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Sushi Shabbat for Young Pros!

Shavuot was uplifting, entertaining and a wonderful time for all at Chabad of Uptown.

First off, the Women's Night Out - Cheesecake Bake, was a great evening. Chanie presented the meaning of Shavuot and it's connection to Jewish women. All kinds of flavors, shapes and toppings were topped off with a presentation by Sandra Morgan. Click here for some pictures!

Our dedicated minyaners ensured a minyan throughout the three day holiday weekend, with a grand showing of uptownians for the Ten Commandments Torah reading with a huge dairy spread of lasagna, blintzes, ice cream and more.

rabbi chaim roll cropped.jpgThis Shabbos - "First Fridays" is here! Young Adults & Professionals are invited for a special Sushi Shabbat dinner, of course featuring the world famous "Rabbi Chaim Sushi Roll"! See who is coming by clicking here! RSVP at

We wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Sarit & Eidan Ohana on the birth of twin boys!!

Shabbos Parshas Naso

Friday June 1 
Services at 8:00 pm 
Followed by Sushi Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals | Candle Lighting at 7:59 pm

Shabbos, June 2

Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by kiddush with best Cholent & Kishke (thanks C&D. K. for the inspiration :)) this side of the mississippi! 
Mincha at 8 pm 
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 1 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:59 pm 
Living Torah is Back!

Good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

I Scream. Ice Cream!

Shavuot is here!

Two rabbis walk into a dairy farm…

Just kidding! No, we're not going to start this email with some cheesy joke. (Although we did want to milk that opener for all it's got.) We wanted to let you know what's going on for Shavuot at Chabad of Uptown. As you may know, it's traditional to celebrate this holiday with dairy dishes, and it takes Chanie's daring-do to produce cheese cakes, blintzes, lasagna and more for all those who will be hanging out with us for the holiday, despite Memorial Day weekend! Click here for the Shavuot schedule details.

  • We'll be staying up all Saturday night studying fun and enjoyable Torah topics.
  • We'll hear (men, women and especially children of all ages) the Ten Commandments topped with lots of ice cream and other dairy delights on Sunday morning. After all, Uptownians are truly the cream of the crop. (- Facebook)
  • We'll be remembering our loved ones at Yizkor on Monday.
  • And that's in addition to the six delightful holiday meals over the course of the weekend that we welcome you to attend - RSVP

The whole Shavuot schedule with all the details can be found here.

Please let us know when you will be joining us!

Oh and we can use some sponsors for this delectable holiday! Please help us out with a donation today - your support is what makes all this happen!

Thank you, and may we celebrate the holiday of the Giving of the Torah with joy and inner equanimity!

Got milk?

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

 P.S. We are excited to report that we were notified today that Torah Day School of Houston are #9 in a neck to neck competition for the coveted top three positions in the mid-point vote tally of the 45 contestants in the Jewish Day Schol video contest! Only one vote is valid per email address to please help us get the word out! 

Imagine a Kosher Cheesecake Factory?

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  • Another week has flown by. Chanie returns from NY tomorrow after spending a week with a Houston friend visting the holy and shopping sites of the Chabad corners of New York. Ohel, Rebbe's Office, 770 were top among the stops. With heavier suitcases and lighter pockets their families will be (just as?) happy to see them as the NY merchants swiping the plastic.
  • You can join us too, as we make our annual trip for the Rebbe's yarteit on Gimmel Tammuz on the weekend of June 22-23.
  • Shabbos dinner this week is sponsored by Guitel Melnik, im memory of her mother Nancy Esther Felsenstein, a"h bas, for long and healthy years, Elsa, shetichye.
  • Shabbos kiddush sponsored by Michael Pasternak in honor of his recent birthday and this Shabbos marking his "bar mitzvah anniversary".
  • The coming week will be the final week of the Sefirat Haomer introspection as we prepare for Shavuot next (memorial day) weekend.
  • Watch and vote for Rabbi Chaim's most recent viral video - "Stuff TDS Kids Say - I've been learning ever since"!

Next week's daily deal:

  • Sunday: BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin - 9:30 am
  • Monday: Your Chabad day off
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday: 8:30 pm Young Professionals - Shavuot: The Real Big Bang - When Heaven touched Earth
  • Thursday: Choice of Noon or 8 pm classes on Tanya

Please join us this Shabbos!

Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

Friday, May 18 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle lighting at 7:51 pm | RSVP for dinner sponsored by the Melnicks in memory of her mother

Shabbos, May 19 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Shacharis at 10 am 
Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Michael Pasternak 
Mincha at 7:50 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:49 pm 
Living Torah is Back!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

stuff tds kids say.jpg

Lag Baomer Photos & Video

Wow! What a wonderful week Lag Baomer!

Spirits ran high at the "First Fridays" Shabbat dinner for young professionals, with the IDF commando, Shmuly L.

Beautiful Lag Baomer jamming session last night, passed midnight! We had a short mishap with the breaking down of the uptown grill, but we got the kabobs, burgers and hot dogs cooked! See photos here! The jamming session got really spirited past midnight, see a 17 sec clip on our YouTube channel, (subscribe to us while you are at it :)).

Today the kids had a great time at the community wide Lag Baomer celebration at the Merfish Center.

Look out in your mailboxes for the Shavuot Guide and Schedule. If you don't get our physical mailings and would like to, please send us a line!


  • Tues., May 22, Rosh Chodesh Sivan 7:30 pm
    Women's Night Out - Shavuot Cheesecake Bake - Facebook
  • Sat., May 26 at Midnight - All night Torah Study
  • Sun., May 27, 11:15 am
    Ten Commandments Topped with Ice Cream and Dairy Lunch - Facebook
  • Mon., May 28 at 11:30 am - Yizkor

Shabbos of June 23, is Gimmel Tammuz the Rebbe's yartzeit. Many are considering joining us in NY to visit the Ohel on this auspicious weekend. If you would like to join, please let us know.

Be sure to connect to us on Facebook & Twitter!


Shabbos Parshas Emor

Friday, May 11
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:47 pm |

Shabbos, May 12
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush w/ best cholent this side of....
Mincha at 7:50 pm
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:46

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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At 5:45 am this morning RC shared the morning Modeh Ani and meaning of prayer with Matt Patrick and the thousands of listeners of 740 KTRH as part of a story they were doing on National Day of Prayer. You can listen to the 5 minute interview here.

The Chabad family extends its heartfelt condolences to Rafi and Michal Zitvar on the passing of Rafi's grandmother in Israel, at the age of 96.

May 4 - Young Pros: Tomorrow we will have our May "First Fridays" Shabbat dinner w/ Texas IDF Commando Shmuly L. One can still register at See more about it in last week's post.

May 9 - Uptown: Next week is Lag B'omer. Wednesday, May 9 we will have a late Jamming Night & BBQ at 8:30 pm at Chabad of Uptown. Click here for more information and to RSVP. See who is coming here!

May 10 - Families: Thursday, May 10, 4-7 pm Lag B'omer Celebration at the Merfish Center with an acrobat show and more at

May 22 - Women: Shavuot is coming up, save the dates on Tuesday, May 22, Rosh Chodesh Sivan at7:30 pm - Women's Night Out - Shavuot Cheesecake Bake (see below)

May 27 - Every living Jew: Sunday, May 27 at 11:15 am Relive the Ten Commandments and Eat. More. Dairy!  (See below). The complete Shavuot service schedule is now up on the website.

May 18-20 - NationalYJP: Shabbat weekend in the Big Apple with other young professionals from around the country,

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Shabbos Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 

Friday, May 4
Services at 7:30
    Candle Lighting at 7:42 pm | Followed by Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner - RSVP

Shabbos, May 5
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
    Followed by community lunch kiddush w/ Texan Idf Commando
Mincha at 7:42 pm
    Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 3
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:41 pm

Sunday, May 6 - Pesach Sheni
BLT - Bagels, Lox & Teffilin (and Matzah too!) 

See you on Shabbos! 

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan 

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