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March / Purim is big!

When Adar arrives, increase in Joy! Chanie, Chaya Mushka & Bluma sure came back from the Conference with abundant joy!

Well, I guess we can always use an extra dose of that!

Here is the March & Purim program, join us for all or any of the fun and joy!

Some other stuff around town:

  • Sunday, March 11 at 11 am - Young Abraham - A wonderful film for all ages (especially kids) atJCC
  • Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm, Friendship Circle Walk benefiting special needs children. Concludes with carnival 3-5 pm. Please sponsor or join the Uptown Kids team!
  • Sunday, March 25 at MATISYAHU live for Aishel House, March 25 at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre at Hermann Park.

Here is a thought: Speak to the Children of Israel, that they should take to Me a terumah ("uplifting") (Exodus 25:2). Every created entity has a spark of G-dliness within it, a pinpoint of divinity that constitutes its "soul", its spiritual function and design. When we utilize something to serve the Creator, we penetrates its shell of mundanity, revealing and realizing its divine essence. Thus we elevate these "sparks", reuniting them with their Source. (The Chassidic Masters) More >>

Join us this Shabbos for the first friday of Adar, with tremendous joy of course!

Shabbos Parshas Terumah
Friday, February 24

Services at 6:30 pm
Candle lighting at 5:59 pm | RSVP for

Shabbos, February 25
Preprayer Chassidus Study at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by lunch kiddush with the best cholent this side of....
Mincha at 6 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:54 pm 
Living Torah

See ya on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Rabbi's Cooking Shabbos (& mopping)

Oh boy! So much to talk about so little techniseconds to catch your attention before you move on to the next digital distraction....

Texas Shabbaton report: Over 100 students gathered in College Station with over 20 from the Houston area... Very uplifting and inspiring weekend all in all. Photos at

While we were at it, we got ourselves once swept up with the social media trends, with "Stuff Chabad Rebbetzins Say" with 5795 views in a matter of days. (It is the sequel to "Stuff Chabad Rabbis Say" 17,949 views).

Obviously, it came at a timely moment, the weekend of the International Conference of Shluchos (Women Emissaries), where Chanie, Chaya Mushkah & Bluma have joined thousands of women for a very special weekend. (Wow, that is a lot of great recipes in one room)!

It also promoted (along with our meme) our late night Purim party, Cirque du Purim to be held at The Galleria - Prohibition Craft of Cocktails Voyager Room on Wed. March 7 at 8:30 pm. Tickets go on sale on Sat. night at 10 pm. Only the first 50 tickets will sell for $10. It is $20 at the door! Based on our amazing attendance last year, tickets will sell fast - so get in early!! RSVP at

Chabad Rabbi Meme - Click to see in full! Like it? Share it!

Thursday, March 8 we will have a Family Purim Circus at 5:30 pm at Chabad of Uptown.

We also have a Cirque du Purim promotion going through a Meme - an idea that spreads digitally through social media. This has been an amazing trend in the last few weeks on social media networks. We made our own that has gone viral as well! At the time of writing this email 269 likes, 127 shares & 24 comments... Hmm, probably because Mendel is cute.

This Shabbos, Rabbi Chaim will be cooking (not just mopping) for all. Come challenge his culinary skills and enjoy some sumptuous Shabbos food!

Mazel tov to Dr. Henry & Dr. Maxine Epstein on the birth of a baby daughter, Mushkah, to their son Adam & Clara Chaya Epstein! May they derive much nachas from her!

It is also Shabbos Shekalim & Mevarchim Adar...

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 commentaryPartnerCharity: an Anthology

Join us this Shabbos!

Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, Shekalim & Mevarchim
Friday, February 17
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle lighting at 5:54 pm | RSVP for

Shabbos, February 18
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim kiddush & Fabrengen
Mincha at 6 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:49 pm
Living Torah 15 min Video

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim (surviving in Houston) & Chanie (living it up in NY)

Stuff Chabad Rebbetzins Say

The sequel to Stuff Chabad Rabbis Say:


The Ten Commandments. NOT the movie!

 This Shabbos is the long anticipated We are expecting over 100 students from college campuses across Texas and Louisiana with a strong presence from Houston area schools as well! Read the national news story.

Jewish Students Turn Eyes to A&M and Upcoming Weekend Bash

Jewish college students from all over Texas and beyond are gearing up for a weekend of fun, friendship, and some old-fashioned southern hospitality.


Oprah's Visit to Hasidic Brooklyn

Oprah Winfrey spent a day visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the day,'s own Rabbi Motti Seligson interviewed Winfrey about her experiences.


Matt & Yael Trusch and family will join Chabad of Uptown, for another signature Trusch Shabbos! This week we read the Ten Commandments. Experience the real thing!

This year we will be celebrating Purim at the Circus! Cirque du Purim (late night party for adults) on March 7 at The Prohibition in The Galleria and a family Purim Circus on Thursday, March 8 at Chabad of Uptown. Stay tuned for details!

Shabbos Parshas Yisro

Friday, Feb. 10 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:48 pm | RSVP for

Shabbos, Feb. 11 
PrePrayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Kiddush 
Mincha at 5:50 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:44 pm

Have a wonderful Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Yud Shevat Farbrengen and more

 Thursday, Feb. 2, is the eve of Yud Shevat. At 8 pm, we will have the opportunity to experience as a community as we watch a newly released DVD farbrengen of the Rebbe. Watch the trailer here:


Tomorrow night we will have our "First Fridays" Young Professionals Cocktails and Shabbat Dinner in memory of Catherine Shaw. See who is coming by clicking here! Please feel free to invite your friends, Ages 21-3. Friday Night Services: 6:30PM . Cocktails and Shabbat Meal: 7:30PM. Shabbat Dinner and Open Bar. RSVP at

Next week will be the Fourth Annual Intercollegiate Shabbaton in College Station, February 10-12, 2012. ***You must register at*** The Shabbaton draws hundreds of Jewish college students from across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, to College Station, Texas for a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience.

Save the dates:

March 7, 8:30 pm: Cirque du Purim for Young Professionals at Prohibition at the Galleria 
March 8, 5:30 pm: Family Feast Purim at Chabad of Uptown

Shabbos Parshas Beshalach
Friday, Feb 3
6:30 pm Services
Followed by "First Fridays" Young Professionals Dinner | Candle lighting at 5:43 pm

Shabbos, Feb 4
9 am Preprayer Kabbala Study
10 am Shacharis
Followed by kiddush
Mincha at 5:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:38 pm
Living Torah 15 min. video

Sunday, Feb. 5
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:30 am

See ya on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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