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Children schedule Hotel reservation info

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hilton Hotel for Yom Kippur! Here is the service schedule, children’s room and service information and Hotel bookings:

Fri., Sept. 21: 7:15pm Kol Nidrei 
                                   7:15-7:45pm Supervised Playroom
                                   7:45-8:30pm Children’s Service

Sat., Sept 22:  9:30am Morning Service
                                   10:30am-End Supervised Playroom
                                   11:30am-1:00pm – Children’s Service 
                      12:30pm approx. Yizkor
                      5:15pm Mincha, 6:45pm Neilah
                                    6:45-7:30pm – Supervised Playroom
                                    7:30-8:00pm Children’s Service 
                      8:00pm Havdallah and Break the Fast Buffet
                      9:00pm Hotel checkout - (see below)

We have secured a rate of $169.00 + applicable taxes by calling the Hilton reservations center at 1-800-245-7299 and requesting conference Sales Rate code 1367944.  I just called reservations and the regular rate is $139.00 with the conference rate currently at $119.00. This rate has limited availability and may not be available within one week of arrival. You only need to pay for one night at the Hotel. When checking in be sure to tell the clerk you are with the Chabad of Uptown High Holiday Services and you will be allowed to have a late check out (9pm) on Sat. 9/22. (The reservation center will not be able to confirm this, this is an in-house arrangement with the catering office – should you have a problem, please let me know).

PASS ON THE WORD!: Should you know someone who intends to join us or somebody you like to invite, feel free to bring them!

Gmar Chasima Tova,
May you be sealed for a happy, sweet new year,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

The Free Red Bull of Moshiach

Dear Friends,


Rosh Hashanah is behind us but Yom Kippur lies ahead. Yom Kippur is called the “one and only day of the year”. Our sages teach us that the term “one and only” is to infer Yom Kippur’s energy towards the uniting of the Jewish people with each other as one person with one heart and also the unification of the Jewish people with the “One and Only” Hashem. This is demonstrated at the conclusion of Yom Kippur as  the entire community together will cry out “Shema Yisroel” once, “Boruch Shem” thrice,  and the heartfelt cry of “Hashem Hoo Ha’Elokim – G-d is the L-rd” seven times. The final blast of the shofar will conclude this unifying day with faith, hope and belief that Hashem will grant us a year full of blessing for our entire families and community and with a heartfelt wish that we may we be “Next year in Jerusalem!” Chanie and clan joins me is wishing all of you a “Gmar Chasima Tova”, May you and yours be sealed for a happy and sweet new year - Rabbi Chaim


  • Thursday, lunch and learn 12-1:15 pm. The High Holiday Series
  • Thursday, Basic Mitzvot: 8-9pm
  • Yom Kippur @ Hilton Post Oak:
    Fri., Sept. 21: 7:15pm
    Kol Nidrei
    Sat., Sept 22:  9:30am Morning Service,
                          12:30 approx. Yizkor
                          5:15pm Mincha, 6:45 Neilah
                           8:00pm Havdallah and Break Fast
  • Uptown Sukkah – the one and only Sukkah on San Felipe! Services, dinners and the works. Services WILL be held for Sukkot at Uptown Wed-Sat.; Sept 26-29 – exact schedule for entire month posted here!
  • Lulav & Etrog sets – “Yanover” from Calabria Italy, are available from $100-150 a set. Please order now
  • Simchat Torah – Everyone is welcome to join Chanie and I for Simchat Torah at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren Rd (schedule here), we will be back for Shabbat Parshat Noach Oct. 12-13.
  • Mommy & Me dates for fall have been set to Six Wednesdays Oct. 17-Nov. 21. 3mos.-2yrs. Join us and/or spread the word! 

News in the family…. 

