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shabbos in israel!

Dear Friends,

WOW the week flies by!

These past weeks rains have finally filled the Mikvahs at Chabad on Fondren after a long winter drought! The dish Mikvah is now open and the new Women's beautiful Mikvah is almost complete!

As I viewed the film of a young american boy making aliya and joining the army, at the moving Yom Hazikaron ceremony held by the Israeli Consulate, I could not help but think about my youngest brother Shmuly. Shmuly, 22, has also made aliya and has joined the Tzahal special forces, and is currently undergoing rigourous extensive training. May Hashem protect him along with all of the Tzahal and Klal Yisroel. Among the many victims counted this year, we also recount the tragic attack at Mumbai where six our dear friends at he Chabad House were killed along with the Rabbi & Rebbetzin Holtzberg, a"h may Hashem avenge their blood.

Mazel Tov to my sister Chassi and husband Hirsh Meilech Rivkin of Morristown, NJ upon the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel Tov to Marc & EllenAnn Sands upon the Bar-Mitzvah anniversary of their son Sam. He did a wonderful job reading the Torah for us this past Shabbos at Chabad of Uptown.

Mazel Tov to Mrs. Rivka Fishman who has just won the 2009 Irving L Samuels Outstanding Teacher Award for Judaic Studies.  This is awarded each year to an outstanding Jewish day school educator, chosen from among all the Jewish Day Schools in the city. Mrs. Fishman has been teaching at Torah Day School for 10 years and has contributed to the Jewish community through her Teen Club, Girls’ Organization (G.O.) and many other extracurricular programs. Mrs. Fishman will be heading the middle and high school girls’ division for Torah Day School next year. The award ceremony will be held at TDS on May 20.

This Shabbos we will have many special guests on Friday night for an Israeli themed Shabbat. Please join us for the minyan and / of RSVP for dinner!

Shabbos Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim

Friday, May 1:

  • 7:30 pm Shabbos Services & Count Omer
  • 7:40 pm Candle Lighting
  • 8:30 pm Shabbos Dinner - Israeli Style!

Shabbos, May 2:

  • 9:00 am PrePrayer Chassidus Study
  • 10:00 am Shacharis
  • 11:00 am approx. Torah Reading
  • followed by Buffet Kiddush
  • 7:45 pm Mincha
  • Ethics of Our Fathers, Chapter 3
  • 8:37 pm Maariv, Count Omer & Havdalla
  • Kiddush Levana - Weather permitting

Join us this week for our Thursday Class at 12-1:15 pm or 8-9 pm! This week's topic:
Acharei-Kedoshim: Looking Upward, Downward & Forward
There is one day a year that practically every Jew is aware of: Yom Kippur. Most Jews make the effort to be in synagogue for at least part of the day, and fast, pray and reinvigorate their spiritual energy for the coming year. Much of the prayer service on Yom Kippur recalls the Temple service on this day, and many of the day’s instructions for the High Priest appear in this week’s Torah portion. But the parsha concludes with a seemingly unrelated topic — the dos and don’ts of our most intimate relationships, and refers to some of mankind’s lowliest behaviors. In this week’s class we will learn how these subjects are not contradictory, but compliment each other. Their juxtaposition is fully in keeping with the Torah’s objective of having us be mindful every day of the year of the spiritual heights that we should aspire to, the aspects of the material world that we can elevate, as well as the mundane depths of human behavior that we must avoid descending to. 

Save the Dates for Shavuos!

  • All night Torah learning, Thursday, May 28!
  • 10 Commandment Torah reading and Ice Cream Party on Friday, May 29!

Looking forward to seeing you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


THIS WEEK: Sam Sands Bar Mitzvah Anniversary

Dear Friends,

GREAT NEWS! We have added this weekend to the Uptown Shabbos schedule in honor of the Bar Mitzvah Anniversary of Sam Sands and Rosh Chodesh Iyar! He will read from the Torah the same Torah portion he read at his Bar-Mitzvah.

Please join this week (AND NEXT WEEK) for another wonderful Uptown Shabbos and come hear Sam Sands read beautifully from the Torah!

Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzorah

Rosh Chodesh Iyar, Friday, April 24

  • 7:30 pm Mincha and Friday Night Services and Counting of Omer
  • 8:30 pm Shabbat Dinner - Please RSVP

Shabbos April 25

  • 9:00 am PreShacharis Chassidus Study
  • 10:00 am Shacharis Services
  • 11:00 am approx. Torah Reading by Sam Sands
  • Musaf Rosh Chodesh followed by Kiddush Buffet Lunch
  • 7:45 pm Mincha
  • Study of Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 2
  • 8:32 pm Maariv & Havdalla

Looking forward to seeing you this Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. A new JLI course will be offered at Chabad of Uptown the first week of May. More info here: The instructor will be Rabbi Moishe Traxler. Please join the fascinating course!

