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Talking about Jewish experiences.... Did you see what we have going on for Chanukah?!

  • Helicopter Gelt Drop - Post Oak Menorah Lighting In cooperation with the Uptown Houston District Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 3:00 pm
    Watch a miraculous drop of Chocolate Gelt from the sky! Sofa Park, Corner San Felipe St. & S Post Oak Ln. (Near Whole Foods Market). Helicopter show and entertainment, Giant Menorah Lighting, Crafts for Kids, Refreshments and Gifts for Sale. Proud Sponsor Allegiance Bank. Enter a raffle to win a helicopter ride! www.chabaduptown.org/helicopter
  • YJP Festibus Party Bus - Party in style with Jewish young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s Party crawl on board upscale party bus! BUS DESTINATIONS: Helicopter Gelt Drop * Car Menorah Parade * Houston City Hall * Hanover Blvd Place Afterparty & $10 gift exchange. On board Drinks & Music | Food, Sufganiyot & Latkes. Sunday, December 22, 3-9 pm Bus departs Gelt Drop at 5:00 pm RSVP and enter raffle to win helicopter ride at www.yjphouston.org/partybus

 

 

5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Vayeitzei

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

 


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei

Friday, December 6
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 5:04 pm
Torah Study

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Chinese First Fridays Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, December 7
Chassidis at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:01 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Dec. 8 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Dec. 9 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

black friday cyp shabbat and more

  • On this Thanksgiving weekend, we are inspired by you, Chabad's supporters throughout the year that partner in the work. With your partnership thousands of lives are touched with the spark of Judaism and connecting to their heritage.
    Please reply to this email with a sentence or two why you love / are thankful to Chabad of Uptown and / or YJP Houston.
  • Lookout on Tuesday for the annual crowdfunding giving campaign. This is Chabad's only fundraising campaign of the year and we need your support, not only to give yourself, but also to think of at least 3 friends that you can solicit to give to support the vital work of Chabad that you believe in. We have the power to make this happen!​​​​​​​
  • CYP Shabbat is coming fast There is a Black Friday sale today for a free hoodie! Flight prices are also going up so book your reservations today! Reply to this email for the group's itinerary or for any other questions yu may have. www.cypshabbat.nyc
  • CHANUKAH EVENTS WITH CHABAD OF UPTOWN! ENTER A RAFFLE TO WIN A RIDE ON THE HELICOPTER!!!​​​​​​​
    Helicopter Gelt Drop - Community​​​​​​​
    Party Bus & After Party - YJP

Shabbos Parshas Toldos

Rosh Chodesh Kislev, November 29
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 5:04 pm
Torah Study

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, November 30
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush Kiddush sponsored by Oded and Maayan in honor of Ari’s birthday and Nissim ben Avraham’s yartzeit
Mincha at 5:00 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:00 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Dec. 1 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Dec. 2 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Shacharis at 6:45 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Don't believe this photo

Mazel tov Irit & Yoni Busany on the birth of a baby boy and to the entire Menlik family!

This week's Shabbos schedule is at the bottom of this email.

Rabbi Chaim is currently in Brooklyn for the annual Kinus Hashluchim, the International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries. The following letter from his Yeshivah classmate Rabbi Eli Friedman of Chabad of Calabasas sums up the picture of the annual picture in a 1145 words:

If there is ever a contest for "World's Most Misunderstood Photo" the annual class photo of the Shluchim (Chabad rabbis) will surely be a finalist.

You know the one I'm talking about? About six thousand Shluchim (G-d bless them) convene in New York every year for an annual conference and Shabbaton and on Sunday morning they pose in front of 770 (Chabad World Headquarters) for a massive group photo. (This year's conference is this weekend.)

When you look at the photo, you could be forgiven for thinking that someone had taken a picture of a Shliach (Chabad rabbi) wearing a black fedora and black suit and then hit copy and paste 6,000 times. Aside from the beard colors (black, white, gray and red) very little differentiates one rabbi from the next and on the surface it seems like a conformist convention.

And that is exactly what it isn't. It would be an injustice to the Shluchim to believe that they are all the same with identical stories, attitudes or personalities. The beauty in the deluge of black and white is the colorful diversity hidden everywhere in the picture.

You look at one face, you're looking at a prominent community leader, rabbi and spiritual leader to 2,000 people in a large American suburb. Grinning right next to him is the Shliach in a South American village, a man whose only struggle greater than making a living is the struggle to assemble a Minyan so a local can say Kaddish.

