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Don't take this for granted

Brain fog. I guess that is the best way to describe the past 20 minutes as I struggle with how to put in writing the description of our spiritual, familial and entertaining trip as a family to NY.A reflective moment in front of 770 - Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters

If I can put it in a nutshell, perhaps the best description I can give you is, appreciation for what we've got and to never take it for granted. Interestingly, that was also the theme of today's Tanya class.

Having a profound appreciation of being the Rebbe's chossid and Shluchim to Houston. Having a profound appreciation for a wonderful family and having the wisdom to recognize it. But, not just to appreciate it, but to do something about it with the small and large inputs that ensure that we never to take it for granted.

We would like to thank all those who helped us in the logistics and operation of Chabad of Uptown during our leave, including Michael Pasternak, Rabbi & Mrs. Goldstein for leading Shabbos along with Avremi Fishman and Abrasha Grinshtein, Matt Trusch for the classes and everyone else who lent a hand.

This week, we also saw Mendel off for a month long, first time experience at overnight camp in upstate Michigan - of course he is elated. The kids started Camp Gan Israel day camp as well and had an amazing first day.

July 6, "First Fridays" for Young Adults & Professionals is sponsored by Ady and her mom as aSeudat Hoda'ah, a thanksgiving feast, for her recovery. All are welcome to join. On facebook here. Please feel free to invite your friends, Ages 21-39. RSVP at

Meanwhile, please join us this week for another fantastic uptown Shabbos!

Shabbos Parshas Chukas
Friday, June 29
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle lighting at 8:08 pm | RSVP for dinner

Shabbos, June 30
Chassidus at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by lunch kiddush, cholent and more
Mincha at 8:10 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 5
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 9:08 pm 
Living Torah Video

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan

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Friendship & Love for Every Soul

This is NY.

Holy sites, including visiting the Ohel, the Rebbe's holy room and visiting the public exhibit Aguch library as a family. The Jewish Children MuseumJewish Children's Library and the sights of a vibrant Jewish community packing the sidewalks, overflowing to the streets.

This is NY.

A wedding, engagements, sheva berachot and parties every night. A dream candy store, array of pizza shops, restaurants, sushi and schwarma shops,  kosher ice cream shops in every imaginable flavor with toppings and waving down a cholov yisroel ice cream truck.Kosher Chalav Yisroel Ice Cream Truck

This is NY.

Responding to our children's questions of, "Why don't we move to NY?", we explained that the Rebbe's inspiration of reaching every Jew with the love of Torah and Chassidus, is for us -

Only in Houston, Texas.

And... living in 100 degree weather, but, surviving only because you are in "the most air conditioned city".

This too, we have learned, is only in Houston, Texas. :)

Charged and invigorated with increased energy, we look forward to our return.

This Shabbos is Gimmel Tammuz, the 18th Yartzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Be inspired at an Uptown Shabbaton with talks and farbrengens lead by Rabbi Dovid & Elisa Goldstein. The Rebbe's love for every Jew is legendary and his call to reach everyone is carried out in particular by this dynamic couple. In addition to Chabad in West Houston, the Friendship Circle for children with special needs and position as lead Rabbi for the Texas prison system, are among the major accomplishments they have contributed to the Houston, and Texas, Jewish communities.

As is customary among Chassidim, it is important to be able receive an Aliya on the Shabbos of the Rebbe's yartzeit. As there are many community members on vacation, if you can join Rabbi Goldstein on Shabbos morning to ensure a minyan, please let me know.

Commemorating this special date there will also be "A Musical Farbrengen for Women" with Special Guest Speaker & Singer, Mrs. Chavi Epstein of South Carolina on Sunday, June 24th, 2012, Tammuz 4, 5772, at 7:00 p.m at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Fondren. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Mazel Tov to Eric & Amanda Rubenstein on the birth of a baby girl!

Shabbos Gimmel Tammuz, Parshas Korach

Friday, June 22
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:08 pm (latest of the year!) 
Shabbos Dinner with the Goldsteins - RSVP

Shabbos, June 23 
Chassidus at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush and Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen
Mincha at 8:10 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 4
Maariv Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:07 pm
Special Gimmel Tammuz Living Torah Program

Have a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Big Apple Travel

This Shabbos, is a unique one. Not only will we bless the new month of Tammuz, it is also the Shabbos before Gimmel Tammuz, the 18th anniversary of the Rebbe's passing. Learn more at

Thousands will visit the Rebbe's resting place (called “the Ohel”) over next weekend. We will be in New York as well, joining many thousands of people from across the globe who will be visiting on this auspicious day, as is customary when we commemorate the Yartzeit of a righteous person. (Don't worry, Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Goldstein will lead a special Shabbat at Chabad of Uptown while we are away).

It would be an honor and pleasure to pray for you (and your family), as well, at the Rebbe's "Ohel." Please e-mail your name and your mother's name (preferably the Hebrew or Yiddish names), and those of anyone else you would like me to mention, I would be glad to have them in mind as well. If there's a specific need you would like me to pray for, please mention it as well. May all our prayers be fulfilled.

A unique opportunity is also available to spend a weekend near the Ohel with many others from a diverse and international crowd. A packed program with top notch accommodations has been developed just for you. Check it out and RSVP at

An extra bonus for this trip is the wedding of Chanie's sister Mushkie to Rabbi Yossi Bendet of S Paul, MN. They are getting married at the same location of 770 and the reception will be in the same banquet hall that we got married in... We, and especially the kids, are truly looking forward to spending a wonderful family simcha together with the extended Galperin family.

Our win and video was featured on the front page of the week's JHV. "Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, himself a TDS alumnus, helped write the storyline and produce the video. “This was a great opportunity to promote Torah Day School’s stellar education, both Jewish and secular studies, showing how the school gives its students the tools to succeed at becoming whatever they want to be,” Rabbi Lazaroff said..." See full article here >

Upcoming events:

  • Shabbat, June 22-23 - Shabbaton with Rabbi & Mrs. Goldstein. 3 Tammuz - The Rebbe & the Jewish World
  • Friday, July 6 - First Fridays for Young Professionals. We will also be celebrating Ady's recovery from her injury and surgery.
  • Sunday, July 15 - Regional Conference of Chabad Rabbis to be held in Houston with a special evening lecture opened to the community.

Shabbos Mevarchim Tammuz Parshas Shelach

Friday, June 15 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle lighting at 8:05 pm

Shabbos, June 16 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by kiddush & Shabbos Mevarchim / Pre Gimmel Tammuz farbrengen 
Mincha at 8:05 pm 
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 3 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:06 pm 
Living Torah 15 min video

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

We won! You can too!

Thank you for supporting TDS with your votes! The video won third place in the expert judges category!

Other winners are our LOL volunteers. A special thank you to the Loaves of Love volunteers for your regular visits. It means more than you can imagine. If you know of any seniors who can benefit from this program or to volunteer go to

Win Torah at Project Talmud to be held next week in the evenings of Sunday June 10-14 is a great opportunity for every Jewish adult (and mature teen) to learn Torah. Courses examine original Torah texts and students grow in knowledge and Jewishness. Try the classes free for a day. You'll love it!

545090_10150851731427844_508417843_9918571_1467657165_n.jpegSushi Shabbat for young professionals was fantastically delicous! It was gone before I had a chance to slice all the challah! Pics of Shabbos, Sushi and Saki... The challenge question, "What is the connection between sushi and Shabbos?" brought some very inspiring and creative answers to the Shabbos table... Another winning situation.

We look forward to our third bris of twins with the Ohanas at Chabad of Uptown! Obviously, we must enjoy double simchas all the time! WIN!

Refuah shleima to Ady Fisberg on her recent surgery. She is winning!

Please join us this Shabbos! Another win!

Shabbos, Parshas Beha'alosecha

Friday, June 8
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle lighting at 8:03 pm

Shabbos, June 9
Chassidus at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by kiddush with best cholent (& kishke, after last week's winning success :)) this side of the.... 
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Chapter 2
Maariv Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 9:02 pm
Living Torah 15 min fascinating video production of the Rebbe's inspiration

See you on Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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