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No services this Shabbat (11/18)

We will not be meeting for services this Shabbat, November 18, 2017. The rabbi is attending the International Conference of Chabad Rabbis in New York. We will resume our regular weekly Shabbat schedule next week.

We will also not be meeting this Sunday for WrapStars - Tefillin & Breakfast. 

 

Reminder: JLI Tuesday

Reminder, the next lesson in the JLI course, Great Debates, will be held on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.

Renewal of The Sanhedrin 

In the wake of Spanish expulsion came a proposal to reinstate the Sanhedrin (Judaism's High Court & Legislature), in an effort to prepare for the messianic era. The idea cast the Jewish world into a frenzy: some pro and some vehemently against. Can we force the Divine hand to hasten the redemption? Should we? 

JKids in Action - Pre-Chanukah Event!

Join J-Kids in Action on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 to 3:30 pm as we roll, dip and sprinkle to create our very own delicious Chanukah doughnuts! Have fun with your favorite toppings and learn something about Chanukah too!

For kids 5-12 

RSVP: malky@jbayarea.org or call 281-724-1554

Cost: $5 / $25 sponsor
To reserve online click here

Share the Light CHANUKAH CONCERT!

 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

'Share the Light' Chanukah Concert in Galveston!
Featuring The Solomon Brothers
As seen on the Israeli THE VOICE!
Sunday, December 17, 2017

(Optional food and seat reservations will open closer to the event)

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Also, save the date:
Menorah Lighting at Pearland Town Center Mall 

Thursday, December 14, 2017 

NEW PHOTOS: Torah Welcoming Celebration!

 Torah Welcoming Celebration - Click to view

View the Photo Album 

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 Chayei Sarah - Sarah's passing and the very first "Shidduch" - the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca!
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch w/ hot cholent!

    PLEASE NOTE: Services will not be held next week, Shabbat, November 18.

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. 

'Great Debates' off to a great start!

Our new JLI course, Great Debates in Jewish History, was off to a great start this week!

It's not too late to join in. Come by this Tuesday at 7:30 pm for the second lesson:

  • Suicide at Masada - Militant Nationalism vs Religious Institutionalism:
    Glimpse into the minds of those who took their lives at Masada in 73 CE. Discover a view of Judaism that believes it cannot survive without autonomy in Israel and prefers to die rather than live under a foreign nation’s rule. What role does nationalism play in Judaism? What is the Jewish perspective on taking up arms when defeat is inevitable?

Entire Course fee: $99 (includes a beautiful student textbook)
Get 10% off when booking for two!
Light refreshments 

Schedule Note: Classes will be held on Tuesdays, with the exception of the 3rd lesson which will be held on Sunday, Nov 12.

Register Online

 UPCOMING LESSONS:

  • The Maimonidean Controversy - Could you believe that Maimonides' epic works of Jewish teaching were once publicly burned? We'll explore Faith vs Reason.
     
  • Renewal of The Sanhedrin - After the expulsion of Jews from Spain, some thought it was time to force the hand of Jewish destiny. Active Messianism vs Passive Messianism.
     
  • Chasidism - The spiritual renaissance led by the Chasidic movement was not easily accepted at first. One of the great debates was about Divine Transcendence vs Divine Immanence.
     
  • Separation of Church and State - When public Menorahs first came about it sparked a great debate in the Jewish community. Religion in Public vs Religion as a Private Affair.

See you at the Torah Welcoming Celebration!

Torah Welcoming Celebration - w new date 

This Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 pm!

The event is free and open to the entire community.

It is not too late to partner in the dedication by sponsoring a letter, verse, Aliya, Parsha and so on. A certificate with your dedication will be provided. 

Torah Dedications & RSVP 

More Fascinating topics in the Great Debates

Check out more of these FASCINATING Great Debates in the upcoming lessons:

  • Suicide at Masada - When national independence might mean a fighting to the bitter end - what's the right thing to do? Militant Nationalism vs National Religion.
     
  • The Maimonidean Controversy - Could you believe that Maimonides' epic works of Jewish teaching were once publicly burned? We'll explore Faith vs Reason.
     
  • Renewal of The Sanhedrin - After the expulsion of Jews from Spain, some thought it was time to force the hand of Jewish destiny. Active Messianism vs Passive Messianism.
     
  • Chasidism - The spiritual renaissance led by the Chasidic movement was not easily accepted at first. One of the great debates was about Divine Transcendence vs Divine Immanence.
     
  • Separation of Church and State - When public Menorahs first came about it sparked a great debate in the Jewish community. Religion in Public vs Religion as a Private Affair.

Thursday night: Simchat Torah & Sushi!

Simchas-Torah-Sushi

Join us for a lively, one-of-a-kind, Simchat Torah celebration!

• Lots of delicious food, drinks and Simchat Torah dancing!
• Joy and fun for all ages! 
• Kids, come and dance in your own special Hakafa!

Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
At Chabad Bay Area

Free of charge | RSVP optional - simply reply to this email  
To RSVP with a contribution/sponsorship please click here

Holiday - Services & Times

The grand finale to the High Holiday season are the joyous holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah!

In addition to the very special Simchat Torah Celebrations (see above), here's a full schedule of the holiday services:

HOLIDAY SERVICES & TIMES

  • Shemini Atzeret Eve - Wednesday, Oct 11: 
    Light Candles at 6:36 pm
    Evening Services at 7:00 pm
    Featuring a light version of the "Hakafot" celebrating with the Torah
     
  • Shemini Atzeret Day - Thursday, Oct 12: 
    Shacharit Morning Services at 10:00 am
     
  • Simchat Torah Eve - Thursday, Oct 12
    Light Candles from a pre-existing flame after 7:28 pm
    Evening Service & Grand 'Simchat Torah Sushi' Celebration at 7:30 pm 
    Featuring 'Hakafot' dancing with the Torah and a delicious buffet!
     
  • Simchat Torah Day - Friday, Oct 13
    Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Conclusion & Start of the Torah at 11:00 am
    Light Shabbat Candles at 6:34 pm from a pre-existing flame

Services will be held at:
Chabad Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life and Learning 
2047 W. Main St, #B7, League City

Friday Morning: Conclusion & Start of Torah!

Torah (small)Join us as well on Simchat Torah Day

Grand conclusion of Torah and starting anew from of the book of Breishit - Genesis!

Friday, October 13

  • 10:00 am - Shacharit Morning Service
  • 11:00 am - Kiddush Refreshments, Concluding the Torah and Starting from the Beginning!
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