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Shabbat Morning Schedule


  • (No Coffee and Kabbalah this week)

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion: Korach
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch

Note: No Kabbalah class this Shabbat 6/24

The Shabbat morning Coffee & Kabbalah class will not be held this week, Saturday, June 24. We will back to our regular schedule next week.

(Shabbat services will be held as usual at 10 am).  

Sunday: Tefillin & Breakfast

Wrap Stars
Make this Sunday morning a special one as you wrap Tefillin, enjoy a light breakfast and some friendly socializing.

This Sunday, June 25 at 9:00 am 

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

RSVP not required

National Jewish Retreat

Treat yourself to the most incredible summer vacation experience.

Combining the absolute best in comfort, dining, accommodations and entertainment with the most enjoyable Jewish experience - check out the National Jewish Retreat:

National Jewish Retreat - Watch the video! 

The National Jewish Retreat will be held August at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Palm Springs, CA. Find out more at

Photos of the Week

Final Lesson - JLI Spring Course Survival of a Nation

Class Photo - JLI Course

Shabbat Morning: Coffee & Kabbalah

Coffee and KabbalahJoin us Shabbat mornings for a fascinating and inspiring class on Kabbalah.

Saturdays at 9:00 AM
Everyone is invited!

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

Current Topic: Overcoming Negative Thoughts - part 3

Topics we get into: souls, Heaven, reincarnation, purpose of life, good and evil, the spirituality of the Torah, the deeper meaning of Mitzvot, the mysticism of creation, end of days and more!

Shabbat Morning Schedule


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Sermon & Torah Reading at around 11 am
    Torah portion: Shelach
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch with hot cholent!
    Dvar Torah at the Kiddush by Solomon Berezin! 

Join us for the last JLI class!

The 6th and final JLI class in the course, Survival of a Nation, will be held this Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm.

Topic for Lesson Six 
A Nation That Dwells Alone: Israel’s Relations with the Family of Nations

  • Why is there disproportionate attention to Israel in international forums?
  • What lies behind the frequently biased media coverage?
  • Is the criticism and censure justifiable?
  • Can or will Israel ever be viewed as an equal in the international community?

YOU'RE INVITED: If you have not signed up for the course, but would like to check it out to know what this or other JLI courses are like, come and join us for the last lesson!

Sneak Preview of Next Year's Course Lineup (starting after the High Holidays):

  • Fall Semester: Great Debates in Jewish History
  • Winter Semester: The Art of Communication
  • Spring Semester: The Existence


Thursday Evening: Yahrtzeit Service

BereavementThis Thursday a community member is observing the first Yahrtzeit after his father's passing. We will be coming together to make a Minyan for Mincha & Maariv followed by a light meal. 

Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 pm
At Chabad Bay Area

If you think you can likely come to help complete the Minyan, kindly reply to this email.

Special Shabbat - Birthday Kiddush!

Join us this Shabbat morning for Coffee & Kabbalah, an inspiring service, Torah portion discussion and a special Kiddush lunch!


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Sermon & Torah Reading at around 11 am
    Torah portion: Nasso
    Service followed by Kiddush lunch sponsored by Dr. Steve and Jean Anne Falk in honor of Dr Falk's Birthday!

Shavuot Recap!

What a beautiful holiday it was with some 70 participants joining in the grand Shavuot Celebration! Together we got to re-experience the Giving of the Torah and enjoy a mouth-watering Dairy Kiddush. 

Shavuos tables 


Behind the scenes - some of the pre-holiday prep. (No pictures of the event due to the sanctity of the holiday - Yom Tov).

Photo of the Week


Our first for the season "Wrap Stars Tefillin & Breakfast" on Sunday mornings got off to a great start! Come and join us this Sunday at 9 AM!

No Tefillin? No problem. We've got a pair for you and help you with putting it on. Followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by the guys. 

Sunday: JKids in Action!

CandyJKids in Action will be getting together on Sunday, May 28, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, for a fun pre-Shavuot meet!

Shavuot is when we celebrate the giving of the Torah, so kids, come and get into the Shavuot spirit:

  • Make your own Candy Torah Scroll!
  • Go on a guided tour of a synagogue, see the Torah scroll up front and learn how a Torah is made!

For kids 5-12.

RSVP to or Reserve Online 

Suggested Cover: $5 per child
Be a Sponsor: $25 and up

What's on the menu for the Shavuot Celebration? (RSVP)


Join us for the annual Shavuot Celebration!

Featuring the Reading of the Ten Commandments -- on the very day that the Torah was given at Mount Sinai -- followed by a delicious Dairy Kiddush Buffet

What's on the Menu? 
Lots of delicious dairy cuisine, including, mouthwatering homemade cheesecakes, salads, pasta dishes, blintzes, an ice cream bar and something we just cannot yet reveal... :-)

The Kiddush is dedicated in honor of Mrs. Fern Goodstein's Birthday! To many more healthy and happy years! 

Wednesday, May 31 at 6:00 pm
At Chabad Bay Area

RSVP Free  |   RSVP with a Contribution  

Be a Sponsor : $54, $72, $180
: $360 or $540 

Full Shavuot Holiday Schedule


This Shavuot we are honored to be hosting Rabbi Dr. Shmulie Margolin and family! 

Eve of Shavuot - Tuesday, May 30

  • Light Candles 7:57 pm
  • Late Night Learning 11:30 pm (at Rabbi’s house)

1st Day of Shavuot - Wednesday, May 31

  • Holiday Service 10:00 am
  • Grand Shavuot Celebration at 6 pm:
    Ten Commandments Torah reading 
    Followed by Delicious Dairy Kiddush Buffet, including, delectable homemade cheesecakes, salads, pasta dishes, blintzes, an ice cream bar and more!
  • Light Candles (from a pre-existing flame) at 8:56 pm*

2nd Day of Shavuot - Thursday, June 1

  • Holiday Service 10:00 am
    Yizkor Memorial Service approx 11 am
  • Holiday Ends 8:57 pm
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