Pan over to the next Shliach and find the chief rabbi of a massive European country. He rubs shoulders with billionaires. And next to him - the Shliach to Nowhere, USA. He can't rub together two pennies.

In this one picture you have newlyweds, middle-aged parents, fresh grandparents, and patriarchs of massive families with legions of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, often in the hundreds, kinehora.

The guy with the red beard over there spends most of his time behind bars tending to the desperate needs of local Jewish prisoners. The short, salt-and-pepper beard behind him started off as a local youth director at the age of 23 and is still at it, devoted to his third generation of kids 30 years later. (And that short beard is rolled up; it's two feet long. I've seen it!)

Scroll down to that guy there with the black beard. Ten years ago, this guy didn't know what a Mezuzah was. He was the starting quarterback on his high school varsity team and his chances of ending up a Shliach were as good as his chances of ending up starting for the Cowboys. But here he is, flush with excitement, living the dream (the Shliach one, not the Cowboys one.) The very tall one next to him was a successful business attorney who yearned to do more, so he traded in his law practice for a campus Chabad post. He admits that his 401(k) is poorer but that his life is much richer.

And just above him, with the silky white beard, is the rabbi's rabbi, an expert in Jewish law, a genius of enormous proportions, a man with miles of Torah on the tip of his tongue and a heart of gold in his chest. Just one of the guys.

That one over there brought Tefillin to Sandy Koufax. That one put Tefillin on Sid Caesar. That one put Tefillin on the president of Ukraine. That one put on Tefillin with Bob Dylan. That one put on Tefillin in Auschwitz. That one sent Tefillin into space with Ilan Ramon. The serious-looking one there put on Tefillin with virtually every Jewish man in his city. (And don't let the look fool you - he's one of the funniest men in the group.)

This guy here grew up in a mansion in Missouri and he's a beloved spiritual mentor to Yeshiva students. The guy talking to him grew up in a matchbox in Michigan and he's growing a community in Colorado.

This Italian here runs Chabad in Utah; this other Italian runs Sweden. That Russian runs Texas. This Israeli runs Alabama. That Brazilian runs New Jersey. This Australian runs Georgia. And of course, these boys from Brooklyn are running Nevada, Montana, Louisiana, and Nebraska. And Germany. And Ghana.

This tall one saves lost backpackers in Thailand. That short one saves lost souls in Nepal. The gray-bearded one lives 5,500 miles away in Siberia and he's laughing with his old friend who lives three miles away in Flatbush.

Some of them have encountered astonishing success, like in Paris, where half the Shluchim were inspired to Jewish observance by the other half. And some of these men have encountered astonishing resistance, like the man who has loyally served an American Jewish community for twenty years and still needs to argue with the locals about the importance of Yom Kippur.

This shy scholar here? He is in the midst of a $20 million building campaign. The charismatic gentlemen listening to him is in the midst of a $300,000 foreclosure. The thin man next to him just opened a Glatt Kosher restaurant in Mexico, just like the guy behind him who just opened a Kosher eatery in China. But the rabbi behind them, serving the Russian hinterlands, hasn't seen a Kosher restaurant since last year's conference and has been slaughtering and koshering his own meat for fifteen years.

The rabbi in the corner is part of a family that has been Chabad since Chabad began 230 years ago. His classmate and colleague embracing him is the child of two ex-hippies who searched their way to Chabad in the 60's and reversed four generations of assimilation.

Most of these men speak Yiddish, Hebrew and some English. But if you listen closely you can hear the conversations accented by countless languages and dialects. Most of these men are of Ashkenazic background, but many are Sefardic, some are Yemenite, some are Persian. Many are fourth or fifth generation Americans.

Some are natural extroverts, some are painful introverts. Some are born optimists. Others struggle to maintain their optimism. Some are naturally exuberant; others, melancholy.

The differences never end. Each and every person in this photo is genuinely unique and each of them has a one-of-a-kind story that will yet be told.

But what they have in common is so powerful that it unites them together like a family. Their love for the Rebbe spills over into a love for each other. Their love for the Rebbe's mission and vision of a world conquered by goodness, kindness and Yiddishkeit unites them like brothers around a singular, unstoppable sense of purpose.

Drenched in that family vibe, all the colorful languages, backgrounds, upbringings, personalities and living conditions blend together brilliantly. They produce a spiritual harmony the likes of which has never been seen before.

Shabbat Shalom, good Shabbos.

