, and Alan Salzbank for his wonderful introduction speeches (including the impromptu one...). My own boys deserve a "yasher koach" for leading parts of the service and Torah Reading and overseeing the set up of the Shul and lobby, and my Mushka for organizing the honors, (and thoroughly critiquing my sermons in advance...).

Please give thought to the following:
  • New Year's Mitzvah Resolution: Now is a good time to decide on a Mitzvah resolution, as we discussed at Shul (feel free to share, I'd be delighted to hear about them.)
  • Last chance to order your Lulav set is today (complimentary to MEMBERS but you must reserve; $50 for non-Members). Click here or reply to this email to reserve. This is an important (and easy) mitzvah to perform. Your Lulav set comes along with easy to use directions, and this is considered a great blessing for health and livelihood for the upcoming year.
  • Please join us for DINNER IN THE SUKKAH on Sunday night. Click here to RSVP.
  • Please join us on Shabbat as we celebrate a special kiddush luncheon in honor of our beloved Joel's upcoming marriage with Oksana (thank you Ellen Schaier for organizing it and to the many of you who participated in sponsoring it).
  • Please join us for Sukkot services - Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Monday's services are followed by a kiddush luncheon in the Sukkah (thank you Alan & Linda Sandman). Full Sukkot Schedule of Services below. I suggest making it your business to participate at least for one of the Sukkot services. Same for the last days of the Festival.

Wishing you a joyous "FESTIVAL OF JOY",

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel


Sukkot 5773

Sukkot Schedule of Services

Sunday, September 30
Evening Service: 6:30 PM
Dinner in the Sukkah: 7:00 PM
Fee: Members: $15 Child, $25 Adult
Non Members: $20 Child, $30 Adult | Click here to RSVP

Monday, October 1
Morning Service: 9:30 AM
Kiddush in the Sukkah following services
Evening Service: 6:15 PM

Tuesday, October 2
Morning Service: 9:30 AM
Kiddush in the Sukkah following services
Evening Service: 6:15 PM

Click here for more info.

Calendar of Events


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
What is the Biggest Threat to Judaism?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I am teaching a high school class about threats to Judaism in the modern world. What do you see as the biggest threat to Jewish survival - assimilation or anti-Semitism?

Answer: The biggest threat to Jewish survival is confused Jewish identity. Sadly, today in many Jewish schools and families, Jewish identity is built through teaching Holocaust awareness and a fear of marrying out. The Jewish community's preoccupation with assimilation and anti-Semitism is not the solution, it is the problem.

A pessimistic and negative presentation of being Jewish turns off young Jews more than anything else. When we obsess about anti-Semitism we paint ourselves as perpetual victims. When we over-emphasise the threat of assimilation, it makes us feel like an endangered species. The Jews are alongside the hump-back whale and the giant panda in the list of helpless and pitiful communities disappearing from the planet. Is it so surprising that young Jews are opting out of Judaism? Who wants to be a victim?

We have to stop defining ourselves by the way others perceive us. Assimilation is when non-Jews love us so much they want to marry us. Anti-Semitism is when non-Jews hate us so much they want to kill us. They both just happen to us; but what do we think of ourselves?

We need a clear and positive reason to stay Jewish. Failing that, why should Judaism survive? Is there a good argument for not assimilating into the welcoming societies surrounding us? Is there a compelling reason to stay proudly Jewish in the face of anti-Semitism?

I think there is.

Judaism is the most powerful idea that the world has ever seen. Jews should survive because we have a message that the world needs to hear. 

The Jewish way of life is a revolutionary force that can transform ordinary lives into lives of meaning. A family that keeps Shabbos is always reminded of what is really important - that there is more to life than accumulating wealth. The Kosher laws teach us that we are not mere animals that must feed our every urge and desire, and that eating itself can be holy. A Mezuzah on the door tells the world that this home is built for a higher purpose. 

