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Biblically Mandated Torah reading - MINYAN!

Dear Friends,

Purim is HERE!!!

What a weekend at the Intercollegiate Shabbaton at Texas A&M! Over 140 students from across Texas gathered for weekend of inspiration with over 35 from Houston alone! See some pictures taken before and after Shabbos here!

We got back in time to (run Hebrew School on Sunday morning) and join the Friendship walk with over 400 participants! A great thanks to all of you who sponsored Chaya Mushka and Mendel for their walk!

Monday morning found Rabbi Chaim headed to a Kosher certification conference in Dallas.... 

And the whirlwind of Purim is on its way!!!

Please join us for Purim Saturday Night Live at Chabad of Uptown  at 8 pm!!! It will be great fun, comedy and mitzvahs galore! Megilah Reading will begin at 8 pm sharp!

Make sure to do all four mitzvos ON SUNDAY: Megillah reading, 2 gifts of food to at least one person, 1 gift to at least two poor people and participate in a royal feast!!

But, first, this Shabbos is Parshas Zachor, a biblically mandated Torah reading, read once a year. WE REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICPATION TO ENSURE A MINYAN. Please try to make it to Shabbat morning services!

Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh & Zachor

Friday, Feb 26
Services at 6:30 pm
    (Candle Lighting at  6:01 pm)

Shabbat Feb. 27
Preprayer Torah Study 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10:00 am
    Torah Reading & Zachor @ approx. 11 am
    followed by kiddush
Mincha at 6:00 pm
Maariv at 6:55 pm
Havdalla, Megillah and Purim Bash at 8:00 pm!

We look forward to seeing you and a Freilechen Purim!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

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33% towards their goal!

  • WOW! I have never been at a double Pidyon Haben for two people, well it picked up steam and our Young Adults and Professionals group hosted a Pidyon Haben for FOUR of our participants! Mazel Tov to Eric Rubenstein, David Barsky, Brad Dennen and Leon Trakhtenberg on finally redeeming themselves!! Over 40 young professionals revelled over kabob, burgers and beer and learned the spiritual significance of the redemption of the firstborn!
  • 11 dozen eggs, 20 lbs of matbucha, 15 kugels, three cakes and more makes up Chanie's part of the cooking storm as we gear up for the Texas college shabbaton to be held this weekend at Chabad Student Center at Texas A&M in College Station! Over 120 students are expected from across Texas and even as far as Oklahoma as we celebrate Shabbat, sing, learn and experience a weekend to remember! We are still taking registrations at
    NO NEED TO FRET Chabad of Uptown will of course still be open for services, led by Matt and Yael Trusch... Please join them for a memorable weekend in Uptown!
  • This Sunday, the Friendship Circle is having their second annual fundrasing "walk". Chaya Mushka and Mendel have reached 33% of their $1000 fundraising goal! You can help them get even closer at! Join the walk on Sunday leaving from JFS and ending with a carnival at Emery Weiner School! More information and to register at
  • Don't forget to join us for the Uptown Purim Saturday Night Live! at 8 pm, next Sat. night Feb. 27. We are taking submittals for those who want to assist with stand-up comedy...! 

Shabbos Parshas Terumah
Friday, Feb. 19
Services 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting 5:55 pm - RSVP for dinner!

Saturday, Feb. 20
10:00 am Shacharit services
    Followed by Kiddush with Trusch special Kishke Cholent!
6:00 pm Mincha
6:50 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbat Ends

Have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 


Kiddush by Ben Shamoolian / Pidyon Haben

Dear Friends,

Upcoming stuff...

  • Thursday Chassidus classes on kabbalah approach to our mission on earth... 12-1:15 pm (lunch from Randalls) and 8-9 pm
  • Friday, Feb 12, Run (2 miles) and Wrap (teffilin) with the Rabbi at 6 am in Memorial Park followed by Bagels, Lox & Cream Cheese (and don't gain weight) :). RSVP for exact meeting location.
  • Wednesday, Feb 17, 8:30 pm Young professionals class on Pidyon Haben - we will celebrate the pidyon haben (redemption of the firstborn) of Eric Rubinstein and David Barsky or perhaps even more (see link if you qualify)! Taking part in a pidyon haben is considered a very big honor... Come celebrate with them and don't miss out! Click here for more on pidyon haben.
  • Not too late to register for the Grand Texas Intercollegiate Shabbaton Weekend!
  • Sponsor Chaya Mushka and Mendel to walk in the Friendship Walk benefiting the Friendship circle catering to children with special needs!
  • Purim is also around the corner, and of course, Chabad of Uptown will have its annual Purim Bash to remember! Saturday night live will begin at 8:00 pm!

