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Community Rosh Hashanah Dinner!

Dinner

Join us for the delicious Community Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Services will be at 7:30 pm
Dinner will be at 8:00 pm

The full course holiday dinner will be held at Chabad Bay Area. Advance reservations are required. Make it personal, make it fun - invite your friends to join you!

RESERVE HERE
Cover: $26 adult, $10 child (3-12)
Sponsorship Opportunities Available - see website

Reserve for High Holiday Services

Come and join us for warm and welcoming, traditional, joyous and uplifting High Holiday Services! As always, services are free and open to everyone, no membership or affiliation necessary. 

Reservations are optional (but nevertheless helpful) and can be made free of charge. An optional donation, if you are able, is always appreciated and makes you our partner in providing meaningful around the year opportunities for Jewish life, learning and celebration!

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Holiday dates:

  • Community Holiday Dinner (Rosh Hashana Eve): Sun, Sept 9
  • Rosh Hashana Days: Mon-Tue, Sep 10-11
  • Yom Kippur Eve & Day: Tue-Wed, Sept 18-19
  • Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars: Sun, Sept 23
  • Simchat Torah Celebration: Mon, Oct 1

Reserve - High Holiday Services and/or Rosh Hashana Dinner

Shabbat Schedule - Eve & Morning

Friday Night:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 7:45 pm 

Shabbat Morning:

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Shoftim

    Service followed by Kiddush lunch sponsored by Ida & Boris Berezin in honor of their sons!

    (We'd love to have a full Minyan on Shabbat morning, if you think you can join us, please reply to this email).

Save Date: Pre-High Holiday Class

Get inspired and geared up with all you need to know at our free pre-High Holiday class on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

WrapStars - Sunday

Wrap-Stars-Logo-225.jpg.gifJoin us this Sunday morning at 9:00 am for WrapStars.

Wrap Tefillin and enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast, shmooze and brief Torah thought! 

You don't need to have your own Tefillin. Beginners welcome! 

Mezuzah for your Home or Office

Torah Parchment (small)Summertime and the weeks leading up to the High Holidays are a great time to do some spiritual home improvement!

We currently have some new Kosher Mezuzah scrolls in stock. It is important for every Jewish home (and business) to have good Kosher Mezuzot on its doors. In addition to fulfilling this very special Mitzvah, authentic Kosher Mezuzot also serve as a spiritual protection for your home and family in health, safety and livelihood.

Often Mezuzah cases are sold in stores with sample inserts that are not genuine Mezuzot, or sometimes a hand-written scroll may have been written very poorly and does not meet the requirements of an authentic Kosher Mezuzah.

A real Mezuzah is a holy object (akin to a Torah Scroll) written with great care by an expert, G-d fearing scribe to exacting standards and keeping to the guidelines and rules passed on since the days of Moses.  

Not sure? Just call Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler. He will be happy to have a look for you or even do a free housecall.

Contact the rabbi: rabbi@jbayarea.org or 281-724-1522.

Learn more about Mezuzot 

Recap & Photos - Mark Halawa event

"Courageous, fascinating and inspiring" - That's how one of the participants described Mark Halawa's talk delivered to a packed house at Chabad Bay Area on July 31st. In his talk "Am I My Own Enemy?" Mark shared how we went from being raised Muslim in Kuwait to now living as a proud Jew in Jerusalem, and of his work towards increasing tolerance and understanding in the Arab world.

Check out the PHOTO ALBUM! 

 

 

 

 

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Tisha B'Av Recap

Tisha Bav Film Discussion

Tisha B'Av activities included evening reading of Lamentations, film and afternoon service. The film was very thought provoking and generated lots of animated discussion. 

May the next Tisha B'Av be observed in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem with joy and celebration with the complete redemption for all mankind!

This Tuesday: Guest Speaker! (RSVP)

Seats are filling up for the fascinating guest speaker this Tuesday night!

If you haven't yet reserved, please do so as soon as possible. 

Already reserved? Invite your friends to join you! 

Guest Speaker Mark Halawa - From Kuwait to Jerusalem - Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

Please consider joining as a sponsor - it helps make events like this  possible! 

SPONSORSHIP OPTION: Starts at $72 and includes light buffet dinner for 2 before the event at 6:15 pm. 

REGULAR TICKETS:
Suggested donation $10 or more / $18 on the day of the event or at the door. 

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Film Screening: Keep Quiet

Join us for a Tisha B'Av afternoon screening of this critically-acclaimed documentary film:

 

As vice-president of Hungary's far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. But his life was soon upended when Szegedi's maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith, fearing further persecution.

Sunday at 5:30 pm
Tisha B'Av
At Chabad Bay Area
Free of charge

Tisha B'Av Schedule - Saturday Eve & Sunday

Tisha B'Av - The major fast day commemorating the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

WHEN IS THE FAST?

  • Starts this Saturday Night, July 21 at 8:20 pm
  • Ends Sunday, July 22 at 8:46 pm

EVENING SERVICE:

  • Traditional Reading of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) on Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 pm.

FILM:

  • Join us for a special documentary film, "KEEP QUIET," on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 pm. 

PRAYER SERVICES:

  • Sunday: Shacharit at 9 am / Mincha-Maariv (with Tefillin) at 7:30 pm. Followed by light refreshments at the end of the fast.

How to Observe: Tisha B'av

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the preceding day and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

This Tuesday: The Temple Mystery

Join us this Tuesday for part two in the class:

THE TEMPLE MYSTERY:
The spellbinding mystery, spirituality and history of "G-d's House"
 

(a.k.a., The Beit Hamikdash - The Holy Temple in Jerusalem) 

In this lesson: How did the Temple look and function? Get 3-D tour of the inside. What do Jewish sources say about what happened to the precious items like the Ark of the Covenant?  The destruction and its aftermath. Is there any archeological evidence? Did Judaism change post-temple? Will there be another one? 

Presented in conjunction with the "Three Weeks" period on the Jewish calendar during which we mourn for the destruction of the Holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash) in Jerusalem. 

Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

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