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Tefillin50 collage.pngThis week marks fifty years since the Six Day War and liberation of Jerusalem. At that time the Rebbe famously launched his signature Tefillin campaign to keep Israel safe. I have made a personal goal for these few weeks to get 50 people to wrap tefillin. So far we hit #27! Can you help me reach my goal? Shoot me an email and I will get you all wrapped up in under 5 minutes! :) You can track me on Facebook using hashtag #50tefillin

Shavuot is this week! 

  • Tuesday: Join us for an amazing and intriguing night of learning, on Torah ideas the presenters are passionate about. We have a great lineup for you - JUMP >
  • Wednesday: Hear the Ten Commandment, enjoy Ice cream and Buffet lunch and ages 5-17 get a FREE FIDGET SPINNER!* Print coupon before holiday & present at Shavuot party on Wed. 5/31 at 11:30 am. One spinner per person present, age 5-17. While supplies last. RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotparty #ckids #cteen
  • Thursday: Yizkor memorial service. Full schedule below >
  • Fidget Spinner CouponOnline at www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotschedule 

Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar

Friday, May 26
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:57 pm

Shabbos, May 27
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by Marc & EllenAnn Sands in honor of completing the year of Kaddish in memory of his father
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:55 pm
Living Torah 

Sunday, May 28
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT - Bagel, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Shavuot Programs, Service & Candle Lighting Schedule 

Tuesday, May 30 
- 8:00 pm Shabbat Afternoon & Evening Holiday Services 
- 7:59 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (  Blessings
- 11:30 pm JEPShavuot! All Night Learn-A-Thon |  APPLY TO PRESENT 
Lineup of Torah talks by experts on many Jewish subjects! 

  • THE VANISHING JEW IN ACADEMIA
    Philip A. Ernst, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Statistics, Rice University
  • PSALM 55 & SELF-LIBERATION
    Ashley Stern, Emory University Class of 2019, Jewish Studies Major
  • QUANTUM PHYSICS, COGNITION & KABBALA
    Jerald Simmons, MD, Triple board certified in Neurology, Sleep & Epilepsy 
  • MICROBES & MENSCHEN - WHAT BACTERIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT TORAH
    Naomi Bier, Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • WHO NEEDS GOALKEEPER GLOVES WHEN YOU HAVE THE TORAH
    Michael Lisch, Former Houston Dynamos Goalkeeper
  • FITNESS & TORAH
    Rachel Graff, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston
  • SHAVUOT & AHUVOT: TORAH & LOVE
    Chanie Lazaroff, Co-Director Chabad of Uptown

Wednesday, May 31 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
* 11am-1pm Special childrens' service w/ games, activities and more! 
- 11:30 am  Reading of Ten Commandments & Party 
followed by 1 pm dairy kiddush & ice cream party!  
- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Holiday Services 
After 8:58 pm* Light Yom Tov Candles ( Blessings ) 
* From a pre-existing flame. 

Thursday, June 1 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:45 am approx. Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:59 pm Yom Tov Ends

Have a good Shabbos & Yom Tov!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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National Police Week

Wonderful Lag B'omer celebrated with a wonderful community of young professionals and families!

This week It was my honor to help the Houston Police Department mark National Police Week with a special prayer for the officers and their families.

"May the families of the first responders have harmony in the home as they stand behind their loved ones, who leave every day with the hope they will return the same way they left. May they have the power to be able to say goodbye at the beginning of every shift, find the strength to wait for the hours to go by that seem like an eternity, for the day to complete, day in and day out. May they have the energy needed for their loved ones to come home to their embrace, in a safe and in good emotional and physical health."


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Shavuos is coming - but, FAST! www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotschedule

Shabbos Mevarchim, Chazak, Parshas Behar - Bechukotai

Friday, May 19
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:52 pm

Shabbos, May 20
Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farengen
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:51 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 21
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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A grills demise, A Holiday surprise

DEADGRILLI am sorry to report that although significant time and efforts for resuscitation were spent, we have reached the inevitable death of our dear friend, the Uptown Grill, that served up and fed the Uptown hungry stomachs delicious and perfectly cooked steaks, kabobs, chicken, burgers and hot dogs faithfully for five years.

However, I am happy to report that this gives you an opportunity to donate a new grill in time for future festivities. 


LAG B'OMER IS HERE!!

