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Young Shabbat Dinner / Catch your Hilton seat!

Uptown 

  • Thursday, lunch and learn 12-1:15 pm. Yom Kippur: Atonement – Scott Free?!!
  • Thursday, Basic Mitzvot: The Mystical side to love your fellow. 8-9pm
  • YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, SINGLES & COUPLES DINNER - Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo: Friday, Aug. 31: Services at 7:30 pm; Candle Lighting at 7:28pm. Shabbat Dinner for Young Adults! Please RSVP!  
  • Saturday, Sept. 1: Morning Services at 10 am followed by Kiddush Mincha Services & class in Ethics of our Fathers (Chapter 3) at 7:30 pm; Havdala & Shabbat Ends at 8:21 pm
  • Limited Space – First come, first served! - Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Services at the beautiful Hilton Post Oak Hotel! RSVP nowdeadline Aug. 31.
  • Uptown Sukkah – the only on San Felipe! Services, dinners and the works. At Uptown Wed-Sat.; Sept 26-29 – exact schedule to be posted!
  • Mommy & Me dates for fall have been set to Six Wednesdays Oct. 17-Nov. 21. 3mos.-2yrs. Join us!

In other news…. 

  • The Sasson & Douek families joined us for a wonderful Shabbos in Uptown. Lovely Shabbos, with lovely company….
  • La Jolla, CA is a beautiful place. It was nice to have a forced getaway to attend a wedding of a community member.
  • Torah Day School has begun this week. Chanie is filling a new position as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Early Childhood Center. Many great developments are underway! (Including their new website: www.tdshouston.org)
  • The 325,000 calendars that we edited are now available at the checkout or newspaper stands at any Randalls or Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick's, Eastern, Genuardi's, Tom Thumb, and Synagogues & congregations throughout CA, AZ, CO, DC, MD, NJ, NV, OR, PA, TX, VA and WA. Pick one up, and tell your friends to check out the pic and article of the Uptown Shul in the back cover!
  • Once again, Rabbi Faitel Lewin, a sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be available to check mezuzos and tefillin from midday Sunday, Sept. 16, through 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. In order to accommodate all those who need items checked, please add comment here, 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.

See you Shabbos! 

Rabbi Chaim

325,000 Safeway (Randalls) Calendars

Once again, 325,000 Jewish New Year calendars, will be distributed by the grocery store giant Safeway in 1775 of their Safeway and their wholly own subsidiaries namely Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's and Carrs grocery stores located throughout the USA. The 1,775 Safeway stores include 312 Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada, 112 Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas, 37 Genuardi's store in the Philadelphia area, as well as 17 Carrs stores in Alaska.

I proofread portions of the Judaic content for the calendars. A write up about the Rebbe and Houston mosdos: Chabad of Uptown, Chabad Hebrew School, Chabad's Young Adults & ChabadTexas.org appears on the inside back cover. Calendar months with Yomim Tovim will be directed to the Chabad.org for more recipes, how-to guides, multimedia and fun for the kids throughout the year. There is also a plug to "Share the Light!" on FridayLight.org appearing in the candle lighting page.

Other Lubavitch involvement includes the artwork of Deborah Rolnick Raichman and holiday recipes which were checked by a Lubavitcher as well.

A jammed shabbos!

Uptown 

  • Tuesday, lunch and learn 12-1:15 pm.
  • Basic Mitzvot: Class this Thursday, cancelled – see below. Resume next week.
  • Shabbos Parshas Shoftim: Friday, Aug. 17: Services at 7:30 pm; Candle Lighting at 7:43pm. Please RSVP and join us for dinner!  
  • Saturday, Aug. 18: Morning Services at 10 am followed by Kiddush Kiddush Sponsored by Eli & Hana Sasson in honor of the upcoming marriage of their daughter Shira Sasson to Dovid Douek!
    Mincha Services & class in Ethics of our Fathers (Chapters 1&2) at 7:45 pm; Havdala & Shabbat Ends at 8:37 pm
  • Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur Services at the beautiful Hilton Post Oak Hotel! RSVP now do not wait for the last minute!

In other news…. 

  • The Sasson & Douek families will be staying at nearby hotels, this weekend will be a jam packed Shabbos. I hope we have enough siddurim and chumashim! (If you want to sponsor to purchase some, let me know!)
  • Chaya Mushka learned the important lesson of caring for one another in Camp on "Twins Day" - when the kids need to choose a partner to dress up the same way. Well, they included four kids - Quintuplets! - to be sure no one was left out without a twin! :) See the pic below!
  • The girls from the Maccabi games were a delight, and the kids loved going to watch their softball games!
  • Chanie & I will be making a trip to California to attend a wedding of a community member. We are sorry to have to cancel the class this Thursday, but, we will be back in time for Shabbos!!
  • I added an About Us page to the website, taken from the brochure!