 

 

PARSHA: The Half-Shekel of Marriage

What a seemingly negligible detail of the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca tells us about the nature of marriage between man and woman, and the nature of the marriage between man and G‑d we call “life.” more…

 

 

 

Shabbos Mevarchim Kislev, Parshas Chayei Sarah

Friday, November 22
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 5:06 pm
Torah Study

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, November 23
Shabbos Mevarchim Teihillim 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:01 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Nov. 24 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Nov. 25 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Nov. 28 - Rosh Chodesh Kislev I - Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by monthly breakfast
Friday, Nov. 29 - Rosh Chodesh Kislev II - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

To be winning on the winning team

And... Torah Day School for the win! Levi's was a star player for TDS in the first basketball game of the season, winning at 64 to16!! Our very own Solomon Berezin is their awesome coach!

In this week on our Parsha, Avrohom is part of the winning team receiving his royal angel guests and miraculously having his child, our forefather, Yitzchak!

UPCOMING: Sun. Dec. 22 at 3 pm: Uptown Menorah " Helicopter Gelt Drop"

 

PARSHA; The Contrast Between Isaac and Ishmael

Why were Isaac and Ishmael circumcised at different ages? Abraham’s two sons represents two radically different modes of relating to G‑d. more…

 

 

 

Shabbos Parshas Vayeira

Friday, November 15
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 5:08 pm
Torah Study

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

 

Shabbos, November 16
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by the Shamooelian family, in honor of Tzion Moshe's birthday and marking the yartzeit and in memory of Ben's grandmother, Shoshana bas Mordechai, a"h
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:03 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

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

Have a good Shabbos!

 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

time (chanukah) is flying

Chanukah is before you know it and around the corner! We are planning for a jammed packed season for young and old! Meanwhile save the date on Sun. Dec. 22 at 3 pm for the Uptown Menorah "Helicopter Gelt Drop" and watch a miraculous drop of Chocolate Gelt from the sky!

Mazel tov Joe & Neta Ruiloba on the birth of a baby girl, Michal Ruth!

 

PARSHA: The History of Monotheism

The respective roles of faith and intellect in Abraham’s discovery of the truth of the one G-d. more…

 


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha

Friday, November 8
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 5:12 pm
Torah Study

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

 

Shabbos, November 9
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:06 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Nov. 10 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Nov.11 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Nov. 14 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

stop worrying

Thank you Michael for hosting the World Series game 7 watch party, while  we studied Torah and lessons from Baseball. Thank you Levi for sharing this great story of the Rebbe sharing lessons from baseball to a bar mitzvah boy.

We yearn to feel happy, self-assured, and enthusiastic, yet we’re consumed by feelings of doubt, regret, insecurity, and suffering. Do our delicate positive emotions have a fighting chance at being in control? New 6-part course, Worrier to Warrior, starts next week! 6 Tuesdays, Nov 5th - Dec 10th 2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Try the first class, FREE! REGISTER: https://www.myjli.com/index.html?task=location&lid=251

There are many other class offerings at Chabad! Please join an array of classes to choose from:

  • Shabbos morning, 9 am, Torah Or. This week, Kabbalistic thoughts on Noach
  • Shabbos afternoon, 6:30 pm, Maamar, Chassidic Discourse on Noach
  • Tuesdays, 12 pm, Parsha. This Week Lecha Lecha
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, JLI. This season, Worrier to Warrior
  • Wednesdays, 8 pm, YJP Dinner & Class. This week, Heaven, Hell & Afterlife
  • Thursdays, 12 pm, Jewish Law. This week, morning blessings & prayers.
  • Thursdays, 8 pm, Derech Mitzvosecha, Kabbala of Mitzvos. This week, the holiness of hair.

There are also many opportunities to travel and learn with Chabad! Check out the list below for options for all ages, all year round!

This week will be 7 Cheshvan, the yartzeit of Shmuel ben Nosson Goldberg, in whom the Uptown Unity Torah is named...

 

PARSHAThe Tower of Technology

The building of the Tower of Babel represents a dramatic leap in the development of industry. more…

 


 

Shabbos Parshas Noach

 

Friday, November 1
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 6:17 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for YJP Houston Game Themed Shabbat Dinner - First Fridays

Shabbos, November 2
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen marking the 7 Cheshvan yartzeit of Shmuel ben Nosson Goldberg, in whom the Uptown Unity Torah is named
Mincha at 6:15 pm
Torah Study
MaarivHavdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:11 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

*Don't forget to change your clocks one hour back!