  • TOMORROW: Young Professionals, join us tomorrow, Sat. night, for Fire & Ice Lag B'omer - A YJP Houston Themed Experience - get tickets now at www.yjphouston.org
  • SUNDAY: Community, families, children, and everyone in between, please join us on Sunday at Godwin Park, 1-3 pm for a Lag Bomer celebration!

blt.jpgEvery Sunday at 8:30, join us for the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin!!!

Kiddush this week is sponsored in honor of Dara Naomi bas Devorah Dinur's 30th birthday and in honor of Eliyahu ben Shoshana, Ella bas Dara Naomi and Moshe ben Shoshana.


Shabbos Parshas Emor

Friday, May 12
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:48 pm

Shabbos, May 13
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by the Dinurs
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:46 pm
Living Torah
YJP Fire & Ice Lag B'omer at 9:30 pm - www.yjphouston.org

Sunday, May 14
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am
Lag Bomer at Godwin Park 1-3 pm www.lagbaomerinhouston.com 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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We have enough...

Typical Chanie moment, as reported by Chabad.org/news:

When a third Israeli team of 18 from Petach Tikvah (their photos) called that afternoon, Chanie Galperin Lazaroff heard her husband [Rabbi Chaim] say he wasn’t sure that they could handle additional guests.“ [to Dimona and Holon] ‘Call them back!” she said. “ ‘They have to come. We have enough food.’

After the rabbi extended the offer, she started getting out more potatoes, more chicken—more of everything. “I thought you had enough,” countered the rabbi. “I do,” replied his wife. “I just have to make it.” Read the entire article here >


cinco de shabbat chili.jpgCome try some award winning chili many other delicacies is this month's Mexican themed, First Fridays for Young Professionals, Cinco de Shabbat!

We have enough for all of y'all, but if you register tonight, before it's gonna cost you! RSVP here using promo code "advance".

www.yjphouston.org


cteen album.png23,544. . 23,544! Is that not enough already?! That's 97 - NINETY SEVEN - more than last year! - There is a relative disconnect between Americans and Israelis when it comes to Yom Hazikaron. Perhaps it is because Yom Hazikaron is something very personal to Israelis, where everyone has family or knows someone killed among the 23,544 who sacrificed their lives for being Jewish and Israel? I am not sure.

What is your opinion why this is? What can we do about it?

David Nesenoff spoke and taught this Shabbat so passionately at Chabad of Uptown about the land of Israel and the Tzahal. If you weren't there, you missed something special. We couldn't get enough of him! A wonderful time was had at Sat. night with the CTeen group!

Luckily, you can still learn more... I strongly encourage everyone, Americans or Israelis, especially the millennials, to join the Survival of a Nation - New Uptown 6 week course. You will learn so much, and will gain an even greater appreciation for Israel.


Fire Ice FB Banner Lag Bomer.jpgNext weekend is Lag B'omer!! 

* Sat. May 13: Fire & Ice Lag B'omer - a YJP Houston experience (for Young Professionals)
* Sun. May 14: Community Lag B'omer at Godwin Park


Shabbos Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim

Friday, May 5
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:44 pm | RSVP for Cinco de Shabbat YJP First Fridays

Shabbos, May 6
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos kiddush
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:40 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 7
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Be inspired and inspire

I always wonder as I send out my weekly email, does every week's email need a picture? Please let me know your thoughts.

Last call for reservations for Shabbat dinner this weekend with our guest, David Nesenoff! You don't want to miss this Shabbaton! www.chabaduptown.org/shabbaton

Save the dates for the upcoming May events!

  • Fri. May 5: Cinco de Shabbat - YJP Houston
  • Sat. May 13: Fire & Ice Lag B'omer - a YJP Houston experience (for Young Professionals)
  • Sun. May 14: Community Lag B'omer at Godwin Park
  • Tues. May 30: JEDShavuot: Torah Ideas Worth Sharing All night learnathon | Apply to present
  • Wed. May 31: Shavuot 10 commandments & ice cream party

A thought: Tonight is the second day of Iyar, the birth of the Rebbe Maharash, when we count the sefira of Tiferes Shebtiferes. The Rebbe Maharash would often say, the world say if you can go under, climb over. I say, lchatchila ariber - in the first place, climb over!

We often spend so much time battling the challenges of life and when we don't succeed we let go and then climb over it. Let's take a page out of the the Rebbe Maharash's playbook. Let's let go now, and climb over in the first place!

Good Shabbos! 


Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora - Shabbaton with David Nesenoff


Friday, April 28
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:39 pm

  • Community Dinner with David Nesenoff at 8:30 | RSVP
    LectureA funny thing happened to me at the White House
    An incredible story of Israel, Holocaust, Washington and every Jew

Shabbos, April 29
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am

  • Followed by Shabbos Kiddush with David Nesenoff
    LectureTangled up in Life; Negotiating Peace in our Lives

Mincha at 7:40 pm

  • Pirkei Avos Ch. 2, with David Nesenoff
    Lecture: From Chopped Liver to Liverpool; From Conservative Rabbi to Chabad to the Beatles.

Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:35 pm
Living Torah

  • CTeen with David Nesenoff: An evening of song and story - 9:30-11 pm | RSVP
    The Secrets to Success: How to figure out what you want, and get it

Sunday, April 30
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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"Get the Hell out of Palestine"

Pesach by the numbers: 

7 cases wine & grape juice
45 lbs shmurah matzah consumed
50 gift pack shmurah matzah distributed 
111 Israeli teens hosted from three teams in the First Robotics Competition
144 Seders served 
425 lbs Meat & Chicken
497 Pesach meals served
6215 lbs of fruits and vegetables


thomas.gifBut there will be ONE Shabbaton for our ONE community next weekend with David Nesenoff.

This is an event you do not want to miss!

Thank you to all those who registered at this time. Please register and share with your friends and family!

www.chabaduptown.org/shabbaton


Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Shmini

Friday, April 21
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:35 pm

Shabbos, April 22
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:35 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:30 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 23
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Wednesday, April 26 - Rosh Chodesh Iyar
Shacharis at 6:45-8 am followed by breakfast (with radishes of course!)

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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hungry?

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Wonderful to have the whole family, with Chaya and Mendel home from school, celebrating Pesach together. 

All who are hungry, come and eat! What wonderful Seders! For the first time in years we did not have to close our doors as we had ample room to host everyone for a full house for the Pesach Seder! And, we "escaped the seder" just in time for the afikoman! Everyone did a great job unlocking the codes needed to escape!


Don't Miss - April 28:  Shabbaton with David Nesenoff: An incredible story of Israel, Holocaust, Washington and every Jew. More details and RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbaton

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We welcome the many teams who are arriving over this coming week from Israel for a robotics competition in Houston next weekend. 

  • Mazel tov to Aaron Harari on his Bar Mitzvah! 
  • Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim's brother, Peretz & Chevie Lazaroff on the birth of a boy!

Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach

Friday, April 14
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbos Pesach Dinner

Shabbos, April 15
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:25 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 16 
- 8:00 am Morning Services   

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, April 16 
Before 7:32 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am  Late night Torah Study 

Monday, April 17, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
After 8:27 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2

Tuesday, April 18, Acharon Shel Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service
- 6:30 pm Mincha 
- 7:00 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services
- 8:28 pm Holiday Ends

IMPORTANT: 
Wait one hour before eating chometz to allow the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Moses in Me

Rabbi Chaim "Got a little bit of Moses" baking Pesach Matzah with Mendel and friends... Check out the video

and our Pesach service schedule at www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule

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Education and Sharing Day Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner has proclaimed today, April 7, 2017, to be Education and Sharing Day in Houston. This follows an American tradition of proclaiming the Rebbe’s birthday, 11 Nissan, as a day of reflection and commitment to the values of education and good deeds in the United States. Every US President since 1978 has made this annual proclamation for Education and Sharing Day, USA.

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This is a tribute to the Rebbe's life long efforts and advocacy for the betterment of education for American youth. The Rebbe emphasized that education should not be limited to the acquisition of wisdom and pursuit of a career, but rather, the education system must focus primarily on building good character and ethics.

Why is it that the Rebbe’s life and vision is summed up by the virtue of education? His contributions to Jewish life were vast, larger than life. So, why the emphasis on education?

On Monday evening we will all sit down by the Seder table to celebrate Pesach - the Festival of Freedom. The Seder was designed with the intention of quipping the child’s curiosity, bringing about the realization that this night is different from all other nights. After the child unabashedly expresses puzzlement with the goings on by asking the Ma Nishtana, the parent is obligated to respond by explaining the dynamics of that historic event in our history.

Even if there are no children at the table – the genre of the story remains the same: Educational. Geared to engage the innocence of youth and a sensory experience throughout. At the Seder we are all teachers and students.

The message of education pulses through the theme of the entire festival. The freedom granted to us over three millennia ago was the opportunity to educate. I am not referring to literacy and mathematics, of which the Jews had a thriving educational system during the two centuries of Egyptian slavery.

