Chabad of Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington
  Email: [email protected]  Voice: 516-767-8672 Happy Chanukah!

A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Miracles. Renewal. Peace.

Want some?

It's CHANUKAH - time of miracles.

It's ROSH CHODESH (new month) - it's all about renewal.

It's the eve of Shabbat - a day of peace and serenity.

The atmosphere is filled with all of these wonderful blessings. These potent Divine energies are readily available to us, YOU AND ME, TODAY. Just make sure your antennas are up so you get good reception...

Here's how to do that:

Light your Chanukah candles, then light your Shabbat candles (before 4:10pm), drop a few coins in a charity box before lighting,  take a moment for a heartfelt silent prayer - and you're good to go!.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Please Say a Prayer
Rabbi Geisinsky

Prayers for Rabbi Geisinky of Chabad of Great Neck

My dear friend and colleague Rabbi Yossi Geisinsky of Chabad of Great Neck suffered a very severe heart attack this past Monday. He's at North Shore Hospital and in critical condition. Please take a moment to say a prayer in his merit for a speedy and complete recovery. His name is Yosef Yitzchak ben Chaya Luba.

More details can be found at

Turning Hate into Light
Menorah made from Kassam Rockets

A Menorah made from Kassam Rockets fired at Israel.

Latest Photos
Menorah Lighting

Public Menorah Lighting in Port Washington

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to view full photo album.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrenfen

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

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to view full photo album.

Photo credits courtesy of Rob Salzbnak/Rampage Studios.

Calendar of Events


Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah, December 8 -16, 2012

All you need to know about Chanukah.

Who lights the menorah, when and how? What are the Chanukah prayers and traditions? This brief printable tutorial will allow you to breeze through the Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony.

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for your personal Chanukah guide.



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.



Initial Shalshelet Meeting
Sunday, December 16 | 10 AM -12 PM

Chabad of Port Washington invites eighth grade students or higher to participate in the Shalshelet program. The goal of Shalshelet is to create life links between the current and older Jewish generations through documenting, retaining and transmitting the lifetime events of those who survived the Holocaust or were a part of WWII. 

Click here for more info and to register.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
Do You Deserve a Miracle?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: I was playing the game of dreidel, as we do every Chanukah, when someone asked what it actually means. I wasn't sure what to say, apart from being a fun way to spend time with the family during the holiday, and a kosher way to gamble away your savings. But I guess there's more to it... is there?



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 14
4:10 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec 15
5:14 pm
Torah Portion: Mikeitz

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Mr and Mrs Isaac Neissani in honor of the yahrzeit of his mother.

Mr & Mrs Isaac Neissani

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

Community News

Mrs. Hadassah Kaufman 12/14
Gabriel Ian Nadjari 12/16
Nicole Stern 12/18
Nancy Lanis - Federman 12/19
Adam Sandman 12/19
Benjamin Broad 12/20


Dr. Martin Brownstein & Dr. Shriley Papilsky 12/18

Rosalie Lawrence,
(Rachel Leach Bas Melech) 12/14/2012 | Tevet 1, 5773
observed by

Debbie Greenspan

Pnina Pulka-Yaron, (Pnina bat Moshe) 12/14/2012 | Tevet 1, 5773
observed by

Tami Ruben

Joseph Sandman,
12/14/2012 | Tevet 1, 5773
observed by

Alan & Linda Sandman

Pauline Alt, (Pesha bas Aharon)
12/15/2012 | Tevet 2, 5773
observed by
Lucille Rabinowitz

Reizah bas Zev Rothschild, 12/15/2012 | Tevet 2, 5773
observed by
Alex & Edith Rothschild

Julius Wach,
12/19/2012 | Tevet 6, 5773
observed by

Michael & Ronny Wach

Theodore Waxman,
(Tevya ben Chaim)
12/19/2012 | Tevet 6, 5773
observed by

Bart & Dorothy Waxman

*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 Toolkit
Your Personal Chanukah Guide
Who lights the menorah, when and how? What are the Chanukah prayers and traditions? This brief printable tutorial will allow you to breeze through the Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony.
Chanukah Voices
Pregnant with Hope
She was 38 and pregnant with her first child. She was so worried. Every time she went to her doctor, he scared her.
Chanukah Stories From the Past
The Story of Yehudit-Judith
The sun had already begun to set when Yehudit wound her way toward the enemy's camp. "I have an important message for your commander," she said to the sentry. "Take me to him at once!"
G‑d and the Butler
Why did the butler forget all about Joseph? And what would have happened if he hadn't?
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Jacob Kolton, 88, had a Profound Impact on Others
Jacob Kolton, a Holocaust survivor moved thousands with his story of a renewed faith late in life despite the atrocities he endured
Dinner Celebrates Community Members' Ordination
Fourteen from Chicago ordained by Israel's Rabbi Lau.
Holiday Watch
Chanukah, the Festival of Light, Begins Worldwide
Light shines forth from millions of windows and doorways, and thousands of public menorah lightings.
Mitzvahs are the Gifts at Memorial Bar Mitzvah Service
Friends and family gather at memorial Bar Mitzvah service for Levi Wolowik
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Tevet 1 | December 14
Rosh Chodesh
Today in Jewish HistoryEsther made Queen (362 BCE)
Today in Jewish History6th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsRosh Chodesh Observances
Laws and CustomsKindle 7 Lights before sunset
  Shabbat Tevet 2 | December 15
Today in Jewish History7th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and CustomsKindle Eight Lights after nightfall
  Sunday Tevet 3 | December 16
Today in Jewish History8th Day of Chanukah Miracle (139 BCE)
Laws and Customs"Zot Chanukah"
  Monday Tevet 4 | December 17
  Tuesday Tevet 5 | December 18
Today in Jewish HistorySefarim victory (1987)

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Mikeitz
Joseph's imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenath, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph's brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Simeon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Simeon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin's sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning, they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.