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Purim was a blast! Kiddush in honor of Adam & Clara Chaya Epstein

Pesach IS coming!
Sell your chametz, see our Pesach schedule and register for one of our delightful seders!!! 

Dear Friends,

WOW! What a week! Thank you to all of you joined us with close to 200 people at Purim Cafe at Aroma Classique! It was an amazing celebration on Sat. night, only finishing at 2:30 am! Some pics here...

The next morning (8am!) found a very motivated group for BLT, megillah reading and with Bagels, Lox and Tefillin!

Following that, we caught the tail end of the Chabad Hebrew School Purim party; then distributed the kids Mishloach Manos to their friends around town to make it just in time for the Megillah reading and Purim party at The Hampton at Post Oak with over 45 seniors and some of their family members; then on to the Galleria to bring some purim cheer to the Uptown fans scattered throughout the mall! (was that just one long-winded sentence?! well, so felt the day's journey as well). This was all while Chanie's brother also read the megillah for home bound seniors and then went up to College Station with the kids to read the megillah there and return for a family Purim feast and farbrengen until 2-3 am again! :). What. A. Purim.

See SOME some pictures here! (If you have more, please send them over - we were too busy to take proper pics! :)) 

So, now that we have recovered from Purim we are ready to keep going!

It was great to then meet the new couple Adam & Clara Chaya Epstein, son of Drs. Henry & Maxine Epstein. There will be a special kiddush this Shabbos in honor of the new couple.  See below. Please join us!

Today had quite a spread in a great front page article in the Jewish Herald Voice "Joyfully bringing Jews to Judaism: Chabad movement in Houston area continues to expand" profiling Rabbi Shimon & Chiena Lazaroff, Chabad of Uptown (yes, that's us), Rabbi Mendel & Leah Blecher for Chabad of The Woodlands (it was great to get to host them while they found housing and waited for their truck) and Rabbi Yossi & Esty Zaklikofsky for Chabad of Pearland and The Shul of Bellaire... It is a great read! Check it out!

WARNING: Torah Thought Ahead. 

In midst of the celebration of the Mishkan's final dedication, Aron son's Nadav and Avihu made some spiritual misconduct by inappropiately entering the Holy of Holies. Hashem sends a fire to consume them and they die. One can feel the pain and anguish of joy turned to tragedy with two (in English four) simple words of this week's parsha: "And Aaron was silent" (10:3). He accepted Hashem's word. The Midrash teaches that because Aaron was silent, he was rewarded that Hashem spoke exclusively to him (ordinarily Hashem spoke to Aaron only in conjunction with--or through--Moses).

Practical lesson: In youth, one learns to talk; in maturity, one learns to be silent. This is man's problem: that he learns to talk before he learns to be silent. (Rabbi Nachman of Breslav).

More at 

This week is known as "Parshas Parah". Some maintain that the obligation to read / hear Parshas Parah is mandated by the Torah. What is it?

The Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover. Links: The Parah reading w commentary  The Calf's Mother

Ok, back to the regular stuff. So join us for another fantastic Shabbos and reading of Parshas Parah!!

Friday, March 25
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 7:18 pm | RSVP for dinner! 

Shabbos, March 26
PrePrayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10:00 am
    Followed by kiddush sponsored by Drs. Henery & Maxine Epstein in honor of their son recent marriage, Adam & Clara Chaya Epstein! Please join us! (Hopefully cholent pot will not fail this week, and we will hold on to our claim of being the best this side of the Mississippi... :)) 
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:12 pm
Living Torah

See y'all on Shabbos!!!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

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Purim is Here!!!


Dear friends,

  • As you may have heard, this past Shabbat tragedy struck the heart of the Jewish people when a young family, a father, mother, and three children including a three month old infant, were brutally murdered by a heartless terrorist, while fast asleep at home in Itamar, Israel. The Fogel's surviving three children are sitting Shivah for their parents and siblings, while we, their brothers and sisters around the world, mourn with them. We mourn their loss that is a loss to all of Israel and a personal one as well, relatives of- for long and healthy years - Chagit Croock.
    As our Sages teach us - we must turn pain into action. We have provided an opportunity for you to write to the Fogel Family and share your condolences and mitzvah resolutions with the Fogel orphans. Let’s show Tamar (12), Ro'i (6) and Yishai (2 1/2) that though we have never met them, their family is our family, their loss is our loss – and that the beautiful lives of Udi (36), Ruth (34), Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (3 months) will live on forever. Let’s commit to a mitzvah, to live more caring and inspired lives, in memory of their pure and holy souls. On our website there is a space for you to write the children and/or Udi and Ruth’s parents and siblings. Our representatives in Israel will hand-deliver your letter to them. May we never know such sorrow again.
  • On a happier note, mazel tov to Dr. Henry & Dr. Maxine Epstein on the marriage of their son Adam to Clara Chaya (Ulitsky now) Epstein! May we only share simchos with each other!
  • Please help Chaya Mushka and Mendel walk to help special needs kids by sponsoring them and help them reach their big goals of $500! Visit for more info! 

