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The 2011 Recap

This has been a year of exciting developments, simchas and otherwise for Chabad of Uptown and our community. Check out the photo galleries for a review in pictures and enjoy the recap of some of the highlights from www.chabaduptown.org/blog....

  • Chanie overcame most of her allergy flare ups.
  • Sigal Melnik had her Bas Mitzvah
  • Avi Zoldhelyi had his Bar Mitzvah
  • A special One Shabbat
  • Hebrew Reading course with Matt Trusch
  • The Thursday Parsha classes became Tanya classes - a real journey
  • Chaya Mushka joined her first conference for Young Shluchim
  • Standing room only lecture on Tattoos and Body Art at Yom Limmud
  • Texas Intercollegiate Shabbos @ A&M with amazing attendance and program
  • Astounding response, turnout and feedback for our first ever Chabad of Uptown fundraiser with football player Alan Veingrad
  • Launch of BLT = Weekly Sunday Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
  • Fogel family murdered on friday night in Itamar, Israel
  • Over 200 join Purim @ Aroma Classique, first time Uptown morning minyan, 70 at The Hampton
  • Chabad of Uptown is featured in a long JHV article about Chabad's expansion in Houston
  • Dr. Henry & Maxine Epstein's son Adam marries Clara Chaya
  • Haim, Dorit & Ella Kamman join the community
  • Chaya Mushka and Mendel's team do well for the Friendship Walk
  • The Chabad of Uptown seders are sold out with 80 in attendance
  • Bluma is born on Erev Pesach and is named at out first minyan for firstborns
  • Rabbi Chaim runs the seder happenings with the assistance of the Trusch and Galperin (Chanie's parents and siblings) families while Chanie and Bluma are in the hospital
  • Post Holocaust Optimism lecture for Young Professionals at Eric Barvin's
  • Ilan & Juliette Melnik have their first child
  • Thoughts on OBL's death
  • Chabad of Uptown's property is platted, named and recorded in City Records
  • Betty Silverman passes away
  • 80 Young Professional join first ever Shabbat Under the Stars
  • Rabbi Chaim addresses City Police Day of Prayer and has an interesting moment with a K9
  • Lag B'omer Jamming Night
  • Over 60 join for Shavuos
  • Uptown Unity Torah in memory of Shmuel Goldberg commissioned by Sarah Ann Goldstein to be completed at Jan. 22, 2012. www.chabaduptown.org/torah
  • Gimmel Tammuz trip
  • The Berry Tragedy
  • Ben Shamooelian and Regina Levy announce their engagement (and married this past week).
  • Thoughts on the abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky
  • Young Professional Programming Conference
  • David Barsky and Brittany Horwitt announce their engagement
  • Leon Trakhtenberg and Rina Singer announce their engagement
  • 9 Av Eicha and film screening of Paper Clips with an introduction by Barbara Hales
  • Nir & Daphna Bublil have a baby girl, Ella.
  • Oren & Natalie Goldshtein marry in Israel
  • White Party for 50 Young Pros benefiting the Berrys'
  • Backstage minyan with Matisyhau
  • Summer Mommy & Me Session
  • Fajitas, Pappas, Nopalles and Tamales at Mexican Shabbat
  • Kick off of training the entire police academy on Jewish culture
  • Shofar Factory
  • Candle Lighting Magnet
  • Kick off of regular and focused monthly Young Professional Shabbos
  • Passing of Carolyn Epstein 
  • High Holidays at Hotel 31 with record attendance
  • Simchat Torah Dance Promo Film
  • Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars
  • Movie Ushpizin
  • Simchat Torah Celebrations
  • Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff
  • Passing of Guitel Melnik's father, Tzvi Felsenstein
  • Website goes mobile
  • Saul Kaye at Chabad House of Blues
  • Rabbi Chaim & Mendel go to International Conference
  • Introduce "First Friday" Shabbat for Young Adults & Professionals
  • Launch year-end campaign
  • Chanukah Class, Mommy & Me, Glow Party and Shabbat

">The following Chanukah (CHeineken) story and picture generated hundred of shares, likes and comments on Facebook and Twitter.... I share it now with you....