  • What a beautiful jammed pack house for Rosh Hashanah at the Hilton! It was wonderful to see over 150 of you join us for the services in a most beautiful environment lead by Rabbi Chazzan Daniel Gavin (TDS ’99 Alumnus and ordained as rabbi last month in Pretoria, South Africa)!
  • The top class dinner for 100 catered by Benny Katz with mouth watering stuffed chicken, tzimmes and more, just makes me hungry thinking about it! (Can you imagine the hotel charges $125 for a 750ml bottle of vodka? [610-] highway robbery!
  • After services and a sumptuous kiddush an entourage scoured the Galleria and area to find some Neshamot – Jewish souls – who may not have had the opportunity to hear the Shofar yet. Well, almost 20 people heard thanks to our [sweaty and feet hurting] efforts! Very fulfilling….
  • 65 people walked to Buffalo Bayou for Tashlich. What a sight in Uptown Park! The best part was when a Red Bull concept car pulled up and asked where we were
  • going. We told them, so they followed us all the way there (20 min. - in the heat), they waited until we finished the service and distributed freezing cold free Red Bull for everyone!! Simply Moshiach’s times when the nations of the world will assist the Jewish people to perform all Mitzvos in comfort! [- Is this the Wild Ox?]–
  • Did you know that St. Lukes has a Minor Emergency Room on San Felipe? The hospital I was born in decided to open a branch down the road from Chabad of Uptown. You know why? Well, I will tell you the real reason why… Chaya Mushka got some sort of nasty Aspen(?) bite that developed into blisters, swelling and puss. A very ugly sight indeed. So the question arises, we could maybe break Yom Tov and drive to the hospital for a life threatening situation, but, after she is taken care of, Chanie won’t be able to come back. Now, that would be a problem, as what will we all eat? How will we all survive? OK a problem, a serious problem, but not life threatening. So Chaya Mushka was plumped into a stroller (she could not walk, her ankle was so swollen) and walked down to the emergency room. Got some medical care, and Chanie, Chaya Mushka and stroller were back at the Hilton in time for the blowing of the shofar…. B”H by today, Chaya Mushka is doing a lot better, and went to school.
  • Nothing beats the lights going out on Friday night with a massive explosion heard from nearby after most of you left. The whole fam slept to the light of the Shabbat candles, and woke up about 3am to the electricity restored, thank G-d. Of course, it helped that the Four Leaf Towers and JW Marriot also were out of power – they got those lights back on in a jiffy!
  • Of course to top it all off, we are looking for a full time and weekend cleaning help for our home and Chabad of Uptown. Ours has disappeared just in time for Rosh Hashana…. So if you know of anyone, please let us know!
  • Check out our newest features: The Interactive Kaddish Trainer, KabbalaToons, Shemita 5768, and of course the RabbiGram. [This is in addition to the jammed-packed New Year section]. They have all been met with great “websitement”! If you haven’t seen it yet, you must check them out now!
  • Rabbi Faitel Lewin, the sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y., is here and is available to check mezuzos and tefillin through 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. To speak to the sofer, schedule an appointment, or to gain entry to the building outside of regular office hours please call the sofer directly at 718-913-4970. According to halacha, mezuzos and tefillin should be checked twice every seven years. Some have the custom to inspect them annually. 

See you Yom Kippur!

Gmar Chasima Tova,
May you be sealed for a happy, sweet new year,

Rabbi Chaim

Shana Tova! - The whole schedule!

Dear Friends,

Chanie together with Chaya Mushka, Mendel, Rivkie and Levi join me in wishing you that this New Year should bring the best of Hashem's blessings for success, health and happiness for you and all your loved ones.

May the spirit of the Days of Awe inspire us to a greater commitment to G-d, to Torah and to each other and may the Days of Joy give us the opportunity to celebrate that relationship with enduring passion and fulfillment. 

Thank you for your support, participation and most of all your friendship which has meant so much to us. 

K'sivah V'Chassima Tovah L'Shanah Tova U'mesuka - May you be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet New Year,

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie and Clan

P.S. As is written in the Shulchan Aruch, Erev Rosh Hashana is it customary to visit the gravesite of Tzadikim and pray there. In that vain I will be sending a note asking for blessings to  the Rebbe's Ohel in New York. If you would like me to include your name with any specific request you can do so by replying with your Hebrew name and Mother's name.