Sunday, Nov. 3 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Nov. 4 Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Nov. 7 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

AnchorUPCOMING TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES WITH CHABAD

Single Jewish Moms - The Hamptons: Nov. 7-10, 2019
https://singlejewishmoms.org/events/

Campus Shabbaton NYC Pegisha: November 8-10, 2019
www.chabadoncampus.org/pegisha/

International Conference of Shluchim: November 24, 2019
YJP: www.cypsummit.com
General: www.kinus.com/4122251

Mayanot-Birthright Israel
www.mayanotisrael.com - Now accepting winter 2019-2020

Campus Living Links - Poland: Winter - December 24-30, 2019 / Spring -  March 9-15, 2020
www.chabadoncampus.org/livinglinks/

Girls Snorkel & Study: January 2-9, 2020
www.snorkelandstudy.org/

Chabad Young Professionals Shabbaton: January 17-19, 2020
www.CYPshabbat.NYC 

International Conference of Shluchos: February 12-17, 2020
www.kinus.com/2440495

CTeen Shabbaton NYC: February 27 - March 1, 2020
https://shabbaton.cteen.com

CKids JewQ Championship NYC: March 12-15, 2020
www.jewq.org

JLI Mission to Israel: March 15-24, 2020 / 19-28 Adar, 5780
www.landandspirit.org

JLI Shabbat in the Heights: May 15-17, 2020
www.shabbatintheheights.com

Bais Chana Women Study Retreat: May 2020
www.baischanawomen.org/spring-retreat/

CYP Ambassadors to Russia: May / June, 2020
www.cypambassadors.com

Summer Jewish Uncamp, Girls Ages 16-19: Summer 2020
www.jewishuncamp.org

Summer CTeen Trips - www.cteensummer.com
Poland & Israel: Boys - July 6-27, 2020 / Girls - July 6-27, 2020
West Coast Travel Camp: Boys - June 29-July 12, 2020 / Girls - July 1-14, 2020

National Jewish Retreat: August 2020
www.jretreat.com

Campus Israelinks: May / June 2020
www.chabadoncampus.org/israelinks/

YOUNG ADULT YESHIVAH OPPORTUNITIES 
Year round, Winter & Summer Programs
Mayanot - Jerusalem www.mayanot.edu
Jewish Summer Fellowship - Upstate NY www.myjsf.org
MEN
Temimei Derech - Tzfat www.thewayinside.net
Tiferes Bachurim - NJ www.yeshivanj.com
Torah Ohr - Miami www.miamitorah.com
WOMEN
Machon Alte - Tzfat www.machonalte.com
Machon Lyahadus - NY www.womensyeshiva.org
Women Bais Chana - www.baischana.org

new beginnings

 

Words can not describe the sheer joy that capped off the holidays with Sukkot and Simchas Torah. Hundreds davened, celebrated and overflowed the sukkah and dancing with Torah with overwhelming love and happiness! Every child got these cute foil balloon or plush Torahs!

Let's bring this to the reality of the year and daily life! The Shabbat after Simchat Torah is Shabbat Bereishit -- "Shabbat of Beginning" -- the first Shabbat of the annual Torah reading cycle, on which the Torah section of Bereishit ("In the Beginning") is read. The weekly Torah reading is what defines the Jewish week, serving as the guide and point of reference for the week's events, deeds and decisions; Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi called this "living with the times." Hence the theme and tone of this week is one of beginning and renewal, as we launch into yet another cycle of Torah life. The Rebbes of Chabad would say: "As one establishes oneself on Shabbat Bereishit, so goes the rest of the year." We hope to see you in Shul!

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Next week brings you two great events not to miss.

  1. Social Learning in a Private Home - Last month's social learning in a private home at Tslil'S place was a great success! Don't miss this month's social at the home of Michael Gorbaty! "Attend" the event for the address and parking instructions.
  2. Game Night Shabbat First Fridays - Next friday is already November! Join Young Jewish Professionals for Game Themed Shabbat Dinner and interactive games throughout the night at YJP Houston - where spirits run high! www.yjphouston.org/games

 

 

How Adam and Eve Made Peace With Abel's Murder

Adam and Eve were at a loss, not only about what to do with Abel’s body, but they had a much deeper question: how to respond to absolute evil? How could they continue to live after witnessing the depravity of which humanity was capable? more…

 


 

 

 

Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Bereishis

Friday, October 25
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 6:23 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, October 25
Shebbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:20 pm
Torah Study
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:16 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Oct. 27 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Oct. 28 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan I - Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by monthly breakfast
Wednesday, Oct. 30 - Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan II - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Oct 31 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


 

micasa sukkasa, then DANCE!

