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Shabbat Service Schedule

Chabad of the Bay Area's traditional service is enhanced by beautiful Chassidic melodies, interesting insights into the prayers and a brief discussion on the weekly Torah portion.  


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am
    Tanya: The Tale of the Two Souls

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Reading/Discussion Torah Portion of Ekev
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch

Photos of the week

Tisha B'Av afternoon, participants took in the thought-provoking documentary, Against the Tide. The film was followed by a Torah reading, Mincha, Maariv and break-fast refreshments. 



Gratitude Seminar - Date update

Join us Sunday, September 18 for a special event!

The Gratitude Seminar 

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Film Screening: Against the Tide

Join us this Sunday for the screening of a powerful documentary film:

Against the Tide

Watch the Trailer

Against the Tide

'Against The Tide' examines the conflict that erupted in the American Jewish community over the best means to rescue the European Jews trying to escape the Holocaust. It tells the little known story of Peter Bergson, who tirelessly stood up against American Jewish leaders in the late 30's and early 40's in an effort to save the Jews of Europe.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman 

Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Film Screening & Discussion: 
This Sunday, August 14 - Tisha B'Av

4:30 pm

At Chabad Bay Area 
Center for Jewish Life & Learning
2047 W. Main St, B7, League City

Tisha B'Av Services Schedule

Saturday evening, August 13, Tisha B'Av eve
Fast begins at 8:02 pm
Service - Melodious Reading of Eicha (Lamentations): 9:15 pm

Sunday, August 14, Tisha B'Av Day
Film & Discussion - Against the Tide: 4:30 pm
Mincha Afternoon Service (with Tefillin): 7:00 pm
Fast Ends: 8:27 pm
Light Refreshments

All at Chabad Bay Area, 2047 W. Main St, B7, League City

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.

Date change for Parsha Class

This week's Parsha Class will be held on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm (instead of Tuesday). Future classes will continue to be held on Tuesdays.

Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
Free of charge

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler
At Chabad Bay Area

About the Parsha Class: 
Broaden your Torah knowledge as we delve into the weekly Torah portion, examining classical and modern commentaries to discover fascinating insights and powerful lessons for our lives.  

Be a part of the Bay Area Calendar

Preparations are underway for the publishing of this Fall's Bay Area Jewish Calendar. We'd love to have your participation. You will have the opportunity to take part in two ways:

Date Dedications:


Unlike a newspaper or magazine, the calendar is kept year round and serves as a handy reference point for people all across the Bay Area of Houston.

"The Nine Days"

The first nine days of the month of Av (starting from this Friday, August 5) are days of 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.

Special Class: "From Darkness to Light"

Why do the Jewish People continue to mourn tragic events from 2,000 years ago; and how can those very events give us direction and inspire us in our lives today?

sunrise.pngInvite a friend to join you for this fascinating pre-Tisha B'Av class! 

Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 pm 
Free of charge

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler
At Chabad Bay Area

Note to Parsha attendees: We will include a brief review of this week's Torah Portion so you'll be up to date! 

This Sunday - Minyan & Brunch for Baby Diamond!

Balloons 225.pngPlease join us for a 'Simchat Bat' - Baby Welcoming Celebration in honor of the birth of Elisheva Diamond, daughter of Ben & Melodie Diamond and granddaughter of Ida Diamond.

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Shacharit Service at 9:15 am
Brunch at 10:00 am

To be held at: 
Chabad of the Bay Area - Center for Jewish Life & Learning
2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City

RSVP appreciated: [email protected]

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