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From Our Family to Yours

Chaya Mushka, Mendel, Rivkie and Levi join us in wishing you and your loved ones a Shana Tova Umetuka - a Happy and Sweet New Year.
May our prayers for health, happiness, success, universal peace, stability, economic prosperity and a life of purpose and meaning, be heard by our Father in heaven, and answered with revealed blessings.

In these tumultous times of Hurricane Ike, financial and other hardships, many have gathered together with those closest and dearest to their hearts and souls.

As we experience this togetherness, enhanced by the Jewish New Year, may we each discover the wealth of blessings in our lives and in our hearts and minds.

And may we realize these blessings to their greatest potential!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Uptown IKE!!! We are open!

Dear Friends,

With limited time and computer access, we will keep this brief.

We have a lot to be thankful for, Hodu LaHashem Ki Tov Ki Lolam Chasdo. Thanks to Hashem for his good, with everlasting Kindness. Besdes for perhaps some damage and uncomfortable liing conditions - we are all physicaly ok. Baruch Hashem.

WE HAVE ELECTRICITY @ CHABAD UPTOWN! Please join us for services and dinner following!

The Thursday classes will have to be cancelled as Rabbi Chaim is out of town until Friday, see below.

Parshas Ki Savo
Friday, Sept. 19 - 7:30pm with dinner following (RSVP for dinner). Stump the Rabbi session at 10pm. (Candle Lighting 7:04 pm)
Saturday, Sept. 20 - 10 am services followed by kiddush. Mincha - 7:05 pm. Maariv & Havdalla - 7:56 pm.

The (partial) Chabad Report

  • Chabad has entered into disaster mode with the approach and aftermath of Ike. See
  • The YOOD concert waas cancelled and rescheduled.
  • The schools were closed (and remain closed waiting for power).
  • Chabad Shliach, Rabbi Mendel Traxler, a member of the Houston Police Dept. PACT Division (Police & Clergy Team) is riding along with Police cruisers to help with clergy needs of emotional and spiritual support for evacuees.
  • We spent some wonderful moments and memories for the kids when we took our defrosted chicken, otherwise spoiling marinade, packed our grill and condiments and made an ad hoc BBQ for the residents without access to food at the Goldberg Towers.
  • A&M students answered our call for help, collected tarps tools and all, and headed down to Houston to tarp their roof and help with the cleanup of downed fences and scattered debris.
  • We distributed the rest of the tarps to the ever thankful Police officers on the call of duty, whose own homes remained exposed to the elements with their worried families at home. Over 20 tarps were used to cover their own personal property of Houston's finest in blue.
  • Food, ice water and constant volunteers delivered and climbed stairs over the past week delivering food to the seniors left stranded at Goldberg Towers.
  • Recognizing the critical need for Shabbos, Chabad coordinated with the broader community to help fund and bring Shabbos packages. See hurricane bog for details.
  • All Chabad locations in Houston still remain without power besides for our very own Uptown!

The (partial) Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan Report

  • Rabbi Chaim's brother, Shmuel Lazaroff joined the Tzahal last month, and has been approved train for the Paratroopers (Tzanchanim) and hopes to join the Secial Forces. May he stay safe and protect the Holy Land.
  • Disaster relief was monkey wrenched with the news of the passing of Rabbi Chaim's grandmother, Rebbetzin Menucha Lazaroff on Monday. The funeral was Tuesday in Queens and Shiva is being held in Brooklyn at her apartment. Rabbi Chaim went to NY and Chanie and Fam went to hang out where there is electric at Chabad in College Station where they have A/C...
  • The kids enjoyed the YOOD concert (that was also supposed to be on in Houston, but, cancelled) on campus at A&M.
  • Rabbi Chaim's neice, Chaya Mushka Rosenfeld of Melbourne, Australia got engaged to another wonderful boy by the name of Sholom Goldstein of Toronto!
  • My brother Peretz contributed to this report with the use of his oerheated laptop in his dining room, over hot tea, cony jokes and a bootleg wirelessinternet connections (you gotta love Brooklyn!).
  • Rabbi Chaim WILL RETURN to Houston Thurday.
  • Shabbat UPTOWN will happen, hey i is the only place with A/C :) Please join us!
    Looking forward to seeing y'all and hearing your stories, and may we only have thankfullness and good news to share,

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan

P.S. Yes, this was brief.