P.P.S. Wo look forward to seeing all of you - our extended family - at the beautiful Hilton Post Oak for the High Holidays! See below for the schedule and  click here for whole deal! (Special for this year: Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin and a Prozbul!)

Tishrei Schedule with Chabad of Uptown
Services are free. At Chabad, every Jew is already a member. All you have to do is call 713-419-3960 or visit to register. 

at Hilton Post Oak Hotel, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Wednesday, September 12
7:15PM Evening Services
8:15PM Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*

Thursday, September 13
9:30AM Morning Service
12:00PM approx. Sounding the Shofar
• Traditional Kiddush after Services
6:00PM Mincha Service
• Family Tashlich followed by Evening service
8:15PM Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*
*$54 Adult • $36 Child (ages 3–12) 

Friday, September 14
9:30AM Morning service
12:00PM approx. Sounding the Shofar
• Traditional Kiddush after Services
7:15PM Evening Service at Chabad of Uptown, 5103 San Felipe

Shabbat, September 15
at Chabad of Uptown, 5103 San Felipe
10:00AM Morning service
• Traditional Kiddush after Services
7:15PM Evening Service
8:04PM Havdalla

at Hilton Post Oak Hotel, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Friday, September 21
7:15PM Kol Nidrei

Saturday, September 22
9:30AM Morning Service
12:30PM approx. Yizkor
5:15PM Mincha Service
6:45PM Neilah Service
8:00PM Havdalla & Break the Fast Light Buffet

Fast of Gedalia
at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren Road
Sunday, September 16
- 8:00 am Morning Services(Shacharit) 
- 1-5:00 pm Kapporos (order online)
- 7:00 pm Mincha with Torah Reading  
              followed by Evening Services (Maariv)
- 7:50 pm Fast Ends
Sunday, September 16 - midday, through Tuesday, September 18 – 4 pm
- The Sofer is in to check mezuzos and tefillin! (register here)

at Chabad of Uptown, 5103 San Felipe
Lulav & Etrog available for use throughout holiday
Wednesday, September 26
7:00PM Evening Services
Thursday, September 27

10:00AM Morning Services
            • Sukkot Kiddush after Services
7:00PM Evening Services

Friday, September 28
10:00AM Morning Services
            • Sukkot Kiddush after Services
7:00PM Evening & Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Shabbat, September 29
10:00AM Morning Services
            • Sukkot Kiddush after Services (Kiddush will be sponsored in honor of Hava and Leah Schultz by her parents and grandparents)
7:00PM Evening Services
7:46PM Havdalla

Sukkot Intermediary Days
at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren Road
Sunday, September 30
- 8:00 am Shacharit
- 7:00 pm Mincha followed by Maariv 
Mon.-Tues, October 1-2
- 6:45 am Shacharit
- 7:00 pm Mincha followed by Maariv 
Wednesday, October 3 - Hoshana Rabba 
12:00 am All night Torah Study
- 6:45 am Shacharit - Hoshanot

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren Road
Wed., October 3 - Shemini Atzeret
- 6:45 pm Mincha & Evening Services
            • Traditional rejoicing with the Torah) 

Thurs., October 4 - Shemini Atzeret
- 10:00 am Morning Services
- 12:15 pm Yizkor 
- 6:45 pm Mincha & Evening Services  
            • Hakafot-celebratory dancing 

Friday, October 5 
- 9:00 am Morning Services  
            • Hakafot-celebratory dancing 
- 6:45 pm Mincha & Evening Services

Shabbat Bereshit, October 6
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 6:45 pm Mincha & Evening Services 
- 7:38 pm Havdalla & Shabbat Ends  

at Chabad of Uptown, 5103 San Felipe
Friday October 12
- 6:30 pm Evening Services
            • Shabbat Dinner after Services

Saturday, October 13
- 10:00 am Morning Services
            • Shabbat Kiddush after Services
- 6:45 pm Mincha Services
- 7:30 pm Maariv & Havdalla

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