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On Dinners and Prayers

  • Mega Holiday Site
  • Week's recap Mommy & Me / Shofar Factory
  • Young Pros Cocktails & Shabbat Dinner
  • RSVP for High Holidays at Hotel 31
  • Our holiday sponsors & you
  • Shabbos Candle lighting Magnet
  • Order your Lulav & Esrog
  • Prayer at Rebbe's Ohel
  • Shabbos Schedule
  • Selichot at Fondren
  • BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

We are almost there! This Shabbos, the final weekend of the Jewish year, is known as Shabbos selichot. We make our final Elul preparations before Rosh Hashana. Check out our mega site for everything you need for the High Holidays at

Recap: We closed out this last week with completing the summer session of Mommy & Me. The Shofar fabrication and blowing workshop was pretty awesome where we all got to toot our own horn!

YOUNG PROS: If you are a young professional in your 20s or 30s, we hope you plan to join us for this momentous weekend of introspection. Our final Young Adult & Professional Cocktails & Shabbat dinner, tomorrow night at 8:30 pm! - It is not too late to join and hang our with friends and perhaps make some new ones!! RSVP at and on Facebook!

Although the RSVP deadline for the Rosh Hashana dinners has passed, we do have a few spots available. Please check out the complete schedule and RSVP for the dinners online at We look forward to a packed house and starting off the new year on a high note (pun intended)! :)

We would like to thank Saba's Kosher Restaraunt for sponsoring a major portion of the pastries for the kiddushim on the holiday. We would also like to thank event sponsors, the Buzis. You can be an event or kiddush sponsor too! Just click on the RSVP form and be an event or kiddush sponsor in honor or in memory of an occasion or loved one!

By now you should have gotten the Shabbos candle lighting schedule (refrigerator or anywhere else) magnet sponsored in part by Houston & Village Flowery. We hope you enjoy it and patronize our sponsor! If you have not received one, please do let us know, we will be sure to get you one right away!

Order your Lulav & Esrog! Get your very own set, from the coveted orchards of Calabria (Yanover) Italy. These esrogs are guaranteed that the etrog is from a tree that was inspected to ascertain that it is "purebred." This is one of the reasons why many prefer to use an etrog that comes from the Italian province of Calabria, also known as "Yanover" etrogs. The etrog orchards in this region have been providing etrogs for centuries and are known to be of untainted pedigree. More... You can get your own set, but you need to order by this Sunday, Sept. 25 at

Rabbi Chaim will be making an overnight visit to the Ohel on Sunday evening returning Monday morning. If you would like it would be an honor to bring a prayer on your behalf (or you can come along... :)). Please provide your complete and mother's Hebrew name and prayer you would like to include.

On the day before Rosh Hashanah it is customary to visit the graves of tzaddikim (righteous, saintly people) and there to pray for a sweet new year. We ask the tzaddikim to intercede On High on our behalf, and we pray to G‑d to have mercy on us in the merit of these righteous people at whose resting places we are standing. Today, many gather en masse on this day at the resting place of the Rebbe in the Queens borough of New York City (the "Ohel"). If you can't make it there on this auspicious day, you can email or fax a note with your blessing requests which will be placed by the Ohel. Click here for instructions how to do so.

Shabbos Selichos, Parshas Netzavim-Vayelech

Friday, Sept. 23
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Young Pros dinner!
Candle Lighting at 7:00 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 24
Recitation of entire Tehilim at 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush and special Shabbos Selichos Farbrengen, of course with the best cholent this side of....
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 5 & 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:53 pm
Screening of Living Torah

Selichot at 1 am - Join Rabbi Chaim @ Chabad main center at 10900 Fondren Road

The series of Selichot ("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 Selichot in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers, each morning up to and including Elul 29, the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Links: More on Selichot

Sunday, September 25
BLT = Bagels Lox & Tefillin @ 9:30 am
Send your letter with Rabbi Chaim to the ohel.

With heartfelt wishes for a Kesiva Vachasima Tova, may you and yours be inscribed and sealed for a happy and healthy New Year,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

PreRosh Hashana Cocktails & Shabbat dinner and other fine stuff

Around the town.... 

  • Shofar Factory for Young Pros next Wednesday, Sept. 21... You don't want to miss it! On Facebook | Photos from last year.
  • PreRosh Hashana Cocktails and Shabbat Dinner for Young Pros, Sept. 23 - On Facebook  
  • Mazel tov to the Croocks on winning the Judaic package of the Torah Day School playground fundraising auction!
  • At the beginning of this week, Rabbi Chaim joined a regional conference of Shluchim in Atlanta to exchange ideas and regional cooperation between Chabad Rabbis to the surrounding states.
  • We look forward to an inspiring High Holidays. As always, we have an open door policy where very Jew is welcome. If you intend on joining us for one of the gourmet Rosh Hashana dinners, please reserve now. The RSVP deadline for dinners is Sept 21. All the details are at
  • Come join our growing group of BLT members - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin every Sunday at 9 am! 

In this week's Parsha we read (28:47-48) Because you did not serve G-d with happiness and with gladness of heart, in abundance of everything; therefore, you shall serve your enemies... Tanya explains that just like in the case of two people wrestling, each trying to throw down the other, if one of them moves with sloth and lethargy, he will be easily defeated and felled, even if he is stronger than his fellow. So, too, in battling one's evil inclination, one can prevail over it ... only with alacrity that comes from joy and from a heart that is free and cleansed from every trace of worry and sadness... more Parsha... 

If you like this, join our Tanya classes!! 

Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo

Friday, September 16
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 7:08 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, September 17 - Chai Elul
Kabbala / Chassidus Study at 9:00 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Followed by Shabbos Kiddush and Chai Elul Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:02 pm
Living Torah screening in the improved Chabad of Uptown lounge! :)

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Police Academy... Shofar Factory...

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  • Ten years later, we look back at the 9/11 terror attacks and ask what we have learned as Jews, as Americans and as people. We have a new entire section on our site dedicated to the tenth anniversary at
  • The Chabad of Uptown community extends its sincere condolence to our dear Aggie, Robert Epstein upon the passing of his wife, Carolyn. May we only share simchos. Hamakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar aveilei tzion v'yerushalayim. May Hashem bring comfort to the entire Epstein family among the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem. Related: Death & Mourning in Jewish Practice.


  • Mexican Shabbat was off the hook! Food was fantastic, the people amazing and we even learned a little spanish song! La la la la la kishka!
  • Labor day vacation saw the Lazaroff clan visit Zuma up north and a nice game of bowling at Palace Lanes. BBQ? Oops, we forgot to fire it up. But. Chaya Mushka won 1000 tickets on the jackpot wheel! She left with a handful of prizes and one happy camper on her lucky day...
  • Do want to win an ipad? How about $500 in travel vouchers? Some DIAMONDS? You can still enter to win great prizes at the TDS Auction! Drawing is this Sunday. Check it out at  
  • This week, we kicked  off an interesting program at the Police Academy. Over the upcoming year, the entire force will attend mandatory cultural sensitivity training on various cultures. Rabbi Chaim has organized the presenters for the Jewish culture incorporating a film presentation created by the ADL.
  • Young Adults & Professionals: Make and toot your OWN horn this Rosh Hashana! at THE SHOFAR FACTORY on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:30 pm. Join event on Facebook. Craft a shofar, starting with the raw horn of a ram. Saw, drill, polish and shellac the horn to create a genuine kosher Shofar! Learn how to sound the Shofar and how to follow the traditional sequence of notes blown on Rosh Hashanah! Advance: $15. At door: $18 Every Wednesday: Come discuss, agree, disagree, mingle and network with other young Jewish professionals, singles and couples at series of classes / discussions on contemporary themes!
  •  As we approach the High Holidays, we look forward to spending wonderful and relaxing weekends with you at the Hotel 31 (Formerly Holiday Inn). No tickets or membership is necessary. If you intend on joining us for a dinner or would like a reserved seat, please reserve early at
  • We want to thank those of you who have come forward and decided to join our voluntary membership. Your membership allows us to create the open door policy and environment for all. If you haven't yet, please consider becoming a member of Chabad of Uptown. For first time Shul members, we have begun Birthright Membership which is a full year of membership at the Shul - Free of Charge. See all the fine print at

We look forward to seeing you Shabbos! 

 Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei
Friday, September 9
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at 7:17 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, September 10
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
    Lunch Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:20 pm
    Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 2
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:10 pm
    Living Torah

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

Fajitas, Pappas, Nopalles & Tamales

Are you ready to la bamba?

  • Guajillo Tilapia, Zesty Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Rajas con Papas, Nopales, Tortilla Soup, Chicken and Beef Fajitas, Blueberry & Pineapple Tamales.... Nu, so are you coming to Mexican Shabbat? - On Facebook.
  • Last Shabbat a nice group of Young Professionals got together for a cozy and haimish Shabbos dinner. According to the New York Times columnist, David Brooks, the Chabad House is Haimish. I guess we just need a torn couch. Read the NY Times piece here
  • The Summer end Mommy & Me session is going well with a nice crowd! You can join at any time! 3 more left this session. See photos hereRegister here!
  • The children had their first complete week at school and are getting into the routine of homework and more. Nice to see them growing in their studies and all the accomplishments they have made. But, they really want a new playground! See this cute youtube here.
  • This year we commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In Judaism we are taught to respond to darkness with light. The TDS Auction will include a verse of Torah, a prayer and the charitable giving of the event dedicated in memory of those who lost their lives. We hope and pray that the acts of good deeds done in their memory will create greater peace to their souls and to our world. 
    Join the auction from anywhere, you don't need to come to the viewing and drawing to win, but, hey you may win a diamond - and that's only if you are there! :)  
  • For those of you on mobile devices you can now connect to us via mobile at
  • Our registration for the High Holidays is in full swing! Why sweat? Join us for an all inclusive holidays with holiday meals, discounted hotel accommodations and of course the most engaging services! As always, no membership, tickets or affiliation is necessary! See all the fine print at
  • The 2nd Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff will be this year on Sunday, October 30! We are forming our team now. To join, help sponsor our team or volunteer please contact Terry Lewis, by replying to this email and we will put you in contact with him. Last year was a great time, Chabad of Uptown was definitely the life of the party! This year is sure to be blast! See photos of last year here.

Shabbat Parshat Shoftim

Friday, September 2
Services at 7:30 pm
    Candle lighting at 7:26 pm | RSVP for Mexican Shabbat Dinner 

Shabbos, September 3
Preprayer Chassidus / Kabbala Study of Likkutei Torah at 9:00 am
Services at 10 am
    Followed by kiddush and salsa!!
Mincha at 7:30 pm
    Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 1
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends 8:19 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 4
Labor Day Weekend BLT: Bagels, lox & tefillin 9:30 am. Join our growing group of committed wrappers! :) 

See you on Shabbos and have a great Labor Day Weekend!


 Rabbi Cham & Chanie 

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