P. P. S. Please join us for our Thursday Torah Study classes offered at two times, at lunch 12-1:15 pm and evening at 8-9 pm. This week's class:

Tazria-Metzora: Brit Milah-The Essence of Judaism
One of the most celebrated and universally observed mitzvot in Judaism is the brit milah, the circumcision. It results in the entry of the soul into the body of the infant boy, and symbolizes the entry of the child into the Jewish nation. Yet it is somewhat of a paradox that this greatest of mitzvot is done to a child who is simply too young to appreciate it. This baby boy only feels the pain, but experiences none of the gain. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to celebrate the brit at his Bar Mitzvah when he has the ability to begin to understand this amazing connection? In today’s class we will study the mitzvah of brit milah in depth, and see how the very lack of intention and awareness on the part of the infant creates a truly unbreakable bond between the soul and its Creator. 


the pesach marathon - shabbos in Uptown

Dear Friends,

So Pesach is trucking along with family and friends. If the four cups of wine, (fifth for Eliyahu), three Matzos and dipping twice is all about numbers, then here is our Pesach numbers:

  • 3 News videos feature Levi Lazaroff at the Blessing of the Sun: Houston Chronicle, KHOU, Jewish Herald Voice (full news report here).
  • 75 guests at our home for
  • the two seders ate close to
  • 18 pounds of handmade shmura matzah and
  • drank up four cases of wine.
  • 345 guests collectivley participated in
  • the four Houston area seders led by Chabad
  • (including 20 at the all new Chabad of Pearland!)
  • I will not tire you with the details of the numbers of
  • hundreds of pounds of eggs, potatoes, chicken, diapers and more consumed, but, allow me to say
  • it was alot!
  • Oh yeah, and our kids loved playing with the kids of Chanie's visiting sister Esti and husband Shnuer Greenberg of Chabad Commerce, MI.

Anyhow, we are looking forward to enjoying our last days of Pesach at home with more (Lazaroff side) family and friends. You are more than welcome to join us and for services (including tonight all night study 12 am and YIZKOR Thursday at 11:15 am) at Chabad on Fondren. Schedule here.

THE GOOD NEWS: This Shabbos Parshas Shemini is UPTOWN AGAIN! :) Please join for another wonderful Shabbos!

Friday, April 17:

  • 7:30 pm - Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat Services - Counting of Omer
  • 7:32 pm - Candle Lighting
  • 8:30 pm - Friday Night Dinner - Please join & RSVP

Shabbos, April 18:

  • 8:30 am - Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim
  • 10:00 am - Shacharis Service and Blessing of New Month
  • Followed by Kiddush buffet lunch and Farbrengen
  • 7:35 pm - Mincha
  • Study of Ethics of Our Fathers, Chapter 1
  • 8:27 pm - Maariv and Havdalla

Have a good Yom Tov and we look forward to seeing you!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


the great one! - uptown shabbos hagadol

Dear Friends,

This week, Shabbos Hagadol Parshas Tzav, we will be at Uptown!! yay!!

Here is the schedule:

Friday, April 3:

  • Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:23 pm
  • Services: 7:30 pm followed by dinner

Shabbos, April 4:

  • Preprayer Kabbala & Chassidus Class: 9:00 am
  • Morning Services: 10:00 am
    Torah Reading: approx. 11:00 am
    Followed by a buffet lunch kiddush
  • Mincha: 7:30 pm
  • Shabbos Hagadol Recitation of the Haggada
    The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later (see "Today in Jewish History"). Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to " kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.
  • Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos ends:  8:18 pm
  • Kiddush Levana - Blessing of the Moon (weather permitting)

As our new Uptown home was not ready for Pesach, we will be celebrating Pesach at home near Chabad on Fondren. You are welcome to join us at Chabad on Fondren for the services over Pesach. Please join us at our home for our Pesach seder. We would love to have you, just drop us a line or call! Our next Uptown Shabbos will continue to follow the bi-weekly schedule, on April 17 & 18 following Pesach.

Below is the complete service schedule (print and post :)) for Chabad Lubavitch Center at 10900 Fondren Road and also available at There are some VERY IMPORTANT NOTES & DATES to keep on your schedule. Unique for this year is the once in 28 year Blessing of the Sun to be held at 8:30 am at the JCC on Wed., April 8 (Facebook Event here):

REMINDER: The class of 28 years - TOMORROW!

 It only happens once in 28 years...

The next time it will be this way, will be in 2541.

When Jews gather on 8th April will it have an environmental impact? Could this historic ocassion possibly herald the start of a new Global era?

The Kabbalah of solar energy TOMORROW will open your eyes- don't miss!


12-1:15 pm - Lunch class (lunch optional for $10 - from Sabas - 713-270-SABA)

8-9 pm - Evening class

See u there!

Rabbi Chaim

P.S. Shabbat at Uptown this week, hope to see u there!

Join the once in 28 year, Birchas Hachama event @ JCC, Wed., April 8, 8:30 am! 

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