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Hakafot & Yizkor - Last Days

Dear Friends,

A beautiful first days of the Yom Tov was had with over 65 attending Sukkot dinner under the stars and tens more joining for the festivities over the three day marathon. The new playground was also a big hit! Special thanks to our juniors Dan Melnik and Mendel Lazaroff who accompanied Mark Stern and Rabbi Chaim on a tour of the Galleria on Yom Tov, helping over 40 people make the blessing over the Lulav and Etrog!

Mazel Tov to Leonid & Margarita Kalmanovich on the birth of TWINS - a baby boy and girl! The girl was named Dana at the Torah on the first day of Yom Tov.

Rave reviews have been pouring in on our Simchat Torah dance video that has gone viral. Have YOU seen it yet? Click here!

We look forward to seeing you at any and all of our great events over the last days of the holiday!


  • Wed. Sept 29 - (Warm up) Hakafot to conincide with Israel's Simchat Torah 7 / 8 pm
  • Thurs. Sept 30 - Yizkor approx. 12:15 pm & Grand Hakafot 7 / 8 pm
    Kiddush sponsored in part by Ben Shamoolian of Houston Flowery
    Fantastic Buffet, Flags for the Kids, Special Hakafot "Around the World"!
    ** Children's Hakafa at 8:30 pm **
  • Fri. Oct. 1 - Services and Hakafot 10 am

Complete schedule below and at

 Chag Sameach!

 Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 Complete Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Schedule

Wed., Sept. 29 - Shemini Atzeret
Make Eruv Tavshilin
- 6:53 pm Light Holiday Candles
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services
Hakafot-celebratory dancing  
This one is only the warm up - to connect with Israel! (See main hakafot below).

Thurs., Sept. 30 -  Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
- 10:00 am Morning Services
- 12:15 pm Yizkor  
    - Teffilas Geshem
    - Say Goodbye to Sukkah

- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services
Grand Hakafot-celebratory dancing   - This one is the real deal! 
Join event on Facebook here !
- After 7:45 pm Light Candles    

 Fri., Oct. 1 -Simchat Torah
- 10:00 am Morning Services
    Hakafot-celebratory dancing
    Mincha after Hakafot
BEFORE 6:50 pm Light Shabbat Candles
- 7:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat

 Sat., Oct. 2 - Shabbat Bereishit
- 8:30 am Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim
- 10:00 am Morning Services
    Followed by Kiddush and Farbrengen
- 6:50 pm Mincha
- 7:42 pm Maariv Havdalla and Shabbat Ends
    Living Torah Video 


Sukkah Available for Public Use

Feel free to use our fantastic sukka - the only one in the Galleria area! Free wifi is also available in the Suakkah! Send SMS to 713-419-3960 for Wifi information and passcode.

On Sukkah permits and playgrounds... (& Yom Kippur roundup)

Dear Friends,

Wow! What a special month, filled with awe, love and joy (oh yeah, and too many eamils)! We were humbled by the close to 200 who crossed Chabad of Uptown's doors for services over Yom Kippur. May this year be a year of health and prosperity to us all.

Here is some samples of our mailbag:

"Thank you (and of course Chanie) so much for an amazing service... for Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur." Comment: "I second that!"

"So how do we wrap up the Yom Tovim with Rabbi Chaim and Chabad up town?We laughed, cried, laughed some more, whispered, yelled, sung, danced and even prayed. The Rabbi's sermons were well thought, written well and remarkably delivered. Topics covered everything from Zionism, Holocaust, vacations, relationships, traditions, politics (some), convictions, Tfila and the meaning of the Torah. We learned about the Jews from Chelm, the Russian optimist, the Schlimazel, Schlemiel and Nudnik, Israeli rules regarding refrigerator imports and much more. All and all - A wonderful uplifting spiritual and entertaining chagim that certainly will start the year off an a Peak. Yishar Coach!"