">ga.jpgSo I walk into Whole Foods and I ask for Hanukkah Candles. He takes me to the beer aisle and shows me the Heinkens. Oy! He asks, "is this for a holiday party?" I tell him yeah. First night: We drink one heineken. Second night? two heinekens.... Until the eighth night, when we do eight Heinekens! His eyes are growing and he asks, "Wow, how do I become Jewish?!" Happy CHeineken everybody! And thank you David R. for making it a reality!! :) (Oh, and the whole story didn't really happen, it is just part of my Whole Foods comedy routine)...

">Chabad of Houston had an amazing lineup of Chanukah events welcoming thousands to celebrate Chanukah. Check out www.chabadhouston.com/bulletin for some of the media stories it generated.

">Next Shabbos is our First Friday Shabbat for January for Young Adults & Professionals. "FIRST FRIDAYS" IS HERE! Every Shabbat is a celebration at Chabad of Uptown, but, the First Friday of each month is specifically for young professionals! Join Young Professionals for Cocktails and Shabbat Dinner! Please feel free to invite your friends, Ages 21-39. Friday Night Services: 6:30PM. Cocktails and Shabbat Meal: 7:30PM. Shabbat Dinner and Open Bar. $10 Before Wednesday at 6:00PM - $18 After RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner. Upcoming First Fridays dinner dates: Jan. 6, Feb 3, March 2, April 6 - Pesach Seder. On Facebook here.

">The Torah celebration journal deadline of Tuesday, January 6 is quickly approaching. Please get in your dedication (and event reservations) now at www.chabaduptown.org/torah

">The kids are enjoying their vacation and we hope you are too!

">Please join us for Shabbat as we usher in the new calendar year!

">Shabbat Hey Teves, Parshas Vayigash
Friday, December 30
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:13 pm | RSVP for www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner

">Shabbos, December 31
Preprayer Kabbala Study 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by kiddush and farbrengen marking Chassidic Holiday of Hey Teves
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:12 pm

">Have a good Shabbos!

">Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

The Last Day of Chanukah

Dear Friend,

Tonight we will kindle the 8th and final candle on the Menorah. Our Sages teach us that the tradition of lighting an additional candle each night of Chanukah demonstrates our obligation as Jews to grow each and every day

As an organization Chabad has grown in size and impact. Our plans for growth continue into 2012. As the year draws to a close please challenge yourself to grow in your giving. 

Dig deep and join our End of Year Campaign!

There are many methods to contributing year end, all of which can benefit you on your tax return.

You may want to make your donation go even further by considering a dedication in our new Torah to be completed on Sunday, January 22. A “Weekly Torah Portion” dedication includes a full page ad, an opportunity to inscribe one of the final letters with the scribe and two reservations to the VIP reception which promises to be a very memorable celebration. All dedications of any amount are appreciated, and each one will receive a beautiful personalized commemorative certificate that will make a great Chanukah gift for yourself, for your family and for your friends. www.chabaduptown.org/torah

Here are some methods of giving that you should consider at year end. Remember that donations to Chabad of Uptown are 100% tax deductive (speak to your accountant to see how this will benefit you on your return).

Auto Donation - If you are planning to purchase a new vehicle in the next few months donating it to Chabad can bring you a greater value on your tax return. Your tax donation value would be evaluated based on www.KBB.com while selling it on the open market may bring you 30-40% of that value.

Real Estate Donation - You may have real estate that has depreciated in value. You can get the full appraised value for that real estate even if you couldn't sell it for that amount.

Appreciated Stock - Due to the shifts in the market over the past year you may have appreciated stock. Donating (transferring) the appreciated stock directly to Chabad helps you avoid capital gains tax while getting you a donation credit at 100% of the stock value.