However, it was an education devoid of meaning and purpose, steeped in the local cultural swamp of idolatry and the promotion of self.

The Exodus was not merely a correction  of a terrible wrong, rather an urgent call to allow a nation to realize their full potential. The opportunity to transcend the self and connect with the divine. We were not granted a vacation from harsh labor, rather we were empowered to accomplish a loftier mission.

In our generation the Rebbe emphasized that we are all teachers. To bring the awareness of G-d to every corner of the globe and to empower all of humanity to achieve their full potential in bringing more goodness and kindness to our world.

Please join us in observing Education and Sharing Day by reflecting on the fact that educating others is not only for professional teachers. The Rebbe often quoted the Chassidic saying, “If you know Aleph, teach Aleph!”  Today, reach deep inside and find the “Aleph” that will be meaningful to someone else. 


 Register today for the Friday, April 28 Community Shabbaton with David Nesenoff at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbaton


Mazal tov Chen & Tali Bublil on the birth of a baby boy!


Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Tzav

Friday, April 7
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:26 pm

Shabbos, April 8
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by light pre-Pesach Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:21 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 9
Shacharis at 8:30 am
(No BLT breakfast, in preparation for Pesach)


Chometz Removal 
(see Chametz Wizardlaws or  Pesach A-Z
Sunday, April 9 
- Sell Your Chometz, now! Do not wait for the last minute! 
Click here to sell online
After 8:10 pm Formal Search for Chometz 
Monday, April 10 (see laws or  Pesach A-Z) 
- 5:43 am Firstborn Fast Begins 
- 6:45 am Shacharis
- 7:30 am Siyum Ceremony for Firstborns
Before 11:14 am Finish eating Chametz 
Before 12:18 pm Finish burning Chametz 


Passover I & II Services & Candle Lighting 
(see The Sederlaws or  Pesach A-Z

Monday, April 10, 2017  
Before 7:28 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles ( Blessings 2 & 4
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
Followed by our signature Uptown Pesach Seder -  RSVP required

Tuesday, April 11 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer
Followed by our signature Uptown Pesach Seder -  RSVP required
After 8:23 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (
Blessings 2 & 4

Wednesday, April 12 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:23 pm Yom Tov Ends 

April 13-16 Intermediate days - No Teffilin Required


Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Doubling it up!

  • Double marriage! Another glass broken, another wedding for the books! Two weddings in one day! Mazel tov to Amanda & Yaakov Boxenbaum and Lauren & Ed Barnett on their marriages!
  • Double teens! We had a great showing at our first CTeen event, where teens learned opportunities for Jewish leadership, events and experiences while interacting with their peers. - Photos. We will have our second Cteen event on Sat. April 29.
  • Double Seders! Please join us for either or both Seders - The Great Escape! Register at www.chabaduptown.org/seder. Complete Pesach schedule can be found at www.chabaduptown.org/pesachschedule 
  • Double meaning! David Nesenoff, a noted speaker, author, filmmaker and musician will lead a Community Shabbaton on April 28, 2017 telling his story of the Holocaust, Israel and the Jewish people. Postcards will be in your mailboxes this week. Check it out and register at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbaton

When My Daughter Learned to Say No

For the moment, my heart overflows with pride as I witness her burgeoning independence, her sense of self. I know that in a few months or years from now, these traits may not always seem so endearing, but for now, I kvell. more...



Shabbos Parshas Vayikra

 

Friday, March 31
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:22 pm

Shabbos, April 1
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:17 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Triple Play Shabbos!

With hard work of a great committee, this past Sunday we had a wonderful event with FCYA a partnership where volunteers of  YJPHouston joined young adults of Friendship Circle of Houston to paint ceramics along Young Adults with special needs for a morning of fun, camaraderie and integration. Special thanks to the ERJCC for hosting. Video & Photos.


Shabbos Triple Play!

Upcoming Events: 

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei , Chazak & Hachodesh

Friday, March 24
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:18 pm

Shabbos, March 25
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Special Torah Reading of Chazak & Hachodesh
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored in part by Ron Roseman in memory of his father
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:12 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 26
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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✌ A place for you(th) - Pics & Video

PURIM WAS OVER THE TOP!
Megillah readings and parties for the community, families, seniors, young professionals and everyone in between!

Check out our photos & video!


