News & Shmooze

This Sunday: Jewish Kids in Action

The first event of the new local youth club, Jewish Kids in Action, will be held this Sunday at 2:00 pm! It is not too late to reserve (see below). 


See what's planned! 

Register online or contact Malky for more info:
[email protected] | 713-398-7124 

New Happiness course kicks off this Tuesday!

The exciting, new fall JLI (Jewish Learning Institute) course, How Happiness Thinks, is set to start this Tuesday, Nov 4, 7:30 pm at 1910 Claiborne Dr.

Watch the preview VIDEO 


  • THE JOY OF BEING YOU: Finding a Self-Concept of Happiness
  • THE JOY OF PURPOSE: Facing Stress with Patience, Mindfulness, and Hope
  • THE JOY OF HAVING: Learning the Art of Gratitude
  • THE JOY OF STRUGGLE: Exploiting Our Shortcomings as Sources of Happiness
  • WHEN JOY SEEMS ELUSIVE: Coping with the Pain of Loss
  • THE JOY OF THE SPIRIT: Exploring the Deeper Dimensions of Happiness

You will be joining with thousands of students around the world, generating a critical mass of Jewish study and helping to change the face of Judaism today. You are bound to come away from the course with tools to enrich your life and with a more profound understanding of Torah and Jewish thought that that will inspire the people around you.  

Students are welcome to try the first lesson free. The cost for the entire 6 week course is $99 (10% discount for 2 or more) and includes a beautiful student textbook that is yours to keep. To learn more about How Happiness Thinks, visit or contact Rabbi Schmukler at 713-398-2460 or [email protected].



Watch fun previews of new course!

Watch Course Preview VIDEO

Watch Preview 2 of new course!

How Happiness Thinks
Starts Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 pm

Not sure if you'll like it? You're invited to try the first lesson free of charge and with no obligation! Just email [email protected] with your name and that you'd like to try the first lesson. As simple as that.

Read more about the course here 

600 Women at Mega Challah Bake!

Over 600 Jewish Women from around the Houston area came together last night for what has got to be the largest joint Challah Baking event in Houston history! 

Part of the Bay Area delegation: 

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Women at Mega Challah Bake 2 

The Shabbat Project: Oct 24-25

On the Shabbat of Oct 24-25, thousands of Jews around the world will be "Keeping it Together" as part of the worldwide Shabbat Project. 

The overall idea is to encourage Jews of all walks of life and levels of observance to endeavor to keep this one Shabbat to the best of their ability. One way is to organize Shabbat celebrations at home and invite your friends and neighbors.

If you'd like to join Rabbi Yitzi and Malky Schmukler for Shabbat that week (local hotel accommodations are available - walking distance at Super 8 at FM 518 & Gulf Fwy), send an email to [email protected]

For more info about the project, check out The Shabbat Project

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Launch of new children's club!

Attention kids (parents, bubbies and zaidies - you've got to know about this too)!

Spend your Sunday the fun way! Introducing "Kids In Action," a brand-new children's club where you come together for fun, interactive activities that promote Jewish values and friendship! Each meeting will feature fabulous craft projects, mitzvah-action adventures, games, prizes and more!

Save the date for the first event: 

Sunday, November 2nd, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Ready to join the action?

Contact Malky for more info: [email protected] | 713-398-2460 

Spotted: Mitzvot on the go

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Mendel helping fellow Jews in the mall with the Mitzvah of Shaking the Lulav and Etrog.

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Shaking the Lulav and Etrog, afternoon prayer and Torah study with guests at the Galveston Gift Show this week. 

Overview of the new JLI course: "How Happiness Thinks"

Join us on Tuesday, November 4th, for the launch of an exciting and deeply relevant new JLI (Jewish Learning Institute) course: How Happiness Thinks. 

Since the dawn of time, man has been ever-fascinated by the workings of the human brain. Only recently, scientists have been discovering the underlying dynamics that shape and influence our frame of mind--new ways to cope with anxiety and stress, steps that we can take to crystallize our self-concept, and practical tools we can use to build the resilience and grit to ride through any challenge life throws our way.

