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Recap - Chanukah events so far!

Beautiful and inspiring Menorah lightings, wonderful turnouts and great time had by all at the Baybrook Mall and Pearland Town Center Chanukah Celebration!

Pictures coming after Shabbat! 

See you Sunday in Galveston for the Grand Finale! Live music, deli, and ALL EIGHT LIGHTS!  

New course: The Torah's Path for a Gentile

We are pleased to announce a new 3-part class geared specifically for gentiles who are interested in gaining a Torah perspective on life.

This is not a conversion class. The class topic will focus on the foundations of faith according to the Torah, and on the "7 Laws of Noah" that are the Torah's laws for all mankind.

If you know someone who is looking for this type of class, please do share this invitation with them.

7 LAWS FOR MANKIND: The Torah's Path for a Gentile

3 Sundays at 7:30 pm:

  • December 16, 2018
  • December 23, 2018
  • January 6, 2019

Please RSVP:
Free of charge / contribution optional

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler
At Chabad Bay Area

Sunday: Shiva Minyan

Instead of the usual Tefillin & Breakfast, we'll be getting together for a Shiva Minyan at the Heymann residence (Argie Rumann's in-laws) at 9:00 am - in the South Shore Harbour neighborhood. Please message the rabbi if you can attend. 

THIS SUNDAY: Chanukah on the Strand!

Chanukah on the Strand 

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Chanukah On the Strand!

8th Night of Chanukah
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
Food Opens 5:30 pm | Event 6:00 pm

Saengerfest Park, Galveston

Kosher Deli & Snacks • Grand Menorah Lighting • Dignitaries • Free Raffle

Kosher Deli & Snacks for Sale

Shabbat Chanukah Schedule

Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
Torah portion at around 11 am
Torah portion of Mikeitz - Joseph: From Rags to Royalty
Service includes Hallel and special sections in honor of Chanukah!

Service followed by light Kiddush lunch with hot Cholent!

Thursday: 24 Hour Matching Campaign!

Join us online this Thursday, December 13 - the 5th of Tevet - for a special 24 hour fundraising campaign! For 24 hours only, every dollar that you donate will be doubled on the spot by matching donors!

Chabad of the Bay Area counts entirely on the grass-roots support of people like yourself to enable its work. Your participation in this special campaign will help us cover this year's budget and be on firm ground for continued activities and growth in 2019.

Please stay tuned for more and just think about the impact you can make when your generous gift is doubled!

Thank you for your generous participation! 

Next week: Friday Night Delight (Dec 14)


Come join us next Friday, December, 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm for

FND-Friday-Night-Delight-SOUP-550.jpgFRIDAY NIGHT DELIGHT!
Lively Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by "Kiddush & Kneidlach!"

(Schedule: Held once a month, on the 3rd Friday of the month). 

*Kneidlach = Yiddish for Matzah Balls 

BAYBROOK MALL Chanukah Celebration!

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We are pleased to announce that the popular Chanukah Celebration at BAYBROOK MALL is back!

Join us on
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm
2nd Night of Chanukah

Featuring: Menorah lighting, delicious Chanukah doughnuts, hot latkes, chocolate gelt, lively holiday music, kids activity and more!

Baybrook - outdoor  At Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Dr Friendswood, TX 77546
Event Place: At the beginning of the new outdoor section, near Zara, Forever 21 and Abercrombie Kids.

This Shabbat: Rabbi's Birthday Kiddush!

Join us this Shabbat (Dec 1) for a special Kiddush sponsored in honor of the rabbi's birthday! 


Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am

  • Torah Portion & remarks at around 11 am
    Vayeshev - Joseph Gets Sold Into Slavery 
  • Service followed by Kiddush lunch sponsored by The Schmukler Family in honor of the Rabbi's Birthday!

WEDNESDAY: Pearland Menorah Lighting!

Pearland Menorah Lighting 

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Pearland Menorah Lighting

4th Night of Chanukah
THIS Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Pearland Town Center | Outdoor Pavilion

Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony • Hot Latkes • Doughnuts • Chocolate Gelt • Free Raffle

FREE OF CHARGE • Be a Sponsor

Chanukah: A quick how-to guide

Chanukah: A quick how-to

  • Chanukah begins this Sunday night (Dec 2, 2018)!
  • It is a Mitzvah to light the Menorah every night of Chanukah, ideally at nightfall or soon after. Before kindling the candles we recite its special blessings. 
  • When Chanukah falls on Friday night, we light the Chanukah candles before lighting the Shabbat candles.  
  • When Chanukah comes out on Saturday night, we must wait for Shabbat to end at nightfall (this year at 6:00 pm in the Clear Lake Area) before kindling the Menorah.
  • See for a complete Chanukah guide, including the blessings for lighting the candles.  

Wishing you a joyous and bright Chanukah! 

For a list of Chanukah events across the Houston area, click here

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! 

Jewish Women's Circle - Thursday!


Hey Ladies,

Join the Bay Area Jewish Women's Circle on Thursday, Nov 29 at 7:30 pm for a fun pre-Chanukah get together!


  • Ladies, come together for a fun night out!
  • Decorate your very own votive candles!
  • Delicious Chanukah refreshments!

RSVP: ∙ 281-724-1554 ∙

Suggested Cover:  $10 / Sponsor: $36

For women and girls 12 and up

The Jewish Women’s Circle is a fun night out just for you! Relax, socialize and meet new friends, while exploring contemporary topics through workshops and hands-on activities.

Partnering with Chabad Bay Area


  • To be available to everyone regardless of financial ability, we don't charge or request membership.  However, if you are able, we encourage participants to join our Chai Friends with a scheduled monthly donation so we can keep the lights on and keep the awesome-nous going!
  • We are not funded by any outside body. All of our funding comes from generous people such as yourself who appreciate our work and want it to continue and flourish.
  •  All of the funds you contribute stay here to serve our community.


  • Join the Chai Friends
  • As we approach the end of the fiscal year, please make Chabad of the Bay Area an important part of your end of year, tax-deductible, giving.


  • Online:
  • Mail: Chabad of the Bay Area, 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City, TX 77573
  • Join in the Matching Campaign on Thursday, Dec 13 


  • Donor Advised Fund (Fidelity, Schwab, etc. - we are set up with DAF Direct).
  • Donate securities (stocks)

  • Legacy Giving: Ensure a bright future for the Bay Area Jewish community for years to come by remembering Chabad of the Bay Area in your will or bequest. For more information, please contact the rabbi. 

Thank you for partnering with us in reaching out in friendship to our fellow Jews, from all walks of life, with meaningful and inspiring opportunities for Jewish life, learning and celebration! 

Thanksgiving Shabbat Schedule

Shabbat Morning:

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion: Vayishlach - Wrestling with Angels & Men

    Just like the first Jewish Pilgrims would surely have done, after the service there will be a light Kiddush lunch with HOT CHOLENT!
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