Cash (or check or credit card) - Of course good old fashion donations via check, credit card or wire transfer to Chabad all can benefit you on your tax return. Speak to your tax advisor to see exactly how your contribution can benefit you. Donations to Chabad can be made via website www.chabaduptown.org/donate, Paypal or via mail. Feel free to email or call if you need more information.

Airline Miles - Donating airline miles or AMEX award miles or similar award programs is now considered a charitable contribution eligible to be deducted on your taxes. For this or for information on any other contribution please contact me by replying to this email.

The real value of your contribution is above and beyond the cash value as your dollars are directed to helping us achieve our mission to inspire every Jew regardless of affiliation or background and to provide opportunities for Jewish education and experience.

Best wishes for a Happy Chanukah, I hope to see you at the Chanukah festivities at Chabad of Uptown and even more activities all around Houston!

May you and yours be blessed with material success in the New Year and blessings for health and nachas.

Rabbi Chaim

www.chabaduptown.org/donate

P.S. Take part in a piece of history as we complete the Shmuel Goldberg Unity Torah with a parade open to the entire community!www.chabaduptown.org/torah

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Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
Chabad of Uptown
4311 Bettis Drive, Houston, TX 77027
713-419-3960 | www.chabaduptown.org
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Chanukah Shabbat!

Wow! What a week! Chanukah events galore, and of course our own Chabad of Uptown Glow in the Dark Chanukah went off with a glow! (Did I say glow?) Over 130 Uptownians joined us for some glow fun, crafts, and more to the beat of a disco ball! Thank you Mendel Lazaroff for the great idea! Thanks to Ron Mart & Rivital Yadin for helping out with the lighting decor, Simon & Guy Simani for helping set up and Ariel Lipski & Susie Eshet for manning the registration!

It is not too late to join us for Chanukah Shabbat! Please RSVP online at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner

More events are still scheduled for the Houston area! Check them out at www.chabadhouston.com/menorah

Mazel Tov to Ben Shamoolian and Regina Levy on their upcoming wedding next week in NY! May it be with many blessings for an everlasting Jewish home! 

Upcoming:

Shabbos Chanukah & Mevarchim Teves, Parshas Mikeitz
Friday, Dec. 23

Services 6:30 pm
Chanukah Candles THEN Shabbat Candles before 5:09 pm | Chanukah Shabbat Dinner - RSVP!

Shabbos, Dec. 24
Tehillim 8:30 am
Shacharis 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim & Chanukah Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha 5:10 pm
Maariv, Chanukah Candles, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends 6:08 pm
(At home - Havdalla and then Chanukah candles)

Sunday, Dec. 25
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:30 am
Living Torah

With wishes for a festive and meaningful Chanukah,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Good Yom Tov!

  • Chanukah is right around the corner! There will be many great events to attend, of course we look forward to seeing at our annual Chanukah party, this year with a Glow in the Dark theme! Come get great door prizes, including light up menorah necklaces! Register in advance and help us prepare accordingly! www.chabaduptown.org/glow for the RSVP links for
    Chanukah Mommy & Me, Glow in the Dark Chanukah and Chanukah Shabbat Dinner!
    Click here for the complete listing of the many Chabad events offered around Houston!
  • Do you, or someone you know, need a menorah? We have menorah kits for you! It comes with a menorah, candles, blessings and a dreidle. For a minimum contribution of $1 you will have it made!! :)
  • Today is Yud Tes Kislev when Chassidim joyfully celebrate today and tomorrow as the Rosh Hashanah ("new year") of Chassidism (see "Today in Jewish History"), with farbrengens (Chassidic gatherings) and an increased commitment to the ways and teachings of Chassidism. We begin anew the yearly cycle of the daily study of the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman's major Chassidic work (as part of the "Chitas" daily study program.) Tanya classes are on schedule for today at noon, but, not this evening. Links: The Longer Shorter Way; Today's Tanya Lesson
    Our family will be joining the Chabad Lubavitch Center for a 19 Kislev dinner at 6:30 pm. Let us know if you would like to join us.
  • We are very thankful for the wonderful response we have received to our Torah dedication fundraiser! Get in on a piece of history and dedication a letter, word, verse, parsha, Chumash (or more) in our  new Torah! www.chabaduptown.org/torah.
    Your donation in December will also count towards our year end campaign. You can dedicate in the Torah, or you may just want to make a contribution to our year end campaign at www.chabaduptown.org/donate.