In other news...

  • Chanie returned from the annual conference of 2500 Chabad Lubavitch shluchos with Chaya Mushka - inspired!
  • Rabbi Chaim held a small mezuzah placing ceremony at the Israeli Consulate this morning on their (new) front door together with Vice Consul General of Israel Belaynesh Zevadiah and "the king" of the Young Professionals group, Aaron Friedman.
  • Over 30 young professionals packed the house of Club 1019 for the Young Adults & Professionals class called "Stump D'Rabbi" where participants asked questions about religion, life, relationships… you name it, nothing was off color or off limits!
  • Thursday, 27 Shevat marks 9 days (or is it years?) since Rabbi Chaim & Chanie entered into the covenant of marriage on a brisk cold night on Eastern Parkway in NYC. Happy Anniversary. They are married. Just saying.
  • Rabbi Chaim is still sore 30 hrs after anesthetic from a filling for a fractured tooth (and talks like he has marbles in his mouth?). Whatever.... 

Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Mishpatim
Friday, Feb 12

Services 6:30 pm
 (Candle lighting 5:50 pm) Join us for dinner, just RSVP!
Shabbos Day, Feb 13
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim 8:30 am
Services 10:00 am
 Followed by special kiddush sponsored by Ben Shamoolian commemorating the yartzeit and in memory of his grandmother, Mazal bat Nissan, a"h

Mincha Service 5:50 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends 6:45 pm
Followed by screening of Living Torah Weekly Video Magazine

Looking forward to seeing you Shabbos,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


Home Alone For Shabbos...

Dear Friends,

  • An amazing Shabbat was had by all as close to 40 enjoyed each others company over traditional and new fruit at the Tu B'Shvat One Shabbat One World dinner. We were featured in the internationally syndicated story here!
  • The concert with Gad Elbaz was big hit! Great program, singer and of course cause (oh yeah, don't forget the amazing sushi at the pre-concert reception)!
  • Our Thursday study of the Chassidic discourse, Basi Legani, continues this week discussing the purpose of life in Earth. You can join at any time!
  • Next Wednesday, Feb. 10 8:30-9:30 pm, a special Young Adults & Professionals class will be held, called "Stump D'Rabbi". Just go ahead and make my day, ask! Questions about religion, life, relationships… you name it, nothing is off color or off limits! Submit anonymous questions or post them for all to see on the Facebook event wall and (finally) get them answered!! You can submit anonymous questions to Rabbi Chaim (only he gets these emails) at
  • Momentum is building up for the Grand Texas Intercollegiate Shabbaton Weekend at College Station where tons of student from tens of schools from around Texas and Oklahoma with converge at Texas A&M for an inspiring Shabbat. If you or someone you know want to join Rabbi Chaim & Chanie for an amazing weekend, visit!
  • Purim is also around the corner, and of course, Chabad of Uptown will have its annual Purim Bash to remember! Saturday night live will begin at 8:00 pm!
  • Chanie is in NYC with Chaya Mushka. Chanie is attending the annual conference of 2500 Chabad Lubavitch shluchos and Chaya Mushka will be with over 500 girls at the simultaneous conference for young Shluchos.... The conference is held each year on this freezing weekend, because Shabbos marks 22 Shevat, the yartzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Therefore, this weekend we will feature a reality Shabbat entitled "Three Rabbis and the babies, Home Alone for Shabbat"!

  • Come see what kind of Shabbos spread Rabbi Chaim can put out...
  • Come hear what his father and Chabad of Texas Regional Director, Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff has to share....
  • Come meet the newest Rabbi in town, Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofsky, Director of Chabad of Pearland!

Shabbos Parshas Yisro
Friday, Feb 5

Services 6:30 pm
 (Candle lighting 5:45 pm) Join Rabbi Chaim for dinner, just RSVP!
Shabbos Day, Feb 6
Preprayer Torah Study 9:00am
Services 10:00 am
 Followed by best cholent this side of the Hudson (Chanie is in NY, you know :))
Mincha Service 5:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends 6:40 pm
Followed by screening of Living Torah Weekly Video Magazine

Looking forward to (Rabbi Chaim & clan) seeing you Shabbos,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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