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Women's dessert & discussion... and other cool stuff

704478_10102570775332500_786886433_o.jpgThis Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm, please join us at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren for a very special and inspiring lecture by guest Rabbi Dov Greenberg to mark the auspicious Chassidic holiday ofYud Tes-Chof KislevMore details here.

This Mon. Dec. 3 at 8 pm will be the Chanukah Women's Dessert & Discussion. Enjoy delicious desserts as we discuss the connection of Jewish women to Chanukah in a relaxed atmosphere, lead by Chanie!

YOUNG PROS: Next Shabbos, is the Chanukah warmup First Fridays for Young Professionals... Then Sunday - Chanukah Jews Cruise! Tickets are selling out, get in while tickets are still at $30!

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6 pm. Chanukah Winter Wonderland in the SNOW!!

Tons of events throughout Houston - check it all out here!

The Chabad of Uptown community extends our sincere condolences to Seth & Rivka Weisberg and the Barvin family on the passing of their father and grandfather, Art Weisberg of Huntington, West Virginia.

Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach

Friday, November 30 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm

Shabbos, December 1 
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 5:05 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:00 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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FREE $25,000 in one night, TONIGHT - YOU can make it happen!

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3. Pass this message on to all your friends and email contacts to help us reach our goal of 1000 donors. 

Remember, you are more than welcome to donate more than $25 as part of your year-end donations.

There is no catch! To read more about this offer from Amex click here.

Please act now so we don't lose this golden opportunity!

Thank you so much for your time and support!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie and all those who benefit from Chabad of Uptown's programming.

15 days to Chanukah!

Mazel tov to Chanie's brother Shimon Galperin upon his recent engagement to Mushkie Greenberg of Solon, OH.! Shimon has visited us at Chabad of Uptown many times, including this past Sukkos and Purim.

We wish a complete and speedy recovery and ask to please say a prayer for Sarah Shayna bas Gitel and Nirben Yocheved.

485082_10151292898066140_307859320_n.jpgRabbi Chaim's brother Shmuly hastily took off for Israel to join his unit in IDF as part of the reserves... We mourn the loss of life in Israel and thank Hashem for keeping so many safe from harms way... Story about him in Haaretz and Israel Hayom: HebrewEnglish and Facebook. May the current round bring about lasting calm for everyone in Eretz Yisrael!



Thanksgiving: A Jewish Perspective

As Jewish citizens of this land, we always look to the Torah for a deeper perspective and additional insight. What light does the Torah shed on the wonderful trait of thankfulness?




Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei
9-10 Kislev (Birth, Passing & Liberation of R. Dovber of Lubavitch)

Friday, November 23
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm

Shabbos, November 24
Preprayer Kabbala Study - Torah Or at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Tes-Yud Kislev Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm
Kiddush Levana
Living Torah

Sunday, November 25
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Israel at war

665530_10151077195011486_1286994661_o.jpgHmm... How to describe it? Hard to pen the experience of the conference last week. How to describe the opportunity to rub shoulders (literally) with the over three thousand shluchim attending from around the world? Spending those few moments at the Ohel among other shluchim who dedicate their lives for the Rebbe's mission? Dancing with absolute chassidic joy in a sea of black? I don't know how to describe it. I do know that we have hit the pavement in Houston to continue the inspiration for the year. You may watch highlights of the closing banquet session on our website.

The weekend was filled with inspiration, information and camaraderie. But simultaneously there was a cloud hanging over the event with the knowledge that Hurricane Sandy had just caused so much havoc throughout the area. Click here to see the video that was shown at the Banquet about the heroic efforts of the Shluchim in the face of such destruction. Unfortunately, twenty of my fellow Shluchim in the NY-NJ area were hit with serious damage. Five Shluchim don't even know when they can return to their homes! The need is great, please consider doing your part at

As these lines are being written, our Twitter feeds, Facebook accounts, e‑mail inboxes, evening headlines and phone lines carry ominous reports of troubled times ahead in Israel. Our extended Jewish family is under fire. Rockets are raining down in the south, and war looms. And every Jew is asking him or herself: What can I do to help? We have created a section on our website about the Operation Pillar of Defense. Check back for updates.

We look forward to a Chanukah that will be packed with events! Be sure to check it all out and

Two groups joined to bake Challah for loaves of love. A special thank you to Chabad's Young Adults 61243_10151078831801486_1964348201_n.jpg& Professionals for Wednesday's bake and Hadassah Machar group for Thursday night's bake! To volunteer or for more information please visit

Next week, the Young Professionals Wednesday's group will learn about the Jewish Birthday marking Chanie's birthday on 7 Kislev. On Facebook here.

This Shabbos kiddush is sponsored by Benny & Valerie Katz in memory of her grandmother Rosalia Klebanoca bat shel Basya commemorating her yartzeit on 8 Kislev.

