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

  • This Sunday, June 27, 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 4:53 am and ends at 8:52 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, July 17 until nightfall Sunday, July 18, 2021.

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...]

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We joined in with thousands of others from around the world to watch the video broadcast, 'Unfazed', which featured inspiring personal stories and uplifiting song.  

'Unfazed' Video & Refreshments

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From a soundstage in NYC

An inspiring and memorable with personalities reflecting on the Rebbe's life lessons

Music by world renowned musicians, Itzhak Perlman and Shulem Lemmer!

This will be an in-person event at Chabad Bay Area with refreshments 


Join us Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm at Chabad Bay Area 

Reservations appreciated. Please reply to this email to RSVP.


The event will be hosted by Seattle radio host Ari Hoffman and Chabad emissaries Rivka Slonim and Rabbi Dov Greenberg, and will feature a lineup of speakers from across the spectrum of Jewish life including author Elisha Wiesel and Tik Tok executive Michal Oshman, and musical performances by Itzhak Perlman and Shulem Lemmer. The speakers will share their own journeys of resilience and express how the Rebbe’s teachings continue to affect their lives today.

Community Shabbat Dinner

Your are invited to a Community Shabbat Dinner on Friday Evening, June 11th at Chabad Bay Area!

  • Featuring a delicious full-course Shabbat dinner!
  • Celebrating the 3rd birthday of Chava Bracha Schmukler, which will be marked with her first Shabbat Candelighting!


Reserve Online

Israel Bonds Guest Speaker (Zoom)


You are invited to an interesting guest speaker Zoom event sponsored by Israel Bonds in partnership with Chabad of the Bay Area

Yuri Foreman
Professional Boxer & Rabbi

Sunday, June 6, 2021
6:00 pm Central Time
On Zoom 

To Register - click here 

The first session where he will tell his fascinating story is free. The optional second session will feature a workout training session will have a minimum $36 Israel Bond purchase which will be donated to the Chabad center of your choice.  

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