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December Dilemma

Dear Friends,

Each year at this time a dilemma arises. A different dilemma though then you might be thinking about. This dilemma is about how to distribute the dollars that have been allocated for Tzedakah (charity) before the year is out. The reason this often takes place in December is because the IRS allows contributions made before December 31st to be considered for a deduction against your taxes for that year.

This year unfortunately many people are not experiencing this dilemma. The current state of the economy has hurt many peoples savings, their jobs, and sadly our positive upbeat American and Jewish state of mind.

It is my prayer that if you are one of those that have been hurt by the current economy that things turn around for you in the coming year. It is my fervent wish that the worst is over and that we can only share good news moving forward.
 
If you are among the fortunate ones that the December Dilemma still applies to you, I hope you'll consider Chabad of Uptown in your year end contributions.
 
You see, Chabad of Uptown is ever more important in these troubled times. In times of challenge people look towards us and other similarly important organizations for moral support even more perhaps then when things are good. People look for hope! They hope to see that although the major "pillars" of our economic stability may crumble, the organizations dedicated to Torah, G-D and the Jewish people, the "other" Pillars stand strong and thrive.
 
This year, Chabad of Uptown has grown tremendously, including moving to a location of its own, the expansion of activities catering to young professionals and other programs. These activities have broadened the base and impact of Chabad of Uptown on the surrounding neighborhoods and broader Jewish community.
 
With all the growth, we have all been responsibe, cutting our expenses and being extremely watchful of every dollar spent. Chabad has always been known for stretching a dollar and we are now stretching that same dollar to new tensions. We still need you! We are still struggling to pay our bills, but, there are still a few hours left to the end of the year. You can help!

Please click here and make a year end donation. Help us with stability in the New Year by clicking here and joining our monthly donor club by checking off the "recurring donation" check box.

Chabad can accept, Cash, Credit Card, Check, Stock Transfer, as well as donations of automobiles, boats or real estate.
 
My prayers for all of us for a New Year of financial stability as well health and nachas!
 
G-D bless you!
 
Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

chanukah finale! and in the press!!

Wow! Chanukah was amazing! (If anyone has pictures of our Chocolate factory... please share it - our camera was unavailable that night...)

We WILL have our regular services as we wrap up Chanukah.

We will NOT have Shabbat dinner or lunch, due to the Lazaroff family just getting over the flu and we do not want to spread it...

  • Friday 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat (Light Chanukah and Shabbat candles BEFORE 5:08 pm)
  • Shabbat 10:00 am Shacharit Services
  • 5:15 pm Mincha
  • 6:05 pm Maariv & Havdalla

This morning we had our second R&R. Run and wRap with the Rabbi! 2 mile run, onion-pepper-mushroom-salsa-omlet-burrito, teffilin & we got the day going!! (r u joining R&R next week?!) THANKS MATT & ANDY!

Chabad of Uptown in the news....

Chabad of Uptown was featured on the front page of the Houston Chronicle local section:
http://www.chron.com/disp/photo.mpl/photos/19634905/rabbi-chaim-lazaroff-of-chabad-of-uptown-gets-help.html 

Channel 39 featured our Chocolate factory live:
http://www.39online.com/news/local/kiah-chocolate-menorah-story,0,4119976.story

AP article mentions the Chocolate menorah:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20091130/ap_tr_ge/us_travel_brief_hanukkah_1

Other Chabad in the News....
 
Nice write up before Chanukah on Menorah parades:
 
Sugar Land Menorah Lighting:
 
Pearland Olive Press:
 
Pearland Menorah Lighting:
 
See ya Shabbos!
 
Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Parking info @ Judah Maccabee's factory

Judah Maccabee's factory has limited parking. There are some parking spaces in the street, but, there are MANY parking spaces one block away at our remote parking marked at Prosperity Bank for Chabad of Uptown at the corner of San Felipe & Briarglen. See www.chabaduptown.org for the map.

Please bring limited bags. Security measures will be in effect.

Looking forward to seeing y'all there!!!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

chanukah @ uptown is here!

WOW! This past week was on a high with a beautiful gala on Sunday benefitting the newly dedicated Chabad Lubavitch Center and decorated with flowers sponsored by our very own Ben Shamoolian of Houston Flowery. Then we had the Tuesday upshern of Levi - he is now a big boy!!

We look forward to having you join us this week for one of these fantastic Chanuka programs, see below for details! As always, Friday night services are at 6:30 pm and Shabbat morning Shabbos mevarchim tehillim at 8:30 am, Services at 10 am followed by Kiddush and Farbrengen.

Remember to light the menorah BEFORE shabbos candles to be lit at 5:05 pm.  Although services are at 6:30 pm, we will light the menorah at 5:00 pm, you are welcome to join us.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. Our condolences are extended to Dr. Samantha Bousiques upon the passing of her father in France. She may be reached at 713-834-4404. May we all only share happy occasions.

dinner, upshern, chanukah - in Associated Press!!

Dear Friends,

We look forward to a very eventful two weeks headed our way....

Friday night services at 6:30 pm (Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm), Shabbos morning at 10:00 am. Shabbos ends 6:01 with Havdalla.

Sunday night is the culmination of our many weeks of hard work with the dedication dinner for Chabad Lubavitch Center. There are still a few seats left to help represent Uptown at the historic and memorable dinner honoring Dr. David & Bayla Cotlar and Dr. Irving & Miriam Fishman! Visit www.chabadtexas.org/dinner and rsvp. Be sure to mention Rabbi Chaim & Chanie in the comments to be seated with the Uptown crew!

Tuesday night, we look forward to the long anticipated three year old Levi's haircut. May he grow to be true inspiration for Klal Yisroel and continue to give nachas to his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and the whole community.

Next Friday night, Dec. 11, is Chanukah Shabbat, with a special Chanukah Shabbat dinner at Chabad of Uptown. Please RSVP!

Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9:30-10:30 am is a special Chanukah Mommy & Me session....

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm is the Uptown Chanukah party of Judah Maccabee and the Chocolate factory with a menorah made of choclate, candy and donuts! See the Associated Press article that ran in many papers around the country about our party here! 450 Chocolate donuts are on the way!!! :)

Links to RSVP for all three Uptown Chanukah events are all here.

Of course, as special Chanukah lunch and learn and evening classes on Dec. 17 as well.

To see information for other Texas events, including the great ChanukahFest at City Hall on Sunday and Hoops on Chanukah with the Houston Rockets (& Pistons) on Monday see here.

Have a great Shabbos and we look forward to seeing you a LOT over the next few weeks!! :)

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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