See you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim

Quintuplets!

Chaya Mushka learned the important lesson of caring for one another in Camp on "Twins Day" - when the kids need to choose a partner to dress up the same way. Well, they included four kids - Quintuplets! - to be sure no one was left out without a twin! :)

 

EIKEV: Communal Education Responsilbilty

Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad! This is one of the most well known Jewish passages and is recited in our daily prayers with its following two paragraphs. These profound paragraphs appear in last week and this week's Torah Portions. Both of which charge us to serve G-d with all our heart and soul, and command us to observe the mitzvos of tefilin, mezuza, and teaching Torah to children.

Although upon examination we find a difference between them. The first paragraph, written in the singular tense, is addressed to the individual. However, the second paragraph, written in the plural tense, is addressed to the community. In addition, the second paragraph also includes mention of the reward and punishment for keeping the above-mentioned and other Mitzvos.

Our commentators explain that the plural wording of the commandment to teach our children, demonstrates the teacher's obligation towards his students while the singular term refers to a parent's obligation.

When it comes to the Jewish education of our children, both the individual and the community share the responsibility of fulfilling this mitzva. Parent and teachers alike may do it for altruistic reasons. We can ensure a proper Jewish education for fear of punishment - "modern day" punishments might include assimilation, drugs, cults or intermarriage. Or we might be involved in Jewish education because of the reward - nachas from children, being honored at a dinner, etc. Whatever the reason, whoever the person, wherever the community, a proper Jewish education for every Jewish child must be our number one priority.

In that vein, this week we will be unveiling a newly designed website for Torah Day School of Houston at www.tdshouston.org. In addition to information about the school, the site will also include guidance, parenting and inspirational articles on education of our children. Check it out in the coming days and have a good Shabbos! 

Rabbi Chaim
ChabadTexas.org.org Editor

A Shabbat when no one wants to say goodbye....

The Uptown Shul

  • Class - Basic Mitzvot: Thursday, 8-9pm.
  • Shabbos Parshas Eikev: Friday, Aug. 3: Services at 7:30 pm; Candle Lighting at 7:55pm. Please RSVP and join us for dinner! 
  • Saturday, July 21: Morning Services at 10 am followed by Kiddush Kiddush Sponsored by Benny & Valerie Katz in honor of the birth of their daughter, Lielle!
  • Mincha Services & class in Ethics of our Fathers (Chapter 5) at 8:00 pm; Havdala & Shabbat Ends at 8:51 pm
  • Lunch class day to change! Class this Tuesday, Aug. 7: Uptown Lunch & Learn – 12-1:15 pm. The following week, we will begin having the class on Thursdays (beginning Aug. 16) - same time and same great parsha class!
  • I have built the webpage for Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur Services at the beautiful Hilton Post Oak Hotel! We will have services, dinners & a break fast. Click here for more info! You should be getting the flyers in the mail sometime over this weekend…..

 

Our Inbox….

  • Rabbi Chaim and Chanie, Thank you for such a lovely Shabbos and Kiddush on Saturday. Your table was beautiful and thank you Albert and Rosita Goan for all your hospitality. It was one of those Sabbaths no one wanted to say good afternoon, and if we kept up at that pace it would be time for Havdallah! I. R. 

In other news….

  • Once again, I have been editing the Jewish Heritage Calendar for Safeway of which 325,000 copies will be distributed at the affiliate 1,755 stores nationwide, namely Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's and Carrs. There are 112 Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas alone! A special write up on our very own Chabad of Uptown will appear on the back cover!
  • Last Sunday we went with the Croocks (Dr. Mark & Alan) for a special day out to the Dog Show with 12,000 dogs! The kids had a great time. You think Noach’s ark had room for all these different kind of dogs? WOW!
  • Snapshot: Don’t get caught with your foot in your mouth, as illustrated by Levi! – A must see pic!
  • My niece, Nechama Lazaroff, celebrated her Bas Mitzvah this past Sunday. A beautiful “heimish” event at my brother’s home near their Chabad House at the Texas Medical Center…..
  • Some athletes will be staying at our home next week for the Maccabi Games. Kids from around the country are coming to town; we get to have two teenage girls. That should be interesting…

See you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 

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