Surprisingly, Torah and the Talmud have for centuries advocated various approaches to achieving happiness; ideas that are only now being confirmed through scientific observation. How Happiness Thinks offers a Jewish roadmap to happier living. Every lesson contains poignant insights into how our minds operate with practical steps you can take to boost your happiness levels to places unimaginable.

Preview of the Lesson Topics: 

Finding a Self-Concept of Happiness

Facing Stress with Patience, Mindfulness, and Hope

Learning the Art of Gratitude

Exploiting Our Shortcomings as Sources of Happiness

Coping with the Pain of Loss

Exploring the Deeper Dimensions of Happiness

How Happiness Thinks will be held in League City on Six Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, starting November 4th.  

To RSVP or for more info, visit, email [email protected], or call 713-398-2460. 



Earn up to 15 CE credits from:
> The American Psychological Association (APA)
> The American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

and up to 15 CE credits from:
> The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)


L'chaim, Cake & Shake in the Sukkah!

Don't have your own Lulav and Etrog set, or your own Sukkah? Don't fret. Mi Sukkah, es su Sukkah! 

You are invited to come on over during this holiday of Sukkot, to shake the Lulav & Etrog, and sit down with the rabbi for some cake & l'chaim in the Sukkah!

L'chaim, Cake & Shake Schedule (Sukkot begins tonight):

  • Thursday & Friday (Oct 8-9), between 4 and 6 pm (just pop in).
  • Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (call 713-398-2460 to schedule).

Hope to see you! Happy Sukkot!

Time to RSVP for the worldwide Challah Bake!

Ladies and girls, join hundreds of other Jewish women from the greater Houston area at the Mega Challah Bake - an evening of unity, inspiration and entertainment to be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm at the ERJCC (the Jewish Community Center on Braeswood).


Unite with women of all ages and from the many cross-sections of the wider Jewish Community. 
Learn the secrets to great tasting Challah, and discover the beauty of this tradition, unique to women. 
Create your own Challah and share the gift of Shabbat, warmth, and great taste with others. 
Pray - may the power in numbers inspire the answer to each one's prayers. 
Sing - be entertained by world-renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist and performer,
 Chana'le Fellig.

Tickets are $20, available exclusively online at and includes two medium challahs, light refreshments and entertainment.

When reserving, be sure to select table 53 to join our Bay Area group (if 53 is full, then 52).

This event is in conjunction with the worldwide Shabbat Project. Jewish women all over the world will unite as they prepare for the upcoming Shabbat (Oct 24-25). Don’t miss this historic event!

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Yom Kippur Location and Service Schedule

Yom Kippur Services will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway, Pearland, TX 77584. Room reservations: 800-321-2211 / 713-413-0500.


Yom Kippur Eve - Friday, Oct 3

  • 6:45 pm - Kol Nidrei Service (Candle Lighting Time and Start of Fast)

Yom Kippur Day - Saturday, Oct 4

  • 9:30 am - Shacharit Morning Service
  • Yizkor: at around noon.
  • 5:15 pm - Afternoon and Neilah Service
  • 6:39 pm - End of Fast 

RSVP for Dinner Under the Stars (next week)

 Dinner Under the Stars

You are invited to Dinner Under the Stars - a delicious full-course Sukkot dinner held under the starry Texas sky.

Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 pm
First Night of Sukkot
At the Sukkah of Rabbi Yitzi and Malky Schmukler
1910 Claiborne Dr, League City

Advance reservations required:
Suggested donation: $25 adult, $12 child, $180 sponsor. 

RSVP Online
Email: [email protected] | Phone: 713-398-2460 

Last chance to order Lulav & Etrog

etroglulav.jpgWouldn't it be nice to have your very own Lulav & Etrog (The 4 species: Palm, Citron, Myrtle and Willow) this Sukkot?

We are pleased to make this service available to you. We'll be ordering good quality kosher sets, grown in Israel from original heirloom etrogim of the famed Calabria, Italy stock.

Cost is $40 per set. To order, please email Rabbi Schmukler at [email protected].

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