Final hours to get it free for a special Shabbat Sukkot Dinner for Young Professionals! Check at the MiCasa Sukkasa www.yjphouston.org/sukkotshabbat

Please join us for the Hoshana Rabba, the last days of Sukkot and Simchas Torah dancing +! The complete schedule below and at www.chabaduptown.org/joy

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 

7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah That Help Us Break Through Illusions

We depend on our touchstones: psychological security, a stable income, protection from crime. Clothing, food, warm shelter more…

 



 

Stuffed Cabbage

Meat and rice, rolled up in cabbage and cooked in a decadent sauce - a Simchat Torah classic. With step-by-step photo instructions. more…

 

 

 

 


Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkot

Fri. Oct. 18
- 6:45 am Shacharis 
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use
Before 6:30 pm Light Shabbat Candles
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv)
- 7:30 pm YJP Houston Micasa Sukkahsa Sukkot Shabbos Dinner - RSVP required

Sat. Oct. 19 
- 9:00 am Chassidus
- 10:00 am Morning Services
- No Lulav
Followed by kiddush in the Sukkah

- 6:30 pm Mincha
- 7:23 pm Maariv, Havdalla (In Sukkah) and Shabbat Ends
Living Torah Video
- It is customary to study Torah all night

Sunday, Oct. 20 - Hoshana Rabba
- 8:00 am Shacharit Services with Lulav & Special Hoshaanot Prayers
- Followed by breakfast in Sukkah

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Sun., Oct. 20 - Shemini Atzeret
- 6:28 pm Light Holiday Candles
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services Hakafot-celebratory dancing - This one is only the warm up - to connect with Israel! (See main hakafot below).

Mon., Oct. 21 -
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

- 10:00 am Morning Services
- 12:15 pm Yizkor
Teffilas Geshem
- Say Goodbye to Sukkah

- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services Grand Hakafot-celebratory dancing - This one is the real deal!
- After 7:21 pm Light Holiday Candles

Tues., Oct. 22 - Simchat Torah
- 10:00 am Morning Services
Hakafot-celebratory dancing
Mincha after Hakafot

- 7:20 pm Maariv, Havdalla & Holiday Ends

 

Have a good Shabbos & Yom Tov!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

we fasted, we ate, time to celebrate

We davened. We fasted. We laughed. We cried. We sang. We danced. And, then... we ate! What an awe inspiring 25 hours of Yom Kippur with all of you! We are so thankful to have you as part of our community. We are not whole without you. Thank you! May it be a good, healthy, inspired and Jewishly fulfilled year for all!

Now, it's time to celebrate! Let's experience the thrilling joy Sukkot & Simchas Torah!

We will have community holiday Sukkot dinners and lunches and a special Shabbat Sukkot Dinner for Young Professionals!

Complete schedule www.chabaduptown.org/joy

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

PARSHA: The Inspiring Story of Rabbi Avner, the Sinner

One Yom Kippur, Avner sent guards to the synagogue, ordering the Ramban to appear before him. In his palace, before the eyes of his former teacher and master, Avner slaughtered a pig, roasted it and ate it on this holiest of fast days. more…

 

 

 

Do You Love to “Hate” Sukkot?
We love to kvetch about the difficulty of planning outdoor meals when the heavens may gift us with rain or snow. more…


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Ha'azinu

Friday, October 11
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 6:38 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

 

Shabbos, October 12
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by farbrengen and lunch kiddush
Mincha at 6:35 pm
Torah Study - Laws of Sukkot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:30 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Oct. 13 - Levi's 1st Tefillin: Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin

Sukkot First Days
Sun., Oct. 13 

- 6:36 pm Light Holiday Candles
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services
- 7:30 pm Sukkot Holiday Community Dinner - Under the Stars!

Mon., Oct. 14
- 10:00 am Morning Services
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use
- 6:35 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv)
After 7:28 pm Light Holiday Candles
- RSVP for Sukkot Dinner 

Tues., Oct. 15 
-
 10:00 am Morning Services
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use
- 6:35 pm Mincha
7:27 pm Maariv, Havdalla (in Sukkah) and Holiday Ends

Chol Hamoed, Wed., Oct. 16-Friday, Oct. 18
- Shacharis at 6:45 am
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use

Have a good Shabbos & Yom Tov!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


new year, new tefillin

Jam-packed holidays spilling out to the lobby for the shofar blasts, with a beautiful large community parade to tashlich through the heart of Houston! We are so thankful to have you as part of our community. The fun is just beginning! We look forward to seeing you for the duration of the holidays, Yom Kippur, Sukkos & Simchas Torah!