Hamantashen? Check! Megillah? Check? Drinks and DRINKS? Check! Shmaltz herring?! Check! Food galore? Check! We are ready to roll for the all you can eat and drink Purim parties!

  • Purim will Purim like never before at Purim Cafe to be held on Sat. night at Aroma Classique! If you did not register yet, do it now and save yourself some cash to join the best Purim party in town!
  • We will also have a party for the whole family on Sunday morning at Chabad of Uptown following Shacharit at 8 am and Megillah reading at 9 am. See entire Purim Schedule online.
    • Half Shekel: Today was the Fast of Esther. It is customary to give three silver half dollars to charity in commemoration of the half shekel contributed by each Jew to the Holy Temple -- and which the Talmud credits as having counteracted the 10,000 silver coins Haman gave to King Achashverosh to obtain the royal decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people -- it is customary to give three coins in "half denomination" (e.g., the half-dollar coins) to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther. (If you have not done it yet, Rabbi Chaim will have some on him, so that all could purchase them from the Shul to use in observance of this custom). Links:  Parshat Shekalim; the mystical significance of the half-shekel.
    • Parshas Zachor: This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the Zachor reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. "Parshat Zachor" is the second of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Shekalim", "Parah" and "Hachodesh"). Links: The Zachor Reading with commentary. More on Amalek.
    • Purim observances need to be observed on Sunday, Purim day, after hearing the day reading of the Megillah. They include:
      a) Reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle.
      b) Giving to the poor (gifts of money should be given to at least two poor people).
      c) Sending gifts of food to friends (a minimum of two ready-to-eat foods to at least one friend).
      d) The Purim feast.
      We also recite the Al Hanissim prayer in the silent amida and grace after meals. Other customs include dressing up in disguising costumes and the traditional Purim food, the hamantash. For more detailed information, see links below. (In Jerusalem and other ancient walled cities, the festival is observed on Shushan Purim, this year on Monday --see entries for Adar 15.)

    • Here are some great Purim links! - Virtual Purim (a website offering the story of Purim, detailed How-To's, articles and essays, games, Purim songs and video clips, and a global Purim costume contest). A Purim anthology. The Book of Esther with commentary. 

So! Please join us for all of it!

Beginning with this Shabbos Zachor reading (see above) - this is one of the few biblically mandated Torah readings of the year - so be there! With the change to DST we will now be on the Friday night summer schedule with evening services through the summer at 7:30 pm.

Shabbos Zachor Parshas Tzav & Purim Schedule

Friday March 18
Services at 7:30 pm
    Light candles at 7:14 pm
Purim weekend Dinner at 8:30 pm RSVP at

Shabbos March 19
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9:00 am
Services at 10:00 am
    Torah Reading with Zachor at approx. 11 am
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:08 pm
Purim Cafe at Aroma Classique at 9:30 pm (Second reading for those who miss the first at 11:30 pm
(Purim Cafe Sponsored in part by Optimum Investments & Village Flowery - You can sponsor too! - see event RSVP form online)

Sunday, March 20
BLT (= Bagels, Lox & Tefillin w/ complete Shacharis and Torah reading this time) at 8:00 am 
Megillah Reading at 9:00 am
Party and reading for residents and family of The Hampton at Post Oak at 2:30 pm

Have a freilechen Purim!!!!

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan 

Change to DST - New Friday Night Service Time

We will now (from Friday, March 18) be on the Shabbat summer schedule of Friday night Shabbat service time at 7:30 pm! Join us!

Let's Purim! (You mean Pesach is also coming?)

