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Don't miss the guest speaker of the year!

 Guest Speaker David Weiss - The Wild Spiritual Ride of a Hollywood Screenwriter - Wed, January 17, 2018

"Entertaining and inspiring" - "Two Thumbs Up!" 

Hear, from a master storyteller, about the unlikely journey of a nice Jewish boy who went from charismatic church youth worker to rediscovering his Jewish roots while building a blockbuster screenwriting career.

This Wednesday, January 17, 2018
6:30 pm - Optional pre-talk sponsor's reception
7:30 pm - Event Starts 

At Chabad Bay Area
2047 W. Main St, B7, League City, TX

Advance online reservations by Tuesday, Jan 16: Only $10  (At door $15)

Come as a sponsor 
and enjoy a pre-event light buffet (at 6:30 pm)
Sponsor option includes tickets for two and starts at $72 

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David Weiss’ professional credits include: Shrek 2, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Smurfs Movies, Are We There Yet?, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rugrats and more. He served as Vice President of the Writers Guild of America and has written several children’s books.  He lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, Eliana, their two kids, plus two cats, two birds, two dogs and a desert tortoise.

More infoReserve

Shabbat Services Schedule

  •  Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah Reading & rabbi's remarks at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Va'eirah - Let my people go!!
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch w/ 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. 

Register for The Art & Soul of Communication - Starts Tue, Jan 23!

Communication Its Art and Soul 

Gain a new, deeper perspective on communication! 

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society. 

6 Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
Starting Jan 23, 2018

Course Fee: $99 (student book included)

  • Save 10% when booking for 2 or more
  • Register by this Tuesday (1/16) to guarantee your student book in time for the first lesson
  • Medical & Mental Health Professionals: Receive up to 15 Continuing Education credits! (Find out more)

Register or more info at

Not sure? As always, your are welcome to try out the first lesson free of charge or obligation.

The JLI Course Trailer

Watch the Course Trailer 

 Watch the Course Trailer - The Lost Art of Human Connection

Thank you to all of our 'Day of Giving' donors!

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Wow!!! We did it! Thank you to everyone who was able to join in to help us reach our goal! An extra special thanks to our matchers, Daniel and Sarah Emunah Wein, Marvin and Marilyn Bein and two more anonymous friends who came forward to make this possible! Together you are helping to make the flame of Yiddishkeit burn brighter in the Bay Area!

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank ALL OF YOU who have given so generously at various times throughout the year! 

We are touched by your generosity and partnership! May each and every one of you be blessed with only revealed good for you and your family!

If you still want to join with an end of year tax-deductible donation:

Thank you again!!

Check out the Chanukah Photo Albums!

 What an uplifting and joyous Chanukah it was in the Bay Area!

Check out the photo albums:

Thursday: 24 Hour Matching Campaign!

Day of Giving

Click here to join the Day of Giving - Matching Campaign. 

Join us online this Thursday, December 21 - the 3rd of Tevet - for an extraordinary 24 hour fundraising campaign! For 24 hours only, every dollar that you donate will be doubled on the spot by matching donors! That's right - doubled!

Chabad of the Bay Area counts entirely on the grass-roots support of people like yourself to enable its work. Your participation in this special campaign will help us cover this year's budget and be on firm ground for continued activities and growth in 2018.

Sunday! 'Share the Light' CHANUKAH CONCERT! (RSVP Optional)

Watch the Concert Promo Video! 

 Share the Light CHANUKAH CONCERT - Starring The Solomon Brothers from Israel - As see on THE VOICE! Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Saengerfest Park, Galveston, TX

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Food Opens 5:00 pm | Program Starts 5:30 pm

At Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St, Galveston, TX  


Optional: Reserve a seat!
Get the reserved seats and Deli Food combo package!
Sponsorship Options

Chanukah Concert - Details 

Invite your friends to join  you at this very special Chanukah celebration! 

Photo of the Week

 Chanukah Pearland 5778

Children take part in the lighting of final candle at last night's Menorah Lighting at Pearland Town Center mall. 

End-of-Year Giving

As an independent non-profit, Chabad of the Bay Area is made possible by your partnership and generosity (all of our funding is grass-roots, we receive no funding from any central body). Every little bit counts and makes a big difference.

Please consider making Chabad of the Bay Area a part of your end of year, tax-deductible giving.

We are also excited to once again be launching a special one-day gift matching campaign (see next post). If you wish to donate now, please see the info below:

To Donate Online:

By Mail: Chabad of the Bay Area, 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City, TX 77573

Additional Options: From your Donor Advised Fund (ie, Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, etc. - we are set up with DAF Direct). Some find it advantageous to donate appreciated Securities (Stocks), please contact the rabbi. 

Thank you and may you be blessed in return with material prosperity many times over!

Chanukah - When to light on Friday & Sat night?

When Chanukah falls on Friday night, we light the Chanukah candles before lighting the Shabbat candles (today at 5:06 pm).  

On Saturday night, we wait for Shabbat to end at nightfall (this Shabbat at 6:03 pm), recite Havdallah and then kindle the Menorah.

See for a complete Chanukah guide, including the blessings for lighting the candles.  

Happy Chanuka and Shabbat Shalom!

*Above times are for the Clear Lake Area 

This Shabbat: Rabbi's Birthday Kiddush!

Join us this Shabbat (Dec 9) for a special Kiddush sponsored in honor of the rabbi's birthday! 



  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service 5:45 to 6:15 pm


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah Portion & remarks at around 11 am
    Vayeshev - Joseph Gets Sold Into Slavery 
    Service followed by full Kiddush lunch sponsored The Schmukler Family in honor of the Rabbi's Birthday!
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