 "To the great rabbi in the world! Thanks for fascinating yom kipur! It is amazing how you turn this day every year to unique with so much meaning."

"Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff always opens my mind to new thoughts and hopes. To hear Danny Gavin chant is amazing."

After spending many hours making the rounds at the City of Houston permitting (for those in the know, here is how it all went down in the last 24 hours - Front Desk, One Stop, Structural, Occupancy, Planning, One Stop, Express Pay, Computer Bank, Express Pay, One Stop, Habitability, Express Pay, Habitability, Express Pay) we finally secured  the permit for our sukkah! Please join us!

We are also happy to report that a brand new play set (complete with three swings, rock climbing, slide - and most importantly the coolest tower) partially sponsored by Benny & Valerie Katz has been installed alongside the sukkah for non-stop fun! 

The Sukkot under the Stars dinner will be fantastic! Are you joining us? - RSVP

Please see complete First Days of Sukkot Schedule below.

Our new debut of "Where in the world in Chabad dancing?" has taken off with rave reviews! Have you watched our Simchat Torah Two Minute Short yet? Watch it and share with your friends!

And of course, we look forward to you joining us at the Simchat Torah Celebration(s)! The Thursday night main hakafot kiddush is sponsored by Ben Shamoolian of Houston Flowery. Sponsorships of Shemini Atzeret (Wed. night), Simchat Torah (Friday) day Hakafot and Shabbos mevarchim Cheshvan Parshat Bereishis are still available.

Also, look out for our all new program for Teens. Our first JLI Teens course, "Israel 3D" will begin in October! Check out for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the many programs over the next week! 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

First Day Sukkat Service Schedule at Chabad of Uptown 

Wed., Sept. 22  
    Make Eruv Tavshilin 
- 7:01 pm Light Holiday Candles 
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services  
- 8:00 pm Sukkot Holiday Community Dinner - Under the Stars! - RSVP 
             Join event on Facebook here

Thurs., Sept. 23 
- 10:00 am Morning Services  
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use  
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv)   
After 7:53 pm Light Holiday Candles 

Fri., Sept. 24 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog available for public use  
BEFORE 6:59 pm Light Shabbat Candles 
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat 

Sat., Sept. 25
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- No Lulav  
- 7:00 pm Mincha 
- 7:51 pm Maariv, Havdalla (In Sukkah) and Shabbat Ends 
    - Living Torah Video 

 Complete Simchas Torah Schedule here



SHORT VIDEO: Where in the world is Chabad Dancin'?

Check this new vid brought to you by Chabad of Uptown! 

NEWS: Pay for one night, keep the room 'till 9 pm!

We look forward to seeing y'all Yom Kippur!

Yom Kippur Classes: Unveiling the Essential Oneness of Life
Please join one of three times to learn about Yom Kippur!
Young Pros: Tonight, Wed. at 8:30 pm
Lunch hour: Tomorrow, Thurs. at noon
Evening Community Class: Tomorrow, Thurs. at 8 pm

Hotel Accomodations
For those thinking of taking a room with us, the Holiday Inn has agreed to allow one night's reservation to stay until 9pm checkout! HI Galleria Reservations: 713-961-1640.

Services: FREE!
Break Fast: FREE!
Hotel: $89 bucks. Period.
Total Inspiration: Priceless!

Yizkor Booklet
We will be mentioning the deceased at Yizkor, we can include the names of your loved ones, click here to submit your names and donation.

Schedule for Yom Kippur
Friday, Sept. 17

Light candles at: 7:07 pm
Kol Nidrei: 7:15 pm 
    Childrens' Program: 7:15-8:15 pm

Shabbat, Sept. 18
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
    Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm
    - Yizkor: approx. 12:30 pm
Mincha Service: 5:15 pm
Neilah Service: 6:45 pm
Havdalla & Break the Fast Light Buffet: 8:00 pm 

See ya there!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. Final call for Lulav & Etrog! Please reply if you would like a complete set with an Etrog from the Calabria Italy variety for $100.