We will be expanding the seating area in the shul  to accommodate everyone for Yom Kippur. Please join us! Schedule, reservations and shul memberships, are all on www.chabaduptown.org/servicesThank you to all those that have become members of Chabad of Uptown! 

But, first we have YJP First Fridays tonight - Taco 'Bout Shabbat! www.yjphouston.org/taco

Please save the date for next Sunday, October 13! It is customary among Chassidim to put on tefillin for the first time 2 months before one's Bar Mitzvah and to say a Maamar, Chassidic Discourse. Please join us for Shacharis followed by breakfast and Levi's recitation of the maamar! Here is Levi seeing his tefillin being put together a few months ago. It came just in time to bridge my own putting on tefillin until I got my new pair, after my last pair was stolen....

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 

 

PARSHA: When G-d Goes Into Hiding

We are here as Jews today, because generations of Jews understood this truth: That the exile is not the absence of G‑d’s love and presence, but merely a concealment of His grace. more…

 

 

 

Mazel tov Naomi and Elchonon Reizes on the Pidyon Haben of their dear son, Dovi!

 

Shabbos Shuva Parshas Vayelech

Friday, October 4
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 6:46 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm
RSVP for YJP Taco Themed First Fridays Shabbat Dinner

 

Shabbos, October 5
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by farbrengen and lunch kiddush
Mincha at 6:45 pm
Torah Study & Song
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:38 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Oct. 6 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin
Monday, Oct. 7 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 8
Light Holiday Candles & Fast Begins 6:41 pm
Kol Nidrei 6:45 pm
Children's Program 6:45-9:00pm
   
Wednesday, October 9
Morning Service 9:30am
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Yizkor Memorial Service 12:30pm
Mincha Afternoon Service 5:00pm
Neilah Closing Service 6:15pm
Havdala & Fast Ends 7:33pm
Break the Fast Light Buffet - RSVP
   

Thursday, October 10, "Guts Tog", = Hashem's name - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos and a Gmar Vachasma Tova! May you be sealed for a good year!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


Rosh Hashanigans

Ladies & Gentlemen! The month we have all been all year waiting for is! Presenting Tishrei 5780, where we have two fast days to compensate for the all the food intake! :) The first week's schedule for the awesome month, including Shabbat, Rosh Hashana and Fast of Gedalia.

Schedule, reservations and shul memberships, are all on www.chabaduptown.org/services. Thank you to all those that have become members of Chabad of Uptown! Only thanks to you do all the shenanigans happen!

Just kidding... The main objective of Rosh Hashana is not the food, but, to hear the shofar on Monday and Tuesday, together as one community. We the Jewish people turn towards our father, our king, declaring his existence and our attachment to him through the shofar blasts. You don't wanna miss this!

Thank you to Shlomi and Tamar of Clean Air Houston Pro for doing a wonderful job cleaning our chairs in time for the New Year!

Let's Taco 'Bout Shabbat! Next Shabbat, is First Fridays, so we will break up the holidays with a Taco themed Shabbat

 

The Center of the Universe

The greatest threat to morality is if every individual believes that the purpose of creation, the mission of the Jewish people, and the fate of humanity is out of his or her control. The greatest assurance that people will make the correct choices in life is when each individual understands that G‑d looks to him or her as the center of the universe. more…

 


 

 

 

9 Rosh Hashanah Myths and Misconceptions

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 

Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim

Friday, September 27

 

Candle Lighting & MIncha at 6:54 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 28
Shabbos Before Rosh Hashana Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by farbrengen and lunch kiddush
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 5 & 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:46 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Rosh Hashanah
 
Sunday, September 29
Selichos, Morning Service
& Hataras Nedarim
8:00 am
Evening Service 6:45pm
Light Holiday Candles 6:52pm
Children's Program 6:45-8:00pm
Rosh Hashana Dinner - RSVP 8:00pm
   
Monday, September 30
Morning Services 9:30am
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Shofar Sounding 12:30pm
Kiddush Lunch -  RSVP 2:00pm
Mincha & Family Tashlich Service 5:45pm
Evening Service 7:45pm
Light Holiday Candles AFTER 7:44pm
Rosh Hashana Dinner -  RSVP 8:00pm
   
Tuesday, October 1
Morning Services 9:30am
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Shofar Sounding 12:30pm
Kiddush Lunch -  RSVP 2:00pm
Evening Service 6:45pm
Havdalla & Holiday Ends 7:43pm