Shabbos Parshas Toldos

Friday, November 16
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:06 pm

Shabbos, November 17
PrePrayer Kabbala Study of Torah Ohr at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:07 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Hannukah Jews Cruise | Young Professionals Boat Ride from Kemah to Galveston Bay | Sunday, Dec. 9 3:30 pm  Chanukah in the Snow Winter Wonderland | Tuesday, Dec. 11 6-8 pm | Chabad of Uptown 4311 Bettis Drive

Chanukah at Uptown: 
Women's Dessert | Jews Cruise | Winter Wonderland | Mommy & Me | Shabbat Dinner | Megasite


Where's Rabbi Waldo?

Sharing, reconnecting and inspiring each other is a wonderful part of the annual "Kinus Hashluchim", the 2012Downloads.jpg International Chabad Shluchim Conference in New York. Whether it's catching up with a yeshivah buddy and roommate, Rabbi Asher Deren, who is now in Blouberg, Capetown, South Africa or trading notes on building mikvahs with Rabbi Levi Mondshine of Smolensk, Russia it is always invigorating and uplifting to spend a wonderful weekend with thousands of Shluchim from around the world. Join Rabbi Chaim live at the Gala Banquet! The broadcast begins on Sunday, November 11th at 4:00pm, Houston time

We'll keep you posted for the annual group picture! 


Young Professionals: This Wednesday's 8  pm class, is our monthly social program: Challah Bake & Scotch Sip for Guys & Gals! Learn to bake challah or sip scotch or do both! Of course, delicious dinner will be served as well... Make one Challah for yourself and one for a homebound senior for our loaves of love program. Click here to see who else is coming!

Matt & Yael Trusch and family will be joining Chanie and kids for another wonderful Uptown Shabbos!

Parsha Thought: 

The Beauty of Sarah

In a final summation of Sarah’s life, the Torah tells us two things—that she was beautiful and that she had a flawless character—her two great qualities juxtaposed.


Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Chayei Sarah


Friday, Nov. 9
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:11 pm

Shabbos, Nov. 10
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:06 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Gratitude Attitude

We have a lot to be thankful for. Including having the opportunity to help others empathetically at this difficult time. We in Houston all know too well the difficult time those stricken from hurricane Sandy are going through. will go directly to the families of Shluchim (Chabad Rabbis, Rebbetzins and children) whose homes and lives have been devastated and are in desperate need of your support. is a central fund that will be used in overall support of communities, families and the rebuilding effort. Please do whatever you can – it will make a world of a difference.

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Every penny, 100 cents to the dollar, of your contribution will be going to help people rebuild their lives. Pumps, generators, batteries, water – that’s what they need – and what we must give.

We are also thankful to be almost completed with our extra long window replacement project. It has turned out beautiful and has really given an amazing facelift to Chabad of Uptown.

Simchos are times to be thankful as well!

  • Mazel tov to Ben & Regina Shamooelian on the birth of a baby boy!
  • Mazel tov to Ohad & Efrat Nezer on the birth of a baby boy!
  • Mazel tov to our nephew Sholom Lazaroff on his Bar Mitzvah this weekeend!

Young Adults & Professionals

  • This Shabbos is "First Fridays"!!! Check out the details at and onFacebook here.
  • This Wednesday, Nov. 7 Chinese Dinner and guest speaker Matt Trusch! Meet and hear from Matt Trusch who lived and found Jewish life in China. Matt earned his masters degree from Harvard University in Regional Studies East Asia - China , bachelors at Dartmouth College with a dual major in Asian Studies and International Relations (Honors), and pursued advanced studies at the London School of Economics, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Beijing Normal University. He now lives with his family in Houston, Texas On Facebook here
  • Wed. Nov. 14 is Challah bake & Scotch Sip - For Gals & Guys! Learn to bake challah or sip scotch or do both! On Facebook here

Our Chanukah Schedule is now published! Save the dates!

  • Mon., Dec. 3, 8:00 pm Women’s Dessert & Discussion Torah discussion about Jewish women & Chanukah, lead by Chanie!
  • Sun., Dec. 9, 3:30-7:00 pm Young Professionals Jews Cruise Departs from Kemah for Lighting at Sunset in Galveston Bay. Tiered ticket pricing & Corporate Sponsorships - See who else is coming on Facebook
  • Tues., Dec. 11, 6:00-8:00 pm Chanukah Winter Wonderland Bring your mittens and come play in the snow! Fun for the whole family | $8 Adult * $5 Child * $180 Sponsor - Facebook event
  • Thurs., Dec. 13, 9:30 – 10:30am Chanukah Mommy & MeAges 3 mos to 2 yrs | $7
  • Fri., Dec. 14, 6:30 pm services followed by Chanukah Shabbat Dinner $18 Adult | $10 Child
  • There will be many other community events put on by the nine Houston area Chabad branches, including TWO at The Galleria put on by Chabad Outreach. Check The page will be updated with information as details are firmed up

Shabbos Parshas Vayera

Friday, Nov. 2 
Holy Happy Hour at 6:00 pm 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 6:15 pm | "First Fridays" for Young Professionals

Shabbos, Nov. 3 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Kiddush 
Mincha at 6:15 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:11 pm 
Living Torah 

Sunday, Nov. 4 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels Lox & Tefillin - Just come wrap up and enjoy a breakfast! at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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