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in other news

  • Putting finishing touched on the Chabad Lubavitch Center Dedication Dinner section of the website. It has integrated advanced online reservation system where people can select their own seats. Really slick!
  • Dr. Schroeder was very interesting. Kept us all rivetted to our seats!

See ya Shabbos!

scientist gerald shroeder shabbat dinner (& more)

The year is now in full swing.... we look forward to seeing you and joining our minyan (times below)!

Here is what is on the schedule to look out for in the coming weeks:

  • This Friday, we will have a special guest here for a speaking engagement for Rice University. MIT nuclear physicist and Hebrew University professor Gerald Schroeder will join us for Shabbos dinner and will share some science and Hashem thoughts - AND YOU CAN JOIN US TOO! Please RSVP. - Facebook
  • Wednesday nights  - Classes for young adults and professionals. 8:30-9:30 pm
  • Thursdays - Classes at 12-1:15 pm lunch hour, 8-9 pm evenings
  • Mommy & Me Fall Session - Begins Nov. 10 for six weeks. Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am, concluding with a special Chanuka Mommy & Me on Tues., Dec. 15.

In other family news

  • Rabbi Chaim heads out to the Annual Conference of Chabad Shluchim on the weekend of Nov. 13-14. (Of course, a dynamic someone will fill in to lead the Uptown Shabbos)!
  • Save the date for Levi's Upshernish - on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the evening.

In other Chabad news:

  • Chabad at UT will dedicate their newly renovated building off campus on Sunday, Nov. 1
  • Chabad Lubavitch Center, the Texas Regional Headquarters, will dedicate their building expansion and renovation on Sunday, Yud-Tes Kislev, Dec. 6.
  • There will be an array of Chabad activites planned throughout Chanukah! Uptown's "Chanukah in the chocolate factory" will be on Wed. night, Dec. 16...

Shabbos Parshas Noach

Friday, Oct. 23
6:26 pm Light Candles
6:30 pm Services
     Shabbos Dinner with Gerald Schroeder - RSVP

Shabbos, Oct. 24
9:00 am Kabbala Study
10:00 am Services
    Followed by kiddush
6:30 pm Mincha
7:19 pm Shabbos Ends

Looking forward to seeing you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

winter times are here.... check your tefillin and mezuzos!

On Monday morning I met a familiar old friend, yet he felt so cold and so distant. The embrace was one that was so warm and memorable, with a feeling of comfort even though we abruptly stopped seeing each other for such a long time. For the first time in 9 days since Erev Sukkos, I put on my good old friend, the tefillin. He was wrapped up in his familiar old cocoon style in his velvet home.

It was wonderful to join all of Kal Yisroel – as we hit the road of reality. For 23 days we cried and laughed, prayed and sang, focused introspectively and danced euphorically through the Days of Awe to the Days of Joy. And now we must translate these emotions and spiritual aspirations to the reality of daily life.

Ahhh, and what a wonderful Tishrei season it has been! We packed and celebrated in the giant Uptown sukkah with and without the rain. After a warm up of a lively Shemini Atzeres, the [first for Uptown] Simchas Torah celebration with over 80 people and until 1:30 am was one to remembered!

Now, as the inspiration winds down, we need to hit the trenches. We will garner the strength to carry on through the year inspired and uplifted to bring the spirituality into our daily lives.

The test? This Shabbos, “Shabbos Bereishis”. There is a Chassidic saying: As one sets oneself on Shabbos Bereishis so goes the rest of the year….

So….. :

Friday, Oct. 16
6:30 pm Services (notice new time!)

Shabbos, Oct. 17
8:30 am Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim
10:00 am Shacharis
            followed by Kiddush and farbrengen
6:30 pm Mincha
            Informal Torah Study
7:26 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends

Other stuff

  • According to halacha, mezuzos and tefillin should be checked twice every seven years. Some have the custom to inspect them annually.
    This Tuesday, Rabbi Faitel Lewin, a sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be available to check mezuzos and tefillin from midday Tuesday, October 20 8:00 am, through 12:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren Road.
    In order to accommodate all those who need items checked, please post a comment here as well as the number of mezuzos and pairs of tefillin to be checked. You may leave your items that morning (Oct. 20) in the Chabad of Fondren shul marked clearly with your name and cell number.
  • This Wednesday we will restart the popular Young Adults and Professionals Torah study group. Begins 8:30 pm
  • We will also be having a winter mommy and me session, stay tuned for more details.
  • We are humbled for all of your support in the recent “Jewish Community Heroes” campaign. The grass root social networking expresses the Chassidic concept of lamplighters. Light one candle, the candle can in turn light millions of others. They will now choose from 5 of the 20 semi-finalists and want to hear from you. Feel free to send them your thoughts and the running blog here.  
  • The aggie triplets came home this weekend. They are making a special welcome home Shabbat for them...

From the inbox:

  • My family and I were horned to participate in Shemini Atzeret Hakafot celebration last Saturday. It was a true spiritual experience for me personally. Thanks to your down to earth and outgoing personality, I found myself embraced in the joy of a true Jewish celebration, something that I have not had in a long time. [...] Please thank the Rebetzinn for her warm and generous hospitality
  • Thank you again for a wonderful simchat torah service and celebration; it was uplifting and a very positive experience.

We look forward to seeing you this Shabbos as well, may it be good year for everyone!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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