Dear Friends,

Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim on the birth and bris of a nephew to his brother Zalmen (of NY)!

coffe macine.jpgThis past Sunday was a fantastic start for our new BLT (Bagels, Lox & Teffilin)! As a BLT perk (along with classes thoughout the week) we now also have a fully stocked Keurig coffee brewed-by-the-cup machine, compliments of Larry Scott! Our next BLT will be in conjunction with Purim on Sunday morning, March 20 at 8 am. Megillah reading to follow at 9 am.

That will be the morning after the grand Uptown Sat. Night Purim Party & Feast to take place on March 19 at Aroma Classique. You do not want to miss the party of the year! Reserve in advance and save!

Learn all about Purim and visit our megasite, chock full with recipes, games and multimedia at  

Reservations are already coming in for our fantastic Pesach seders. Space is very limited and we want to be sure that you, our closest friends, have a seat at our seder.... Last year we unfortunately had to turn away over 30 people for lack of space. If you would like to join us for a seder, please let us know ASAP, before we open registration to the public! The seders this year will be Monday & Tuesday evenings, April 18 & 19. In addition to our fast paced, upbeat, inspirational seder, this year we will also offer a seperate, longer, Seder with in-depth, kabbalistic insights by Matt & Yael Trusch. (Click here for feedback we received after last year's seder).

I have caved. Now Rabbi Chaim and Chabad of Uptown have become two seperate entities on Facebook! "LIKE" Chabad of Uptown and spread the word now at (Of course you should also follow us everywhere else, including

The Texas Shabbaton was featured in the Jewish Herald Voice and on

The Appreciation Dinner is still making waves, as the football themed party and videos now hit the international blog, read it here

Our Parsha states, A man who shall bring near of you an offering to G-d (1:2). The verse does not say, "a man of you who shall bring near an offering," but, "a man who shall bring near of you an offering"--the offering must come from within the person. It is the animal within man that must be "brought near" and elevated by the divine fire upon the Altar. (The Chassidic Masters, More at

Shabbos Parshas Vayikra 

Friday March 11
Services at 6:30 pm
    Light candles at 6:09 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos March 12
PrePrayer Kabbala Study
Services at 10:00 am 
    Followed by kiddush sponsored by Alan & Chagit Croock in honor of Mark Croock's "Bar Mitzvah Parsha Anniversary"!
Mincha at 6:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:03 pm
Living Torah

See you Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Sat. Night Purim Cafe @ Aroma Classique!

RSVP NOW! facebook-icon.gif  Join Event on Facebook!   

Purim Cafe! - The Famous Chabad of Uptown Purim Party - This year ar Aroam Classique! Sat Eve, March 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm  Enjoy an evening of fun, food and camaraderie Aroma Classique European Bakery Cafe 3953 Richmond Ave. (Corner Weslayan, across from Costco)

Win free dinner for two for best costume! 

Delicous Pasta, Falafel, Salad & Drink Bars Variety of Coffees, Teas & Desserts

Havdalla Ceremony! Megillah Reading! Hamantashen! L’chaims!

Advance $20 · At Door $25 · Sponsor $180

 To RSVP and for more information ,
call Rabbi Chaim & Chanie at 713-419-3960 or  

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Complete Chabad of Uptown Purim Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 18

Kabbalat Shabbat 7:30 pm
Shabbat Dinner 8:30 pm - $18 Adult | $10 Child

Saturday, March 19
Shacharit with Parshat Zachor 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Purim Cafe at Aroma Classique - 9:30 pm
Advance $20 · At Door $25 Sponsor $180

Sunday, March 20
Shacharit at 8:00 am | Megillah Reading at 9:00 am

The Hampton at Post Oak - 2929 Post Oak Blvd.
Megilla Reading & Celebration at 2:30 pm

For Purim celebrations and Megillah readings around town
(more will be added!)
click here !

For more information and reservations please contact
Rabbi Chaim or Chanie at: 713-419-3960 or

Celebrate Purim 1 

Addendum - BLT (Bagels, Lox & Teffilin) this Sunday!

1. Launching a new program THIS SUNDAY 9:30 am! Rosh Chodesh BLT (Bagels, Lox & Teffilin)! Rosh Chodesh tefiilin club, followed by breakfast! This Sunday, March 6, Rosh Chodesh Adar II, 9:30 am! (What? You are going to pass up a great sandwich?!)