Judaism teaches lessons that the world urgently needs to learn - that every individual person is created in the image of G‑d, and is therefore unique and valuable; that morality is not relative but absolute; that humans are partners with G‑d in creation, with a mission to create heaven on earth.

These bold Jewish ideas are more relevant now than ever. But bold Jewish ideas need bold Jewish people to perpetuate them. The world can only be elevated if individuals first elevate themselves. We can only make the world into a divine home if we start with our own home. This is Judaism's formula to change the world for better. This is why we must stay Jewish.

The biggest threat to Judaism is not external pressure but rather internal confusion. When we lose sight of our mission, we lose the strength and stamina to survive. The Jewish feeling we need to develop in ourselves and our children is not fear of anti-Semitism, or guilt about assimilation. It is a humble pride in the greatness of the Jewish mission and confident resolve to fulfil it. When we are clear about our identity, no threat in the world can shake us.

Yom Kippur Sermons

Judaism is a
Marriage to G‑d

Click here to read Rabbi Paltiel's Kol Nidrei Sermon.

An Archeological Excavation into Judaism

Click here
to read Rabbi Paltiel's Yizkor Sermon

The Longest Running Show in History - Jewish Continuity

Click here
to read Rabbi Paltiel's Neilah Sermon


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 28
6:23 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 29
7:20 pm
Holiday Begins:
Sunday, Sep 30
6:20 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Monday, Oct 1
7:17 pm
Holiday Ends:
Tuesday, Oct 2
7:15 pm
Torah Portion: Ha'Azinu

Kiddush Calendar

Kiddush this Shabbat sponsored by members of the community and organized by Ellen Schaier in honor of the upcoming marriage of Joel Avelarde. Joel's bride, Oksana, will be spending Shabbos with us, please join us to celebrate this exciting "SIMCHA". (Hey - nice excuse for a leaf on the RUBEN SIMCHA TREE...)

Joel Avlerade & Oksana, his bride to be

Kiddush on 1st day of Sukkot sponsored by Alan and Linda Sandman. Yasher Koach!

Alan & Linda Sandman

Please help sponsor kiddush for the following dates:
Shabbat of Sukkot 10/6
Shmini Atzeret 10/8

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

Community News

Lisa Firestone 9/28

Firestone Family

Jacob Nissan 9/29

Mira Bernstein 9/30

The Bernstein Family

Rayna Aja Hovanec 10/1

Jerry Kramer 10/2

Kramer Family

Alex Shuris 10/2

Sandra Neuwirth 10/3

Sandra and Jim Neuwirth

Gerald Stern 10/4

Stern Family

Ethel Strick, (Etke Leah bas Israel) 9/28/2012 | Tishrei 12, 5773
observed by Joseph Strick

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

Daily Thought
Our Voice

What do we bring to the table?

Our brains, our power, our art are all from Him.

Even when we decide with our own free will to do good and to restrain ourselves from the opposite, we are only playing our part in a cosmic script for which we were formed.

But when we mess up, we can call the Infinite Light, "Father," and ask forgiveness.

That is not in the script. That is from beyond.

Way beyond.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 6:30 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

Bagel Mentch

Bagel Mentch

Thank you
of Great Neck
for sponsoring our
Yom Kippur break-the-fast
(516 487 BAGEL)
Much appreciated


Talon Air

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  Friday Tishrei 12 | September 28
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  Shabbat Tishrei 13 | September 29
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  Sunday Tishrei 14 | September 30
Erev Sukkot
Laws and CustomsPrepare "Four Kinds" in Sukkah
  Monday Tishrei 15 | October 1
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Laws and CustomsLinks
  Tuesday Tishrei 16 | October 2
  Wednesday Tishrei 17 | October 3
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The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Ha'Azinu
The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu ("Listen In") consists of a 70-line " song" delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, " Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you" how G‑d "found them in a desert land," made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty-"Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation"-and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d " hiding His face." Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parshah concludes with G‑d's instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. "For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel."