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Sunday we filmed a great production promoting Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur! Check it out! Chabad of Uptown will once again offer beautiful PLAY: Shofar Flash Mob Houston
hotels where Synagogue Holiday Services are always free. We will also offer fully catered dinners, luncheons or reserved seats. Regardless for pay or not, you may RSVP NOW


A beautiful BBQ was had with over 70 young professionals for the summer closeout BBQ. See pictures here! Thank you to Linda Suib for sponsoring a portion of the new BBQ grill and Houston Cabinetry for being an event sponsor! Rosh Hashana marks 5773 years since the creation of the world. This Wednesday night class for young professionals will be on Creation & Evolution. Join class on Facebook here. Next Friday night, Friday Sept. 7 will be the Holy Happy Hour "First Fridays" for Young Professionals! On Facebook here.

Mon Sept 10 at 8 pm - Enjoy delicious desserts as we discuss the connection of Jewish women to the High Holidays in a relaxed atmosphere lead by Chanie! Sponsored by Guitel Melnick in memory of her father Enrique Tzvi ben Mordechai and Becky Kasoff in memory of her brother Benjamin ben Basha Feigel Silverman. On Facebook here.

Our school, Torah Day School of Houston, is having their second PTO Chinese Auction to raise money for a much needed new playground. Help us get the playground! Win great prizes and do a mitzvah at the same time. No matter where you live, join us from around the world to make this a reality! Watch this video starring Levi (with guest extras of Rivky & Chaya Mushka)!!

What If You Mess Up?

Why does G‑d tell you how to get divorced, if He believes in marriage?





Shabbos, Parshas Ki Seitzei

Friday, August 31
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:27 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 1
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush with the best kishke this side of....
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:20 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, Sept 2
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Summer Closeout BBQ & Jamming Night and more

This email is honor of the good health of Sarah Shayna bas Guitel

Join us Wed., Aug. 29, 8 pm - Young professionals Summer Closeout BBQ & Jamming Night!Everyone is back from summer excursions, vacations and family feuds! Time to kick off the new year with a BBQ to welcome in the Jewish New Year! Come bring your instruments, mingle, socialize and network with other Young Adults & Professionals!HOST COMMITTEE: Alexander Barsky, Layn Chess, Ady Fisberg, Jesse Izak, Daniel Kamkhagi, Merissa Littell, Olivia Mathias, Karen Nudelman, Yigal Saghian, Stacy Shapiro and Andrea Starkschall. See who else is coming here!

Mon., Sept 10, 8 pm FOR WOMEN ONLY! Women's Dessert & Discussion Enjoy delicious desserts as we discuss the connection of Jewish women to the High Holidays in a relaxed atmosphere lead by Chanie!Sponsored by Guitel Melnick in memory of her father, Enrique Tzvi ben Mordechai.

Future classes & events: and at

Registration for the High Holidays for Rosh Hashana at Hilton Post Oak and Yom Kippur at JW Marriott are well underway. Check out all the juicy details at

Friday Shabbos Dinner is sponsored by John Weinberg in honor of the wedding anniversary of Dr. Alan and Chagit Crook, and in honor of his son, Robert for his start in 11th grade.

Shabbos Day Kiddush is sponsored by Alan & Chagit Croock in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary, Alan's "Bar-mitzvah anniversary", his recent 60th birthday and in memory of his father Betzalel ben Chaim Leib z"l.

An Impartial Judge

Can a bribed judge be impartial? How about if the "bribe" was given on the condition that the judge issues a fair verdict -- no matter who it will favor?


Shabbos Parshas Shoftim

Friday, August 24 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:35 pm | Shabbos Dinner sponsored by John Weinberg

Shabbos, August 25 
PrePrayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Alan & Chagit Croock 
Mincha at 7:35 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:28 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, August 26 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
Followed BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Improvements to our building, body & soul!

Please pardon our dust as we make improvements! Following up with the estate quality bookcases,551067_480642941964309_1379372540_n.jpeghandcrafted with love, by Terry Lewis ( we are now in the process of updating all of our storefront windows. This will enhance the safety and energy efficiency, in addition to the beauty. The next mini project is to add the traditional paroches / curtain to the aron kodesh. Please contact us if you would like to dedicate the curtain perhaps in time for the upcoming holidays. The next major project will be to replace the aging, leaking, roof...

This Shabbos and Sunday we begin the special month with Rosh Chodesh Elul ( We will have a special Torah reading and prayers. Please let us know if you can join the Rosh Chodesh minyan, especially on Sunday morning. See schedule below.

This week was the last week of vacation for the kids. They are eagerly awaiting the start of school on monday (and so are we :)).

The young professionals steering committee has planned many exciting programs and events for the upcoming months. Over 25 enjoyed a meat taco dinner and discussion about tattoos. Next week's topic will be the second in our series of election 2012,"Funding Social Services", on Facebook here. A delicious Penne A La Vodka dinner will be served. Yum!