2. SHALOM AMIGO! Aishel House Benefit Concert this Sunday at the Wortham Center with Yehuda Glantz! If you have not yet gotten your tickets, you can still purchase them online... (they will be waiting for you at Will Call). Sunday you can get tickets at the Wortham Center box office, as long as quantities last! Sunday, March 6, 2011, At the Wortham Center Sponsor’s reception 5:30 pm, Theater Opens 7:00 pm, Show starts 7:30 pm (sharp), TICKETS: or call 713-522-2004

3. Here are some samplers of the feedback from the big event!

  • Thank you the reception was fantastic but it doesnt compare to how fantastic you and Chanie are. The congregation of Uptown really appreciates everything you and your family does for all of us . Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! 
    • Well said!
    • I second [the] thoughts.  The evening was terrific and all in attendance had a grand time.
  • Beautiful beautiful event u put up
  • Hello Rabbi Chayim! Nice event the other day.
  • Hello Rabbi Chaim , I just wanted to let you and Chanie know that yr Chabbad event last nite was GREAT ! You both can be very proud of what you do for the Houston Jewish community ! Kol hakavod to you both and thank you a million times over .
  • All I can say is that credit must be given , where it is due ! Toda raba
  • Tonight was a wonderful event and as always its great to see you and your wife.
  • Very inspiring evening! May you have many years of continued success! I like the idea of shooting for the goalposts one inch at a time. Go for the touchdown!!! With much love and appreciation for everything you do
  • A very inspiring night. I'm not into football, but the speaker was awesome!!!
  • Strength 2 Strength!!! Yasher Koach!
  • Thanks for a wonderful evening.
  • Yasher koach again Rav Chaim & Chanie on outstanding dinner celebration/dedication & inspiration!/terrific ad journal - look forward to only smachot & best of health for all B"H
  • Thanks so much for having my brother and I at the Chabad Uptown event last night. I really had a great time listening to the speakers and talking to old friends.
  • What an amazing event!
  • This was so great! Speakers brought me to tears several times ( of happiness)
  • Thank you all...was amazing...
  • Great event tonight! Thank you!
  • We had such a nice night
  • Very nice...I like this a lot! :
  • Thnak you Rabbi Chaim for a great evening!
  • It was a beautiful evening. Walking out we said 'leave it to Chani and Chaim to make a tailgating party into a classy event' :)
  • what a lovely time. Great to see old and new friends!
  • who did the catering/staff? They were excellent
  • Great coverage of guests, the honorees, and of course, our rabbis.
  • Thank you Rabbi for a great evening. It was our privilege to attend.
  • Last night was absolutely perfect like every previous Uptown event! Thank you for all your dedication!
  • looks like your dinner was amazing! pretty jealous of the yumm looking food!
  • Amazing time last night!!!!!!

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

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie
Chabad Lubavitch Center
10900 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77096
713-777-2000 |
Chabad of Uptown
4311 Bettis Dr., Houston, TX 77027
713-419-3960 |
Learn Torah online, or choose from over 30 ongoing classes citywide at!


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Dear Friends,

Click here for all the pictures!!Wow! What an amazing evening! We could not have done it without your support! The football tailgate themed program and decor (& cars!) went impeciably only thanks to the hours of dedicated help from the committee.

Alan Veingrad was an inspiration, only improved when followed by some very touching words by our honorees. Click here for the pictures, the opening videos to the "big game" and the feature video.

This Shabbos, blessing the new month of Adar II, is also known Shabbos Parshas Shekalim. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple. The 1st of Adar marked the beginning of the collection of the shekalim. In commemoration, the Torah reading of the Shabbat that falls on or before Adar 1 is supplemented with the verses (Exodus 30:11-16) that relate G-d's commandment to Moses regarding the first giving of the half-shekel. "Parshat Shekalim" is the first of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Zachor", "Parah" and "Hachodesh") Links: The Shekalim Reading w commentary; Partner; Charity: an Anthology

Up next? Purim Cafe! To be held at Aroma Classique, please join us for an amazing evening out on the town Saturday night, March 19 at 9:30 pm. More information and RSVP at www.chabaduptown/purimcafe. Sponsorships are still available.

Friday, March 4
Services at 6:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 6:05 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, March 5 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10:00 am
     Followed by Kiddush sponsored in part by Lisa Streusand in memory of her son, Stanley Shimon Baruch ben Shalom Streusand, o.b.m.
Mincha at 6:05 am
Kabbala Study
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:59 pm
Living Torah Screening

See you on Shabbos! 

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

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