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Sunday FCYA & new Talmud class

We just got back from a very inspiring trip to NY for Gimmel Tammuz, followed by a conference for Shluchim for Young Proffesionals

This Shabbos we welcome back Marissa Finkelman to Houston!

We will also say goodbye to Michael Rose and Raphi Rose wishing them much success as they move from Houston! Truthfully, "Chassidim don't say goodbye", so see ya again real soon!

FCYA Drumming with Friends this Sunday, 11 am! Make a difference in a special young adult's life! Click for more info and to register.

NEW TALMUD CLASS: The Thursday noon class, we will now turn to unpacking the study of Talmud. Feel free to join us for stimulating and engaging conversation!

Condolences to Ron Roseman on the passing of his mother, Leah bas Yehudah Leib, Lillian Sinofsky Roseman, in Tucson. He will be sitting shiva in Austin. Reply to this email for the address.


Aaron, the Clouds and the Long Road to the Holy Land

Bereft of the aura of the untouchable, Israel became vulnerable to external threats. more...


 

Shabbos Parshas Chukas

Friday, June 22
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner
Candle Lighting at 8:08 pm

Shabbos, June 23
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbengen, sponsored in part in honor of Sara Pfrenger
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 5 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:07 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 24 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, June 25 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, June 28 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Prayers for you

This Shabbos is 3 Tammuz, the 24th yartzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The day of the yartzeit of a tzaddik traditionally a day for reflection, learning, prayer, re-commitment and, above all, positive action.

We will be in New York to visit the Rebbe's resting place, known as "the Ohel", before Shabbos. Throughout our history, the holy resting places of the righteous have served as our spiritual oases. The gravesites of our patriarchs and matriarchs, as well as those of our great sages, are viewed in our tradition as places of prayer and introspection and have provided solace to us for millennia. The Rebbe would frequent the resting place of his father-in-law, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, of righteous memory, where he would stand and pray for hours on behalf of the thousands of people who sent him their requests.

Today, many people visit the Rebbe's resting place—known as the Ohel—each day, and many more send in their requests for prayers and blessings.

It will be our honor to bring letters and blessing requests on behalf of you and your family by replying to this email. While writing the letter or email, remember to include the Hebrew names of the people you are asking requests for, as well as their mother's Hebrew name. It is also customary to commit to add one more Mitzvah, as a merit to receive G-d's blessings.

With warmest wishes that everyone's heartfelt prayers be fulfilled,

 Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S.  Chabad of Uptown services will still be in regular minyan schedule! Please come support the minyan! (Shabbos dinner and lunch will have to wait until next week :))


Four Teachings the Rebbe Gave Us to Live By

On a Tuesday night in February, 1992, the Rebbe stood for several hours at the front of the main synagogue at Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters. more...

 


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Sunday June 24, Drum for a Cause! FCYA Drum Circle with Friends . Join volunteers of YJP Houston – Young Jewish Professionals Houston with FCYA (Friendship Circle of Houston – Young Adults) for a drum circle with Young Adults with disABILITIES for two hours of fun, camaraderie and integration.

* Pancakes & Waffles Station, All the choice toppings
* Mock & Real Mimosas
* Soft Drinks, Coffee & TEa

FREE ADMISSION. RSVP REQUIRED

FCYA Planning Committee: Matan Agam, Batami Baskin, Naomi Bier, Maya Ben-Bassat, Natalia Bubis, Marcie Dinkin, Sam Kronman, Rachel & Elliott Levine, Danielle Resh, Erica Thum


MOMMY'S & BABIES: Enjoy the Summer July, with 5 Tuesday workshops for mother and baby from newborn to two years of age. The Mommy & Me program offers a great opportunity to meet other moms, share experiences, discuss child growth and development. Of course, the mothers and children will enjoy songs, music, games and arts & crafts. A great beginning to your child's Jewish education. You'll never want to miss a day! For Ages Newborn - 2 yrs., Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 9:30 am. $5 per class | Click Here to Register Now


Shabbos Gimmel Tammuz, Parshas Korach

Friday, June 15
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 8:03 pm

Shabbos, June 16
Services at 10 am
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 4
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:05 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 17 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, June 18 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, June 21 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Aliya to holy places

Please join us Shabbos day for a kiddush in honor of two great people making aliya and joining the IDF this summer, Matthew Minchen & Sara Pfrenger.

This Wednesday and Thursday is Rosh Chodesh Tammuz! In addition to our regular Sunday, Monday and Thursday minyanim, we will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan and breakfast on Wednesday morning, June 13 at 6:45 am! 

Next Shabbos is Gimmel Tammuz, the Rebbe's yartzeit. We will be visiting the Rebbe's ohel. It will be our honor to bring letters and blessing requests on behalf of you and your family by replying to this email. While writing the letter or email, remember to include the Hebrew names of the people you are asking requests for, as well as their mother's Hebrew name. It is also customary to commit to add one more Mitzvah, as a merit to receive G-d's blessings.

Mazel tov on the double Bat Mitzvah celebration this Shabbos of Guya Babila & Lea Forge!

We share our heartfelt condolences to Ami Koret on the passing of his wife Sharona Koret, a"h. Funeral and shiva will be held in Israel.


The Struggle of Gradual Growth

Seismic shifts in perspective come in stages. When a radically new idea is proposed, we might embrace it on its merits, but we don’t immediately realize its full application. more...


Shabbos Mevarchim Tammuz, Parshas Shlach

 

Friday, June 8
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:03 pm

Shabbos, June 9
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farengen sponsored by the Minchen and Pfrenger families in honor of Matthew Minchen and Sara Pfrenger making aliya!
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:02 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 10 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, June 11 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Wednesday, June 13, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz I - Shacharis at 6:45 am 
Thursday, June 14, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz II - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Love, Just Because

  1. Let's keep it brief!
  2. It's hot! 
  3. We made a quick trip to Austin for a wedding last night
  4. Mendel is home for Shabbos! Come by to say hi!
  5. Chanie's sister, Sara & Rabbi Mendel Perlstein are here this Shabbos too! Come by to say hi, twice!
  6. Noir et Blanc - YJP Houston June First Fridays tonight! 
  7. More amazing things to come!


Just Because

When you love someone just because, you can overcome many obstacles more...



Shabbos Parshas Beha'alosecha
Friday, June 1

Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:00 pm | RSVP for YJP Houston's First Fridays, Noir et Blanc Shabbat! www.yjphouston.org/events/noirblanc

 

Shabbos, June 2
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:59 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 3 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, June 4 - Shacharis at 6:45 a,m
Thursday, June 7 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Police Dept. & Santa Fe

police week national day prayer 2018.jpgI was at the Houston Police Department last Friday, as events and facts were unfolding of the Santa Fe High School shooting. By divine providence, planned for the very same time, I was honored to once again offer prayers on behalf of the Jewish community at the HPD National Day of Prayer. "May Hashem provide peace and harmony to the families of the first responders, especially retired HPD Police Officer Barnes hurt and lifelighted from Santa Fe ISD, may they come home in peace to their families' embrace". 

What an amazing Shavuos with overflowing crowds for all night learning, 10 commandments and, of course, cheesecake! Shavuos, the day we mark the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai and receive once again, for the very first time, each year - is the proper time to take upon oneself to commit to (additional) learning of Torah. B'H, at Chabad of Uptown, you have many Torah study options to choose from


Nazirites and Nunneries

One Talmudic opinion suggests that because the nazirite denies himself the pleasure of drinking wine, he is considered “sinful.” But why should it be wrong to deny oneself anything? more...



Shabbos Parshas Naso

 

Friday, May 25
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:56 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored in part in honor of the wedding of Michael Klein and Codi Robertson

Shabbos, May 26
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:55 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 1
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:54 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 27 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, May 28 - Shacharis at 8:30 am (Memorial Day)
Thursday, May 31 - Shacharis at 6:45 amHave a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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LET'S SHAVUOT!


jepshavuot.jpgThis Shavuot, on Saturday night, add your voice to this unbroken narrative. Come present your Torah Ideas Worth Sharing. 11:30 pm-All Night. Light Refreshments | Free Admission

www.chabaduptown.org/jepshavuot 

BE A PARTICIPANT JEPShavuot features a series of ten-minute power talks showcasing important Jewish ideas that change attitudes and lives. These talk are designed to educate, illuminate, challenge and inspire.

