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Save the Dates: High Holiday Events

Making your High Holiday plans?

We are pleased to announce that we will, G-d Willing, once again be offering High Holiday Services as well as our famous Community Dinners for the upcoming High Holidays!


  • Community Holiday Dinner (Rosh Hashana Eve): Sun, Sep 13
  • Rosh Hashana Days: Mon-Tue, Sep 14-15
  • Yom Kippur Eve & Day: Tue, Sep 22 & Wed, Sep 23
  • Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars: Sun, Sep 27
  • Simchat Torah Celebration: Mon, Oct 5 

Israel Trip - March 2016

Do you feel like you harbor a deep desire to visit Israel and take it all in? To go on a trip to your ancestral homeland like never before? A guided, fun, luxurious journey, together with old friends and new, that will leave you with memories that you will cherish forever?

You need to have a look at: 


When: End of March and early April 2016 

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. 

This Weekend: Tisha B'Av - Schedule

Fast of Tisha B'av - Programs at Chabad of the Bay Area  

The fast day of Tisha B'av begins this Saturday before sunset and ends Sunday night at nightfall.

Join us as we observe this meaningful day: 

  • Service on Saturday night -- The traditional melodious reading of the Book of Eicha (Lamentations).
  • Film on Sunday afternoon -- My Whole Broken Heart, featuring interviews and discussion on finding a positive response in the face of tragedy and destruction.  


Saturday evening, July 25th, Tisha B'Av eve
Fast begins at 8:18 pm
Service - Melodious Reading of Eicha (Lamentations): 9:15 pm

Sunday, July 26th, Tisha B'Av Day
Film & Discussion - My Whole Broken Heart: 2 pm
Fast Ends: 8:43 pm

Service and Film both at the home Rabbi Yitzchok and Malky Schmukler

How to Observe: Tisha B'av

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

"The Nine Days"

The first nine days of the month of Av (starting from this Friday, July 17) are days of acute mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. Among other observances, during this time we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on Shabbat), swimming or bathing for pleasure, remodeling or expanding a home and buying new clothes.

Fast of Tisha B'Av (Evening service info)

The Fast of Tisha B'Av begins next Saturday, July 25 at 8:18 pm and concludes Sunday, July 26 at 8:43 pm (times local to the Clear Lake area). 

Join us for the customary melodious reading of Eicha (the Book of Lamentations), Saturday, July 25, 9:15 to 9:45 pm. At the home of Rabbi Yitzchok and Malky Schmukler in League City.

For more about the history, insights and observances of the Nine Days and the Fast of Tisha B'Av, visit

Watch the Film Trailer - With My Whole Broken Heart

Join us for a special Tisha B'Av event featuring the exclusive screening of a documentary film and discussion.


Documentary Film:  
With My Whole Broken Heart

Film - With my whole broken heart.jpg In the summer of 2001, two Jewish teenagers were hiking near their homes in the West Bank when they were stoned to death by Palestinian terrorists. A few months later, Daniel Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan; his last words: "My father's Jewish, my mother's Jewish, I'm Jewish."  

With My Whole Broken Heart is a professionally-produced and emotionally-gripping 45-minute film featuring heart-wrenching stories of valiant parents whose children's lives were claimed by terror and their inspiring responses to their horrific experiences. The documentary also follows the lives of two of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald who emerged from the darkness and transformed the Jewish landscape.  

The film features interviews with Ruth and Judea Pearl, parents of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl; Sherri Mandel, mother of Kobi Mandell; Rabbi Nissan Mangel and former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.

Tisha B'Av  
Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm

At the rabbi's home

RSVP Online or by replying to this email

Free of Charge 

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How to Observe: The Three Weeks

This Sunday, July 5th, is the 17 Tammuz fast day, on which we refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to nightfall. It also marks the start of a period known as "The Three Weeks."

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the beginging of our exile.

The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.

It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history.

Observances: There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period. We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held.

[Learn more about The Three Weeks...]

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