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Purim recap

The joyous, festive mood was palpable among the huge crowd who turned out to celebrate Purim in China - which was this year's theme at the annual Chabad Bay Area Grand Purim Dinner. From the delicious kosher Chinese dinner, to the special edition game of Purim Balderdash, multimedia Megillah reading and even a bit of late night spontaneous dancing, a great time was had by all!

Full Purim photo album will be posted on Facebook after Shabbos.

Purim 1 

Purim 2

This Sunday: Tefillin & Breakfast

Jewish men and boys 13 and older are invited to join us for



Sunday, March 27
9:30 am 
At Chabad Bay Area

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

This Tuesday: Pre Passover Class

Pre Passover Class: Decoding the Numbers!

The story of the Exodus and the observance of Passover are full of very specific numbers: 3 matzahs, 4 questions, 4 sons, 4 cups, 10 plagues, 8 days, 40 years, and on. Join us as we plumb these numbers and discover their profound inner significance and deeper personal messages.

The class will also include a Q&A on some of the practical aspects of Passover observance.

Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 pm 

At Chabad Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life & Learning 

Free of Charge  |  RSVP: [email protected]

JKids - "The Great Hamantaschen Bake!"- This Sunday!

Hamantashen Icon

This Sunday, JKids gets together for "The Great Hamantaschen Bake!"

Kids, try your hand at baking your very own Hamataschen, filled with all kinds of fun fillings! There'll be plenty of the usual JKids fun, games and prizes!

This Sunday, March 20, 2016
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 281-724-1554
Cost: $5 / Co-Sponsor: $36

JLI Course Wraps Up!

The Jewish Course of Why wrapped up this week at Chabad Bay Area. Our large group of students had a great time exploring 50 fun, fascinating and informative questions on Jews and Judaism. 

Sneak preview of the next course:

JLI Strength & Struggle

Exploring six intriguing, disturbing, and controversial biblical personalities and events from the times of the Prophets. 

Offering a snapshot of the first Jewish commonwealth, an era that lasted nearly one thousand years, we will probe these enigmatic personalities within their historical and sociological contexts, allowing us to reach deep into the essence of who they were and events that shaped their lives. As we go about our investigative journey, we will also discover timeless answers to our innermost questions about life.

Grand Purim Dinner - Time to RSVP!


This Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 pm

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

Reservations / Sponsorships 
Phone: 281-724-1554 / Email: [email protected]

Open Sponsorship Opportunities

We are still looking for a few more sponsors to help cover our Purim events as well as the upcoming Community Passover Seder. Please consider joining in and partnering with us in making these quality programs available to as wide an audience as possible.

Co-Sponsorships: PowerChai $180 / Double PowerChai $360 / Triple PowerChai $540

Underwriters: Silver $1,000 / Gold $1,800

A donation of any amount towards these programs will make a real difference and be sincerely appreciated. 

You may submit your sponsorship online, call/email Rabbi Schmukler at 281-724-1554 / [email protected].

Thank you so much! 


How to Observe: Fast of Esther

The first of the Purim observances is the Fast of Esther which commemorates Esther's request to have all of the Jewish People fast for three days before she would risk her life and approach the King Achashveirosh with her request to save the Jews.

Fast of Esther: Wednesday, March 23

  • Fast begins: 6:05 am
  • Fast Ends: 7:58 pm

(Times are for the Clear Lake Area)

To learn more about the Fast of Esther, click here

How to Observe: Hear the Megillah (Schedule)

It is a Mitzvah to hear the Megillah twice: Once on Purim Eve and then once again during Purim Day. You are invited to join us for Megillah readings at the following times:

Purim Eve | Wed Night, Mar 23

  • 7:45 pm at Chabad Bay Area

Purim Day | Thursday, Mar 24 
Two daytime options:

  • 9:30 am at Chabad Bay Area
  • 6:00 pm at the grand Purim party (RSVP)

For more about Megillah, click here 


How to Observe: Mitzvot of Purim

In addition to hearing the Megillah (on the Eve of Purim and Purim Day), Purim is observed with three more Mitzvot:

Gifts of Food - Mishloach Manot

Also known more coloqually as "Shalach Manot/Monos", this Purim Mitzvah involves sending a gift of at least two food items to another Jewish person sometime during Purim day.

Gifts to the Poor - Matanot L'Evyonim

This Purim Mitzvah is fulfilled, also on the day of Purim, by giving generously to poor people (can be directly or through an organization that helps the poor).

Purim Feast - Se'udat Purim

Enjoy a festive Purim meal on Purim day. One should try to include bread ('Hamotzi') in this meal, since traditionally that is a distinguishing difference between a meal vs. a mere 'snack'. This is also the time to enjoy the extra wine that Purim is so famous for!

Join our grand Purim Party: 'Purim in China' to enjoy the Purim Feast in all its glory! Advance RSVP kindly requested: click here for more info or to reserve.

For more about the Purim observances, click here

Schedule for this Friday night

Community Shabbat Dinner - Friday Night, March 4th, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016
At Chabad Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life & Learning 

6:00 pm - Candle-Lighting
6:30 pm - Lively Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Shabbat) Service
7:00 pm - Kiddush & Delicious Community Shabbat Dinner! (RSVP required)

Suggested Cover: Only $10 per person or $36 per family 
Co-Sponsorships: $72, $180, $360 or more

RSVP or be a co-sponsor 

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