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Join us this Tuesday night at 8:00 pm for an eye opening pre-Passover class.

Learn about the powerful ideas contained within the Passover Seder and their relevance to your modern life. An important overview of the how-to's of Passover observance will also be offered.

Location: Home of Rabbi Yitzchok & Malky Schmukler

RSVP (optional): learn@JBayArea.org  |  Free of charge

How to Observe: Sell your Chametz

Ok, this has got to be one of the easiest Mitzvahs:

There is a Torah prohibition against owning Chametz (product made from leavened or fermented grain). Because we can't always get rid of all Chametz, there is a simple solution which involves selling our Chametz to someone who isn't Jewish for the duration of Passover. 

It is free (donation optional), it is important and it takes only a minute:

Click here to sell your Chametz online 

Time to RSVP for the Seder!

Space is quickly filling up for the Bay Area Community Seder!

The Seder will be held on the first night of Passover, Monday, April 14, 2014 in League City. 

Join us for a beautiful 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. 

For details and reservations, please see our website. Advance reservations required.

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Join us for the Community Seder!

Reservations are now open for the Bay Area Community Seder to be held on the first night of Passover, Monday, April 14, 2014 in League City. 

Join us for a beautiful 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. 

For details and reservations, please see our website. Advance reservations required.

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Purim Festa Recap

A great time was had by all at Purim Festa held at Comfort Suites this past Sunday! Highlights of the event included a delicious Italian style buffet dinner, a game show, crafting and the Megillah reading.

Special thanks to:

Sponsors: Ruthy & Ayal Anis, Ida & Boris Berezin, Ida Diamond, Alicia Leamy and Art Sadin.

Volunteers: Malka & Dovber Coates, Tina Paul, Sasson Yerushalmi, Alma Townsend and Kari Zilkenat.

And a special thanks to our host committee! 

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Check out the photos at: www.JBayArea.org or www.Facebook.com/JBayArea

Got Shmurah Matzah?

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)

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 
(choose "Shmura Matzah Order" from the "Event" dropdown, and select the number of lbs using the "Participants - Adults" dropdown) 

Or contact our office:
info@JBayArea.org or 713-398-2460.

Remember, quantity is limited so order today, first come first served! 

Pre Passover Class

Join us on Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm for a Pre-Passover Class:

Discover the messages contained within the story, customs and rituals of the Passover Seder, and see how they can add meaning and relevance to your life.

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

By Rabbi Yitzi Schmukler 

RSVP: learn@JBayArea.org | 713-398-2460

How to Observe: Hear the Megillah

It is a Mitzvah to hear the Megillah twice: Once on Purim Eve and then once again during Purim Day. You are invited to join us for Megillah readings at the following times: 

Purim Eve | Sat Night, Mar 15

  • 8:30 pm at 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City

Purim Day | Sunday, Mar 16 
You have two options:

  • 9:00 am at 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City
  • 5:30 pm at the Purim party at Comfort Suites (RSVP required)

For more about Megillah, click here 

 

This Sunday: Purim Festa

The Purim dinner is this Sunday -- If you have not yet reserved, please do so as soon as possible at www.JBayArea.org.

'Italian Flavored Purim Festa' will be held on PURIM DAY, Sunday, March 16, 5:30 pm at the Comfort Suites on N. Texas Ave in Webster.

Young and old are invited to come out for a fun holiday evening featuring a delicious Italian dinner, an animated Megillah reading, a family game show, masquerading, hands on crafts and more!

Event Info | RSVP 

Suggested Cover: Individual $10, Family $36

Any additional donation/sponsorship is very appreciated and is what makes these beautiful events possible.

Be a Sponsor: $72, $180, $360, $540
Event Underwriter: $1800

Submit a sponsorship 

Purim Festa

For more information or to RSVP:

www.JBayArea.org 
info@JBayArea.org | 713-398-2460 

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 Party: 'Italian Flavored Purim Festa' to enjoy the Purim Feast in all its glory! Advance RSVP kindly requested: click here for more info or to reserve.

For more about the Purim observances, click here 

Save the date: Bay Area Community Seder!

Community Seder

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting a meaningful and delicious Passover Seder for the entire Bay Area Jewish community! 

Save the date: First night of Passover, Monday, April 14, 2014.
(An option to join for the 2nd Seder will also available).

Stay tuned for details.

Tomorrow: Shabbat Service & Kiddush Lunch

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, for a Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch.

Service begins at 10:00 am, and includes beautiful melodies and an interactive Torah discussion. A delicious buffet Kiddush lunch will be served at the conclusion of the service.

How to Observe: Fast of Esther

The first of the Purim observances is Fast of Esther which commemorates Esther's request to have all of the Jewish People fast for three days before she would risk her life and approach the King Achashveirosh with her request to save the Jews.

In most years this fast is on the day before Purim, but when Purim falls on a Sunday, since we may not fast on Shabbat (with the exception of Yom Kippur), the fast is pushed back to the Thursday prior.  

Fast of Esther:
This
 Thursday, March 13 

  • Fast begins: 6:22 am
  • Fast Ends: 7:53 pm

 (Times are for the Clear Lake Area)

To learn more about the Fast of Esther, click here

Time to RSVP for the big Purim dinner!

The Purim dinner is just over a week away - Time to reserve!

Don't miss out on this first class event!

'Italian Flavored Purim Festa' will be held on PURIM DAY, Sunday, March 16, 5:30 pm at the elegant Comfort Suites on N. Texas Ave in Webster.

Young and old are invited to come out for a fun holiday evening featuring a delicious Italian dinner, an animated Megillah reading, an all-new family game show, masquerading, hands on crafts and more!

Event Info | RSVP (please reserve early) 

Suggested Cover: Individual $10, Family $36

Any additional donation/sponsorship is very appreciated and is what makes these beautiful events possible.

Be a Sponsor: $72, $180, $360, $540
Event Underwriter: $1800

Submit a sponsorship 

Purim Festa

For more information or to RSVP:

www.JBayArea.org 
info@JBayArea.org | 713-398-2460 

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