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 Arms for Israel

Enjoying a nice breakfast together after last Sunday's "Arms for Israel" Tefillin event. 

Soul course off to a great start!

Our newest course, Journey of the Soul, by the world renowned JLI (Jewish Learning Institute), has gotten off to a great start this past Tuesday night.

With five more lessons to go, it is not too late to join in! To try it for yourself, join us this Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Chabad Bay Area.

Course Outline

What is a soul? Is it possible to expire before our time is up? Is death painful for the soul? How does Judaism define life? How do we reconcile Judaism’s emphasis on the here and now with the eternality of the soul?

Are there benefits to aging? What matters most in life? Realizing that we only live once, what is the best way to utilize the time we have left?

What happens to us when we die? Are souls able to communicate with us from heaven? Do our loved ones in heaven still care about us? What is the significance of the rituals associated with burial? How do these rituals assist the soul’s transition into the afterlife?

What is reincarnation? How exactly does it work? Does Judaism believe in ghosts and spirits? Does everyone go to heaven ?

Once the soul is in heaven, is it possible for it ascend to new spiritual heights? What can we do to assist the soul in the afterlife? This lesson explores the emotional, spiritual, and practical steps of the grieving process and explains how we can benefit the soul once it’s already in the hereafter.

What is the final destination on this voyage? Is death permanent? Does Judaism believe in resurrection? Is it possible that we may one day be reunited with our loved ones?

INFO & REGISTRATION: | 281-724-1554 | [email protected] 

THIS SUNDAY: "Arms for Israel"

Tefillin Soldier

Our brothers and sisters in Israel are once again under hateful and relentless attack. 

What can we do to help?

Yes, we can help by speaking up and defending Israel. By sharing the truth about the right of our cause.

But there are spiritual things we can do as well.

Our sages teach us that the men's Mitzvah of Tefillin and the women's Mitzvah of Shabbat Candles bring a special merit of spiritual protection.

Jewish men and boys 13 and older are invited to join us this Sunday when we'll roll up our sleeves and extend our "Arms for Israel" with a -


Don't have Tefillin? Not sure how to do it? Don't worry, we'll help you out.

Sunday, October 25
9:30 am 
At Chabad Bay Area

RSVP (optional, helpful) [email protected]

Don't have Tefillin? Not sure how to do it? Don't worry, we'll help you out!

Rabbi to Deliver League City Invocation

Our very own Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler is scheduled to be delivering the Invocation at the League City Council Meeting this Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

New Center Inauguration

announcementSave the date for the Grand Opening, inauguration and open house of the new Chabad of the Bay Area – Center for Jewish Life & Learning.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

Watch your email for the official invite next week!

Shabbat Services Schedule

Friday nights - Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Welcoming the Shabbat):
6:45 pm (Adjusts seasonally).

Shabbat Mornings:
9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah
10:00 am - Morning Service

At Chabad Bay Area 
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City, TX

Special Shabbat w/ Scholars in Residence & Kiddush lunch

Join us for a very special Shabbat!

This Shabbat is known as "Shabbat Breishit" (Gensis) - the Shabbat when Jews all over the world begin the new cycle of Torah reading.


Scholars in Residence: 
Rabbi Efraim & Rebbetzin Chana Schmukler
Montreal, Quebec

Rabbi Efraim Schmukler is a senior rabbi, Torah scribe, and lecturer; Rebbetzin Chana Schmukler is a noted educator on the topic of Jewish womanhood; they both serve as "Mashpia" (spiritual life coach) to many in the Montreal Jewish community.


  • Starting the book of Genesis - Breishit
  • Special buffet Kiddush lunch after services
  • Dvar Torah by Rabbi Efraim Schmukler, and Kiddush remarks by Rebbetzin Chana Schmukler 

This Saturday, October 10th 
9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah
10:00 am - Morning Service Begins (Torah reading at approx. 11:00 am).
Services will be followed by buffet Kiddush lunch

At Chabad Bay Area 
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City, TX

Optional RSVP by replying to this email

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Friday night, Welcoming the Shabbat (Kabbalat Shabbat) Services, will be held tonight 7:15 - 7:45 pm. 

