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Time to RSVP for this Sun night! - PICS AND VIDEO!


Packed house at the beautiful JW Marriott only surpassed by the beauty of the Jewish people joining inServices JW Marriottsong and prayer! Thank you for making it so special and for being so welcoming to those who may have joined us for the first time.

Thank you to all those that assisted to make everything run so smoothly! Chazan Daniel Gavin did a wonderful job leading the prayers. Mendel Galperin, beautifully read from the Torah. Sarah Galperin ran the amazing youth services (reports are the kids were simply crying not to go home). The soft lobby couches also deserved to be thanked for providing a wonderful place to hang for the Yom Kippur afternoon break. Oh, and Chanie did a fantastic job on the Break The Fast spread. Most importantly, thank you to all those that assisted moving in and out of the hotel, especially late at night after an arduous fast.

Sampling from the mailbag:

  • "I wanted to thank you for this fantastic Yom Kippur experience that we’ve been through the past two days. It was the first time I spend the high holidays away from my home, my family and I felt extremely comfortable joining you and the community in the service. F.L"
  • "Thank you so much!! I had a great time and I learned a lot as well!! You, your family, and community were all so welcoming, I already know I want to come back for more!! :) A.D"
  • "I remember when we first came, there were maybe 4 rows of a few chairs on each side...and Chanie would go get more chairs as more people kept coming! And now look! Wow! Fantastic how many people you are reaching. B.K."
  • "It's the warmth, welcome, and spiritual inspiration you and Chanie bring to Uptown Chabad that moves us (your young professionals clan). So, thank you for all the hard work you and Chanie put into the programs, and shana tova! K.N."

Sukkos in here! Chanie's family will be joining us for these eight days of joy! The full Sukkos and Simchas Torah schedule, click here.

The Sukkah will be open and available all week for public use. Come bring and take your lunch break in our Sukkah!


  • Sun. Sept. 30, Community Sukkos Dinner Under the Stars
    In our huge Sukkah at Chabad of Uptown. Celebrate this beautiful Holiday in style, along with family and friends! Services begins at 7:00 pm, and dinner at 8:00 pm will include a delicious full-course meal, lively songs, and fun... It all takes place at the largest Sukkah in Uptown!
  • Wed. Oct. 3: Young Pros, Jewish Expression under Russian Oppression
    Chanie's father, Rabbi Schleima Galperin, will be joining us for Sukkos and will talk about the "Mesirus Nefesh" of living as a Jew under the oppressive communist regime. FREE dinner and Sukka mitzvah at the same time!!!
  • Fri. Oct. 5: Young Professionals "First Fridays" Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars
    Join Young Professionals for the monthly Shabbat Dinner, this month is the HUGE Uptown Sukkah under the Stars!!! Sponsored in part in honor of the engagement of Ady Fisberg to Matt Levine! Please feel free to invite your friends.
  • Mon. Oct. 8: Simchas Torah Bash! - 2 MIN PROMO VIDEO
    For all of you that joined us last year, you know the drill. Get ready to celebrate Chabad-style! Come join us for an unbelievable, all night, happy, thrilling, stress-relieving, dance-til-you-drop, beyond belief and total excitement, feast-on-amazing-foods, l'chaims and fun for all Simchat Torah Party! It doesn't matter if you're not religious, it doesn't matter if you're only Jew-"ish". At Chabad everyone's welcome because the only thing that matters is your willingness to celebrate!

Shabbos Parshas Haazinu

Friday, Sept 28
Services at 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:52 pm

Shabbos, Sept 29
PrePrayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 6:55 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:46 pm
Living Torah

Sukkos First Days Schedule

Sun., Sept. 30 
- 8:30 am Shacharis
- 9:00 am BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
- 6:50 pm Light Holiday Candles 
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services 
- 8:00 pm Sukkot Holiday Community Dinner - Under the Stars! - RSVP 
Join this event on Facebook!

Mon., Oct. 1 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use 
- 6:50 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv) 
After 7:42 pm Light Holiday Candles 

Tues., Oct. 2 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog available for public use 
- 6:50 pm Evening Services 
- 7:41 pm Havdalla & Holiday Ends

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube @youngchabad!

RSVP for Break Fast NOW!!

What an uplifting and inspiring Rosh Hashana at the Hilton Post Oak! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us set up and break down at the hotel. Thank you to Benny Katz catering for making wonderful dinners and lunches for all! Thank you to Ben Shamooelian at the Houston Flowery for the magnificent arrangements! Thank you to Cantor Daniel Gavin for leading the moving services.

HUNGRY not homeless on Yom KippurHere is the sequel! This time Rabbi Chaim IS hungry, but, not homeless at JW Marriott! Please join us for Yom Kippur at the exquisite JW Marriott followed by a Break Fast at Chabad of Uptown! It is a beautiful hotel with regular and youth services in gorgeous and very comfortable ballrooms. If you would like to stay in and do not live close enough, please note that the hotel is sold out at the reduced rate. But, there are many hotels within a few blocks to choose from. You can join the Facebook event page here. You can RSVP to let us know you are coming for services, optionally reserve seats or RSVP for the Break Fast here.

The Chabad of Uptown community extends a hearty Mazel tov to:

  • Ady Fisberg and Matt Levine on their recent engagement!
  • Ron & Riv Mart on the birth of a son!