Shabbos Parshas Vayeishev
Friday, December 16

Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle lighting at 5:06 pm | RSVP for www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner

Shabbos , December 17
PrePrayer Kabbala Study of Torah Or at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by kiddush with the best cholent this side of... um, we shall see
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:05 pm
Living Torah 15 min. Video of inspiration for the week

With best wishes of a Happy Chanukah!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 


 

Looking for a Perfect Chanukah Gift?

Dear Friend,

Chanukah, the holiday of light, begins one week from today, on Tuesday evening, December 20. Chabad is all about spreading the light. The light of our tradition to all regardless of affiliation, background or spiritual inclination.

As you prepare your Menorah to bring light into your world, please consider helping us in our endeavors to bring that same light into the homes and lives of every Jew in our community.

Join our End of Year Campaign!

There are many methods to contributing year end, all of which can benefit you on your tax return.

You may want to make your donation go even further by considering a dedication in our new Torah to be completed on Sunday, January 22. A “Weekly Torah Portion” dedication includes a full page ad, an opportunity to inscribe one of the final letters with the scribe and two reservations to the VIP reception which promises to be a very memorable celebration. All dedications of any amount are appreciated, and each one will receive a beautiful personalized commemorative certificate that will make a great Chanukah gift for yourself, for your family and for your friends. www.chabaduptown.org/torah

Here are some methods of giving that you should consider at year end. Remember that donations to Chabad of Uptown are 100% tax deductive (speak to your accountant to see how this will benefit you on your return).

Auto Donation - If you are planning to purchase a new vehicle in the next few months donating it to Chabad can bring you a greater value on your tax return. Your tax donation value would be evaluated based on www.KBB.com while selling it on the open market may bring you 30-40% of that value.

Real Estate Donation - You may have real estate that has depreciated in value. You can get the full appraised value for that real estate even if you couldn't sell it for that amount.

Appreciated Stock - Due to the shifts in the market over the past year you may have appreciated stock. Donating (transferring) the appreciated stock directly to Chabad helps you avoid capital gains tax while getting you a donation credit at 100% of the stock value.

Cash (or check or credit card) - Of course good old fashion donations via check, credit card or wire transfer to Chabad all can benefit you on your tax return. Speak to your tax advisor to see exactly how your contribution can benefit you. Donations to Chabad can be made via website www.chabaduptown.org/donate, Paypal or via mail. Feel free to email or call if you need more information.

Airline Miles - Donating airline miles or AMEX award miles or similar award programs is now considered a charitable contribution eligible to be deducted on your taxes. For this or for information on any other contribution please contact me by replying to this email.

The real value of your contribution is above and beyond the cash value as your dollars are directed to helping us achieve our mission to inspire every Jew regardless of affiliation or background and to provide opportunities for Jewish education and experience.

Best wishes for a Happy Chanukah, I hope to see you at the Chanukah festivities at Chabad of Uptown and even more activities all around Houston!

May you and yours be blessed with material success in the New Year and blessings for health and nachas.

Rabbi Chaim

www.chabaduptown.org/donate

P.S. Take part in a piece of history as we complete the Shmuel Goldberg Unity Torah with a parade open to the entire community!www.chabaduptown.org/torah 

**********************************
Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
Chabad of Uptown
4311 Bettis Drive, Houston, TX 77027
713-419-3960 | www.chabaduptown.org
***********************************


 

Happiness is a serious problem

A beautiful Shabbos dinner was had with a packed house for our First of First Friday Shabbats for Chabad's Young Adults and Professionals. Although every Shabbos is a celebration at Chabad of Uptown, mark your calendars for our next First Friday, January 6!

