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From the President

It's August. It's Hot. Sisterhood has finished their garage sale and the Herculean efforts it take to make it successful. Katy is back in town and planning for the state of religious school. As always, our little shul is busy! With that I want to share some thoughts with you about our future.

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The Rabbi's Corner

Mark Twain wrote that travel could be depressing. No, not that the traveling itself makes us sad, but when we come home, well, life is just not as exciting as it was while we were on the road, seeing new things, meeting new people, enjoying new exciting experiences. But come home we must, and this is when Mark Twain said that things could get sad.

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Sisterhood News

Sisterhood was busy during the month of July with our annual Garage Sale. With the help of the Congregation’s donations and our dedicated workers, Sisterhood was able to raise over $4,500.

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Adult Education Activites

A new class, All About Judaism, is beginning August 21 at 7:30 pm at CSH. 

We are arranging to show the movie Apollo 11 at CSH very soon. 

The Houston Astros are hosting the second annual Jewish Community Day at Minute Maid Park on Sunday August 25. The Astros play the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10pm.

We will organize a sale of baked goods from Three Brothers Bakery prior to Rosh Hashanah. Last year our congregants purchased over 230 pieces of baked goods! 

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Social Action

We are still doing Social Action events and have now formed the Greater Clear Lake Interfaith Community Council to help us learn more about ourselves and our various faith communities. This Interfaith Council is an extension of Social Action/Social Justice that came out of our need to learn more about ourselves and our diverse faith communities, where we can support each other as a united front against the anti-Semitism, prejudice, and injustices that seems prevalent these days. We plan to learn more about each other, our faiths, and our traditions as we work together for a better community.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Sunday
    Aug  25
    CSH's Open House

    Sunday, Aug 25th (All day)
    OPEN HOUSE AT CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHALOM Welcome to a vibrant, open and committed Jewish community in the Clear Lake Bay area. Congregation Shaar Hashalom will have an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All who are interested in learning more about our Conservative Jewish congregation are invited to visit. Please bring your entire family. Come and connect with new friends, tour the synagogue, meet with Rabbi Stuart Federow who is celebrating his 25th year with the congregation, learn details about Shaar Hashalom’s innovative Hebrew and Religious school programs and get answers about Judaism. Additionally, information will be available about seats for the High Holy Days that will start this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of September 29, 2019. Enjoy some kosher food and drinks.




Lunch with the Rabbi - Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, Congregation Shaar Hashalom Schwartz Social Hall. 

Conversations with Rabbi Stuart - Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm, Sawa Restaurant and Grill, 16608 El Camino Real.

Adult Hebrew: From Aleph Bet to Prayers - Taught by Phyllis Greenspan on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, starting January 9, 2019. Registration required via email to (see flyer).

All About Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Stuart Federow. Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Congregation Shaar Hashalom Schwartz Social Hall.

Judaism in the Home: A Hands-On Approach - Taught by Rabbi Stuart Federow. Everyone is invited to learn more about Shabbat, Havdalah, Holidays, and more. Sponsored by Adult Education, Sundays 11:15 am - 12:15 pm starting Jan 20, 2019.

Israeli Folk Dancing - Taught by Amira Hemme, Mondays - 7:30-9:30 pm

Classes are not held on holidays. Check the calendar for details.

"A Show of Faith", Rabbi Stuart Federow's radio show, 1070 AM (KNTH), Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Mon, August 19 2019 18 Av 5779