A look ahead:

Shabbos Shuva, Parshas Vayelech

Friday, September 21
Services at 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:00 pm

Shabbos, September 22
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Shuva Kiddush
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:55 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 23
8:30 am Shacharis
9:00 am BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
11:30 am - 2 pm Kapparos with live chickens - must advance order

Yom Kippur - JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Rd 
Tuesday, Sept. 25 
“Ask” for Lekach 
“Receive” Malkus & Extra Charity
Men Mikvah Immersion at 10900 Fondren Road 2-5 pm
3:15 pm Mincha at 10900 Fondren
Eat Festive Meal with Kreplach.
Light 26-hour “Teshuvah” Candle 
Light holiday candles & Fast Begins at: 6:56 pm 
Kol Nidrei @ JW Marriott: 7:00 pm 
Childrens' Program: 7:00-8:00 pm 

Wednesday, Sept. 26 
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm 
- Yizkor: approx. 12:30 pm 
Mincha Service: 5:15 pm 
Neilah Service: 6:30 pm 
Havdalla & Fast Ends: 7:48 pm 
Break Fast at Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis - RSVP
Break Fast sponsored in part by Seth & Rivka Weisberg in honor the speedy recovery of Linda Mishkin

Sukkot & Simchat Torah Schedule >

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Let's Rosh Hashana!!

Please pardon our dust as we enhance the Chabad of Uptown experience... The (windows') lights are on at the end of the tunnel. We appreciate your patience.


A beautiful group of women enjoyed Dessert & Discussion this week to hear and share thoughts on Rosh Hashana....

YES, ROSH HASHANA IS HERE - THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!!!! If you plan on joining us, please RSVP! All the details at

Shabbos Preceding Rosh Hashana, Parshas Nitzavim 
Friday, Sept. 14 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:09 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 15 
Shabbos Before Rosh Hashana Tehillim at 8:00 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen in preparation of Rosh Hashana 
Mincha at 7:10 pm 
Shabbos Ends at 8:03 pm 
8:30 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Melava Malka by Anat Shafran in memory of her father, Gad ben Michael Friedman, obm. 
Living Torah

Rosh Hashanah 
NO Shacharis / BLT this Sunday at Uptown. (Join Rabbi Chaim at Chabad, 10900 Fondren, at 7:30 am for special Erev Rosh Hashana selichos and Hataras nedarim. More info on this here). 
Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd - Facebook
Sunday, Sept. 16
Light Candles at: 7:07 pm 
Evening Services: 7:15 pm 
Childrens' Program: 7:15-8:15 pm 
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*: 8:15 pm | RSVP
Dinner Sponsored in part by Ron & Rivital Yadin 

Monday, Sept. 17 
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm 
Shofar Sounding: approx. 12:00 pm 
-Traditional Kiddush after Services 
Kiddush Sponsored in part by Jeff & Deborah Karchmer 
Mincha & Family Tashlich Walk & Service: 6:00 pm 
Tashlich sponsored by Terry Gorlick 
Evening Services: 7:45 pm 
Light Candles AFTER: 8:15 pm 
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*: 8:15 pm 

*Dinners: $54 Adult - $36 Child (Ages 3-12) & College Students (per person, per dinner) 

Tuesday, Sept. 18 
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm 
Shofar Sounding: approx. 12:00 pm 
-Traditional Kiddush after Services 
Evening Service: 7:15 pm 
Havdalla & Holiday Ends at: 7:58 pm

We gratefully thank the following general event sponsors of the High Holiday services: 
Craig Breslau, Danielle Buks, Ira Chenkin, Nir & Susie Eshet, Nechemia & Batya Reichman, Fred Reitman, Allison Roberman, Linda Suib, Irina Zilberfayn

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Women's Dessert & Night Out! (and some other glorious stuff)

Labor day is truly a gloriously laborious day. Especially when you spend the entire day roasting in the sun at Kemah Boardwalk with the kids. The most liberating moment was the Starbucks iced spring water to cool down from the scorching hot day.

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  • Please, please, please RSVP so we can prepare accordingly for Rosh Hashana. Thank you to all those that helped us create our viral Shofar campaign video. The original Facebook still image is also featured as the cover story for the Jewish Herald Voice Rosh Hashana magazine... So the ripple effect continues... My silliness is all worth it if only one more Jew is inspired to hear the Shofar this Rosh Hashana.
  • This Shabbos is Holy Happy Hour, the September "First Fridays" for Young Professionals! See who else is coming here. Don't miss out!
  • Last chance to join the TDS Auction for prepaid tickets with a drawing this Sunday! Check it out at
  • Monday at 8 pm is women's night out at the Women's Dessert & Discussion with Chanie in preparation for the High Holy Days!
  • I always say, if the Chinese would only know that Jewish people eat more Chinese than the Chinese, all their restaurants would be kosher! The jury is out if it was the sumptuous sesame chicken by Chanie, flowing Dos Equis or the class on Creation & Evolution by Rabbi Chaim that made the Wednesday evening class for young professionals another resounding success. Next week's topic will prepare us for the time spent praying during the Jewish New Year. Class is Prayer: Does He really hear me? with Baked Ziti dinner sponsored by Karen Nudelman in honor of her late grandmother's birthday
  • Thursdays classes and deep discussions on the meaning of life over Tanya are something special. Come join the magic at two convenient times, 12 noon over optional lunch or 8 pm as you wind down your day!
  • Here is a thought culled from this weeks parsha:

How to Grow a Relationship

Relationships can be said to progress along a path of four stages: proclamation, selection, glory and unification.




Shabbos Selichos, Parshas Ki Savo


Friday, Sept. 7 
Holy Happy Hour for Young Professionals at 7 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:17 pm 
Services at 7:30 pm 
"First Fridays" Shabbos Dinner for Young Pros at 8:45 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 8 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Shabbos Selichos Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 7:20 pm 
Ethics of our Fathers 3 & 4 
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:12 pm 
Living Torah following 
Selichos at Chabad 10900 Fondren at 1:15 am

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

See y'all on Shabbos!


Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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