P.P.S. Sponsorhsips are available to help pay for a new playground structure and putting up our HUGE sukkah. Please let us know if you like to participate! 

FREE yourself with FREE uplifting Yom Kippur Services

Dear Friends,

What an uplifitng, memorable weekend with many peak moments to take with us for our entire year!

From the mailbag: 

  • Great Rosh Hashana as usual, thank you and the Lazaroff family.
  • Rabbi, the service was very memorable this year. we really enjoyed. Thank you! 
  • A personal message that Rosh Hashana at the Holiday Inn was beautiful and memorable. The sermons were funny, inspirational and uplifting. May Chabad of Uptown go from strength to strength!

Please join us for a memorable Yom Kippur! Uplifiting and instructional services, sermons, childrens' programs and a fantastic break fast - ALL FREE! (Hebrew NOT required!)

Make it a getaway and stay for at the *High* Holiday Inn - Galleria for the weekend for only $89 a night! (Code: CUP)

Complete schedule, reserved seats and hotel information at

From our family to yours, Gmar Chasima Tova!
May you be sealed for a Happy and Sweet New Year!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

P.S. Our regular Wednesday (young professional) and Thursday (parsha) classes are on schedule - please join us! 

Is it Rosh Hashana Already?!

Dear Friends,

What a great evening with our Young Professionals network, crafting shofars from the raw material and learning the meaning and sounds at the Shofar Factory!!!.... Photos are up here

Mazel Tov to Jonathan Mcallister and Felix Schigel who will be celebrating their Bar Mitzvahs this Monday. May they be a source of prife to their entire families! 

We look forward on having a most meaningful and uplifting Rosh Hashana, beginning this Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn. Complete adults and youth service schedule, candle lighting schedules, dinners, hotel rates and RSVP information can be found at Our Sept. 1 RSVP deadline for the Rosh Hashana Dinners was yesterday. If you still intend on joining us, it is important to let us know ASAP so we can plan accordingly. 

You can find a wealth of information, guides, recipes, games, e-cards, multimedia and so much more on our High Holiday section of the website at Check it out!

According to the Baal Shem, "G-d Himself blesses the month of Tishrei, and it is with the power of this blessing that the people of Israel bless the other months of the year." This Shabbos is known as Shabbos Mevarchim, Shabbos Selichos. Each month, on the Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh, we bless the upcoming new month with a special blessing recited in the synagogue. The one exception is this Shabbos: although it proceeds Rosh Hashanah -- which is also the first day of the month of Tishrei -- we do not recite the special "blessing for the month," just as all other Rosh Chodesh elements are absent from the Rosh Hashanah prayers and observances. Although the formal blessing is not recited, we fulfill the other customs of Shabbat Mevarchim Hachodesh ("the Shabbat that blesses the new month"), reciting the Book of Psalms before morning prayers and conducting farbrengens.

The series of Selichos ("supplication") prayers recited in preparation for the "Days of Awe" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin this Saturday night, after midnight (after the Ashkenazic custom; the Sephardic community begins on the 1st of Elul). On subsequent days, the custom is to recite the Selichos in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers, each morning up to and including Elul 29, the eve of Rosh Hashanah. You are more than welcome to join Rabbi Chaim at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Sat. night at 1 am for the first of the set of four Selichos to be said betwee this Shabbos and Rosh Hashana. Links: More on Selichot

Shabbos Parshas Netzavim-Vayelech

Friday, Sept 3
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting 7:25 pm / RSVP for dinner 

Shabbos, Sept. 4
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10:00 am / Hashem to Bless new month! (see above).
    Followed by kiddush
Mincha at 7:25 pm
    Final week of Ethics of our Fathers Chapters 5 & 6.
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:17 pm
"Midnight" Selichos (Sat. night) at 1 am

Good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie  


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