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birthright, student shabbat & purim is coming!

Dear Friends,

Birthright Israel Trip
Registration for Spring/Summer Birthright trips to Israel opens TODAY, THURSDAY, Feb. 19, and will close soon after. We are planning to take a group and would love for you to join us! Check out for info on this awesome, FREE, trip and sign up fast because spots are extremely limited this season!

Thursday Night Cooking Club Thursday, 8:00 pm (Chanie's Kitchen)
Hang out and have fun while braiding challah, baking kugels and desserts, and more--tonight, Thursday night! Our Thirsty Thursday night cooking will make you hungry for come Friday night to feast on it all!

Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim-Shekalim Friday, 6:30 PM (Chabad of Uptown)
This Shabbat will be a Student Shabbat at Chabad of Uptown. Following services, young adults are invited to join us for a delicious home-made dinner on Friday night.

Friday: Services at 6:30 pm followed by dinner (please RSVP by email and on Facebook!) 
Candle lighting at 5:56 pm.


Purim Hakhel International Purim Party Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 PM (Chabad of Uptown)
This Purim, Chabad of Uptown withh feature Hakel-Year of Unity International Purim party with food and drinks from around the world! Look for the postcards in your mailboxes and stay tuned for more info! (If you are not getting old fashioned mail in your mailbox, you are not on our Uptown mailing list, send us your address! :))

In other news:

  • On February 6th, over 25 Houston Cougars headed over to the Chabad at Texas A&M hosted Intercollegiate Shabbaton weekend for the Texas Region. Over 180 students joined from Universities in Houston, Dallas, Austin and as far away as Oklahoma for the Grand Texas Shabbaton. More...
  • Chanie got back from the International Chabad Shluchos conference with over 2000 Rebbetzins, and Rabbi Chaim survived it! Luckily he remembered that Levi's diapers are meant to be changed at least once a day, even though it says on the package that they can reach 16-23 lbs., it is not recommended.
  • If you read until here you deserve to hear this inside information: Rumor has it that this Shabbos, Shevat 27, celebrates eight years since Rabbi Chaim and Chanie married. Wow time flies!

See ya Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

please join the Cotlars in Uptown this Shabbos!

Dear Friends,

Today is a very important date on the Chabad Calendar. If you have been to Chabad, you know that our organization was founded by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. The Rebbe was a visionary Jewish leader who inspired thousands of Jews all over the world to fnd meaning in their heritage and holy Torah. (You can learn more about the Rebbe at Today is the tenth of Shvat, which is the date, in 1950, that the Rebbe became the leader of the Chabad movement, after the passing of his father-in-law, the previous Rebbe .

This Shabbos takes our family to the Intercollegiate Shabbaton at Texas A&M in College Station. Rabbi Daniel & Eta Cotlar will lead the Shabbaton this Shabbos along with hosting the signature Uptown Shabbat dinner and buffet Kiddush Lunch!

When they’re not enjoying Shabbos at Chabad of Uptown…Daniel leads marketing at, and Eta is a gifted teacher and part of the all-star staff at Torah Day School.

They will be joined by their three children, Nosson, Mendel & Chani.

The schedule for this Shabbos Parshas Beshalach:

  • Friday: 
    Services, 6:30 pm followed by dinner - PLEASE RSVP! (Candle lighting at 5:45 pm)
  • Shabbos Day: 
    Morning Services at 10:00 am followed by kiddush lunch
    Mincha at 5:45 pm followed by informal Torah Study
    Maariv & Havdalla: 6:41 pm

 Other random stuff:

  • THIS SUNDAY: Chabad, the Consulate of Israel and the JCC will be putting on a Tu Beshvat program at 5pm in the lobby of the JCC. And what will you do this Sunday?
  • Classes on economy are going strong every Thursday... Where have you been? 12-1:15 pm lunch, 8-9 pm evening
  • This Shabbos and especially on Saturday night we will be living it up, like the kids we really are @ Chabad A&M where there will be inflatables, free t-shirts, cotton candy and a raffle for an IPOD Touch (among many other things)! Do you know someone who should be there?
  • You Be the Judge II: An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law will be offered at Chabad of Uptown with instructor Rabbi Moishe Traxler. Every Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 10.
  • Just like last year, and every year, Chanie is headed to the International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchos next Wednesday until Monday. Rabbi Chaim will be holding down the fort and would love for you to join him and keep him company next Shabbos at home....
  • Chabad in Houston joined thousands wordwide in over 300 communities for a uniting Hakhel lecture taught by taught by Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz, a Chabad-Lubavitch Chasid whom Time magazine once referred to as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar.”
  • Torah Day School has announced plans to offer new boys’ and girls’ divisions for its upper grades, beginning next fall. JHV report here.

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