We have also got the four great Chanukah happenings at Chabad of Uptown:

Other Uptown area Chanukah events include the dedication of a masterpiece menorah to be installed at The Galleria and an inaugural lighting on the first night of Chanukah, Tues. Dec. 20, followed by a Car Menorah parade leaving from Chabad of Uptown to the Memorial City Mall Chanukah Wonderland. See a complete listing of events happening everywhere, every time around Houston, in Texas and around the world at www.chabaduptown.org/holidays/chanukah/Lighting_listing.htm

Be a part of history  and join our Unity Torah campaign. www.chabaduptown.org/torah.

It's December. Now is the time to support your favorite non-profits. Please consider Chabad of Uptown in your year end giving at www.chabaduptown.org/donate.  

Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach

Friday, December 9
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm | RSVP for Shabbos dinner

Shabbos, December 10 
Preprayer Chassidus Kabbala Study of Torah Or at 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by kiddush and 14 Kislev Chassidic Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:03 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, December 11
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:30 am

See ya on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Find Waldo when The Lord Spoke

kinus 5772 - can you find me or waldo?The International Conference of Shluchim was an absolute inspiration. (Can you find me? :)) Seeing old and making new friends, learning and sharing ideas and spending time with family all comes to a crescendo with the closing banquet with close to 5000 Rabbis and supporters under one roof. If you were not able to see it live, we have posted recordings of some the speeches, most notably England Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Visit www.chabaduptown.org/132865.

One of the messages of Rabbi Sacks was that the Rebbe was a great leader. He pointed out "That a good leader creates terry lewis and layn bowers teffilin.jpgfollowers, but a great leader creates leaders". Indeed, this past weekend, in the absence of Chabad shluchim, members are inspired to lead and teach themselves. We thought that you may enjoy this captured moment, as Terry Lewis assists Layn Bowers to put on tefillin at the weekly Sunday morning Chabad of Uptown signature BLT (= bagels, lox and tefillin) in the absence of Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff who was attending the annual conference of shluchim. :)

SHABBAT DINNER FOR YOUNG PROS: We have now gone to a simple format for our young adults and professionals Shabbos dinner. They will now be held the first Friday of every month. It is not too late to register! www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner See who is coming by clicking here!

Special thank you to Ethan Melloul for hosting this week's class (7 life lessons from Angry Birds) for young professionals! Falafel dinner was great too. To sponsor or host a class at your place, please let us know!

This week you should get the Chanukah postcard, including information on the Pre-Chanukah Mommy & Me (Dec. 19), Chanukah Glow in the Dark (Dec. 21), Chanukah Shabbat (Dec. 23). You can RSVP for them all online here.

You should also receive the beautiful invitation to our annual fundraiser the the dedication of our new Torah on Sunday, January 22. As indicated, a “Weekly Torah Portion” dedication includes a full page ad, an opportunity to inscribe one of the final letters with the scribe and two reservations to the VIP reception which promises to be a very memorable celebration. All dedications of any amount are appreciated, and each one will receive a beautiful personalized commemorative certificate that will make a great gift for yourself, for your family and for your friends. More at www.chabaduptown.org/torah

If you do not receive our mailings, please do let us know, we would be happy to add your to our "analog" mail list!

Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei
Friday, Dec. 2
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm | RSVP for young professional Shabbat dinner

Shabbos, Dec. 3
Preprayer Chassidus Study (Torah Ohr) at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by lunch kiddush
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm
Living Torah 15 min Video - Inspiration for the week!

Sunday, Dec. 4
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:30 am - JOIN US!!

See you on Shabbos, y'all!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 

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