Simchat Torah Recap!

The first Simchat Torah Celebration in League City was the perfect grand finale to a most inspiring series of holidays at Chabad of the Bay Area. 

At the grand celebration on Simchat Torah evening ("Dance with Torah Scrolls, Dine on Sushi Rolls") the atmosphere was electric, with lively dancing, tasty food and a feeling of true holiday joy. On Simchat Torah morning we came together once again for the traditional completion of Torah reading and starting over, danced and sang some more and enjoyed a tasty Kiddush together.

What a fitting way to wrap up a most meaningful holiday season, taking with us the inspiration and meaning of the High Holidays, and channeling it into our own lives with joy and happiness and a feeling of inspiration and desire to renew our dedication to G-d and to enhance our Jewish experience in the coming year.

JLI TRIP TO ISRAEL - Only days left to guarantee your spot

JLI’s luxurious Israel experience offers an inspiring taste of the land of our heritage for hundreds of Jews from communities around the globe. Participants don’t just see the land, they learn about it and capture a taste of its soul.

* Travel dates - March 27 - April 5 
Program dates - March 28 - April 4

IMPORTANT: Register by October 15th to guarantee your spot! 


The secret of Simchat Torah...


Simchat Torah is a special time. We dance, we sing, we celebrate the greatest gift of all... our holy and precious Torah! G-d's infinite wisdom.

Joy breaks through all barriers! It uplifts and unites us when we celebrate together as one people. Simchat Torah is a celebration not about our accomplishments in studying the Torah, rather it is about the essence of the Torah and our essence as a people - a bond which has kept our people united, courageous and strong despite all diversities we have faced throughout the ages.

Join us as we celebrate our heritage, our love and joy for the Torah and for our people Israel. Let us celebrate our greatest commonality:

We are one people, with one G-d, one Torah, one heart! 

- Courtesy of Rabbi Naftali, Coastal Bend

Monday Night: Grand Simchat Torah Celebration!


Join us for a lively, one-of-a-kind, Simchat Torah celebration. 

• Dance with Torah Scrolls and Dine on Sushi Rolls! 
• Joy and fun for all ages! 
• Kids, come and create your very own Candy Sushi!

Monday, October 5th
Evening Service: 7:30 pm
Simchat Torah Celebration: 7:45 pm

At Chabad Bay Area
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City

Free of Charge - Reservations Optional, email: [email protected]

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:
Help sponsor Simchat Torah & Sushi, please click here

Tuesday Morning: Conclusion & Start of Torah!

Join us on Simchat Torah Day

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

Tuesday, October 6th

  • 10:00 am - Shacharit Morning Service
  • 11:00 am - Kiddush Refreshments, Concluding the Torah and Starting from the Beginning!

Services this Shabbat & Upcoming Holiday

You are invited to join us for inspiring services!


  • Friday night: 7:30 - 8:00 pm
    Lively Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Shabbat) Service 
  • Shabbat Morning: 9:30 - 11:30 am
    Enjoy a traditional Shabbat morning service, sprinkled with beautiful Chassidic melodies, insights into the prayers and a brief discussion on the weekly Torah portion.

HOLIDAY (Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah) SERVICES:

  • Sun-Mon, Oct  4-5: 
    Evening Services at 7:30 pm
  • Mon-Tue, Oct 5-6: 
    Shacharit Morning Services at 10:00 - 11:30 am

Services will be held at:
Chabad Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life and Learning 
2047 W. Main St, #B7, League City

Save the Date: Special Shabbat next week!

Mark your calendar and be sure to join us next Shabbat, October 10th for a very special Shabbat!


  • Scholars in Residence: Rabbi Efraim & Rebbetzin Chana Schmukler of Montreal, Quebec 
  • Starting the book of Genesis - Breishit
  • Special buffet Kiddush lunch after services

Saturday, October 10th
9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah
10:00 am - Service Begins

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