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This Saturday: Shabbat Service & Kiddush Lunch

Shabbat ServicesJoin us tomorrow, Saturday, February 28, for a Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch!

Enjoy a refreshing Shabbat morning service, sprinkled with beautiful Chassidic melodies, interesting insights into the prayers and a brief discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Followed by a delicious Kiddush lunch! 

Starts at 10:00 am

To RSVP (optional): info@JBayArea.org or 713-398-2460.

RSVP for Purim Dinner at the Hilton (this Thursday)!

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

Our grand Purim dinner, 'Mexican Purim Fiesta,' will be held on PURIM DAY, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn at 750 W. Texas Ave in Webster.

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

Event Info | RSVP

Suggested Cover: Individual $10, Family $36

Your 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

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For more information or to RSVP:

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

How to Observe: Fast of Esther

The first of the Purim observances is the 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.

Fast of Esther: 

Wednesday, March 4

  • Fast begins: 5:32 am
  • Fast Ends: 6:45 pm

(Times are for the Clear Lake Area)

To learn more about the Fast of Esther, click here

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 | Wed Night, Mar 4

  • 6:30 pm at 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City

Purim Day | Thursday, Mar 5 
Two daytime options:

  • 9:00 am at 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City
  • 5:30 pm at the Purim party at Hilton Garden Inn (RSVP)

For more about Megillah, click here

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: 'Mexican Purim Fiesta' 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

Tuesday Class: Purim - The Rest of the Story!

Join us this Tuesday night for an inspiring Weekly Wisdom class!

Megilah - MuchnikPURIM: THE REST OF THE STORY

The story of Purim recounted in the Megillah, the biblical Book of Esther, is truly riveting. But did you know that there's a lot more to the story and its messages that never made it into the book, but instead was passed on orally and retold in the Talmud and other ancient works? In this class we will explore these classical Jewish sources to get the fascinating... Rest of the Story! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 
8:00 - 9:15 pm
1910 Claiborne Dr, League City

RSVP optional to learn@jbayarea.org (or simply reply to this email) | 713-398-2460 

RSVP for Purim Dinner at the Hilton!

Purim in Mexico 

Purim in Mexico - details 

"Mexican Purim Fiesta" will feature a delicious Purim holiday dinner with mexican fare, a multi-media Megillah reading, a game show and lots of all-around fun for all ages!

Purim Day
Thursday March 5, 5:30 pm
At the Hilton Garden Inn in Webster 

Registration now open: RSVP Online 
or call 713-398-2460

(A Purim Eve Megillah reading will be held as well, on Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30 pm at the rabbi's home).

Watch: Rhoda Dermer's inspiring speech at the Chabad Women's Convention

Watch inspiring speech delivered this past week at the Chabad women's convention, by Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel's ambassador to the United States:

Click to watch video - Rhoda Dermer 

 Watch Video

This Sunday: Jewish Kids in Action

Kids, join us this Sunday, February 8th, 2:30 to 4:00 pm for another fun Jewish Kids in Action event!

The theme will be "Grand Hebrew Birthday Bash!" where you'll get to learn about your Hebrew Birthday and have lots of birthday party style fun!

Jewish Kids in Action  - Brachot Carnival 

RSVP: malky@jbayarea.org | 713-398-2460  

This Tuesday - fascinating Weekly Wisdom class!

Join us this Tuesday night for Weekly Wisdom!

Important: different location for this week, see below.

UNPACKING THE SHEMA - Part 2

While the Shema (“Hear O Israel…”) is widely recognized as the most important prayer in all of Judaism, it contains much more than meets the eye.

  • Discover the profound Kabbalistic and existential concepts concealed within this prayer
  • Find out how the the inner messages of Shema can empower you in your life’s journey
  • Learn how to maximize your Shema experience through useful meditations and practical application

This Tuesday, February 10th
8:00 - 9:15 pm 
At the home of Mardy Schweitzer in Clear Lake

Please reply to this email (or email learn@jbayarea.org) for the street address.

learn@jbayarea.org | 713-398-2460
Free of charge

(Save the date: the next Weekly Wisdom will G-d Willing be held on Tuesday, February 24 at 8 pm). 

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