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Officers at the League City Police Department HQ welcome members of JTeens, the club for Jewish teens in the Bay Area. On their inaugural event, the teens baked and personally delivered delicious cookies to show their appreciation for the men and women in blue serving our community.

Find out more / Join JTEENS

Community Shabbaton - tonight & tomorrow

We are completely booked for tonight's dinner. But feel free to join us tomorrow morning for service and lunch, and a talk by our guest speaker!

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Tonight / Friday, Jan 31:

  • Candle lighting available between 5:39 to 5:57 pm
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:15 pm
  • Community Dinner 7:00 pm (prior reservation required) 

Shabbat Morning / Feb 1:

  • Coffee & Kabbalah 9:00 am
  • Morning Service - Shacharit starts at 10:00 am
  • Sermon & Torah reading at approx 11:00 am
  • Kiddush lunch after service at approx 12:15 pm 

See event info online | On Facebook

New JLI course - not too late to join in!

The new JLI Course got off to a great start this week!

It's not too late to join in!

Come by Tuesday at 7:00 pm as we delve into the 2nd lesson that will explore how the Judaism's gift of monotheism impacts so many surprising aspects of life. 

Judaism's Gifts to the World: 
How Major Jewish Ideas Evolved Into Universal Values

Course schedule: 6 Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
(5 lessons left - each is stand alone, so feel free to come and join in)

 Sign up 
Or just show up to try a lesson free of charge and with no obligation!

FAQ about Community Shabbaton next week


Q. What's a "Shabbaton?" 
A. Shabbaton implies a fully packed Shabbat program enjoyed together as a community. Community Friday night dinner, Shabbat day lunch, services, etc.

Q. Do I have to attend services? 
A. No. Services are optional. Feel free to come for any portion that works out for you!

Q. Is that our rabbi in the picture? 
A. No it isn't. But the guest speaker is a relative!

Q. Will it be the same talk at night and in the day?
A. No. Two completely different topics, as is explained in the flyer.

Q. Can I invite a friend?
A. Sure! Just try to get in all reservations as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly. 

Event pageRSVP link 

JTEENS Kicks-off this Sunday! Don't let any teens miss out!

The first Bay Area JTEENS event is this Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Chabad Bay Area 


REGISTER ONLINE or email to [email protected] to RSVP.

Coming up Special Kiddush on Shabbat, Jan. 18

 The Kiddush lunch next Shabbat, January 18th will be sponsored by Mardy Schweitzer in memory of her mother, Zyra Shirley Schweitzer, on the occasion of her Yahrtzeit next week..

Recap of an amazing Chanukah!


Chanukah kicked-off on Sunday, Dec. 22 with an inspiring kindling of the first candle at Chanukah on the Strand. Councilman David Collins greeted the audience and presented a proclamation on behalf of the City of Galveston. There is always a special 'vibe' that can be felt at our Galveston events, and this one was no different. In addition to local residents, we were also joined by numerous visitors who were either departing or just arriving from their vacation cruises. 

On Tuesday, third night of Chanukah, Chabad of the Bay Area put on a Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration for inmates at a Texas correctional facility in Texas City. The Rebbe taught us to be there for every Jew in every place or situation.

Thursday brought us to Pearland Town Center mall for a beautiful and uplifting evening that also featured live musical entertainment by our very own Mendel and Meir Schmukler!

Sunday, Dec. 29 took us to Baybrook Mall where a gorgeous night was the perfect setting for a Chanukah grand finale lighting up all 8 candles on the final night of Chanukah! What a wonderful show of Jewish pride at a time when it is most needed. May the light of goodness and holiness continue to illuminate our year ahead!

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Concluding JLI class this Tuesday!

After taking a break for the holiday, we will meet this Tuesday at 7 pm for the concluding JLI class our Fall course, Worrier to Warrior.

LESSON TOPIC: Refreshing Relationships - Discover the spiritual concepts that can have an immediate positive impact on your personal relationships.

Even if you have not been part of the course, you are welcome to join us for this concluding lesson.

Opportunity: The Land & The Spirit - JLI Israel Experience

JLI has expanded their capacity for more participants in their previous sold out Israel trip!

If you are interested please get in touch with the rabbi ASAP. 


Watch a Youtube preview 
One of the best Israel experiences you can possibly get! 

Bagels, Lox & Tefillin - Sunday morning


The Real BLT
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin!

Sunday at 9:00 am!
Wrap Tefillin and shmooze over a delicious power breakfast of Bagels, Lox and more!

Beginners welcome! Tefillin provided!
Men from age 13 to 130!

Sponsor a BLT
 for $36+

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