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Join us Thursday - Zoom Parsha class!

Come and join us on Thursdays to get a great overview of the weekly Torah portion, along with inspiring insights for life!

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Thursdays at 7:00 pm

All you need is Zoom! 

Reply to this email and we'll send you the Zoom link (you can reuse the same link for the future classes as well). 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
Do you have an anniversary, Yahrtzeit, or other special occasion to mark? Or perhaps you would like to just show your support for Chabad Bay Area? We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to sponsor our weekly class!

From as low as $108 to whatever amount you may prefer, your support is very much appreciated and will be recognized in the weekly newsletter and at the class! 

Link: JBayArea.org/Give 

This Shabbat & Shabbat at Home

THIS SHABBAT:

Highlights: 

  • Torah Portion: Va'etchanan
  • "Shabbat Nachamu" - Shabbat of Comfort. This is the traditional name for the Shabbat that follows Tisha B'Av, named for it's Haftorah. 

- SHABBAT AT HOME -

FRIDAY EVENING: 

  • Prepare your evening meal before Shabbat 
  • Put aside electronic devices for the duration of Shabbat 
  • Light Shabbat Candles with a blessing, prior to sunset (see time at right)
  • In Judaism, prayer is first and foremost a personal conversation between us and our Creator. If you have a Siddur (prayerbook) at home, pray the 'Kabbalat (Welcoming) Shabbat' and evening prayer. 
  • Recite Kiddush on a cup of kosher wine and enjoy your Shabbat dinner with Challah and your favorite Shabbat food!

 SHABBAT MORNING:

  • Recite the morning prayer for Shabbat
  • Read the Parsha - The weekly Torah portion 
  • Recite the daytime Kiddush on a cup of Kosher wine (or grape juice) and enjoy your Shabbat lunch!
  • In the afternoon, relax, read, study
  • Mincha afternoon prayer 

SATURDAY NIGHT - Motzo'ei (Closing of Shabbat) Shabbat:

  • See Shabbat end time at right or on your Chabad Bay Area Jewish Calendar
  • Recite Havdalla on a cup of Kosher wine, aromatic spices and candle  

RESOURCES:

  • Links to buy a Siddur like the one we use in Shul, and a Chumash (Torah Book) of which there are several great options available, such as this Chumash or this one.

Yahrtzeit Board - This Month

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Jerusalem of Gold Memorial Board
This month & upcoming Yahrtzeits: 

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Falls on July 31, 2020

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Falls on August 2, 2020

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Falls on August 19, 2020

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Falls on August 26, 2020

 About the Jerusalem of Gold Yahrtzeit Board

Tisha B'Av Service - Wednesday Eve

Tisha B'Av is the major fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

IN PERSON EVENING SERVICE

  • We will be having an IN-PERSON (with mandatory masks, hand-sanitization and spread out, physically distanced seating) service, with the traditional reading of Eicha (Book of Lamentations), on Tisha B'Av Eve, Wednesday, July 29 at 8:30 pm. 

WHEN IS THE FAST?

  • Starts Wednesday Evening, July 29 at 8:15 pm
  • Ends Thursday, July 30 at 8:40 pm
  • Please note that fast times are local to the Clear Lake Area 

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.

No Parsha class this week 7/30

The Let's Learn Parsha class will not be held on this coming Thursday, July 30th due to the observance of Tisha B'Av. 

We will resume our regular weekly schedule on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm. 

Video Clip of the Week!

WATCH HERE - Invocation by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler at the opening of the League City Council Meeting - July 14, 2020. 

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(Hit the play button on the page. The Invocation is within the first few minutes). 

Starts Monday: READ Hebrew!

READ HEBREW IN JUST 5 LESSONS!
Great opportunity!
  • Classes on Zoom!
  • Have your student materials delivered to your home!
  • Interactive, step-by-step learning with an experienced teacher!

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View course info page

Class Schedule:
5 Mondays at 7:00 pm
Starting July 20th

Two Steps:

Have any questions? More info?
Reply to this email or call us at 281-724-1554

Tisha B'Av and "The Three Weeks"

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 ("Tisha B'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.

The Fast of Tisha B'Av runs from sunset Wednesday night, July 29 until nightfall Thursday, July 30, 2020.

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...]

The Rebbe's Yahrtzeit

"Gimmel Tammuz" - The 3rd of Tammuz, the date of the Rebbe's Yahrtzeit, will be on Thursday, June 25th. 

Check out this site for interesting information about how this date is observed today and to learn more about the Rebbe's life:

 

Shabbat Services (in person) - June 20

Shabbat Morning Schedule: Service from 10 am to 12 pm  

Torah Portion: Shelach
Topic -The Sin of the Spies
"Shabbat Mevorchin" - Blessing the upcoming new month of Tammuz

Recommended safety measures will be followed, including: spread out seating, mandatory face-masks and hand sanitize on entry. Please only attend if you feel safe to do so and you are feeling completely well. 

Shavuot Service & Reading of Ten Commandments

Shavuos

JOIN US:

For our first 'gradual reopening' synagogue service, in honor of the holiday of Shavuot!

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 1st Day of Shavuot

  • 10 am - Service start
  • 11 am  - Torah reading of Ten Commandments 

Shabbat, May 30, 2020 - 2nd Day of Shavuot

  • 10 am to 11:30 am - Shavuot & Shabbat Morning Service

Recommended safety measures will be followed, including: spread out seating, mandatory face-masks and hand sanitize on entry. Please only attend if you feel safe to do so and you are feeling completely well. 

Helpful Resources: How to Celebrate Shavuot at Home

 

How to celebrate Shavuot at home.  

It's a custom to stay up on the first night of Shavuot, to study Torah. See here for 'Tikkun Leil Shavuot' a traditional Shavuot night study text compilation that includes portions of the entire Torah, that you can print out before the holiday for at home study. 

If you cannot make it to synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear the Ten Commandments Torah reading, follow this link to print it out before the holiday for at home reading. 

About the Holiday of Shavuot

Shavuot is a two-day holiday, which this year falls out on Thursday, May 28 at sunset and ends on Saturday, May 30 after nightfall (See candle-lighting times in the column on the right). 

It marks the date that G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago, which came after 49 days of counting, as we prepared ourselves for this special day.

It is celebrated by lighting candlesstaying up all night to learn Torahhearing the reading of the Ten Commandments in synagoguefeasting on dairy foods and more. 

Learn more about Shavuot.

Cheesecake Bake w/ Malky! (Via Zoom)

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Get into the Shavuot spirit with a hands-on cheesecake bake with Malky and crew!

This Sunday, May 24th at 11:00 am

Via Zoom

RSVP: Reply to this email to receive the Zoom login & ingredient list.malky@jbayarea.org 

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