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Some 4,000 Chabad Rabbis who serve at communities all over the globe, came together this past weekend for their annual conference. Of course, one always needs to take a group photo!

So here it is: 


Ok, but I don't see our rabbi in this picture...

How about now? :-)

Rabbi at Conference 

A similar conference of rabbi's wives -  Rebbetzins - is held in January.  

Shabbat Morning - Minyan & Kiddush Lunch

Note: a community member has Yahrtzeit this Shabbat. Please come to help complete the Minyan on Saturday Morning and stay for a Kiddush lunch after the service!


  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Toldot - The Isaac and Esau Drama!

    Service followed by Kiddush lunch sponsored by Ken Terkel in memory of his mother, Charlotte bas Shmuel, OBM, on the occasion of her Yahrtzeit

Exciting Chanukah Events!

 7th Annual
Chanukah On The Strand!

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm
At Saengerfest Park, Galveston

Featuring: Delicious Kosher Deli! • Live Music! • Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony w/ Dignitaries!  • Free Raffle and more!

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Menorah Lighting at Pearland Town Center Mall
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Featuring: Menorah Lighting Ceremony! Hot Latkes, Doughnuts and Chocolate Gelt! Free Prizes! 

Next Week: Friday Night DELIGHT!


Come join us next Friday, November, 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm for our second

Lively Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by "Kiddush & Kneidlach!"

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

Optional RSVP / more info:

*Kneidlach = Yiddish for Matzah Balls 

Important schedule notes for this Shabbat & Sunday

Off for this week: 

  • Kabbalah Class will not be held this Shabbat 11/3
  • WrapStars Tefillin & Breakfast will not be held this Sunday 11/4

On as usual this week: 

  • Shacharit Morning Service will be held at 10:00 am
  • JLI Class will be held on schedule, Tuesday at 7:30 pm

We will be back to regular schedule next week 

STANDING STRONG with our Pittsburgh Jewish Family - Kaddish & Mincha Prayer Service

We will be holding a Kaddish and Mincha Prayer Service today (Sun, Oct 28) at 5:30 pm. Let us come together to recite a prayer and strengthen each other in memory of the victims. At Chabad Bay Area, 2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City, TX 77573. (This is a brief service to conclude at approx. 6 pm).  

Also, the Houston Jewish community has organized a community-wide outdoor candlelight vigil to be held tonight at 7:15 pm, at the JCC (back parking lot by the tennis courts) 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096. 

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The Rebbe often reminded us of the biblical verse “and the living shall take to heart.” At times of increased darkness, let us think and try to find ways to increase the goodness and light with positive deeds.

For example:

  • Increase in unity. The attacker harbored senseless hatred towards Jewish people. Let us increase our love for every one of our people. We are all one family. 

  • Show Jewish pride. Especially at this time, demonstrate that we are proud of our Jewish identity. Whether it is through affixing a mezuzah, wearing a kippah, or simply sharing the ethics and values of Torah with those around us (See: Seven Laws for a Beautiful Planet). 

  • Add a mitzvah in memory of the victims. Whether reciting the daily Shema, wrapping tefillin, lighting Shabbat candles, giving Tzedakah or any other mitzvah, let’s try to add a good deed and dedicate it to the memory of those ruthlessly killed.

May our collective mitzvot help bring comfort and peace at this challenging time. May we soon see the day when "G-d will wipe away the tears from every face" with the arrival of the era of Redemption for all Mankind.


Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler
Chabad of the Bay Area

P.S. If there is any way we can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

New course off to a great start!

The new JLI course, Wrestling With Faith, got off to a great start this week!

It is not too late to join us for the next 5 lessons! 

Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm 

Wrestling with Faith delves into some of the “big issues” that keep people from intimate faith with G-d:

  • How do we reconcile compelling evidence for evolution and the age of universe with a bible that tells a different story?
  • Why do I need G-d and religion if I can live perfectly well without Him?
  • Does G-d really care about the nuances of Jewish practice?
  • The concept of “Jewish Chosenness” seems racist, and Judaism seems to impose gender roles and interfere with our relationship choices?
  • How can we relate to a loving and caring G-d while experiencing tragedy and suffering?
  • Is it even possible to develop a relationship with a G-d I cannot see?

Try it out! Join us this Tuesday at 7:30 pm for the 2nd lesson!

Watch trailer | Register 
$99 for the full course, includes your very own student book!

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! 

WrapStars is catching on: Researchers Link Tefillin to Health

A pilot study led by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine suggests Jewish men who practice wearing tefillin, which involves the tight wrapping of an arm with leather banding as part of daily prayer, may receive cardiovascular health benefits.

The researchers propose that benefits may occur though remote ischemic preconditioning that results in protection during heart attacks. The results are available online in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

Full Article: 


Health benefits of Tefillin wrapping? Why are we not surprised? 

We look forward to welcoming you at our weekly WrapStars Tefillin & Breakfast Club this Sunday morning at 9 AM!

Monday Night: Grand Simchat Torah Celebration!

Join us this Monday night for a lively, one-of-a-kind, Simchat Torah celebration!

Simchas Torah DANCE & DINE 

Dance & Dine!

• Lots of delicious food, drinks and Simchat Torah dancing!
• Joy and fun for all ages! 
• Kids, come and dance in your own special Hakafa!

Monday, October 1 at 7:30 pm
At Chabad Bay Area

Event PageOptional Reservation 

Tuesday Morning: Conclusion & Start of Torah!

Join us as well on Simchat Torah Day - Tuesday, October 2

Grand conclusion of Torah and starting anew from the book of Breishit - Genesis!

10:00 am - Shacharit Morning Service

11:00 am - Kiddush Refreshments, Concluding the Torah and Starting from the Beginning!

Shabbat Schedule

Shabbat Morning:

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    "Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed Sukkot" (Shabbat of the Intermediate Day of Sukkot)
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch at the Rabbi Yitzchok & Malky's Sukkah

Holiday - Services & Times

The grand finale to the High Holiday season are the joyous holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah!

In addition to the very special Simchat Torah Celebrations (see above), here's a full schedule of the holiday services:


Shemini Atzeret Eve - Sunday, Sept 30: 

  • Evening Services at 7:15 pm
    Featuring a light version of the "Hakafot" celebrating with the Torah

Shemini Atzeret Day - Monday, Oct 1: 

  • Shacharit Morning Services at 10:00 am

Simchat Torah Eve - Monday, Oct 1:

  • Evening Service & Grand Simchat Torah Celebration at 7:30 pm 
    Featuring 'Hakafot' dancing with the Torah, L'chaims and a delicious buffet!

Simchat Torah Day - Tuesday, Oct 2:

  • Morning Service at 10:00 am
  • Conclusion & Start of the Torah at 11:00 am

No WrapStars this week

WrapStars Tefillin & Breakfast will not be held this Sunday, 9/30, as Tefillin are not worn during the holiday of Sukkot. We will back on next week!

You can still RSVP: Dinner Under the Stars!

Last chance to reserve for the annual Dinner Under the Stars!

Enjoy a delicious holiday dinner and an exquisite Sukkot experience, held in our big, friendly Sukkah, under the Starry Texas Sky!

On the first night of Sukkot:

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Evening Service 7:30 pm
Dinner 8:00 pm

Both the service and dinner will be held at the rabbi's home. Please reserve for address. 

Suggested Cover:
$26 adult, $10 child (ages 3-12)
Sponsorship: $72 / $180 / $360


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