P.P.S. Written from my mobile on Saturday night, September 13, 2008 - 10:09 pm:
chabad lubavitch center, bh, did not sustain too much damage. the new building ( has a lot of glass that was designed specifically to sustain 120 mph hurricane winds. however, the sun screen of the signature rooftop pavilion was ripped off, the menorah was thrown from the roof and remains dangling, waiting for a crane, and two massive oak trees toppled blocking a main thoroughfare Fondren rd. the perimeter 10 foot fence was also knocked down.
in my own home elec went out at about 1 am (others lost as early as 9pm) and at about 4am the winds were at its peak. the siding of our safe room began to rip off, followed by the insulation and felt paper down to the wood. at that point , feaing the roof was next, we moved
the fam to the other side of the house.
davening was held at regular times, this morning in the lobby of the new building with sunlight, and tonight in the parking lot by headlights.
as we sit without electric in a hot, humid and muggy home by candlelight, i wish you all a good night!
chaim laz

Class Tonight, Thur, Sep 11

8-9 pm Class is on (for those still in town like me :))....

The Class:
Ki Teizei: You are What you Wear
The spiritual and physical worlds constitute a single, unified whole. As G-d's guide to life in these worlds, the Torah necessarily takes a special interest in every part of our being - from our spiritual behavior to our social interactions to the way we conduct our mundane daily lives. This is notably demonstrated by the Torah's being acutely attuned to the slightest details regarding the foods we eat, and, as we will be discussing in this week's lesson, even to the garments that we wear. Of all our laws and customs, one of the least known is the Torah law that forbids the wearing of shatnez, which generally speaking is any garment containing both wool and linen. Many students probably have never heard of shatnez. Some may have heard of it but do not know what it is. Even those who may be scrupulous in following the kosher dietary laws may not concern themselves with shatnez, since they may believe that it is a local custom or an optional stringency, rather than a firm Torah law. But the fact is that both shatnez and kashrut are of equal standing in the Torah's 613 commandments. In other words, wearing shatnez is as much of a violation of G-d's will for us as eating a ham sandwich. In this class we will learn about this Biblical prohibition and see how the laws against shatnez teach us a unique spiritual lesson with regards to how a fundamental aspect of a G-dly life lies in our ability to limit our choices in life, while simultaneously ensuring that our individual personalities are not limited to one style or manner of living.

Kesiva Vachasima Tova,

May you be you inscribed and sealed for a happy, sweet new year,

Rabbi Chaim

P.S. Join us at the new and beautiful Chabad of Uptown at The Pavilion on Post Oak for the High Holidays! Click <> here for more!


Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Chabad Lubavitch Center

10900 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77096

713-777-2000 | <>

Chabad of Uptown

1800 S. Post Oak Blvd. #140, Houston, TX 77056 713-419-3960 | <>




The concert will be rescheduled for November. We will publicize the details closer to the date. Stay safe and be sure to join us at the rescheduled event.

In the meantime, students and young adults are invited to join us at the SHOFAR FACTORY (make your own Shofar!) on Monday, September 22, 7 PM.

A message from... The Boss!!

Enjoy the postcard coming to your mailboxes... One of the best yet! :)

the mikvah dig

Dear Friends,
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It is not too late to join our weekly class! Current Torah Journey: Becoming Grounded, Thursdays 12-1:15 pm or 8-9 pm
Shabbos Parshas Shoftim
Friday, Sept. 5, Services 7:30 pm followed by dinner - YOU ARE WELCOME - RSVP
Shabbos, Sept. 6, Services 10:00 am (preceded by Kabbala Study Group at 9 am)
                            followed by a Traditional Shabbos Kiddush with the best cholent of course!
YOOD: Power Rock Trio - Do you have your tickets yet?!
The High Holidays are coming up! It is not too early to make your reservations with Chabad of Uptown. Click here.
In other news...
We will be in touch and hope to see y'all on Shabbos!

Kesiva Vachasima Tova,

May you be you inscribed and sealed for a happy, sweet new year,


Rabbi Chaim


P.S. Join us at the new and beautiful Chabad of Uptown at The Pavilion on Post Oak for the High Holidays! Click here for more!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
Chabad Lubavitch Center

Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77096
713-777-2000 |
Chabad of Uptown
1800 S. Post Oak Blvd. #140, Houston, TX 77056
713-419-3960 |

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