Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
Email: [email protected]  Voice: 516-767-8672 Saturday Night Menorah Lighting

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Did you ever wonder why we light 8 Chanukah lights to commemorate the Temple Menorah which only had 7 branches?  It's because Chanukah lights have "one up" - even on the Temple Menorah.

Unlike the Temple Menorah which had to be kindled BEFORE nightfall, the Chanukah Menorah is lit AFTER nightfall - symbolizing its power to illuminate even the darkest moments in life.

The Chanukah lights empower us to overcome obstacles and deal with life's challenges successfully, even transforming potential darkness into opportunities for light. Do yourself a favor - don't miss a night!

Also - please help me usher in this very special holiday into our very special town. Join me as I kindle Port Washington's Largest Chanukah Menorah at the LIRR on Main Street, this Saturday night at 6:30 PM. We'll sing, we'll dance, and we'll celebrate the gift of Chanukah and its symbol of Jewish perseverance which helped us survive our long, at times dark, history.

This year, we dedicate the lighting ceremony to those who suffered great loss during the recent hurricane. The Menorah's message of hope will lift the spirits of each of us whose lives were shaken up and given new perspective - after "the flood."

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah! (Please come Saturday night - I'll save you a latke...)

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Hurricane Sandy Report
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Project

The Hurricane Sandy Recovery Campaign has been received very warmly by the community. We are grateful to each and every one who made a gift, from large to small. We are heartened to have received gifts from many non-members and non-Jews who have stepped forward to give support and show that they care. Port Washington is indeed an amazing town, and "the Town" is rallying behind our Chabad now, in our time of need, to get us back on our feet. Thank you PORT WASHINGTON!

Click here if you'd like to make a contribution. Together, we will be able to celebrate before long the grand re-opening of our beloved Chabad House.

The Hurricane Sandy Recovery Committee:

Karen & Ed Adler
Brad & Mira Bernstein
Russ Burman
Fern & Hersh Cohen
Peter Dejana
Mark Engel
Geoffrey Gordon
Matt Harris
Arnie Herz
Adam Katz
Suzanne Kolen
John B. Maura, Jr.
Roy Nelson
Sandra & Jim Neuwirth
Sara & Shalom Paltiel
Tami & Glen Ruben
Alan Salzbank
Howard Schiff
Harold Spielman

In the News
News Article

Chabad of Port Washington Flood written up in Jewish World newspaper by our own Sharyn Perlman.

Restoring and rededicating shuls takes on new meaning post-Sandy.

...Too many in the metropolitan New York area, especially on Long Island, no longer had to imagine what a desecrated shul looked like - all we had to do was take a short walk...

Click here to read full article.

Calendar of Events


Happy Chanukah!

Saturday Night, December 8, 2012

Public Menorah Lightings at 2 Locations:
Port Washington - LIRR Main Street | 6:30 PM
Manhasset - Park across Town Hall | 8:30 PM

Music, Hot Latkes, Donuts & Coffee, Community leaders, no charge, all are welcome!

Click here
for more info.


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.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
Xmas Trees and the Jewish Home
 By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I am in a tricky situation. My sister and her husband are spending Chanukah with us. Her husband is not Jewish and so they usually celebrate both Chanukah and Xmas with their kids. They would like us to do the same this year. Should I have a tree and a family Xmas celebration in my home to accommodate my brother in law? I know he would do anything to accommodate us in his home, but I don't really want my kids celebrating Xmas. Am I being unfair?



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, Dec 7
4:09 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec 8
5:12 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeishev

Kiddush Calendar

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Community News

Our condolences to Lenny and Susan Lebovitch on the passing of Lenny's mom, Dora Lebovitch. Funeral services are taking place today. Shiva will take place at her home 9876 Queens Blvd, Apt 4K
Rego Park, Queens until Thursday morning. Condolences also to grandchildren - Shelly and Brian Steinwurtzel and Mark & Cory Lebovitch.