Wednesday, October 2, Fast of Gedalia
Fast Begins at 6:01 am
Shacharis with Torah Reading at 6:45 am
Mincha with Torah Reading at 6:45 pm
Fast Ends & Maariv at 7:31 pm

Thursday, October 3 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos and a Kesiva Vachasma Tova! May you be written and sealed for a good year!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


Selichos this Sat. night

  • It has been a rough week for Houston. I know many of you has lost some property,  including cars in the surprise flooding of Imelda yesterday. I hope you can be made whole and get back to normal as soon as possible.
  • Talking about lost property, KHOU 11 and JHV got on the case to help spread the word about my stolen Texas Tefillin bags. Unfortunately, they have yet to be returned.
  • Many women braved the weather on Wednesday night for a wonderful evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight, hosted by Aishel House in partnership with all Chabad Centers of Houston Pictures to come!
  • Mazel tov to Maxine & Michael on their wedding! Please join them to wish them a Mazel tov at the "Shabbos  Selichos" Kiddush Sheva Brochos, sponsored by Michael & Maxine in honor of their wedding.
  • The series of  Selichot recited in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin this Saturday night, after midnight. On subsequent days, the custom is to recite the Selichot in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers, each morning up to and including Elul 29, the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
    At Chabad of Uptown we will have selichos on Sat night (Sun. early morning) at 1:15 am (preceded by a farbrengen at 11 pm as accustomed among Chassidim). Please let us know if we can count on you for the Selichos minyan this Sat night at 1:15 am! (Please note that Selichos and Shacharis this week on Monday through Friday will be held at the main Chabad Center at 10900 Fondren Road. See schedule below.)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • SEPT 22: (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) Selichot 1:15 am
  • SEPT 25: YJP Social Learning in a Private Home. The Wednesday dinner & class hits the road! Get in gear for the High Holidays at the social learning experience! Class to be hosted at the home of Tslil & Oded Tzur. "Attend" event to receive address in PM.
  • SEPT 29-OCT 1: Rosh Hashana followed by the month of holidays! All the information has been posted to chabaduptown.org/services
  • OCT 4: YJP First Fridays Shabbat Dinner 
  • OCT. 8-9:Yom Kippur
  • OCT. 13-20:Sukkot & Dinners Under the Stars
  • OCT. 20-22:Simchat Torah

 

 

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Shabbos Selichos Parshas Ki Savo

 

Friday, September 20
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 7:03 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 21
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by "Shabbos  Selichos" Kiddush Sheva Brochos sponsored by Michael & Maxine in honor of their wedding
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 3 & 4
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:55 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)
PreSelichos Farbrengen at 11 pm

Sunday, September 22, Selichos (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) 1:15 am at Chabad of Uptown

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Mon.-Fri., Sept. 23-27 - Selichos followed by Shacharis at 6:15/6:45 am or 7:30/8:00 am at Chabad at 10900 Fondren Road

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

please daven for my tefillin

Our Chabad of Uptown website got a facelift! Check it out at www.chabaduptown.org!

Please pray for the safety and return of my prized set of Texas state custom bags containing my precious talis & tefillin (from my bar mitzvah). It was stolen from my car by someone driving a souped up dodge ram 4 door pickup truck without plates, smashing my window, while parked at a store near Westheimer & Fountain View.

Call to action:
1. Put on tefillin in memory of mine. Come by Chabad of Uptown, I'm happy to help you put it on.
2. Check the garbage in your area to see if they G-d forbid tossed these holy articles once they realized the contents are of no value to them.
3. Share this far and wide, maybe someone saw someone sporting these custom bags, there is no other bag like it. It has my email address and phone number embroidered inside each bag.

LADIES! This Wednesday, join Chanie to gear up for the New Year in style for an evening of Torah study and culinary delight! Torah Study: Choose what talks to your soul! Partake in a round-table study session; explore a Jewish New Year topic of your choice.*
Culinary Delight: Enjoy a fast-paced Holiday cook-off competition, featuring: Sara Goldberg, Revital Pour & Tiffany Siegel and  Moderated by Rochel Lazaroff. Finally, learn 'kitchen hacks' for your Holiday table from the renowned Laykie Donin. PLUS sample delicious featured dishes all set up by the talented Tova Events & Flowers!
It all happens Wednesday, September 18 - 18 Elul @ Aishel House Couvert is $15 ($20 at door) RSVP at Chabadhouston.com/ladies *Select study topic on RSVP form.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • SEPT 18: Ladies Sweet Beginnings - An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight for women, hosted by Aishel House in partnership with all Chabad Centers of Houston - www.chabadhouston.com/ladies
  • SEPT 22: (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) Selichot 1:15 am
  • SEPT 29: Rosh Hashana followed by the month of holidays! All the information has been posted to chabaduptown.org/services

Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei

Friday, September 13
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 7:12 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 14
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:10 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 1 & 2
Maariv, HavdallaShabbos Ends at 8:04 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Sept. 15 - Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, Sept. 16 Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Sept. 19 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 

bless the moon this week

SEPT 6, TONIGHT: Italian Themed Shabbat -  YJP Houston First Fridays www.yjphouston.org/italy

Sanctification of the Moon: Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called  Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy. Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile. Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed. Links: Kiddush Levana: Sanctification of the Moon, Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon!

It is the time when we have our annual optional Shul membership drive! Services at Chabad are free, where no tickets, membership or affiliation necessary! However, by joining our optional membership, it allows us to afford the freedom of an open door policy and keep our programs going! Your membership includes two reserved seats for services. www.chabaduptown.org/membership.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • SEPT 18: Ladies Sweet Beginnings - An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight for women, hosted by Aishel House in partnership with all Chabad Centers of Houston - www.chabadhouston.com/ladies
  • SEPT 22: (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) Selichot 1:15 am
  • SEPT 29: Rosh Hashana followed by the month of holidays! All the information has been posted to chabaduptown.org/services

Thank you Megasystems Security for our recent security upgrades and for donating the paint job on the lounge ceiling that was highly needed!

Mazel tov Dr. Naomi & Elchonon Reizes on the birth of a baby boy!

 

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Shabbos Parshas Shoftim

Friday, September 6
Candle Lighting & MIncha at 7:20 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for First Fridays Italian Themed Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 7
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:13 pm
Kiddush Levana
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Sept. 8 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin
Monday, Sept. 9 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Sept. 12 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

it was windy

Last Shabbat was off the hook with farbrengens rolling until 1 am on Friday night and 5 pm on Shabbos!

Can't believe it has been another week already! Now that Levi is home from camp, the Uptown Lazaroff have been reunited for a Shabbos, together with all of you - the rest of the Uptown family! Please join us!

You should have received this "Shabbos & Festival Candlelighting Times" magnet in the mail for your refrigerator to know that Shabbos and Holiday dates, start and end times. If you did not, please send us your mailing address we will get one right out!

The winds of Elul are blowing! Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and stocktaking -- a time to review one's deeds and spiritual progress over the past year and prepare for the upcoming "Days of Awe" of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

  • Beginning this Shabbos, the psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers until Hoshanah Rabbah - a total of 50 days!
  • It is a most opportune time for teshuvah, prayercharity, and increased Ahavat Yisrael in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to Hashem. 
  • The Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi likens the month of Elul to a time when "the king is in the field" and, in contrast to when he is in the royal palace, "everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him, and he receives them all with a cheerful countenance and shows a smiling face to them all."
  • On Sunday we also begin the specific Elul customs that include the daily sounding of the shofar as a call to repentance.
  • The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Tehilim each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur.
  • From the beginning of Elul and throughout the High Holiday season, we include the blessing "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year" (Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim) in letters and greetings to one another.
  • It is the time when we have our annual optional Shul membership drive! Services at Chabad are free, where no tickets, membership or affiliation necessary! However, by joining our optional membership, it allows us to afford the freedom of an open door policy and keep our programs going! Your membership includes two reserved seats for services. www.chabaduptown.org/membership.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • SEPT 6: Italian Shabbat -  YJP Houston First Fridays www.yjphouston.org/italy
  • SEPT 18: Ladies Sweet Beginnings - An Evening of Torah Study and Culinary Delight for women, hosted by Aishel House in partnership with all Chabad Centers of Houston - www.chabadhouston.com/ladies
  • SEPT 22: (AKA Sat. night Sept. 21) Selichot 1:15 am
  • SEPT 29: Rosh Hashana followed by the month of holidays! All the information has been posted to chabaduptown.org/services

Mazel tov Zach & Marissa Savrick on the birth of a baby girl!

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, Parshas Re'eh

Friday, August 30
Candle Lighting at 7:29 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh I, August 31
Chassidus at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 5
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:22 pm
Living Torah Video Program (15 min.)

Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Elul II, Sept. 1 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the monthly Rosh Chodesh breakfast!
Monday, Sept. 2 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, Sept. 5 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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