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How to Observe: Fast Day & The Three Weeks

This Sunday, July 24, is the 17 Tammuz fast day, on which we refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to nightfall. It also marks the start of a period known as "The Three Weeks."

The Fast starts at 5:11 am and ends at 8:44 pm (times local to the Clear Lake Area).

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the start of our exile.

The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.

It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history.

Observances: There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period. We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held.

[Learn more about The Three Weeks...]

Community member's post goes viral

When Maddie Harrell, a Chabad Bay Area community member, posted an encounter she had with one of her customers at Starbucks in Clear Lake, she never imagined it would go viral!

Here's her post from earlier this week:

 Maddie Harrell FB post

In conversation with The Jewish Wave Thursday night Maddie related that her post was in the top ten trending posts of the day on Facebook and she's been receiving an incredible amount of supportive messages from people around the world who have become inspired as a result of her post to take even greater pride in their Jewish heritage.

Good going, Maddie! 

Check it out on FB.

Shabbat Learning & Service Schedule

Chabad of the Bay Area's traditional service is enhanced by beautiful Chassidic melodies, interesting insights into the prayers and a brief discussion on the weekly Torah portion.  

SHABBAT MORNING:

  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
    Topic: Mind over Heart - The Challenge of the 'Beinoni'
  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Followed by Kiddush & Hot Cholent

Tuesday - Inaugural Summertime Parsha Class!

sky and water Join us this Tuesday evening for the inaugural -

Summertime Parsha Class

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm 

Starting Tuesday, July 12, 2016 

Broaden your Torah knowledge as we delve into the weekly Torah portion, examining classical and modern commentaries to discover fascinating insights and powerful lessons for our lives. 

Open to Everyone & Free of Charge! 

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

At Chabad Bay Area
Center for Jewish Living & Learning
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City 

Note: No Services this Shabbat

Please note that Coffee & Kabbalah and Shabbat prayer services will not be held this Shabbat - Saturday, July 10. Regular schedule will resume next week.

National Jewish Retreat

Watch this video clip to get an inside peak into a top-notch Jewish retreat experience:

National Jewish Retreat - Watch the video! 

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

Special Shabbat service this week

This Shabbat we will be joined by a participant who is in the middle of Shiva - week of mourning - after the passing of his father. Thus, it is of extra importance for us to have a full Minyan. Your assistance is most appreciated!

FRIDAY NIGHT:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service 8:00 pm

SHABBAT MORNING:

  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
  • Followed by a light Kiddush lunch 

Chabad of the Bay Area's traditional service is enhanced by beautiful Chassidic melodies, interesting insights into the prayers and a brief discussion on the weekly Torah portion. 

Coffee & Kabbalah

Coffee and Kabbalah

Join us this Shabbat morning for a fascinating and inspiring class on Kabbalah.

Saturday at 9:00 AM
Everyone is invited!

This week:
Beinoni: The Definition of Self Mastery

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

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