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Are you a tree hugger?

We are lucky to have Chanie's sister, Mushkie & Yossi Bendet visiting this weekend! It is not too late to join the special Tu Beshvat Community Shabbos dinner, as we celebrate the New Year for Trees with guest Rabbi Yossi Bendet! - Join on Facebook

edible arrangements icon.jpgMazel tov to Rabbi Chaim's sister Devorah Leah and Mordechai Loksen of NY upon the birth of a baby boy!

We had a great workshop for Young Professionals in preparation for Tu Beshvat with an edible arrangements workshop presentation by Chanie. Everyone came up with their own amazing creations!

Chanie will be heading to NY (with the girls) for the annual conference of Chabad Rebbetzins where all the "binders full of women" will meet. Join us next Shabbos for our February "First Fridays" - Rabbi-Needs-help-in-the-kitchen Shabbos! On Facebook here!

Volunteers are needed to visit with seniors as part of our Loaves of Love program! Please let us know if you are available to make a difference is a senior's life! Sign up at

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. more...



To Be a Leader of the Jewish People

There is no one Torah model of leadership. We are each called on to fill a number of roles. more...



Shabbos Tu B'Shevat, Parshas Beshalach

Friday, January 25
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:34 pm

Shabbos, January 26
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by:

  • Dr. Alan & Chagit Croock in honor of moving closer to Chabad of Utown neighborhood & moving closer to making Aliyah to Israel, b'ezrat Hashem
  • Bernard & Marilyn Mendoza, in commemoration of his father's upcoming yartzeit, Yehudah ben Mordechai, o.b.m.

Mincha at 5:34 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:32 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 27 
Shacharis ay 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Fruits and wine for all!

This email is dedicated in honor of a Refuah Shelaima, a complete and speedy recovery, for Henoch Halevi ben Esther and for Sarah Shayna bas Gitel.

COMMUNITY: Next Shabbos is Tu B'Shevat. We will have a special community Shabbos dinner with special fruits, wines and blessings to mark the New Year for Trees. Please join us! RSVP Join event on Facebook.

YOUNG PROS: S'mores, Coors and Stories around the fire pit was shared with great comeraderie at our Wednesday night 397588_10151390569356140_1800711096_n.jpgclass. Thank you to Karen Nudelman for sponsoring. Please join us this week for PreTu B'Shevat - Edible Arrangements Workshop! Of course, dinner will also be served.

Next Monday is Yud Shevat, the yahrtzeit of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe. It is also the day when, in 1951, the seventh Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson(1902–1994), of righteous memory, formally accepted the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch. I will be making a trip to NY and visiting the Ohelon this special day. If you would like me to include your Hebrew name and mother's name and any request for a blessing I will include in my prayers. This may done for any friends and family as well.

Major plans for Purim, this year on Saturday night and Sunday, Feb. 23-24. Save the date and stay tuned for a big splash!!

Mazel Tov to Chanie's sister Elkie and Rabbi Moshe Wolf from Chicago on the birth of a baby girl!

Freedom’s Defense

Freedom is won not on the battlefield, nor in the political arena, nor in the courts, national or international, but in the human imagination and will. more...



Shabbos Parshas Bo


Friday, January 18
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:28 pm

Shabbos, January 19
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush - Sponsorship available
Mincha at 5:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:27 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 20
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Mitzvos with Wings

Very inspirational week with the commemoration of the 200th yartzeit of the author of the Tanya on Sunday, seeing it implemented in practical life on Wednesday through the story of Brian Grodner (may he have a speedy and complete recovery) and learning how to soar to Hashem with the wings of mitzvos at our Thursday Tanya (ch. 40) class.

Young Adults Professional Class at Chabad of Uptown HoustonBrian shared, "My doctor gave me 6 months, that was 3 years ago... Chassidus & Tanya has taught me four guiding principals how to G.R.A.B. higher: 
Gratitude for what we have; 
Reframe everything to see the good in it; 
Achievements come in small bites with short term goals; and 
Belief constantly that Hashem will take care of me".


May Hashem grant him and all others who are in need of health with a speedy and complete recovery along with many long and healthy years with their families and loved ones.

