Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
 Email: [email protected]  Voice: 516-767-8672
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Project

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

What a couple weeks this has been...

Many of us didn't have power for a long time, some of us still don't. Thank G‑d our town was spared the type of devastation that took place in some other places not too far from home.

As I wrote to you last week, our Chabad suffered some serious damage in the storm. We are already hard at work in restoration and cleanup. (Thank you Suzanne Kolen for helping to expedite this process). If you can contribute to this effort please click here. We will need all the help we can get!


While our building is under construction, the activities will continue at other locations.

PRESCHOOL & HEBREW SCHOOL: The Children's Center at Landmark on Main Street has graciously opened their doors to us during this period. They will host our preschool and hebrew school classes. (No Hebrew School this Sunday, but next Sunday it is on). Our deep gratitude goes to Donna Preminger of The Children's Center for so graciously hosting us. Thanks also to Landmark, and to Fern Cohen for making the connection for us.

SHABBAT SERVICES: Our Shabbat services will take place tomorrow morning, 9:30am, at the home of Burt and Sharyn Falkenstein, 15 Smull Pl, Unit 1. Thank you so much Sharyn and Burt for hosting us. (If you come with small children, please remember this is a private home, so keep and eye that they are well behaved and supervised at all times please).

JLI ADULT EDUCATION: Some of you just joined the new Jewish Learning Institue (JLI) adult ed course "The Kabalah of YOU". Classes will resume next Sunday, November 18. Location to be announced.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES: All sports activities at Chabad's gym are unable to continue at this time. The individual groups operating these programs - Island Garden, Girls Volleyball, Shooting Stars Soccer - will be in trouch with you for further details.

We hope to resume daily morning services sometime during the coming week. Location to be announced. (Possibly at Chabad in an area that isn't affected).

Thank you again to Maura Bros for their efforts pre storm to secure the building. I can only imagine the devastation we would have had were it not for their hard work.

Click here to see photos of storm prep as well as the damages and restoration and cleanup as it is happening.

As I said, please consider supporting our rebuilding efforts. Insurance will cover a large portion of the loss, but we'll still need lots of help to cross the finish line. Click here for details and to make an online gift.

I pray everyone's power is restored asap. (Our own power at home came on last night finally). Our prayers are also with families who lost so much in the storm. Finally, I pray for a quieter week... Hashem, please give us some peace and serenity so we can enjoy the simple things in life that we sometimes take for granted.

Myself and Rabbi Weinberg are spending Shabbos at the Conference of Chabad Rabbis in Brooklyn. We'll see you real soon. If you want to be in touch, email [email protected] (my normal email system is still down). You can also call my cell 516 322 4322.

Shabbat Shalom - a peaceful Shabbat!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Calendar of Events


Kabbalah of You

Kabbalah of You: Sundays, 10-11:30 AM

Are you all you can be? How can you unleash the infinite power of your soul within? This course provides a mystical roadmap to living a life of happiness, fulfillment, and self-actualization by revealing how you can thrive and be more than just alive.

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
Why Does a Good G‑d Make Bad Hurricanes?
By: Tzvi Freeman

When I took this job at Ask-The-Rabbi, I didn't realize I was supposed to be G‑d's defense attorney. But for whatever reason, people intuitively see religion as a comfort pillow, a set of answers to questions that will set everything alright so that they can go on living within a stable, explicable world knowing that some rabbi at the other end of their mobile device will have an answer to whatever's gone wrong.

Enough griping, Freeman. People are cold, wet, hungry and exhausted. They've lost their homes, their possessions-their whole future has been abruptly and violently pulled out from under them. And they want you to explain to them how, despite all external appearances, Hurricane Sandy was an act of G‑d, and not just a freak incident of some indifferent entity called nature.

C'mon, Freeman. Torah's gotta have an answer to that.

Whose Garden Is This?

One of the first narratives we heard as kids in Hebrew School is how Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden. Nice, simple story, right? No, please, no. The story is deep, so very, very deep...



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, Nov 9
4:24 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Nov 10
5:24 pm
Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah

Kiddush Calendar

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

Community News

Mazel tov David and Sonya Clontz on the birth of a baby boy. Bris will take place, please G‑d on Monday. Lots of nachas!

David & Sonya Clontz

Mazel tov to Joel Avelarde on his marriage this week to his bride Oksana. What a wedding that was!!! May we share only simchas and happy ocassions with one another and our community.

Joel & Oksana Avlerade

Our condolences to board member Felix Sater on the passing of his father Misha sater. Our condolences to his wife Viki and the entire Sater family.

Chabad Board Member Felix Sater

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


Daily Thought

The Baal Shem Tov taught that each of our lives is comprised of forty-two journeys, corresponding to the forty-two journeys of the Children of Israel in the wilderness.

Some of those journeys have pleasant names. Others don't sound so nice. But none are inherently bad.

It is only that you may have to dig deeper and deeper to find the purpose and the good within them.

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: 5:45 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


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The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Cheshvan 24 | November 9
  Shabbat Cheshvan 25 | November 10
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
  Sunday Cheshvan 26 | November 11
  Monday Cheshvan 27 | November 12
Today in Jewish HistoryFlood ends (2104 BCE)
  Tuesday Cheshvan 28 | November 13
  Wednesday Cheshvan 29 | November 14
Today in Jewish HistoryMumbai Terror Attacks (2008)
  Thursday Kislev 1 | November 15
Rosh Chodesh
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Today in Jewish HistoryRebbe's Recovery (1977)
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The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Chayei Sarah

dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham's servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G‑d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master's son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham's nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the "test." Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day's events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah ( Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.