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Holidays, Mommy & Me, New Lunch Class.....

Dear Friends,
Wow, there is a lot to catch up on!
  • Rosh Hashana was wonderful, uplifting and inspiring. Over 120 people attended the services and dinners in the beautiful Pavilion on Post Oak, with great company, food (thanks Benny Katz) and environment! Thank you to Mushkie Galperin (of Brooklyn) and Ettie Lipsh (of Israel) for running a smooth Children's program and service where the children were entertained, inspired and got a wonderful and enjoyable taste of the Rosh Hashana services.
  • Yom Kippur: There is a warm seat waiting for you for Yom Kippur! Please confirm or let is know if you plan on joining us (you can just reply to this email with how many men, women and children are coming)! You may also reserve a seat for a suggested donation of $50. Either way, you are more than welcome to come even at the last minute. Davening Yom Kippur is the birthright of every Jew. Please note the schedule:
    Sunday Oct. 1
    6:45 pm Kol Nidrei
    Monday Oct. 2
    9:30 am Morning Service
    12:30 pm approx. Yizkor
    5:15 pm Mincha Service
    6:30 pm Neilah Service
    7:40 pm Final Shofar Blast and Break the Fast Light Buffet
  • Sukkah raising at Chabad of Uptown will be done on Tuesday, Oct. 3 for people who live and work in the Uptown area. If you would like to volunteer to help raise our Uptown Sukkah please let me know. (We will not be having services over Sukkos & Simchas Torah at Chabad of Uptown. Please join Chanie & I at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren Road. See their schedule here).
  • Shabbos Bereishis, Oct. 20 will be our next Shabbaton at Chabad of Uptown after Yom Kippur. RSVP here. We will meet almost every other week after that Please note these exact dates for future Shabbatons:
    Nov. 3-4
    Nov. 24-25
    Dec. 8-9
    Dec. 22-23 (8th night Chanukah)
    Jan. 5-6
    Jan. 19-20
  • Mommy & Me dates led by Chanie have been set for the Fall season! They will meet with Chanie Six Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27 10-11:30 am  $36 Fall Session, $7 per class. Picture of the summer season are online here. Click Here to Register Now!
  • New Lunch & Learn with Torah Studies: Origins: A twelve week course in the Book of Genesis will start the week of Oct. 16. We will offer two times: Wednesday Lunch & Learn - 12:00-1:15pm and Thursday evenings 8:00-9:00 pm.
  • Cosmic Arc: You can still catch the last class of The Cosmic Arc: A Kabbalistic Approach to the High Holidays: Sukkot & Simchat Torah: Bringing the High Holidays Down to Earth - Thursday (tomorrow) Sept. 27
In other news...
  • The wedding in New York the week before Rosh Hashana of Chanie's sister Rivkey was amazing! The ones who definitely enjoyed it most was Chaya Mushkah, Mendel & Rivkie who outdanced everyone hands down. We spent the week with family, in Monsey and a Sheva Brochos in Albany, New York. Not much sleep, but great nonetheless.
  • My sister Sara from Australia is coming tonight to Houston with her entire family to spend Yom Kippur and first half of Sukkos.with us. That's going to be exciting as we have not seen them in a while, and our kids get to spend some time with her kids and get to know their cousins!
  • Steam Express donated services with cleaning of our children's room carpet. Thanks Chen Bublil!
  • Sofer: Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren has once again brought Rabbi Faitel Lewin, a sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y. He is available to check mezuzos and tefillin until tomorrow midday Thursday, Sept. 28. According to halacha, mezuzos and tefillin should be checked twice every seven years. Some have the custom to inspect them annually - especially during the Days of Awe
  • Website: Visit our mega holiday website for Yom Kippur and Sukkos guides, recipes, Free E-CardsTidbits, Candle Lighting Times, Calendar, Find a Service and more!
Wishing all of you a Gmar Chasima Tova,
May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a Happy and Sweet New Year,
Rabbi Chaim

Two more classes....

Dear Friends,
  • Why wait?! RSVP now for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur @ The Pavilion! Benny Katz will be catering. Daniel Gavin will be "Cantoring" and Rabbi Chaim will be "Rabbi'ing" (with some jokes mixed in here and there). All in the beautiful Pavilion in the lobby of - what used to be - Saks Fifth Avenue. So, what are you waiting for?! RSVP NOW!!!
  • We once more will have Shabbos in Uptown this week, Sept. 8-9, please RSVP for Shabbos. Let us know if you will be there for the minyan, regardless if you will make it for the dinner (although we would love to have you!) 
  • We are glad to welcome Leonard Sternheim, Jared Bienenfeld, Rick & Carole Wagner  and Moshe & Guitel Melnik who have moved in to the neighborhood. Welcome to the Uptown family!
  • You can still catch the last two classes of The Cosmic Arc: A Kabbalistic Approach to the High Holidays, Sept. 7 & 21 (We're going to NY on Monday Sept. 11 for Chanie's sister Rivkie's wedding (to Levi Gansburg of Toronto) on Thursday. Will be there until Monday, Sept. 18, the week of Rosh Hashana (Sept 22-24) - so no class on Sept. 14!).
            Yom Kippur: How Does the "Day of Atonement" Work? - Sept. 7
            Sukkot & Simchat Torah: Bringing the High Holidays Down to Earth - Sept. 21
In other news...
  • For the first time in our lives we won a raffle/auction! We attended the Chabad of Sugar Land Benefit Dinner and Chanie went "shopping" with Chinese auction raffle tickets and lo & behold 5 minutes after we left to get home for our babysitter we won an Aussie BBQ grill! (My father was so kind to bring it home for us). Its inauguration will take place today at our home in true Texas style Labor Day BBQ!
  • Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren will once again bring Rabbi Faitel Lewin, a sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be available to check mezuzos and tefillin from midday Monday, Sept. 25, through midday Thursday, Sept. 28. In order to accommodate all those who need items checked, please respond to this email, as well as the number of mezuzos and pairs of tefillin to be checked. According to halacha, mezuzos and tefillin should be checked twice every seven years. Some have the custom to inspect them annually - especially during the Days of Awe.
  • We have added a great new feature to! will feature a Personal Calendar: Record your own personal events including birthdays, yahrtzeits and anniversaries -- all according to the Jewish calendar. Bonus: Calendar includes all of the Chabad center activities too - and you can email alerts for any event listed! Calendar Alerts: Schedule an email reminder to be sent in advance of the event. MP3 Downloads: Access thousands of audio classes, and download them to your iPod or other MP3 device. Subscription Manangement: Add yourself to Chabad Lubavitch Center's mailing list, and take advantage of the weekly and daily email newsletters from
    I may send out a promo email one of these days....
Rabbi Chaim
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