Lenny & Susan Lebovitch

Shelly & Brian Steinwurtzel

Dr. Steven Kornhaber 12/7
Miles Rosen 12/9
Lia Eshel 12/11
Mitchell Kornhaber 12/11

James Neuwirth 12/12

Zachary Salzbank 12/12

Mr. Matthew Harris 12/13

Isabelle Rosen 12/13

Kar Tung Lee,
12/11/2012 | Kislev 27, 5773
observed by

Sharon & Danny Lee

Arnold Clement,
(Reb Aaron Yosef ben Reb Michael)
12/12/2012 | Kislev 28, 5773
observed by

Alan & Peggy Klat

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


Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: At Candle Lighting

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 @
Chanukah Megasite
Everything Chanukah-related: stories, games, insights, recipes, FAQs, guides and more.
19 Kislev
If 1,000 Years Is a Day, It's Now Friday 12:33 PM
In the autumn of 1902 Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch addressed a select group, and mapped out, in part, the sixth millennium to the periods of a 24-hour day.
The Refusal to be Comforted
On what basis did Jacob continue to hope? Surely he had recognized Joseph's bloodstained coat and said explicitly, "A wild beast has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces"?
Jacob's Greatest Adversary
Our father Jacob was victorious over many a formidable adversary in his lifetime. However, there was one source of opposition that he could not overcome.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Holiday Watch
World Record for Dreidel Spinning Set to be Broken
Guinness World Record to be smashed at Binghamton University
"The New Year of Chassidism" Celebrated Worldwide
Hundreds of thousands attend ceremonies on the 19th of Kislev
North America
Menorah Lighting Comes to New Jersey Prisons
New Jersey inmates to participate in Menorah lightings for the first time
"Our Hearts are With You" in an Israeli Village Under Fire
Chabad Terror Victims Project delivered packages and encouragement to Nitzan, where sewage pipes serve as bomb shelters.
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Kislev 23 | December 7
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Accused of Poisoning the Wells (1348)
  Shabbat Kislev 24 | December 8
Today in Jewish HistoryConstruction of the Second Temple Resumes (520 BCE)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Laws and CustomsKindle One Chanukah Light after nightfall
  Sunday Kislev 25 | December 9
Today in Jewish HistoryCain Kills Abel (3720 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryMishkan completed (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryChanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Chizkiah Medini (1904)
Laws and CustomsKindle 2 Lights tonight
Laws and CustomsHallel & Al HaNissim
Laws and CustomsChanukah Foods
Laws and CustomsDreidel
Laws and CustomsChanukah Gelt
  Monday Kislev 26 | December 10
Today in Jewish History2nd Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRaavad's Passing (1198)
Today in Jewish HistoryOldest US Synagogue Dedicated (1763)
Laws and CustomsKindle 3 Lights tonight
  Tuesday Kislev 27 | December 11
Today in Jewish HistoryFlood rains cease (2105 BCE)
Today in Jewish History3rd Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Chaim of Tchernovitz (1817)
Today in Jewish History2nd liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1800)
Laws and CustomsKindle 4 Lights tonight

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayeishev
Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is seventeen-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two of his dreams which foretell that he is destined to rule over them, increasing their envy and hatred towards him.

Simeon and Levi plot to kill him, but Reuben suggests that they throw him into a pit instead, intending to come back later and save him. While Joseph is in the pit, Judah has him sold to a band of passing Ishmaelites. The brothers dip Joseph's special coat in the blood of a goat and show it to their father, leading him to believe that his most beloved son was devoured by a wild beast.

Judah marries and has three children. The eldest, Er, dies young and childless, and his wife, Tamar, is given in levirate marriage to the second son, Onan. Onan sins by spilling his seed, and he too meets an early death. Judah is reluctant to have his third son marry her. Determined to have a child from Judah's family, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and seduces Judah himself. Judah hears that his daughter-in-law has become pregnant and orders her executed for harlotry, but when Tamar produces some personal effects he left with her as a pledge for payment, he publicly admits that he is the father. Tamar gives birth to twin sons, Peretz (an ancestor of King David) and Zerach.

Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the minister in charge of Pharaoh's slaughterhouses. G‑d blesses everything he does, and soon he is made overseer of all his master's property. Potiphar's wife desires the handsome and charismatic lad; when Joseph rejects her advances, she tells her husband that the Hebrew slave tried to force himself on her, and has him thrown into prison. Joseph gains the trust and admiration of his jailers, who appoint him to a position of authority in the prison administration.

In prison, Joseph meets Pharaoh's chief butler and chief baker, both incarcerated for offending their royal master. Both have disturbing dreams, which Joseph interprets; in three days, he tells them, the butler will be released and the baker hanged. Joseph asks the butler to intercede on his behalf with Pharaoh. Joseph's predictions are fulfilled, but the butler forgets all about Joseph and does nothing for him.