BE A PRESENTER Have a Torah idea worth spreading? Submit your idea below and you might be selected to present your 10 minute Torah JepTalk.   

SAMPLING OF TOPICS:

Dr. J. S. Ben-Benjamin, Researcher, Texas A&M Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
1. The story of Gideon and how to identify a miracle?
2. On the status of inanimate objects in Judaism 

Shoshi Kaganovsky CEO and founder at SensoLeak
Oil Pipeline Tzedaka & Sabotage

Elliott Levine, Marketing & Project Manager JCommerce Group
Is your audience ready for your message? 

Rachel Lishansky, Rock Analysis Engineer
Fluid inclusion stratigraphy protecting the earth from unnecessary drilling

Dan Melnik, Junior Beren Academy
Yom Hashishi - Shavuos on the 6th of Sivan 

Ariel J. Ourian, MD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital
Medicine, Healing and Judaism

Nina Pfrenger, Junior Tomball High School
Chess: The game and its players


cheescake balls.jpgThis Sunday, hear the 10 Commandments followed by a Delicious Dairy lunch!

Featuring a fabulous assortment of  Ice Cream, cheesecakes, blintzes, pasta and salad. Non Dairy and Gluten Free Options Served.

www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotparty 

11:30 am Reading of Ten Commandments & Party
followed by 1 pm dairy kiddush & ice cream party! 

We have got some tough choices for you...  

Should it be the handcrafted by Rivky dark chocolate coated cheesecakeballs with white drizzle, or white chocolate coated cheesecake balls with dark drizzle? 


 BereavementYizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited on Monday, the second day of Shavuos.

It is recited after the morning reading of the Torah. 

See full schedule below


5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Bamidbar

Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Parshat Bamidbar. more...


 

Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar & Shavuos

Friday, May 18 
7:30 pm Shabbat Services 
7:52 pm Light Shabbat Candles

Shabbat, May 19 
9:00 am Chassidus
10:00 Shacharis
Followed by Kiddush Lunch
7:50 pm Shabbat Afternoon & Evening Holiday Services 
AFTER 8:50 pm Light Yom Tov Candles from a pre-existing flame
- 11:30 pm JEPShavuot! All Night Learn-A-Thon | APPLY TO PRESENT
Lineup of Torah talks by experts on many Jewish subjects! 

Sunday, May 20
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! 
7:50 pm Mincha & Maariv Holiday Services 
After 8:50 pm Light Yom Tov Candles from a pre-existing flame

Monday, May 21 
10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
    11:45 am approx. Yizkor Memorial Service 
7:50 pm Mincha Services 
8:51 pm Maariv, Havdalla & Yom Tov Ends 

Thursday, May 24 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Israel under Fire + Pics, vid and babies

It always seems that we live in historic times. Now is one of those times, with the threat of our enemies exposed, thwarted and beaten back. Our thoughts and prayers are with Israel this week, as the blessings of military success and safety are flowing.

עיני ה אלוקיך בה מראשית השנה עד אחרית שנה, the Land that the Eyes of Hashem are upon it from the beginning until the end of the year. (Devarim 11:12).

May Hashem continue to protect the Jewish people from our enemies


FCYA album promo.PNGBeautiful event celebrating FCYA and honoring the FCYA committee and the FCYA volunteer of the year, Batami Baskin. 

The speakers all spoke beautifully and it truly was a very meaningful event.

We thank all of our sponsors who made it all possible. 

Check out the photos here.

Check out the Gala Film here.


Uptown Mommy and MeShavuos is coming! Complete schedule and RSVP can be found at www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotschedule 

Here are the highlights:


This Shabbos we will be celebrating the birthday of the amazing and inspiring Bob Epstein with a kiddush sponsored by his dear friend, Maurice Purcell. Come raise a glass to share you well wishes!


Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

Friday, May 11
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 7:47 pm

Shabbos, May 12
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Maurice Purcell in  honor of Bob Epstein's birthday
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 5
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:45 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 13 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, May 14- Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, May 17 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Cinco de Shabbat! FCYA last call

lagbomerjazzbbq.gifWhat a wonderful Lag Bomer with the Wednesday real Texas BBQ, Jazz and Young Professionals! What a great evening!