FCYA painting with friends.jpgFCYA THIS SUNDAY! 
Young professionals volunteer with YJP Houston with FCYA (Friendship Circle of Houston - Young Adults) to paint ceramics together along Young Adults with special needs for a morning of fun, camaraderie and integration. VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS REGISTER HERE


THE POWER OF TEEN YOUTH!
On the heels of the amazing NYC Shabbaton, we are calling all Jewish teenagers in grades 9-12! Enjoy Texas BBQ, learn about leadership and volunteer opportunities, and most of all- meet new friends! Sign up and let us know you're coming, register for free at www.chabaduptown.org/cteenbbq


PESACH IS COMING!
Check out all the important Pesach links to get ready!

Celebrate Pesach with Chabad of Uptown! 

More Pesach links:


This Shabbos the Torah reading of Parah is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover. Links: The Parah reading w commentaryThe Calf's Mother


Shabbos Parah, Parshas Ki Sisa

Friday, March 17
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:14 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner, Pray. Eat. Love.

Shabbos, March 18
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:08 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 19
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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😍 Happy Yet? (& change ⏰)

Purim weekend is here! But, before we get to Purim itself, let me tell you about next weekend....

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Next Shabbos, March 17, we will host another wonderful Shabbat of Pray. Eat. Love. Every third Friday of the month, we will get together as a community to experience Shabbat on a whole new level!  RSVP

Next Sunday, March 18, after the wildly successful FCYA Challah Bake a few moths ago, YJP Houston will host it's second event for Friendship Circle Young Adults on Sunday, March 19 for 10 am-12 pm to paint ceramics together with Young Adults with special needs for a morning of fun, camaraderie and integration. RSVP at www.yjphouston.org/events/fcyapainting


Now, about the Purim weekend... 

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This Shabbat, Erev  Purim, we celebrate the foiling of Haman the  Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people. We therefore supplement the Torah reading with a second Torah, reading Parshat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17-19).

The festival of  Purim begins, March 10, at nightfall on Saturday night. The Megillahis read for the first time this evening, at Chabad of Uptown at 7:30 pm.

Purim Day, March 11, observances include:

  1. Reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. We have four day readings to choose from! 8:45 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  2. Giving to the poor (gifts of money should be given to at least two poor people).
  3. Sending gifts of food to friends (a minimum of two ready-to-eat foods to at least one friend).
  4. Feasting. Join ours for YJP Banquet Brunch at noon or Community Purim Feast at 5 pm
  5. Reciting the Al Hanissim prayer.

Other customs include dressing up in disguising costumes and the traditional Purim food, the hamantash. For more detailed information, see our Purim Links:  Virtual Purim (a website offering the  story of Purim, detailed  How-To's,  articles and essays, Purim  songs and video clips, and a global  Purim event directory). A special  Purim site for kids. The  book of Esther with commentary. A  Purim anthology.



Shabbos Zachor, Parshas Tetzaveh

Friday, March 10
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:09 pm | Shabbat Dinner sponsored by Naomi Bier in honor of her birthday

Shabbos, March 11
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Bonnie Pfrenger marking the yartzeit of and in memory of her father, Yaakov ben Yechiel, of blessed memory
Mincha at 6:10 pm
Shabbos Ends at 7:03 pm
Living Torah
Maariv, Megillah & Havdalla at 7:30 pm
Followed by L'chaims 

CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS! 

Sunday, March 12
8:00 am Shacharis
8:45 am Megillah Reading & Breakfast
12:00 pm YJP Banquet Brunch w/ YJP Houston (RSVP Required)
2:30 pm Megillah, Senior & iVolunteer at Brookdale Plaza Galleria - 2929 Post Oak
5:00 pm: Megillah Reading 
5:45 pm: Community Purim Feast (RSVP Required)

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Teens take over Times Square (& more)

  • 6 teens and their leader, Naomi, got back from a phenomenal weekend in NYC joining thousands at the CTeen Shabbaton! The energy was palpable, the Torah was organic, the smiles were abundant, and their voice - gone! Check out these videos streamed live of the Times Square takeover and the Closing Ceremony. Simply amazing!
  • We had a great time at Sunday's Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff, serving up winning chili (even if the judges didn't realize ;)) and wrapping tefillin with over 70 people!
  • Purim is next weekend! Click here for the complete Purim schedule and RSVP here for the complete schedule of events, including the noon YJP Purim Brunch and the 5 pm Community Purim Feast.
  • Kiddush this week sponsored by Maxine Epstein in honor of Michael Pasternak receiving the Kesser Torah award 
  • The Wednesday dinner, class & social this week is sponsored by the Baskin family marking the shloshim and in memory of Ruvin Baskin. 