Women's dessert & discussion - Mon. Sept 10: FOR WOMEN ONLY! Enjoy delicious desserts as we discuss the connection of Jewish women to the High Holidays in a relaxed atmosphere lead by Chanie! -Facebook

For the full listing of future events click here for our online calendar and on Facebook here. Never miss an event! You can now have a live connection to our calendar that will automatically connect to your calendar on your desktop or mobile device! Click here for more!

Judaism and Vegetarianism

For better or for worse, meat is an undeniable favorite on the kosher menu. Is this good? Let’s have a look . . .


Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, Parshas Re'ei


Friday, August 17
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:42 pm

Shabbos, August 18 - Rosh Chodesh I
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:38 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 19 - Rosh Chodesh II
Rosh Chodesh Minyan at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Is my date / spouse my soulmate? | Tattoos & Body Art

  •  It was amazing! We were bursting at the seams with over 50 young professionals at the Holy Happy Hour / The White Party / "First Fridays" Shabbat Dinner. True Shabbos happiness and joy marked the romantic day of Tu B'av!
    Our new format for classes for young professionals have really taken off! This weeks topic over free dinner will be: Tattoos and Body Art: Myths and facts that will surprise you. for future programming, classes, BBQs and more happening for Chabad's Young Adults & Professionals.
  • Did you see this man? Click here to see if you can recognize the man in the photo that has receiveda Facebook following of 124shofar homeless square sitting.jpg "likes", 14 shares, 15 comments and attained a viral level that reached 2,458, engaged 879 and has 160 talking about it. The Tishrei holiday guides, schedule and info for the holiday dinners and luncheons  are in the mail. If you did not receive one please send us your address so we can add you to our snail mail list. Click here for the High Holiday schedule.
  • This week we had the privilege of  hosting two boys from Mexico city who came to play in the Maccabi games. Chanie took the kids to watch the Tennis matches this week. Although it was vacation the kids set the alarm clock for 6:30 am so they can watch the 8 am tennis matches. Congratulations to  Sigal Melnik for winning a bronze medal in Tennis.
  • Here is your chance to win great prizes and do a mitzvah at the same time. Our children would love if  you can participate in a chinese auction fundraiser for their new Torah Day School  and camp playground at There is a special going on this week called Double your Luck!  You can buy  auction tickets by midnight on August 16, to be entered into a raffle to win double the tickets purchased.

Is My Date My Soulmate?

I am seeing this guy very seriously, but one thing bothers me. How do I know if he is my soulmate? How can I be sure that he is the other half of my soul?


Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Eikev


Friday, August 10
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:49 pm

Shabbos, August 11
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:50 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:45 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Can I Bribe G-d with Charity?

  •  Last Shabbos we were lucky to host the most amazing group of staff, the counselors of the Gan Israel Day Camp. This is the final week, of one of the best summers at camp our children have ever had.
  • Not an eye was dry through the night of Tisha B'av for the Eicha reading and film documentary of the 2005 Israel disengagement from Gaza. May we see Moshiach now, so next year we will not shed a tear, but rejoice.
  • Packed house for our class and pepper steak dinner on "Love, Lust & Romance & Knowing the Difference" as we prepared20120801_211624.jpg for this Friday's holiday of Tu B'av - The 15th of Av, a day of "Love & Rebirth". More about this romantic holiday, here.
  • Next week's young professionals class, now at 8 pm and with free dinner, will be "Judaism: Faith, Nationality or Ethnicity?" Don't miss it!
  • It is the first Friday of the month. All, young and old alike, are welcome to join us for Shabbat services. Shabbos dinner is our monthly "First Fridays" for Young Professionals, this month celebrating Tu B'Av with THE WHITE PARTY. We will begin with a "Holy Happy Hour" at 7:30 that will last a few minutes followed by services and THE WHITE PARTY! We look forward to a wonderful evening and Shabbos!
  • We now have Shacharis services on Sunday morning at 8:30 am followed by the regular BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin. Join us!
  • Nicholas & Sandra Morgan invite the community to join them as they celebrate the Upshernish of their son, Binyamin (Inaugural hair cutting ceremony) this Sunday, Aug. 5 at noon at Chabad of Uptown. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

Can I Bribe G-d with Charity?

I often give tzedakah, charity, in memory of loved ones and people who have inspired me, but lately my motivations have changed. I've been donating to worthy causes in the hope of achieving something I yearn for and dream about - I want my daughter to get married. Is this still charity, or am I bribing G‑d?


Shabbos Nachamu, Parshas Va'eschanan


Friday, Tu B'Av, August 3
Holy Happy Hour & Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:54 pm
THE WHITE PARTY - "First Fridays" for Young Professionals at 8:45 pm

Shabbos, August 4
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush with best cholent & kishke this side of...
Mincha at 7:55 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:52 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 5
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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