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Recap: Jewish Women's Circle

A great time was had by all at the Jewish Women's Circle pre-Shavuot event this week! Participants tried their hand at making creatively designed and delicious no-bake cheesecakes, and gained some insight into the significance and rich meaning behind the customs of this holiday!

 Womens Circle - Shavuot Cheesecake

Time to RSVP - This Wednesday: Shavuot Celebration!

Shavuot Celebration - click for more 

Reserve -- free of charge -- for the Shavuot Celebration this Wednesday, June 4th, First of Shavuot, at 6:00 pm.

Come together, young and old, to enjoy a delicious dairy buffet dinner and hear the annual reading of the Ten Commandments! Featuring, homemade New York cheescake, blintzes, lasagna, ice cream with all the toppings, and much more!

Bring your family and friends!

RSVP free: Reserve online or call 713-398-2460
Sponsorships appreciated

How to Observe: Holiday of Shavuot

Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, 3,327 years ago, and is the second of the three seasonal biblical festivals (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot).

Shavuot is a two day holiday (outside the Land of Israel), beginning this year on Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:59 pm and concluding on Thursday, June 5th at 8:58 pm. Like other biblical holidays, both days begin with formal candle lighting (see times in box at right), and festive meals, complete with Kiddush and Challah, are held on both days.

Highlights of Shavuot include the Torah reading of the Ten Commandents on the first day, the custom to stay up studying Torah throughout the first night and the custom to eat dairy foods.

For tons more about Shavuot, including recipes, audio classes and articles, visit

Wednesday night: Ladies' night out!

Ladies, the Bay Area Jewish Women's Circle invites you to a pre-Shavuot event this Wednesday night: Make Your Own Cheesecake! 

 Jewish Women's Circle - Make your own cheesecake - Wed, May 28, 2014

Please reserve in advance by emailing [email protected] or by using the online form (the cover charge can be paid online or at the door).  

Lag Ba'Omer BBQ & Concert

Popular Jewish rap artist Ari Lesser  (see his youtube hits: Boycott IsraelGive ThanksIsrael Apartheid) will perform at Houston's Lag B'Omer Celebration in Godwin Park.

The event will be held this Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 pm carnival and barbecue, 2 pm concert).

The concert is free admission, barbecue and carnival are a-la-carte. For more information visit or call Chabad Outreach of Houston 713-774-0300.

National website features story on Chabad Bay Area

A main feature story about Chabad of the Bay Area was published this Thursday by, a national website with tens of thousands of daily readers. Special thanks to Tracie Bein, Boris Berezin and Lynn Donovan for their contributions to the story. 

Check it out:  

No Torah Scrolls on Mars Yet, but One Small Step Closer to It

Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, co-director of Chabad of the Bay Area with his wife, Malky, stands in front of the aron kodesh, or Holy Ark, with the Torah he received on long-term loan, as his daughter Mushkie looks on. (Photo: KEVIN M. COX/The Galveston County Daily NewsRabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, co-director of Chabad of the Bay Area with his wife, Malky, stands in front of the aron kodesh, or Holy Ark, with the Torah he received on long-term loan, as his daughter Mushkie looks on. (Photo: KEVIN M. COX/The Galveston County Daily News

By Carin M. Smilk

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to live in League City, Texas. But it doesn’t hurt.

The city is within the Greater Houston metropolitan area, with a local population of nearly 84,000 people, according to the 2010 census. It’s home to several waterside resorts that are popular with nearby Houston residents. It’s also eight minutes away from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the lead center and headquarters for U.S. space shuttle activities, and the home of mission control and the NASA astronaut corps.

And it’s now the place where Chabad Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, his wife Malky and their six children call home.

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Local Community Member Meets Chief Rabbi

Clear Lake resident and retired NASA scientist, Boris Berezin, met up this week with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, after his lecture in Dallas. (Spotted in hand: autographed flyer of our JLI course, Paradigm Shift, which features an endorsement from the Lord Rabbi). 

 Boris Berezin with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

New course off to a great start!

The spring JLI course, Paradigm Shift, got off to a great start this week!

We still have 5 lessons to go, so it's not too late to join, come and check it out Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. The topic for lesson two is: Realizing Your Potential, Discover your true inner self by getting a better understanding of your soul.

More at, email [email protected] or call 713-398-2460.

Our best course is starting this week! Will you benefit?

JLI courses are all great, but the one starting this week is absolutely one of the most enriching one's we've ever offered!

  • If you want: self-help tools, fresh perspectives on life, deep insight into your very self -- this is the course for you.
  • If you want to know: what is the secret of Chabad, what gets them moving and motivated, positive and upbeat about Judaism and life -- this is the course for you.
  • If you've heard of the Rebbe as an inspiring person whose wisdom and advice was sought by world-famous leaders, such as Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Eli Wiesel -- this will offer you an opportunity to see first-hand what drew them to seek his counsel. 

If you are still not yet sure, you are invited to come and try out the first lesson free and see for yourself. 

2 location options:

  • Galveston: Sunday, May 4th, 11 am  at 2605 Broadway.
  • Clear Lake: Tuesday, May 6th, 7:30 pm at 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City.  

For more info or to register, visit or contact our office.

Course fee: $99 and includes a professional student textbook that's yours to keep. Book with a friend and save 10%! 

To try out the first lesson free with no commitment, simply reply to this email.

Questions? Call Rabbi Schmukler at 713-398-2460 or email us at [email protected].  

Mega Event on June 25 - Save the date!

You heard it here first!

Nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager is coming to Houston on June 25th for a special mega-event featuring an on-stage conversation with best-selling author Simon Jacobson, Thailand chief rabbi Yosef Kantor, and co-director of Chabad Student Center at Emory University Miriam Lipsker, on the life and legacy of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.

Held in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of his passing. 

 Mega Event: Timeless Leadership

Please mark your calendar today and stay tuned for details! 

Hip-Hop artist to headline Lag B'Omer in the Park

Popular Jewish Hip-Hop artist Ari Lesser will headline this year's Lag B'Omer Celebration with a live concert at Godwin Park.

A YouTube sensation with hundreds of thousands of views (see Boycott Israel, Give Thanks, Israel Apartheid), Ari is a true master of the spoken word with an incredible talent for expressing powerful ideas through clever rhyme and rhythm.

The event will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 pm carnival and barbecue, 2 pm concert) at Godwin Park in Houston.

Let's show a nice representation from the Bay Area of Houston! 

The concert is free admission, barbecue and carnival are a-la-carte. For more information visit or call Chabad Outreach of Houston 713-774-0300.

Lag Ba'Omer Celebration featuring Hip Hop artist Ari Lesser 

Save the date: Shavuot Celebration!

We will once again be hosting a beautiful celebration in honor of the holiday of Shavuot, marking the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. 

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, 6:00 pm 

Featuring: Delicious dairy buffet dinner, ice cream party and traditional reading of the Ten Commandments.

Stay tuned for details! 


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