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Shabbat Schedule for July 20th

Note: Kabbalah Class will resume next week on July 27
Shacharit Service at 10:00 am
  • Torah portion of Balak - A king seeks out a gentile prophet to curse the Israelites, what happens next is incredible...
  • Note: The service this week will be led by congregants.
    Light Kiddush following the service.

Sunday: Fast Day & Start of 'The Three Weeks'

  • This Sunday, July 21, 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 Fast starts at 5:08 am and ends at 8:47 pm (times local to the Clear Lake Area).

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 start 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 ("Tisha B'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.

The Fast of Tisha B'Av runs from sunset Saturday night, August 10 until nightfall Sunday, August 11, 2019.

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...]

Coming up: Tisha B'Av Class & Film

 Save the dates:

  • Pre-Tisha B'Av Class - Tuesday Evening, Aug. 6
  • Film on Tisha B'Av afternoon - Sunday, Aug. 11

Join the Jerusalem of Gold Memorial Board Project

We invite you to take part in this historic project. This will be a most beautiful way to honor your loved ones and ensure their Yahrtzeit is always remembered. The Jerusalem of Gold Memorial Board will be a beautiful work of art and hang within the sacred space of the Chabad Bay Area Shul.

Project Sponsors which will be recognized with special crowning plaques.

Be included in note at the Ohel

Note from the Rabbi: 

I will be visiting the Rebbe's Ohel this Sunday in honor of his 25th Yahrtzeit (on the 3rd of Tammuz). Tens of thousands of people will be coming from all over the world to this holy site for this special day.

If you would like to have your name included in the note for blessing placed at the Ohel, please email me (before or after Shabbat) with your name and mother's name (Jewish names, if known). 

For background info see: and about the Ohel.

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