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Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Va'era

Friday, January 11 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:22 pm

Shabbos, January 12 
PrePrayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 5:25 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:21 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, January 13 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Challenges | Edible Arrangements | Feb First Fridays
Texas Shabbaton | Elderly | Heroes & Villains Purim


Overcoming Challenges: The Power of Positive Thinking
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:00pm

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Free eggplant parmesan dinner & vegetable soup

Brian Grodner, a cancer patient and co-authoring "Cancer is not the Boss of Me" will share personal and other experiences and thoughts about living positively through adversity.


PreTu B'Shevat - Edible Arrangements Workshop 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:00pm

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“Fruit for Thought”: A fruit cutting workshop in the spirit of Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for trees. Learn to design beautiful fruit arrangements like a professional. Hear the contemporary message of the holiday of Tu B'shvat. Enjoy light refreshments and camaraderie.


"First Fridays" for young Professionals!! 
Friday, February 1, 2013 6:30pm

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Join Young Professionals for Shabbat Dinner! 

Please feel free to invite your friends, Ages 21-39 

Candle Lighting: 5:41 PM 
Friday Night Services: 6:30 PM 
Lively Shabbat Dinner: 7:35 PM 

$10 Before Wednesday at 6:00PM - $18 After 

RSVP at http://www.chabaduptown.or​g/shabbatdinner

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Texas Intercollegiate Shabbaton - Students and Grad Students 
February 15-17, 2013

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Join Students from Texas A&M, UT, Tulane, UNT, Rice, U of H, Blinn, Oklahoma, South Texas College of Law, Texas State, TCU, UTSA and more at the 4th Annual Grand Texas Intercollegiate Shabbaton!

The Grand Texas Intercollegiate 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. Highlights of the event include a massive Shabbat dinner and lunch, guest speakers and workshops on contemporary Jewish topics, lively services, musical entertainment and a Saturday night Texas barbeque. The event is hosted by the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Texas A&M in collaboration with Jewish student centers in the Texas region.


Register today!

Commerical: Stuff Chabad Rabbis Say 

mishloach.jpgPrePurim Mishloach Manot Packing for the Elderly 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:00pm

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Help pack beautiful food packages (Shalach Manot) for the elderly as part of our Loaves of Love Program. (to be distributed on Purim) While munching on your hot hamantaschen, transport yourself back to original Purim story in Persia and learn the history of the Jews of Persia. Save some of your hamantaschen to bring home and share!

Heroes & Villains Purim Party - For Young Professionals 
Saturday, February 23, 2013 8:30pm

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Do you think you have what it takes to be a hero... or a villain?

Step into a super-cool and super-secret lair tucked deep in Uptown, where you'll enjoy great music, delicious food and our signature Purim drinks from the wide open bar. Just be careful when sipping those Flamin' Hamans and Mordtinis -- drink too much and you just might reveal your true identity...

Come dressed as your favorite alter ego and see who wins the battle of naughty and nice. You might walk away with super prizes.

Sidekicks welcome.


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200 years, Shabbos with Peers! - It's FIRST FRIDAYS!

This Sunday marks 200 years since the passing of the Alter Rebbe on 24 Teves, 5573 / 1812. A mystic, a communal activist, a philosopher, a halachic authority, a composer, a talmudist—Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was all of these. But he was primarily a spiritual guide, who created a practical path that allows anyone to approach divinity. Rabbi Schneur Zalman lived in an era of change and unrest on a global scale. Yet his life continues to inspire, and his works and teachings have long withstood the test of time.

At Chabad of Uptown we have had the gift to study his seminal work of the Tanya in a very deep manner every Thursday at noon and 8 pm for almost two years now. We study his works of Torah Ohr and Likkutei Torah on Shabbos mornings. Even after many years of yeshivah and Rabbinical study, teaching his works has changed my understanding of his teachings and the world we live in. I want to personally thank each of you, for helping bring me to this level of study.

I hope it has changed the participants as well. (If you are one of them, please share what it has done for you, we would love to hear. If you are not, you may join us at any time!)

There will be a special Farbrengen for men and women at Chabad Lubavitch Center on Motzei Shabbos, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 pm with Guest Speaker Rabbi Yossi Marrus of S. Antonio. Click for more.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812)

The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad. more...




Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Shemos

Friday, January 4 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:17 pm | "First Fridays" Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals

Shabbos, January 5 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 5:20 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:16 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, January 6 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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