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Photos of the Week

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Campers just concluded an unforgettable Camp Gan Israel Bay Area day camp - 2022 season!

From amazing activities on our spacious new grounds, to fascinating learning, music, dances, swimming, water-sliding, baking, trips and more - Such a good time was had by all!

Today was the last day of camp and how they all - campers and staff - wished it would just go on and on! We'll miss you all and like you, we can't wait until next year, for another awesome summer with CGI Bay Area! 

Coming up: Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av is the major fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem. Like Yom Kippur, the fast starts before sunset of the Eve of and concludes the next day after nightfall.

Tisha B'Av this year starts at sunset on Saturday, August 6th and concludes after nightfall on Sunday, August 7th. 

Photos of the Week - Camp Gan Israel!!

Great outdoors, waterslides, swimming, surprise kosher ice cream truck, Challah baking, trips and more, enjoy some the snapshots of the amazing first week of Camp Gan Israel - Bay Area!!

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Sunday: Afternoon Service - Fast Day & Kaddish need

Come and join us for a Minyan on Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 pm. 

  • In honor of 17th Tammuz fast day
    - A special late afternoon Mincha service with Torah reading
  • Help complete a Minyan for two people in their week of Shiva

Kindly reply to this email or contact the rabbi to let us know if you can join. 

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

  • This Sunday, July 17, 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 5:05 am and ends at 8:45 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, Aug 6 until nightfall Sunday, Aug 7, 2022.

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...]

Getting ready to chill! - Video moment of the Week!

Removing the garage doors 
Watch the short action clip!

It was a big week at the new Chabad Bay Area property, including massive garage doors removed and walls closed, top-notch cozy insulation and AC system installed! 

Making possible a comfortable use of the building in 'Phase 1'. 

Thank you so much to all who contributed to help make this project possible. There's still opportunity to join in, to help cover the full cost as well as new lighting and doors. Suggested amounts are $5400, $3600, $1800, of course a contribution of any amount is sincerely appreciated and makes a real difference! Click here to join the action! Thank you for being part of this Mitzvah!

When was "The Jewish Nation" Born? Zoom class - Thursday!


 Avraham was the first Jew, right? But wait. What about the events at Mount Sinai, when everyone received the Torah: Wasn’t that the moment of nationhood? Come to think of it, were the Jewish people not born at the Exodus from Egypt? An enthralling roller-coaster ride through the literature explores this important question.

Thursday, July 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm

The Parsha Class will be on zoom
Join at:

Kiddush - Shabbat 7/2


We'd like to invite you to join us this Shabbat for a special

Buffet Kiddush Lunch & 'Farbrengen'
after the Shabbat morning service

In honor of the Rebbe's Yahrtzeit 
This Shabbat on the 3rd of Tammuz


  • 9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah
  • 10:00 am - Service Start
  • 10:40 am - Main part of the service
  • Full Buffet Kiddush Lunch after the service at around noon

A great  weekend to celebrate!
Make a L'Chaim to your soul's Jewish freedom :-)
"With your Red Wine & Jew"

Location: At Rabbi Yitzchok & Malky's house, 1910 Claiborne Dr.

Camp Gan Israel - Not too late to join in!

Starts in a week from Monday!

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Register today

Camp Dates: Monday, July 11 - 22, 2022

More info & RSVP at or call us at 281-724-1554

 Watch the camp promo video
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