Kids had a great time at  the Thursday community Lag Bomer at Godwin Park, serious basketball, running jumping and of course food! :)

Cinco de Shabbat is here! First Fridays for Young Professionals with a Mexican theme. Which part of the menu talks to you most? Is it the Salad Taco Bowl? Or will it be the award winning chili? Fajitas? www.yjphouston.org/events/cincoshabbat

We have a few FCYA seats left and still accepting reservations for the Circle Gala on Sunday at noon honoring Batami Baskin and the FCYA committee. Get in on that action and support young adults with special needs! www.circlegala.com 

Save the dates for Shavuos, weekend of May 18-21! All night learning "JEP Shavuot" on Sat. night  and 10 Commandments on Sunday! Apply to present on Sat night and / register for Shavuos party at www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotschedule 


5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Emor

Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Parshat Emor. more...


 

Shabbos Parshas Emor

Friday, May 4
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for First Fridays Cinco de Shabbat Dinner
Candle Lighting at 7:43 pm

Shabbos, May 5
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by Guitel & Moshe Melnik marking the yartzeit of her mother, Nancy Esther Bas Elsa, a"h
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 4
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:40 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 6 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, May 7 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, May 10- Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Follow us on FacebookTwitter & YouTube @youngchabad!

Israel is Flooded

Raging waters have wreaked havoc on Israel. Houston knows what flooding looks like.

Perhaps the most powerful experience of Harvey was the flooding kindness that flowed through Houston, neighbors helping neighbors and strangers worldwide pouring their love on Houston.

Our hearts and minds are with the people of Israel and all those impacted by the floods. May Hashem restore them, their possessions and grant peace to those that lost their loved ones and the wounded. 

Good Shabbos! 


 We have great events coming up this week!


Shabbos Acharei-Kedoshim

Friday, April 27
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner
Candle Lighting at 7:38 pm 

Shabbos, April 28
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:34 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 29 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 30- Shacharis at 6:45 am
Wednesday, May 2 -  YJP Lag B'omer Jazz & BBQ at 8 pm

Thursday, May 3 - Lag Bomer
Shacharis at 6:45 am
Godwin Park Community Event 4-7 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Ingenious Robots - Count!

tefillin robotics shoham.jpegUnbelievable that another week has passed!

We are expecting a spirited group from Israel to join us for Shabbat dinner this week. They are one of 23 delegations from Israel competing in an international First Robotics Competition. We visited their booths, cheered them on, organized a Kosher food truck for them and of course wrapped tefillin! If you want to join us for dinner, please RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner 

It is very inspiring to see the Israeli youth coming up with ingenious ways of building their robot to be the most competitive! 

We are building ourselves day by day towards Shavuos, we too need to come up with ingenious ideas of how to beat our own system and improve ourselves by making our counting of the omer, count.

Make your count now www.chabaduptown.org/omer

Click here for a video of Torah Day School visiting with visiting with the team MishMash - FTC Team #12016 from Beer Sheva, Israel


UPCOMING: 

  • New JLI course starts this Tuesday, April 24! What is? Rethinking Everything we Know About our Universe More...
  • 6-Braid Challah Workshop - By popular demand April 29, 11:30 am. Please reply to this email to RSVP.
  • Lag B'Omer - Save Dates!
    • Young Professionals: YJP Houston Jazz & Artisan BBQ, Wed., May 2, 8 pm
    • Community: Celebration at Godwin Park, Thurs., May 3, 4-7 pm
  • Cinco de Shabbat - YJP First Fridays, May 4 - Click
  • FCYA Gala is coming up! We hope you can join us Sunday, May 6. We can still squeeze in a message in the journal in honor of Batami and / or the committee! www.circlegala.com

Mazel tov to Lee & Alon Ben Shushan on the birth of a baby girl!
Mazel tov to Anat Friedman & Joseph Kessler on the birth of a baby boy!


 Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 20
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 7:34 pm
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, April 21
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:29 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 22 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 23 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, April 26 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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8^8

As Shabbos fell this year on the first and last day of Pesach the Torah portions for Pesach are read rather than the weekly Torah portion. Therefore, this Shabbos we will be reading the beginning of Parshas Shemini for the eighth time!

