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Tragedy in Poway

We are all shocked and pained by the vicious anti-semitic attack at Chabad of Poway synagogue yesterday during Passover & Shabbat services.  

We share in the grief of the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye (Leah bat Reuven) and pray for the healing of those injured – Noyah bat Eden Dahan (Age 8), Almog Yosef (Alon) ben Ruti Peretz and Rabbi Yisrael ben Chana Priva Goldstein – heroes who risked their lives to help save others.

  • There will be a community-wide solidarity gathering tomorrow at the ERJCC in Houston:
    Monday, April 29 at 6:30 PM at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096 - Event info
  • Spiritually, we need to help change the world for the better. The Rebbe would always emphasize that increasing the light is the best way to transform the darkness. Let us do our part to increase the goodness and kindness around us. Let us add a mitzvah – honoring the memory of those who passed, while also adding spiritual light into our lives and our environment.
  • We cannot and must not allow ourselves to shrink back from gathering together for Torah study, prayer and celebrating Jewish life – for if we do, we our handing a victory to those dark forces. Instead, we must increase in the above and give the message to ourselves, our families and the world at large that Am Yisrael Chai – the People of Israel are Alive and will shine ever brighter! 

Watch: Rabbi Yisrael Goldstein, injured in the attack, gives a first-hand account and shares powerful reflections from his hospital room

May this be the last painful event experienced in exile, and may we very soon see the day when only goodness and G-dliness will reign, with the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.

Rabbi Yitzchok and Malky Schmukler
Chabad of the Bay Area

Last Days of Passover (this Fri & Shabbat)

Thursday Eve, April 25 - Eve of 7th Day of Passover 

  • Light Holiday Candles at 7:35 pm

Friday, April 26 - 7th Day of Passover ("Shvi'i Shel Pesach")

  • SERVICE: Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
  • Join us for this special Passover service!
    - Festive Hallel
    - Torah reading
    - Followed by Kiddush & Fruit

  • Light Shabbat Candles (from pre-existing flame) at 7:36 pm

Shabbat, April 27 - Final Day of Passover ("Acharon Shel Pesach")

  • Coffee & Kabbalah Class at 9:00 am
  • SERVICE: Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Join us for this special Shabbat-Passover service!
    - Festive Hallel
    - Torah reading
    - Includes YIZKOR memorial service at around 11:00 am
    - Followed by Kiddush and Fruit

  • Passover Ends at 8:32 pm

Passover Services & Holiday Schedule

Friday, April 19 - The Day Before Passover

  • Fast of the Firstborn (more info)
  • Early morning is the very last chance to Sell Your Chametz (sell your chametz now online in 60 seconds)
  • Finish eating chametz by 11:08 am
  • Finish burning remaining (unsold) chametz by 12:14 pm. We'll be hosting a Chametz burning 11:30 am to 12:00 pm at Shlomi & Samantha's home (contact our office for address)
  • Light the Passover candles at 7:32 pm (Blessings)
  • SERVICE: Short Evening Prayer Service (Maariv) at 7:30 pm at Rabbi's home.
  • Community Seder will be held at the Rabbi's home at 8:00 pm. Advance RSVP required.
  • First Seder after nightfall. Key Mitzvot of the Seder are eating matzah, maror (bitter herbs), drinking four cups of wine and relating the story of the Exodus (Seder guide).

Shabbat, April 20 - 1st Day of Passover 

    Shabbat & Passover Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Guest Sermon by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Margolin, Cleveland Clinic
    Festive Hallel
    Torah reading
    Followed by Kiddush & Fruit

Saturday Evening - Second Seder

  • Light holiday candles (from a pre-existing flame) after 8:27 pm
  • Begin "Counting of The Omer
  • 2nd Seder follows same order as first

Sunday, April 21 - Second Day of Passover

  • SERVICE: Passover Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Followed by Kiddush & Fruit 
  • First part of Holiday ends at 8:28 pm

Intermediate Days of Passover ("Chol Hamo'ed") 

  • Monday, April 22 thru Thursday, April 25


  • Thursday Eve, April 25 - Eve of 7th Day of Passover 
  • Friday, April 26 - 7th Day of Passover
  • Saturday, April 27 - Final Day of Passover

No Kabbalah Class this Shabbat 4/20

The weekly Coffee & Kabbalah class will not be held this Shabbat morning (will resume next week).

Shabbat Service will be held as usual at 10 am. Please join us to help make a Minyan on this special day! 

Give Tzedakah in Honor of Passover!

Partner with us in our efforts to bring Jewish holiday awareness to our fellow Jews with community Passover Seders, Shmurah Matzah distribution and providing guidance and assistance with the practical aspects of Passover observance.

Online: Make a contribution at 

Mail: Chabad of the Bay Area, 2047 W. Main St, Suite B7, League City, TX 77573.

Phone: 281-724-1554

Thank you for your partnership and support!

Sell your chametz this week - An easy Mitzvah!

60 seconds for a more meaningful Passover.

Because we can't always get rid of all Chametz (leavened products), there is a simple solution which involves selling our Chametz to someone who isn't Jewish for the duration of Passover.

Click here to sell your Chametz online. It takes just a minute and is free.

Must be in by Thursday, April 18.

Seder one week away - Not too late to RSVP!

Reserve Online 


Join us for a beautiful Passover Seder complete with fine wine, hand-made Shmurah Matzah and a delicious holiday dinner. Featuring an interactive reading of the Haggadah, enhanced by fascinating insights and joyful song.

First Night of Passover
Friday, April 19, 2019
8:00 pm

*If you would like to join on the 2nd night, please contact us. 

Suggested Donation: 
$36 adult, $18 child (5-15)
Be a Sponsor: $180 couple

Your additional support is sincerely appreciated and helps make these community events possible. 

Reserve Online / Sponsor

Phone: 281-724-1554 | Email:   [email protected]

Shmurah Matzah - Ready for pickup

If you have ordered Shmurah Matzah, it is available for pickup. Please contact the rabbi to schedule a pick up time.

If you haven't ordered yet, we still have some available.

$20 per 1 lb box - Order Online   

(Use our event order form, select the number of lbs using the "Participants - Adults" dropdown) 

What is Shmurah Matzah?

Shabbat Schedule

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah portion at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Metzorah
    "Shabbat Hagadol" - The Shabbat before Passover is called "The Great Shabbat" because of the great miracles that happened on that day.

    Followed by light Kiddush lunch with Hot Cholent!

This Tuesday: Pre-Passover Class!

Join us for "A TASTE OF FREEDOM" an inspiring and informative Pre-Passover Class:

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

Discover inspiring insights and fascinating ideas -- from the mystical to the practical -- that will transform the way you experience your Seder! 

Also includes a brief review of some of the practical aspects of the holiday.


Simply reply to this email to RSVP. 

Get your Shmurah Matzah

Zohar calls matzah “Bread of Faith” and “Bread of Healing.” Our great mystics explain that this is especially true with Shmurah Matzah. As a community service, we have some available for purchase. 

As a community service, we are pleased to offer some Shmurah Matzah available for purchase at $20 per lb.  

Order Online

[Form: Choose "Shmura Matzah Order" from the "Event" dropdown, and select the number of lbs using the "Participants - Adults" dropdown.]

Simply contact the rabbi to pick up at your convenience 

Last Call: Shabbat in the Heights (Weekend in BROOKLYN!)

"Next to maybe Israel, it is perhaps the greatest place to walk down the street and be proud to be Jewish" -Participant last year  

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If you are interested in joining a very special Shabbat experience in the heart of Jewish Brooklyn, please contact the Rabbi as soon as possible.

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