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A Word From the Rabbi

It's Friday afternoon and candle-lighting time is quickly approaching. Do you know what time to light candles this evening? You may have a Jewish calendar you can look it up on or you might be logging on to our website to check out this weeks CLT. And now, you have another option, easier and more convenient than ever! I'm pleased to announce the newest addition to the family of personalized services available you: SMS Shabbat Times Alerts!

Utilizing the latest technology, Chabad of Port Washington, together with the Chabad Lubavitch Media Center, has now made it possible for you to receive SMS Shabbat times to your cellphone, pager or wireless-enabled device — absolutely FREE!! So whether you're at home and don't have a moment to look up candle lighting time or perhaps you'll be on vacation and need to know the correct time to light on Friday night - anywhere in the world - this innovative tool is the practical solution for you!

This new feature complements the features already available to to you, including personalized calendars, birthday, yahrtzeit and appointment reminders, online subscription management and MP3 audio class downloads. These services are all included with your free account.

Get started now, visit: to receive weekly Shabbat candle-lighting alerts to your mobile, pager or email address personalized for your locale. Best of all, the new candle lighting time alerts allows you to customize the time you'd like to receive the alerts each week.

I hope you'll choose to take advantage of these incredible new features aimed to make your online Jewish experience a most enjoyable one!

Best wishes for a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Candle-lighting time this week is at 4:38 pm


News at Chabad

Last Friday night nearly 50 community members and families joined Rabbis Weinberg and Glogauer and their families for a warm and lively Shabbat meal. Everyone could feel the friendly, family atmosphere in the air as the meal began with introductions and the singing of the traditional Shabbat songs. During the first course, everyone had an opportunity to share one of three things: (1) a Torah insight or piece of wisdom, (2) a spiritual or meaningful life-experience, or (3) the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to them. It was truly heart warming as people really opened up and shared some very touching, inspiring and funny things. The night ended with a lot of friendly schmoozing and new friendships being formed.

Our new Torah studies course, "Birth" on the book of Exodus began this past week with great success. More than 20 students signed up and joined in the course which takes place on Sunday mornings in the library at Chabad from 10:00am to 11:20am. It is not too late to join the course by clicking here and registering. All participants found the course material to be most interesting and inspiring as well as enjoyable.

The bagel table in the library on Sunday mornings is a big hit. We have had to increase the order each week of the past two weeks. Please feel free to take advantage of it. Congregants leaving the shul are invited to stop by for a bagel and coffee. Hebrew school parents are welcome to drop off their kids and then hang out in the library with other parents enjoying the chow.

Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]
Shabbat Begins:
Jan. 19 2007
4:38 PM
Shabbat Ends:
Jan. 20 2007
5:41 PM
Parshah Va'eira
Shul Family News

1/19/2007 Dana Freifeld
1/22/2007 Aaron Lee
1/22/2007 Debbie Levenson
1/23/2007 Saham Farahan
1/25/2007 Robert Spatz

1/25 Irving Brodsky
father of Bert E. Brodsky
1/25 Max Krensky
father of Sandra Effune

Dorothy & Bart Waxman

Kiddush Calendar

We are seeking sponsors for the Kiddush luncheons over the next number of weeks.

We don’t want people to forget how wonderful things were when we had Kiddush every week so we are going to serve cholent and kugel sponsored by the shul. But please come forward and take a Kiddush to sponsor. Tell them they can sponsor a Kiddush for as little as $250 with cholent, kugel, rolls and cake.

Please email [email protected] to book your date. This is a beautiful, meaningful way to celebrate a special occasion or commerate a date on your family calendar.


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Schedule of Classes

Saturday Torah Study Class
Rabbi Paltiel at 8:45 -9:30 a.m.

Sunday Torah Study Class with Rabbi Paltiel
10:00 -11:20 a.m.

Saturday Women's Discussion Group with Dr. Chaya Glogauer after lunch

Schedule of Services

Sunday morning Tefillin Club:
9:00 - 9:15 am and 11:30 am- 12 noon

Monday - Friday at 7:00 a.m.
Friday night at 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush Luncheon at noon

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Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, "Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness." Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron's staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities, a pestilence kills the domestic animals, painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, "the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go; as G‑d had said to Moses."


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