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Chanuka is HERE!!

Dear Friends,

Tonight is the "New Year" the Rosh Hashana of Chassidus. For more on this and an amazing new section for the Tanya on our website, visit and

Please register ASAP for the floral Chanukah party, Chanukah Shabbat and / or Chanukah Mommy & Me. More and links at 

Visit our Chanukah mega site with everything you need for the holidays! Guides, multimedia, recipes and fun for the kids!!!

We look forward to seeing you on Shabbos!

Shabbos Parshas Vayeshev

Friday, November 26
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:05 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbat, November 27
Pre Prayer Torah Study at 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by kiddush
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at  6:01 pm

We look forward to seeing you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 


Celebrating recent birthdays and Save the date Dinner Feb 27

Dear Friends,

Last week's visit up to NJ / NY was very uplifting. We spent Shabbos in a hotel in NJ with Rabbi Chaim's grandmother and her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild (RC's great-niece). It was wonderful to sit and talk and catch up and see everyone for a weekend. DSCF1629.JPG 

Chanie's 30th birthday was Sunday so it was a special treat to visit the Ohel on her birthday and see her parents in Brooklyn as well before we returned to Houston!

Mazel tov to Sarcalem and Belaynesh Zevadia Adigeh (Former Vice Consul General of Israel) upon the birth of TWIN BOYS! May they grow to give much nachas to their family and entire nation of Israel! 

This week you should find the postcard for Chanukah with Chabad of Uptown in your mailboxes.

Floral Menorah - First night Wed. Dec. 1 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Chanukah Shabbat Dinner - Third night Dec. 3 | 7:30 pm
Mommy & Me -  Sixth day, Wed. Dec 8 | 9:30 - 10:30 pm

Also, an event you do not want to miss is the citywide event, Chanukah on Ice! This year at Discovery Green in Downtown (across from the George R. Brown Convention Center) on Sunday, Dec 5 at 6-8 pm! More info here

Here is a listing for many more fun happenings for Chanukah around Houston:

Please save the date for February 27, 2011 when we will celebrate five years of Chabad of Uptown's activity in the area. Committee are forming now, please let us know if you would like to join!

This week we will celebrate Chanie's 30th and Leon Trakhtenberg's recent birthdays! Please join us wishing them a L'chaim for a fantastic year!

 Please join us for Shabbos!

Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach 
Friday, November 19
Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:07 pm

Shabbos, November 20
Preprayer Torah Study at 8:30 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by kiddush with best cholent this side of the Mississippi!
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm

See you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

The Trusches are BACK! :)

Dear Friends,

The International Conference of Shluchim was an amazing uplifting weekend.

Here is the NY Times article I wrote about last week: 90 Chefs, 340 Waiters and a Sea of Rabbis.

Last minute plans will find us back to NY in commemoration of Rabbi Chaim's grandfather, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schapiro's, o.b.m., fifth yartzeit tonight on the fifth of Kislev and Chanie's 30th birthday on Sunday the seventh of Kislev. Special thanks to the aggies Rabbi Yoosi & Manya Lazaroff for watching the clan.

Please join Matt & Yael Trusch as they lead yet another inspiring Uptown Shabbos!! 

Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei

Friday, Nov. 12
6:30 pm Services
    5:10 pm Candle Lighting / RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, Nov. 13
9:00 am Preprayer Torah Study
10:00 am Services 
    Followed by Kiddush
5:15 pm Mincha
6:05 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends

Have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 


Watch me @ /live on Sunday

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the big apple! I am sitting with thousands of Chabad Rabbis from around the world, concluding the first day of workshops, inspiration and camaraderie. A complete weekend will follow concluding with a banquet with 4500 Shluchim, supporters and friends of Chabad. Read about the conference at It is dubbed the largest sit down full course dinner in NYC! (I bumped into a NY Times correspondent that is covering a story on this herculean production).The banquet will be held this Sunday evening and broadcast live at

Our Flower Menorah Chanukah program is going to be a budding display of nature! We will also have a Chanukah Shabbat and a special Chanukah Mommy & Me as well. See

Save the date for Chabad of Uptown fifth anniversary evening of entertainment to be held on Sunday, February 27. It is going to a fun evening you do not want to miss!

Please join Chanie and the family and guest Rabbi Yehudah & Menuchah Cagen as they to lead another signature Uptown Shabbos with dinner and the best cholent this side of the Mississippi!

Shabbos Parshas Toldos
Shabbos Mevarchim Kislev

Friday, Nov 5
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 6:15 pm

Shabbos, Nov. 6
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 pm
Services at 10:00 am
    Followed by Kiddush with the best Cholent
Mincha at 6:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:09 pm

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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