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New, Spring JLI Course: "What Is?"

Check out the upcoming JLI course! 

What Is 

What Is?
Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe

Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.


  • Is the World Real?
  • Is Time Travel Possible?
  • Why does evil exist?
  • Who is G-d?
  • What is consciousness?
  • Are we bound by fate?

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Course Starts Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

RSVP for the Seder!

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Join us for a beautiful Community Passover Seder complete with fine wine, hand-made Shmurah Matzah and a delicious holiday dinner. Featuring an interactive reading of the Haggadah, enhanced by fascinating, relevant insights and joyful song.   

First Night of Passover
Friday, March 30 at 8 pm  

Suggested Donation:
Adults $36 / Children (5-15) $18
Reserve as sponsor: $180 for a couple 
No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Seder Information & RSVP - Click Here

(An option to join for the 2nd Seder is also available  - please contact our office for more info). 

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Tuesday: Pre-Passover Class


Join us for a Pre-Passover Class!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
(note, this will actually be one class, not two as earlier posted).

Add meaning and inspiration to your Passover Seder as you come well-prepared with fresh insights into the story, customs and rituals of the holiday. 

Followed by a Q&A on some of the practical aspects of the holiday.

RSVP Free: 

Order Shmurah Matzah

Matzah Oven (small)As a community service, we are pleased to offer some Shmurah Matzah available for purchase at a discounted price of $18 per lb. 

Order Online   

(Use our event order form, select the number of lbs using the "Participants - Adults" dropdown) 

Or reply to this email.

Your order will be available for pick up from Chabad Bay Area (please call in advance).


It is best to fulfill the Mitzvah of eating Matzah on the Seder nights with Shmurah Matzah. Shmurah Matzah is a round, completely hand-made matzah, that is made with grain that has been guarded ("Shmurah") from the moment of harvest to avoid any moisture (which could make it leaven) and then carefully processed by hand right up until its baking in a wood burning oven. (Learn more about Shmurah Matzah) 

Shabbat Schedule

  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
    Topic: The Power of Our Actions - Part 2

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion & rabbi's remarks at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Vayikra - Starting a new book of Torah!
    Rosh Chodesh Nissan
    Parshat Hachodesh

    After the service: enjoy a light Kiddush lunch including hot cholent!

Sunday: Tefillin & Breakfast

Wrap Stars
Join us this Sunday morning for WrapStars, featuring a Tefillin wrap, light breakfast and a short Torah thought. 

Sundays at 9:00 am 

For men 13 and older. Beginners welcome! You don't have to have your own Tefillin to participate. 

Purim Photo Album

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Photos of the Week - "Purim in New York!"

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RSVP - Grand Purim Bash - Thursday!

The Grand Purim Bash is this Thursday! Have you made your reservations?

Grand Purim Bash - New York Style - Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 pm 

Invite your family and friends to join you... "Purim in New York!" will feature a delicious dinner with tastes of Coney Island, Chinatown and Little Italy, and lots more!  

Purim In NY - Details

Purim Day,  Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 PM


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Jewish Kids in Action

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Hey Kids, Get into the holiday spirit with this fun Pre-Purim event! We'll be making our very own Hamentaschen - with all kinds of fun fillings - and lots more! 

Sunday, February 25 at 11 am

Suggested Cover: $5 / $25 Sponsor

Hear the Megillah - Purim Eve & Day!

Megillah Readings 

One of the Mitzvot of Purim is to hear the Megillah read on both the Eve of Purim and Purim Day. 

Megillah Reading Schedule:

  • Purim Eve, February 28 at 6:45 pm
  • Purim Day, March 1 at 9:30 am or at 5:30 pm (at the party)

How to Observe: Mitzvot of Purim

In addition to hearing the Megillah (on the Eve of Purim and Purim Day), Purim is observed with three more Mitzvot:

Gifts of Food - Mishloach Manot

Also known more coloqually as "Shalach Manot/Monos", this Purim Mitzvah involves sending a gift of at least two food items to another Jewish person sometime during Purim day.

Gifts to the Poor - Matanot L'Evyonim

This Purim Mitzvah is fulfilled, also on the day of Purim, by giving generously to poor people (can be directly or through an organization that helps the poor).

Purim Feast - Se'udat Purim

Enjoy a festive Purim meal on Purim day. One should try to include bread ('Hamotzi') in this meal, since traditionally that is a distinguishing difference between a meal vs. a mere 'snack'. This is also the time to enjoy the extra wine that Purim is so famous for!

Join our grand Purim Dinner -  'Purim in New York' - to enjoy the Purim Feast in all its glory! Advance RSVP kindly requested.

For more about the Purim:


Shabbat In The Heights

Shabbat in the Heights


Watch the Video  

Shabbat in the Heights - VIDEO 

If you might be interested in joining in with a group from the Bay Area of Houston, please contact to Rabbi Yitzchok or Malky Schmukler.

For more information about the trip, visit 

Special Shabbat Service & Lunch


  • Joyous "Kabbalat Shabbat" Service at 6:15 pm


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
    Topic: How to Connect to the Infinite Light

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah Reading & rabbi's remarks at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Yitro - Thunder, lightening and the Giving of the Torah
    Service followed by Kiddush lunch w/ hot cholent!

Photo of the Week

 JLI Class - Communication: Its Art and Soul

Students enjoying a video clip at the conclusion of the first lesson of the new JLI Course, Communication: Its Art and Soul. 

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