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Shabbos Parshas Terumah

 

Friday, March 3
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:05 pm | Followed by YJPHouston First Fridays Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails - RSVP

Shabbos, March 4
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen in honor of Michael Pasternak
Mincha at 6:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:59 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 5
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Joy is here

chanie kinus 5777.jpgI had an amazing uplifting time last weekend in NY. It was great to be living it up hanging with family sisters, laughing with YJP sisters and uplifting inspiration with thousands of international sisters. All at the Kinus, the Conference of Shluchos, women emissaries, marking 22 Shevat, the yartzeit of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. I look forward to sharing it with you at the Shabbos table this week - Chanie

Please join us, tomorrow. this Shabbos for a community Shabbat dinner, Pray. Eat. Love. Services at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm. RSVP by replying to this email.

Purim is coming! Check out our schedule of Purim megillah readings & events at www.chabaduptown.org/feast!

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple. The 1st of Adar marked the beginning of the collection of the shekalim. In commemoration, the Torah reading this Shabbos we read verses (Exodus 30:11-16) that relate G-d's commandment to Moses regarding the first giving of the half-shekel. "Parshat Shekalim" is the first of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Zachor", "Parah" and "Hachodesh") Links: The Shekalim Reading w commentaryPartnerCharity: an Anthology

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim Adar: a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of upcoming month of Adar, which falls on Sunday and Monday of next week. We will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh Minyan and breakfast on Monday at 6:45-8 am followed by breakfast

Shabbos Shekalim & Mevarchim, Parshas Mishpatim

Friday, February 24
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:00 pm

Shabbos, February 25
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:54 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, February 26
Rosh Chodesh Shacharis with Chili Cookoff Chefs at JCC

Monday, February 27
Monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan at 6:45-8am followed by breakfast 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Pray. Eat. Love.

tanya siyum.jpgMazel tov to all of the "Misaymim", those who completed the study of the book of Tanya! May you continue to grow in your study and knowledge of Torah and connection with Hashem! Namely, Maxine Epstein, Michael Pasternak, Maurice Purcell, Daniel Silvermintz & Barbara Hales, Jerry Simmons, Mark Stern and the many others who journeyed with us over the years!

  • Chanie has joined thousands for this weekend, together with the 41 Jewish women leaders -Shluchos of Texas, for the annual Kinus in New York. The kinus marks the Yartzeit of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka on 22 Shevat. You can watch the closing banquet live at www.chabaduptown.org/kinus this Sunday at 4:45 pm Houston time.
  • Calling all College students and high school seniors! Check out www.texasshabbaton.com happening next week at Texas A&M for the largest Jewish weekend retreat in Texas! Register now before it's too late! 

 

Next Friday night, February 24, we will kick off a new Shabbat experience for all ages: 

Pray. Eat. Love. - Uptown! 
Spirituality, Nutrition & Motivation

Are you looking to be inspired? To make some changes in your life that will yield positive results. Are you willing to take the risk to learn and grow? If the answer is YES, then stop what you are doing and sign up now for this event (by replying to this email) with new and old friends - PRAY, EAT, LOVE

PRAY - Kabbalat Shabbat with spirit, joy & mysticism
EAT - Multi-course Shabbat Dinner with new and old friends
LOVE - Share and / or hear inspiration and motivation


Purim is around the corner, Sat.-Sun, March 11 & 12! Save the dates! Besides for the regular shul minyanim we will have the following three Purim events on Sunday, March 12:

  • YJP: Purim Banquet Brunch 12 pm
  • Seniors & Volunteers: Megillah Reading & Celebration at Brookdale Galleria Sr. Home 2:30 pm
  • Community: Purim Feast 6 pm

The Shabbos Kiddush this week is sponsored by Brian Botton in memory of his uncle Moshe ben Eliyahu, obm

Our condolences to Andrew Schultz and family on the passing his father Moshe (Morris) Schultz, obm, in Israel. 


Shabbos Parshas Yisro

Friday, February 17
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:55 pm

Shabbos, February 18 - 22 Shevat
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Reading of the Ten Commandments
Followed by Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored in memory of Moshe ben Eliyahu
Mincha at 5:55 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:49 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, February 19
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT, Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Wednesday, February 22
Shacharis for a yartzeit at 6:45 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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