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week of consolation / transformation

 

Dear Friends,

As "the nine days" and "three weeks" have passed, it is time to transform this time of mourning to a time for rebuilding, spiritually and physically. Plans for our local "mikdash" (=shul portion of our new facility) are well underway, as we prepare the drawings for city review! A special thank you to Uri Ghelman of Habitat Construction and Moises Weber for their efforts in coordination and putting together the architectural and other plans!

Chabad Stuff

  • The mommy & me program has completed their third class with three classes left for the summer session. It's not too late to join. Visit the website for photos and more information!
  • The Lunch and Evening Torah Studies classes will resume this coming Thursday. Please join us. Click here for the class syllabus.
  • We are gearing up for the High Holidays and Sukkot & Simchas Torah at Chabad of Uptown! See www.chabaduptown.org for details, schedule and reservation information. A postcard will come in the mail with this theme:
    high holidays inspired promo.gif

Wishes

  • Our condolences goes out to the family of Ian Wilder upon his untimely passing this past Wednesday. His family accompanied him to be interred in Israel.
  • Our condolences are also extended to Alan Gover upon the passing of his mother Beatrice Shore, Libbi Brocho, Gover.
  • Mazel tov is extended to Aviad & Adi Hazan upon the birth of a baby boy!

Shabbos "Nachamu" Schedule

The Shabbat after the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu ("Shabbat of Consolation") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"). This is the first of the series of readings known as "The Seven of Consolation" read in the seven weeks from the Ninth of Av to Rosh Hashanah.
Links: The Intimate Estrangement; Consolation; Shabbat Nachmu

Friday, July 31

  • 7:30 pm Services
  • 7:58 pm Candle Lighting
  • Sermon: Vaetchanan: To Enter the Promised Land
    There have been times in everyone’s life when we’ve wanted something truly and deeply, only to find that in the end what we desired would not be ours. The heartbreak that results can sometimes be tempered by concluding that the object of our desire was really not good or healthy for us in the long run, physically or spiritually. But what if our desire was rooted in purity and holiness? What if what we wanted was only good? What if we devoted our entire lives to achieve a certain goal only to find that our hopes and dreams would not be fulfilled? It is therefore difficult to imagine a moment more tragic than the one in this week’s parsha where Moshe unsuccessfully pleads with G-d to be permitted to enter the Land of Israel. We’ll examine the source of Moshe’s desire and despair, and contrast it with the very different desires of the Jewish people who Moshe had led through the desert for 40 years.

Shabbos "Nachamu", August 1

  • 9:00 am PrePrayer Kabbailistic Insights
  • 10:00 am Shacharis
  • Sermon: What Ever Happened to Romance?
    It was considered the greatest holiday of the year, the day in ancient times which brought together many a Jewish couple. Yet the reason for this festival seems strange: it is the day they completed cutting firewood for the Altar.
    A deeper reflection on this episode teaches us the deepest feature necessary for a relationship: The ability to truly celebrate the life and success of your partner without the need to be the center of attention. You're looking for true romance? Discover the story of the 15th of Av. 
  • 8:00 pm Mincha
    Ethics of Our Fathers Chapter 3
  • 8:54 pm Maariv, Havdala & Shabbos Ends

Looking forward to seeing you!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

membership - it's your birthright!

You've Been Pre-Approved!

"But rabbi, I'm not a member!"

Too often I find these words (or thoughts) behind a resistance to participate in any Shul – even on the High Holidays. Obviously our Shul has to be financially sustainable – but at what expense?

So, in consultation with our trustees, chairman and treasurer :) we are launching "Birthright Membership".

This High Holiday season, every single Jew in the Galleria, River Oaks and Memorial areas and beyond - regardless of financial abilities, knowledge of the Hebrew Language and irrespective of religious observance (or lack thereof) - is being offered free membership and seats at Chabad of Uptown.

That's right, no fees, dues payment for seats or anything of the sort – You've been Pre Approved (read below for details of Pre Approval).

Why? Because at the end of the day you already are a member of the Jewish People so your "membership" in Shul is a birthright.

(Please note; this offer is to anyone who is not a member at ours or any other Shul previously.  If you are, we encourage you to continue your participation with your original community. )

So just go to our website, download and fill out the form and fax it in to confirm that you're on board.

Hoping to hear from you...

And on the subject of members and supporters, a very big thanks to the growing core of participating members of the Chai Club who keep us going, in every way.

Shabbat Chazon & Tisha B'Av Schedule

The Shabbat before the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon ("Shabbat of Vision") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"), which is the third of the series of readings known as "The Three of Rebuke." On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple; we may not see it with our physical eyes, but our souls see it, and are empowered to break free of our present state of galut (exile and spiritual displacement) and bring about the Redemption and the rebuilding of the Temple.

Friday, July 24
7:30 pm Evening Services

Shabbos Chazon, July 25
9:00 am Kabbalistic Insights
10:00 am Shacharis
    Followed by a kiddush with the best cholent this side of....
8:05 pm Mincha
    Class on Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 2
8:59 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends

Tisha B'Av Eve, Wednesday, July 29
8:17 pm Fast Begins
8:45 pm Maariv & Eichah Reading

Tisha B'Av, Thursday, July 30
Tefiilin worn in afternoon, See below.
Join us for services at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren.
8:42 pm Fast Ends

Tisha B'Av observes the mourning the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, (see "Today in Jewish History") we abstain from eating and drinking, bathing, the wearing of leather footwear, and marital relations--for the night and day of Av 9 (i.e., from sundown on Av 8 to nightfall on Av 9). It is customary to sit on the floor or a low seat until after mid-day on Thursday. Torah study is restricted to laws of mourning, passages describing the destruction of the Temple, and the like. The fast of Tishah B'Av begins this evening at sunset 8:17 . Some of the fast's mourning practices--such as refraining from Torah study other than texts related to the events and nature of the fast day--are observed beginning from midday today.
The final meal before the start of the fast, eaten shortly before sunset, is called seudah hamafseket. Only one cooked food is eaten at this meal, customarily an egg dipped in ashes.
"Eichah"--the Book of Lamentations--is read tonight in the synagogue after evening prayers.
 The tefillin are worn only during the afternoon Minchah prayers. (For more laws and customs see link below.)

Links:
Mitzvah Minute: Tisha b'Av
Laws of Tishah B'Av

 

Looking forward to seeing you!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. Please join the many others who joined our campaign for the "Chai Club"! Even your small monthly donation in multiples of (1-1000+ :)) Chai ($18+), helps Chabad of Uptown thrive! Please join today at www.chabadtexas.org/uptowndonate and check the "Chai Club" checkbox! Your little line item on your CC bill will go a long way to support Chabad!

High Holiday Schedule and RSVP now online

Click here for the complete schedule, information and RSVP form for the High Holiday services at Chabad of Uptown! This year it will be held at the Prosperity Bank building at 4299 San Felipe.

blessing the month and chazak!

Shabbas Mevarchim (Blessing of the new Month) will be augmented with the completion of the Book of Bamidbar with a resounding Chazak! Where will you be? :)

THIS SUNDAY: Eve of Entertainment with Stu Silver 7-8 pm (FREE!) @ Chabad Lubavitch Center - Join event on Facebook!

NEW COURSE THURSDAY: New Torah Studies course for the Book of Devarim begins this Thursday! Offered twice: 12 noon lunch class and in the evening from 8-9 pm - Join us!

Shabbos Parshas Matos-Massei
Friday
7:30 pm Services
    8:05 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos
8:30 am Book of Psalm Recitation
10:00 am Shacharis
    Followed by Kiddush & Shabbos Mevarchim Farbrengen
8:15 pm Mincha
    Class on Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 1
9:03 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends

Looking forward to seeing y'all on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 

golf, Singer kiddush and more

  • Please join us tommorow, Thursday evening at 9 pm, for a special kick-off meeting for an exciting Golf Tournament benefitting Chabad of Uptown. The meeting will be led by Sports & Law Talk Show Host (Sunday, 10-11am, 1070 KNTH) Ira H. Chenkin.
  • A special Kiddush will be held this Shabbos following Shacharis sponsored by Albert & Rosita Gaon and family in memory of their loving son, brother and dear father, Arturo Singer, a"h.
  • This Shabbos is also Rabbi Chaim's birthday, Tammuz 19. As is customary among Chabad Chasidim, the kiddush will also double as a "farbrengen" in honor of his birthday. For more about celebrating birthdays read: What is a Jewish Birthday? and related articles there on the right.

