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This Monday - Special Bar Mitzvah Service

tefillinJoin us this Monday for a special Shacharit morning service in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Yosef Hirsch who will be donning Tefillin for his very first time! (If you have Tefillin bring them along). 

Monday, December 28, 2015
Service 8:00 to 8:45 am, followed by a light breakfast offered by the Hirsch family

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

Mazel Tov!

Kids: Challah Baking - This Sunday!

JKA Jewish Kids in Action

HEY KIDS! Join us this Sunday, December 20th for a fun Challah Baking activity as we launch this year's "Jewish Kids In Action" program!

The theme at JKA this year will be "Kids in the Kitchen!" At our first event you'll learn first hand how to make your very own Challah and have fun with braiding and flavoring it with your favorite toppings!

This Sunday, December 20, 2015
2:00 to 3:30 pm 

At Chabad of the Bay Area
Center for Jewish Life & Learning
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City
(Exit 23 off the I-45) 

RSVP: [email protected] | 281-724-1554 
Cost: $5 

Thank you! We did it together!

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Thank you to everyone who helped make our year-end matching campaign such a wonderful success! With your generous participation, we met and even exceeded our goal! 

An additional extra special thanks to our Matchers: Mardy Schweitzer, The Wolraich Family and Art Sadin! 


If you would like to join in the end of year tax-deductible giving, click here

Photo of the Day

The fully lit menorah casts its warm glow at the Menorah Lighting in Pearland Town Center this past Sunday! 

Menorah at Pearland 


Thursday: 24 Hour Matching Campaign!

Join us online this Thursday, December 17 - the fifth of Tevet - for an extraordinary 24 hour fundraising campaign! For 24 hours only, every dollar that you donate will be doubled on the spot by matching donors! That's right - doubled!

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 2016.

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

Rounding out the year: End of year giving!

As this fiscal year comes to a close, we look back at a year of activities and outreach that touched many of our Jewish sisters and brothers in the Bay Area, with insightful classes, meaningful Jewish celebrations, Shabbat and holiday dinners, welcoming services and above all, one-on-one caring interactions that enriched and uplifted the lives of one individual and family at a time.

This year also saw the launch of our new Center for Jewish Life & Learning to enable us to further broaden our ability to provide more meaningful opportunities for Jewish learning and celebration throughout the Bay Area!

As an independent non-profit, Chabad of the Bay Area is made possible by your partnership and generosity. Every little bit counts and makes a big difference.

Please consider making Chabad of the Bay Area a part of your end of year, tax-deductible giving.

We are also excited to once again be launching a special one-day gift matching campaign (see next post). If you wish to donate now, please see the info below:

To Donate Online:

By Mail: Chabad of the Bay Area, 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City, TX 77573

Have you considered joining our monthly giving club? 
Chai Circle of Friends:

Thank you and may you be blessed in return with material prosperity many times over!

Last Eve of Chanukah: Pearland Menorah Lighting!

Pearland Menorah Lighting 

Join us on the last evening of Chanukah
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

As we light ALL EIGHT CANDLES at the 

Pearland Menorah Lighting!
At Pearland Town Center - outdoor pavilion
(Center of the mall, near the granite globe fountain and Cinnabon)
11200 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584


RSVP (optional) 
Contribute towards the Chanukah events 
Info: [email protected] | 281-724-1554 

Tomorrow: SPECIAL SHABBAT Chanukah - Rabbi's Birthday Kiddush!

Join us TOMORROW, Saturday, December 12, for a special Shabbat service and lunch!


  • It's Chanukah!
  • It's Rosh Chodesh (start of new Hebrew month)!
  • Kiddush Lunch sponsored in honor of the Rabbi's Birthday! 

(you are welcome to join in at the time that works best for you)
9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah
10:00 am - Morning Service Begins (Torah reading at approx. 11:00 am).
12:00 pm (approx) - Kiddush Lunch sponsored by Rabbi Yitzchok & Malky Schmukler in honor of the RABBI'S BIRTHDAY!

PHOTOS: Chanukah In 'Outer Space!'

 Chanukah In Outer Space

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A wonderful crowd turned out for the annual Chanukah celebration at Baybrook Mall this past Monday! The highlight of the event wast the lighting of the first ever "Space Menorah" which was uniquely designed just for this event! Participants were also treated to a Mad Science show, facepainting, delicious Chanukah treats and raffles with fun prizes.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the event such a success! 

(Chanukah On the Strand was a huge success as well. Report coming after Shabbat!) 

Galveston Mayor to attend Chanukah On The Strand!

We are pleased to announce that Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough will be joining Chanukah On The Strand.

The event will be held this Wednesday, 7 pm, at Gavleston's Saengerfest Park. The Mayor will share greetings on behalf of the city and join in the lighting of the Menorah.


Galveston Daily News - Write-up on Grand Opening

The Galveston Daily News featured a nice write-up on last week's Grand Opening of the Chabad Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life & Learning.  
Galveston Daily News-Nov-2015---Grand-Opening-Coverage
Click to read the full article

MEGA 20th Anniversary Chanukah festival in Houston!

The biggest Chanukah event in Texas history is set to hit the Houston stage with 1000s expected to be in attendance. This event is co-hosted by the City of Houston and will be in front of Houston City Hall on Dec 6th from 3pm and on.  You can expect to see a large array of activities and booths, arts and crafts, Houston Rockets Fan Zone, raffle, and a dazzling food quarter, provided by Genesis, Laykies & My Pita. 

Also featuring: Live concert, Public Menorah Lighting and Spectacular Firework show!

Admission is FREE!

Houston Chanukah Fest  

Exciting Chanukah Events - THIS WEEK!

 Chanukah in 'Outer Space' at Baybrook Mall!

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

"Chanukah in Outer Space!" at Baybrook Mall

  • Mega Space Menorah!
  • Mad Science show!
  • Delicious Chanukah treats!
  • Lively Jewish Music!
  • Raffle for a NASA tour and other prizes!


Chanukah On The Strand - Galveston! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7 pm
Chanukah on the Strand - At Saengerferst Park

With Galveston Mayor
Jim Yarbrough!


Pearland Menorah Lighting 

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Pearland Menorah Lighting
At Pearland Town Center - outdoor pavilion
11200 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584



RSVP (optional) 
Contribute towards the Chanukah events 
Info: [email protected] | 281-724-1554 

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