Fine print: We read Shemini at Shabbos Mincha Nissan 8, 15, & 22, (March 24, 31 & April 7), Monday and Thursday mornings Nissan 10, 13, 24 & 27, (March 26, 29, April 9 & 12). Hence, this Shabbos morning, Nissan 29 (April 14), will be the eighth reading.

There is a teaching that in a year that שמיני Shemini (8) is read שמונה Shmoneh (8), times it will be a year of שמינה Shmainah, "fatty", blessings, extra flow of goodness from above physically and spiritually.

Not by chance, 8 is the shape of the symbol for infinity, ∞, as 8 breaks the borders of time and space. It was only after a complete week of 7 days of inauguration, that on the eighth day Aharon and his sons begin to officiate as the kohanim in the Mishkan, the tabernacle.

For to interact with the divine is to interact with infinity. To receive abundant, "fatty", blessings we need to achieve a sublime level of spirituality beyond the normal scope. On a regular year we read Shemini a mere few times. However, in a year that we read it 8 times, we are reaching for Hashem's blessings of 8 to the power 8, infinity to the power of infinity.

May all of y'all see the blessings of שמיני, שמונה, שמינה, (Shmini, Shmoneh, Shmainah) and be allowed to realize it in reality with open eyes, with revealed good, physically and spiritually! 

For more on the parsha, visit www.chabaduptown.org/parsha 


batami-wesbite_2.jpgDON'T MISS!

May 6 FCYA Gala 12 pm - Honoring Batami Baskin & Committee
FCYA is a partnership of YJP Houston and Friendship Circle of Houston

These dedicated volunteers have created and participated in programming that fosters friendship, camaraderie, and integration between young professionals and young adults with special needs.

Please join us in wishing them mazel tov in person and / or in the tribute journal while supporting this important cause! www.circlegala.com

The FCYA committee to be recognized: Batami Baskin, Maya Ben-Bassat, Naomi Bier, Natalia Bubis, Marcie Dinkin, Alison Gottlieb, Ari Hutchison, Maria Itkin, Shmuel Kronman, Yaakov Levine, Rachel Levine, Danielle Resh, Erica Thum   


JLI Rethinking UniverseUpcoming JLI course: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe
6 Tuesdays, Apr 24th - Jun 5th 2018
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.


Mazel tov to Yaakov (Elliott) & Rachel Levine on birth of a baby girl, Nechama Miriam! May they have  much nachas from her

Condolences to Cindy Lerner and family on the passing of her mother, Pearl Bund, a"h. May her memory be for a blessing 

We remember for a 4 Iyar yartzeit this Shabbos, Yitzchak ben Asher Zelig, a"h, the husband of Yocheved (Adrienne) Shwarzman and father of Michal Shwarzman Zitvar.


Shabbos Mevarchim Iyar, Parshas Shemini

Friday, April 13
Candle Lighting at 7:30 pm
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored by Yaakov & Rachel Levine in honor of their newborn daughter, Nechama Miriam

Shabbos, April 14
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Yaakov & Rachel Levine in honor of their newborn daughter, Nechama Miriam
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 1
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:25 pm
Living Torah

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 1, Sunday, April 15
Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin with radishes! :)

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 2, Monday, April 16
Shacharis at 6:45 am

Thursday, April 19 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Follow us on FacebookTwitter & YouTube @youngchabad!

I throw my (Pesach) latke in the air sometimes

 

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Wonderful seders, filled the rooms, hearts and cups with joy, stories, wining and dining!

The older two kids home, we spent wonderful Chol Hamoed days on family excursions, visiting parks, go karts, and more.

Please join us for a Pesach community holiday dinner, lunch and / or Moshiach sedudah after each service below! Please RSVP to let us know to expect you. (Friday night is for Young Professionals)

This Friday is the First Friday of April AND Pesach! you know what that means.... YJP First Fridays is here! If you are a young Jewish professional, did you RSVP yet for Shabbat dinner, First Fridays - Pesach Edition? 

NPR ran a story featuring our holiday cooking shows:

For Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff of Houston, Texas, the kitchen is his happy place. That's why, when he was asked to share a few Passover recipes on FOX 26 Houston, his local news station, he jumped at the opportunity. "If I could, I would cook all day," says the rabbi, who is also the co-director of Chabad of Uptown, a community center for Jewish people. More...