Shabbos, Parshas Pinchas
Friday

7:30 pm Services
    Candle Lighting at 8:07 pm

Shabbos
9:00 am Kabbalistic Insights
10:00 am Shacharis
    Followed by Kiddush in memory of Arturo Singer, a"h and in honor of Rabbi Chaim's birthday.
8:15 pm Mincha
    Class in Ethics of our Father, Chapter 6
9:05pm Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends

  • The Chai Club is growing! Are you a part of it? Add your monthly contribution here
  • Sunday night, July 19th, at 7-8pm, Zalman Velvel (AKA Stu) Silver, a bookwriter  and real estate guru and foreclosure specialist will be giving an engaging presentation, at Chabad Lubavitch Center assembly hall. Join the Facebook event here!
  • Tomorrow's Thursday Classes (12-1:15 pm and 8-9 pm)
    NO LUNCH AT NOON CLASS IN OBSERVANCE OF FAST OF 17 TAMMUZ
    (the beginning of the "Three Weeks")
    The class: Pinchas: Dividing The Land: A lesson in finding one’s true purpose
    Every Jewish man and woman has both a general purpose and individual purpose for living. The general purpose is the same for everyone: We are all meant to study Torah and perform mitzvoth, and thereby transform the world for the good by bringing a new level and intensity of G-dly light into the world. But each of us also has a unique individual purpose that we share with no one else. How then do we discover exactly what our unique personal reason for being is? In this week’s class we will examine the process of dividing the Land of Israel among the twelve tribes that is described in this week’s parsha. We will focus on the strange role of the lottery, the seemingly random process by means of which much of the Land was divided. We will show how the similarly random personal “lot” that has been assigned to us from Heaven replicates the lottery in the desert. By knowing how to identify what has been assigned to us, we can then come to understand why it has been so assigned. We will then know how to fulfill the personal purpose that is directly related to the specific portion that HaShem has allotted to us.

Mommy and Me Summer Session

Uptown Mommy & Me
Where Mommy & Child learn and have fun in a Jewish environment

These weekly workshops are for mother and baby from 3 months to two years of age.

Our Mommy & Me program offers a great opportunity to meet other moms, share experiences, discuss child growth and development.

Of course, the mothers and children will enjoy songs, music, games and arts & crafts. A great beginning to your child's Jewish education. You'll never want to miss a day!

Led by Chanie Lazaroff
With eleven years of experience in Judaic & Secular Early Childhood Education, Chanie is part of the outstanding preschool staff at the Torah Day School of Houston and director of the Chabad Hebrew School.
 
Summer Dates; Wednesdays, July 15-Aug. 19 @ 9:30-10:30 am 

Held at: Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis Drive

Ages: 3 mos. - 2 yrs.

Rates: $36 Summer Session, $7 per class

Click Here to Register Now!

Click here for more information.

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red, white & blue Shabbat

The uptown revolution continues!

  • You can still join the growing members of the Chai Club with your monthly contribution here!
  • Please join us next Thursday, after our evening Torah Studies class, for a special kick-off meeting for an exciting Golf Tournament benefitting Chabad of Uptown. The meeting will be led by Sports & Law Talk Show Host (Sunday, 11am-12pm, 1070 KNTH) Ira H. Chenkin.
  • Sunday night, July 19th, at 7-8pm, Zalman Velvel (AKA Stu) Silver, a bookwriter  and real estate guru and foreclosure specialist will be giving an engaging presentation, at Chabad Lubavitch Center assembly hall
  • The kids are enjoying Camp beyond words!
  • Have you laughed yet? Watch Hebrew School vs. HEBREW SCHOOL!

Shabbos, Parshas Chukas-Balak
Friday

7:30 pm Services
    Candle Lighting at 8:08 pm

Shabbos
9:00 am Kabbalistic Insights
10:00 am Shacharis
    Followed by Kiddush and Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen with best cholent this side of...
8:15 pm Mincha
    Class in Ethics of our Father, Chapter 5
9:07pm Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends
    Blessing of the Moon

Upcoming Thursday's Classes (12-1:15 pm and 8-9 pm)
Pichas: Dividing The Land: A lesson in finding one’s true purpose
Every Jewish man and woman has both a general purpose and individual purpose for living. The general purpose is the same for everyone: We are all meant to study Torah and perform mitzvoth, and thereby transform the world for the good by bringing a new level and intensity of G-dly light into the world. But each of us also has a unique individual purpose that we share with no one else. How then do we discover exactly what our unique personal reason for being is? In this week’s class we will examine the process of dividing the Land of Israel among the twelve tribes that is described in this week’s parsha. We will focus on the strange role of the lottery, the seemingly random process by means of which much of the Land was divided. We will show how the similarly random personal “lot” that has been assigned to us from Heaven replicates the lottery in the desert. By knowing how to identify what has been assigned to us, we can then come to understand why it has been so assigned. We will then know how to fulfill the personal purpose that is directly related to the specific portion that HaShem has allotted to us.

 

 

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