News & Shmooze

BAYBROOK MALL Chanukah Celebration!

Baybrook - signYou heard it here first! Tell your friends!

We are pleased to announce that the popular Chanukah Celebration at BAYBROOK MALL is back!

Join us on
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm
2nd Night of Chanukah

Featuring: Menorah lighting, delicious Chanukah doughnuts, hot latkes, chocolate gelt, lively holiday music, kids activity and more!

Baybrook - outdoor  At Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Dr Friendswood, TX 77546
Event Place: At the beginning of the new outdoor section, near Zara, Forever 21 and Abercrombie Kids.

This Shabbat: Rabbi's Birthday Kiddush!

Join us this Shabbat (Dec 1) for a special Kiddush sponsored in honor of the rabbi's birthday! 


Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am

  • Torah Portion & remarks at around 11 am
    Vayeshev - Joseph Gets Sold Into Slavery 
  • Service followed by Kiddush lunch sponsored by The Schmukler Family in honor of the Rabbi's Birthday!

WEDNESDAY: Pearland Menorah Lighting!

Pearland Menorah Lighting 

See Event PageJoin on Facebook 

Pearland Menorah Lighting

4th Night of Chanukah
THIS Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Pearland Town Center | Outdoor Pavilion

Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony • Hot Latkes • Doughnuts • Chocolate Gelt • Free Raffle

FREE OF CHARGE • Be a Sponsor

Chanukah: A quick how-to guide

Chanukah: A quick how-to

  • Chanukah begins this Sunday night (Dec 2, 2018)!
  • It is a Mitzvah to light the Menorah every night of Chanukah, ideally at nightfall or soon after. Before kindling the candles we recite its special blessings. 
  • When Chanukah falls on Friday night, we light the Chanukah candles before lighting the Shabbat candles.  
  • When Chanukah comes out on Saturday night, we must wait for Shabbat to end at nightfall (this year at 6:00 pm in the Clear Lake Area) before kindling the Menorah.
  • See for a complete Chanukah guide, including the blessings for lighting the candles.  

Wishing you a joyous and bright Chanukah! 

For a list of Chanukah events across the Houston area, click here

Jewish Women's Circle - Thursday!


Hey Ladies,

Join the Bay Area Jewish Women's Circle on Thursday, Nov 29 at 7:30 pm for a fun pre-Chanukah get together!


  • Ladies, come together for a fun night out!
  • Decorate your very own votive candles!
  • Delicious Chanukah refreshments!

RSVP: [email protected] ∙ 281-724-1554 ∙

Suggested Cover:  $10 / Sponsor: $36

For women and girls 12 and up

The Jewish Women’s Circle is a fun night out just for you! Relax, socialize and meet new friends, while exploring contemporary topics through workshops and hands-on activities.

Partnering with Chabad Bay Area


  • To be available to everyone regardless of financial ability, we don't charge or request membership.  However, if you are able, we encourage participants to join our Chai Friends with a scheduled monthly donation so we can keep the lights on and keep the awesome-nous going!
  • We are not funded by any outside body. All of our funding comes from generous people such as yourself who appreciate our work and want it to continue and flourish.
  •  All of the funds you contribute stay here to serve our community.


  • Join the Chai Friends
  • As we approach the end of the fiscal year, please make Chabad of the Bay Area an important part of your end of year, tax-deductible, giving.


  • Online:
  • Mail: Chabad of the Bay Area, 1910 Claiborne Dr, League City, TX 77573
  • Join in the Matching Campaign on Thursday, Dec 13 


  • Donor Advised Fund (Fidelity, Schwab, etc. - we are set up with DAF Direct).
  • Donate securities (stocks)

  • Legacy Giving: Ensure a bright future for the Bay Area Jewish community for years to come by remembering Chabad of the Bay Area in your will or bequest. For more information, please contact the rabbi. 

Thank you for partnering with us in reaching out in friendship to our fellow Jews, from all walks of life, with meaningful and inspiring opportunities for Jewish life, learning and celebration! 

Thanksgiving Shabbat Schedule

Shabbat Morning:

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion: Vayishlach - Wrestling with Angels & Men

    Just like the first Jewish Pilgrims would surely have done, after the service there will be a light Kiddush lunch with HOT CHOLENT!

Photos of the Week

Some 4,000 Chabad Rabbis who serve at communities all over the globe, came together this past weekend for their annual conference. Of course, one always needs to take a group photo!

So here it is: 


Ok, but I don't see our rabbi in this picture...

How about now? :-)

Rabbi at Conference 

A similar conference of rabbi's wives -  Rebbetzins - is held in January.  

Exciting Chanukah Events!

 7th Annual
Chanukah On The Strand!

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm
At Saengerfest Park, Galveston

Featuring: Delicious Kosher Deli! • Live Music! • Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony w/ Dignitaries!  • Free Raffle and more!

* * *

Menorah Lighting at Pearland Town Center Mall
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Featuring: Menorah Lighting Ceremony! Hot Latkes, Doughnuts and Chocolate Gelt! Free Prizes! 

Important schedule notes for this Shabbat & Sunday

Off for this week: 

  • Kabbalah Class will not be held this Shabbat 11/3
  • WrapStars Tefillin & Breakfast will not be held this Sunday 11/4

On as usual this week: 

  • Shacharit Morning Service will be held at 10:00 am
  • JLI Class will be held on schedule, Tuesday at 7:30 pm

We will be back to regular schedule next week 

Looking for older posts? See the sidebar for the Archive.