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The last day of Pesach  is particularly associated with Moshiach. At the Moshiach's meal instituted by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the Rebbes of Chabad added the custom of drinking four cups of wine, as in the seder held on Passover's first days. Join us this Saturday at 5:45 pm for services and this special celebration that concludes Pesach.


Mazel tov to Daniel & Nurit Agranov on the birth of a baby boy!

We extend sincere Condolences to Danielle Resh and Family on the passing of her grandfather.

Pesach Last Days Holiday & Service Schedule

Make an Eruv Tavshilin
Thursday, April 5 | Day 6
Morning Service 7:30 am
Candle Lighting (Shel Yom Tov, no Shehechiyanu) 7:25 pm
Evening Service 7:25 pm
Followed by Holiday Dinner - RSVP

Friday, April 6 | Day 7
Late Night Torah Study 12:00 am
Morning Service 10:00 am
Followed by Pesach Lunch Kiddush
Candle Lighting (shel Shabbos v'shel Yom Tov, no Shehechiyanu) BEFORE 7:25 pm
Evening Service 7:25 pm
Followed by YJP First Fridays Shabbat Dinner - Pesach Edition RSVP

Saturday, April 7 | Day 8
Morning Service 10:00 am
Yizkor Memorial Service 11:15 am
Followed by Shabbos & Pesach Lunch Kiddush
Evening Service 5:45 pm
Followed by Moshiach Meal 6:15 pm
Evening Service 8:20 pm
Holiday Ends 8:20 pm

Bring back the Chametz! - allow 60 minutes for the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

Have a good Yom Tov & Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Pics🎙TV 📺 News 🎥and more - VIDEO

matzah baking.jpgDear Uptown community and friends,

In every generation, we consider how we ourselves left and are leaving Egypt.

As we sit down to our seders this year we reflect on the year behind and ahead of us.

What has been holding us back from being the best we can be? What "Egypt" can we break out of to achieve our own personal "Freedoms".

At this time, we wish you and yours a Happy and Kosher Pesach, a year filled with brilliant success in all of your endeavors, freedom from whatever may be holding us back, both physically and spiritually. 

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan


10 Tips JHVWe had a busy week, preparing for Pesach rest.

Sunday, we hosted the  Israeli House Houston for the Model Matzah Bakery (in Hebrew of course). :)

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JHV Featured Rabbi Chaim's Ten tips and meditations for a Post-Harvey Passover.

Working hard, for the holiday of freedom.

Using grains, to make Pesach Matzah 
Mendel and Levi joined as well and to visit the Ohel for 11 Nissan

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All 50 States and scores of cities declare Education Day honoring the Rebbe
Including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Talking about, the gift of silence.
See Rabbi Chaim's column, this week in the Houston Chronicle & JHV.

Walla Hebrew News media included Chabad of Uptownin the recap of Seder preparation around the world. 

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Fox 26 Morning News, Charoset with Jose Grinan at 8 am and Pesach Kugel with Sally MacDonald, Melissa Wilson and Tom Zizka at 9 am

Feeling every muscle, that hurts so good,

The body is working, but the soul is at rest 


Pesach First Days & Chol Hamoed
Customs, Candle Lighting & Service Schedule

Friday, March 30 | Passover Eve
Shacharit Service
 6:45 am
Followed by Siyum for Fast of Firstborn
Eat Chometz Until 11:21 am
Burn Chometz by 12:23 pm

Candle Lighting 7:21 pm
Evening Service 7:30 pm 
Communal Seder 8:30 pm

Saturday, March 31 | Day 1
Morning Service 10:00 am
Teffilat Tal - Prayer for Dew
Followed by Shabbos & Pesach Kiddush
Evening Service 7:20 pm
Counting of the Omer
Light Candles after 8:16 pm
Communal Seder 8:45 pm

Sunday, April 1 | Day 2
Morning Service 10:00 am
Followed by Shabbos & Pesach Kiddush
Evening Service 7:20 pm
Maariv, Omer Count, Havdalla and Holiday Ends 8:16 pm
Living Torah

Chol Hamoed April 2 - 5 | Days 3 - 6
Morning Service 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos and Happy & Kosher Pesach!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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10 Tips and Meditations for a Post Harvey Passover

 The Jewish Herald Voice Passover Magazine Featured Rabbi Chaim's list for 10 Tips and Meditations for a Post Harvey Passover.

