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A floral Chanukah

Dear Friends,

What an amazing time was had at the Chili Cookoff this past Sunday!! Thank to our whole team for making it happen! A special thanks to Michael Pasternak, Sheri Villaverde, Ady Fisberg, Tanya Kazansky, Mark Stern, Benjamin Bronstein, Orit Farkas and Aaron Friedman! The Chabad of Uptown booth was a big hit with music, 240 free ice cold Chabad Uptown water and (number undisclosed) beer. The best part was the over 50 people wrapping teffilin, three for the first time in their lives! Click here for the photos. We still have not covered our costs. Sponsorships for our team are still being accepted.

  That evening featured the kickoff of Israel 3D for JLI  Teens. It is not too late to join! Visit for more information!

This past Wednesday young professional  class was led by Matt Trusch. A fantastic evening was had at "Club 1019" Ethan & Aaron's place! (If you want to host a future class, please let us know...)

Chanukah is always a time for celebration. This year we will create a six foot FLOWER MENORAH created by our very own Ben Shamoolian of Houston Flowery. Look out for the promos...!

Next week will be the annual conference of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis. It is sure to an uplifting weekend as always. Chabad of Uptown will of course be open for services and programming as usual.

Please join us this Shabbos for another Uptown experience!

Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah
Friday, October 29
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle lighting at 6:20 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, October 30
Preprayer Torah Study at 9:00 am
Shacharis Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush with the best cholent this side of the Mississippi
Mincha at 6:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 7:14 pm

Looking forward to seeing you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Chili & teens this sunday, young pros @ club 1019!

Dear Friends,

The Chili Cookoff is HERE!! Come root for Chabad of Uptown at the Houston Kosher Chili Cookof this Sunday! A fantastic chili recipe has been prepared to lead our team to victory. You can still join our team as a server or sponsor of our booth

This Sunday will also kickoff the first of six classes of the first ever course Israel 3D as part of JLI Teens for Chabad of Uptown!  

 Wednesday's young professional class and social will be hosted by Ethan & Aaron at "Club 1019" with special guest Matt Trusch on the subject of miracles. Facebook event here.

The Shabbos day kiddush and cholent this week is sponsored by Ben Shamoolian in memory of his grandmother Shoshana bas Mordechai and Esther whose yartzeit is on 15 Cheshvan.

Shabbos Parshas Vayeira
Friday, October 22
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 6:27 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, October 23
Preprayer Kabbala Study 9:00 am
Shacharis Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by a Kaddish in memory of Shoshana bas Mordechai
Mincha at 6:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 7:20 pm

Looking forward to seeing you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

34 Miners

Dear Friends, 

As the dramatic rescue of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than 2,000 feet underground wound to a happy, indeed miraculous ending, one of the great and emblematic lines of the saga was delivered by a miner who sent a letter up on Tuesday, the day before he made the journey to the surface.

"There are actually 34 of us," 19-year-old Jimmy Sanchez wrote, "because God has never left us down here."

Amen, a watching world would agree.

As the dust settles and we head into the regular routine of life, it is refreshing to make the classes rounds, etc as we journey through the coming year.

Today brought two dump trucks of 28 tons of pea gravel to surface the area of the new playset, making it even safer for the children to run and play.... come check it out!

The coming week will bring:

  • An Historic Torah Welcoming Ceremony  at Chabad at Texas A&M this Sunday
  • JLI Teens first course - Israel 3D was met with much enthusiasm. Click here for photos of the BBQ and Joust preparty last sunday.
  • Our Wednesday evening (8:30 pm) young professional social and class is back in full swing with many in attendance.
  • We are back at the Thursday lunch hour (12 pm) and evening (8 pm) classes.
  • Chabad will be serving up a storm at the First Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff. Please let us know if you can volunteer to join our team with hanging and greeting at our tent for the cookoff and / helping with breakdown.
  • Also, preparing for the the CME & CLE accredited JLI Medicine & Morals course coming up, beginning Tuesday, October 26 (Rabbi Traxler will be the instructor).
  • Also, please save the date for our Gala evening to take place on Sunday, February 27 celebrating five years of activity in the Uptown area!

There have been requests to provide a Hebrew reading and comprehension course at Chabad of Uptown. If you would be interested is such a course, please let us know.

Now is the final hours to vote (again) for Rabbi Dovid Goldstein as the Jewish Community Hero! Click here and vote!

Schedule for Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha 
Friday, Oct. 15
Services at 6:30 pm
    Light Candles at 6:34 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, Oct. 16
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Shacharis Service at 10:00 am
    Followed  by Kiddush
Mincha at 6:35 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 7:27 pm

Wishing you a Good Shabbos!

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 and check the "Recurring" checkbox! Your little line item on your CC bill will go a long way to support Chabad!

Oh yeah, and check out my blog at

P.P.S. It was bad enough with all the phone numbers! Now, how do you keep track of all the websites?! 

New Winter Friday service times - Teens preparty this Sunday

Dear Friends,

Please note new Friday night times - 6:30 pm are now in effect throughout the winter - see below for full Shabbos schedule. 

What a Simchas Torah and what a celebration! Thanks to the approx. 100 who came out on Thursday, Simchas Torah eve, until 1:30 am (!!) as well as throughout the holiday to celebrate with us.... Dancing, singing... Nothing like the pure joy of simchas torah!

The Mailbag:

  • "That was an epic party! I was telling everybody!"
  • "Thanks for an awesome Simchat Torah"

 Coming up @ Uptown:


  • Chanie's aunt from Israel passed away over Yom Tov and she went to visit her father sitting Shiva in Brooklyn. Rabbi Chaim held down the fort with a trip to Saba's Pizza one night, and schnitzel on teh menu for night two.... Mom was back to deal with dinner: night three! :)
  • Mazel tov to Leah Schultz and her parents, Andrew & Andrea Schultz and the entire family upon Leah's upcoming Bas Mitzvah. May she grow to be a source of Jewish pride to her family and the entire community!

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Parshas Noach 
Friday, October 8

Services 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting 6:42 pm / RSVP for dinner
Shabbos October 9
Preprayer Kabbala Study ay 9:00 am
Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush with the best cholent this side of... (TBA).

Have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

P.S. It was bad enough with all the phone numbers! Now, how do you keep track of all the websites?! 

JLI Teens Trailer!

Israel 3D! - JLI FOR TEENS - BBQ this Sunday - win iPad!

Chabad of Uptown is excited to offer this new amazing program for Teens!
Please join our BBQ and Joust preparty on Sunday, Oct. 10! Click here for Facebook event - Win an iPad!

This October, join thousands of Jewish teens from around the world for an adventure of a lifetime!
Embark on a journey back in time to the beginning of Israel's existence! Meet great Jewish leaders who've battled their way to the Holy land and stand face-to-face with modern Israelis living in our homeland today!
Take a virtual tour of Israel's lush valleys and dry deserts; its splendid cities and tiny villages… follow the path of our forefathers to the old city and discover your connection with the Land of Israel!
Israel 3D
Click here for the youtube video!

» Team 2010-2011
Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, Instructor
Chanie Lazaroff
JLI Teens Interns
Michelle Silber, Lamar High School
Mellonee Sigust, Bellaire High School
Shira Zoldhelyi, Bellaire High School

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