Click on images to enlarge or click here for a printable PDF.

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Mind your beeswax?

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On Sunday, CTeen made Challah with seniors and sang songs while Helena Barker played on the piano. A labor of love - for loaves of love! - PICS

Tuesday is Education & Sharing Day: Education tends to be geared towards financial success and prosperity. In times like these, it has become increasingly clear that our youth need to be educated towards morals, ethics and conscience. Let's use this moment to reflect on these ideas on  Education and Sharing Day.

educationday gallery.pngMarking forty years of observance and coinciding with forty years of Torah Day School of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner, joined cities throughout the USA and beyond declaring March 27, 2018 as Education and Sharing Day for Houston, Texas on the anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's birth. The Mayor's proclamation calls on Houstonians to use this "opportunity to pause and recognize our responsibility to ensure that our young people have the foundation necessary to lead lives rich in purpose and fulfillment".

- For the first observance in 1978, Vice President Walter Mondale & Senator Ted Kennedy were among the many US leadership. Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff attended the event in Washington D.C. as well.

- For the school year of 1977-78, the Nelkin family were the founding students of Torah Day School.


1024x1024 checking for chametz.jpgThe Tools for Bedikas Chametz: In pursuit of a better self and a better world

On the night before Pesach, on the eve of 14 Nissan, we check our homes for chametz. We check for chametz not only physically, but, spiritually as well. Many stories are told of great tzaddikim who would spend many hours checking for chametz in their small and humble homes.

How does one go about checking for chametz internally?

The difference between the Hebrew letters of Chametz חמץ and Matzah מצה is only a drop of ink that attaches and changes the Ches of Chametz to the Hey of Matzah, representing a humble Yud 1. Yud is the gematria, the numerical value, of ten. According to the Arizal 2, ten pieces of Chametz are placed throughout the home as we search and find the ten physical pieces that will go up in flames the next day. Spiritually, we examine and search through the ten levels of the spiritual DNA of our existence, the ten levels, sefiros, of the neshama 3.

How does one achieve this introspective humility, transforming from the inflated Chametz, to the humble Matzah?

Perhaps we can find the answer in the very tools traditionally used to search and burn with the chametz, the feather, wooden spoon 4 and beeswax candle 5.

Through these seemingly crude tools, we are actually joining together all strata of modern existence, as taught in Kabbala and Chassidus 6:  Domem, Tzomeiach, Chai & Medaber. Loosely translated as the mineral, organic, animal and human kingdoms. As we walk the halls and rooms of the home, we are the human (Medaber), using the feather from a bird (Chai), wooden spoon from a tree (Tzomeiach) and a candle of beeswax (Domem).

This year, let’s be sure to search everywhere that we may have experienced chametz, examining the ten levels of our soul as in interacts with the four kingdoms of existence. May we succeed to work together to perfect ourselves, our community and the entire world.


Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Tzav

Friday, March 23
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 7:17 pm
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, March 24
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farengen
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Customary First Portion Haggadah Review
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:11 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 25 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, March 26 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, March 29 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Friday, March 30 - Shacharis at 6:45 am - Siyum for Fast of Firstborns

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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  1. Chukas HaPesach Hakatzar, 8.
  2. Pri Etz Chaim, Shaar 21, Perek 5. Note the language used in Gemara Pesachim 10a, “placed ten and found nine”.
  3. Processed through the intelligence: Chochma, Bina and Da’as (Chab”ad). Followed by the emotions: Chessed, Gevurah and Tiferes (Chag”as). Applied through the expressions of Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchus (Nehi”m). For more on this subject, see at length in Tanya Likkutei Amarim.
  4. Hagaddah Shel Pesach Im Likkutei Ta’amim, Minhagim Ubiurim.
  5. Shulchan Aruch 433:2.
  6. Tanya Likkutei Amarim 38, elaborated in Iggeret Hakodesh Epistle 20. 

 

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