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Affordable Care Act vs. Chabad

Jan 3-4 - First Fridays for Young Professionals!

  • Join Matt & Yael for an amazing Shabbos for young professionals! Join the event on Facebook.

Jan. 10-11 - Yud Shevat City-Chabad-Wide Shabbaton

  • This is one well planned weekend you do not want to miss! An exciting children's program (& babysitting) will also be throughout the weekend, including a special carnival for children on Friday night run by Chanie, during the Shabbos dinner to be catered by Laykies Gourmet! REGISTER EARLY! Tickets are currently $18.00 for adult and $10.00 for child. Rates will go up after January 6th to $36.00 per adult and $ 20.00 per

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  • Mazel tov to Ron & Riv Mart on the birth of a baby boy! The bris will be held at Chabad of Uptown at 10 am tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 27, 24 Teves. Everyone is welcome.
  • Chanie's first cousin, Levi & Rivky Gottlieb had a baby boy and his mother, Chanie's aunt Sara Gottlieb, and cousin stayed with us! Was wonderful to catch up with family.
  • Today, 23 Teves, was Chaua Mushka's actual 12th birthday, her Bas-Mitzvah. It is amazing how quickly time has flown by! Hard to believe we have a bas mitzvah girl already...

Affordable Care Act vs. Chabad

  • Did you miss the signup deadline? 

    While the country is still debating and analyzing the virtues of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is indisputable that Chabad of Uptown provides the most important care: Essential educational, outreach and social service care to the Jewish community. 

    The Affordable Care Act gave you a deadline to sign up by December 25th. We have no deadlines - though year’s end is a great time to donate. 

    While the Affordable Care Act does not guarantee improved healthcare, Chabad guarantees the wellbeing of each Jew in our care. 

    And while the Affordable Care Act requires you to buy Insurance with after tax dollars, Cheder also takes appreciated stock, IRA distributions, used cars and unwanted real property. 

    Please donate towards our matching grant year-end $30,000 campaign, it isn’t mandatory like the ACA, but it is a big Mitzvah! 

    Visit our website to participate! (Oh, and our website actually works). 

    We are almost at $30,000! Please give generously at

Class schedule updates:

  • There will not be Young professional classes this and next Wednesday Jan. 1 & 8.
  • The Tuesday Noon Parsha Class and Thursday Tanya classes at noon and 8 pm are on schedule for these weeks! Join us!


  • Dear Rabbi Chaim, As we approach 2014 and think over the last year, I cannot help but marvel at what each one of us has gotten from being with you as a guide through TANYA. In my experience, most students do not tell their teachers how good they are because they think their teachers already know that. But the fact is, teachers rarely get to hear what they add to their students' lives. TANYA class has drawn together quite a diverse crowd to say the least. Yet, none of us would have gotten to know each other without this class. You are the glue. I do not know how you manage to answer the myriad of questions that pop up but you do it in a unique way that speaks directly to our individual ways of learning and it reaches both our minds and souls. And when things get complicated as they always do, you give us laughter. Thank you for all this and looking forward to more. - Dr. Maxine Epstein

Chof Daled Teves - Yartzeit of the Alter Rebbe, Author of the Tanya

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Va'eira

Friday, December 27, 24 Teves 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:11 pm

Shabbos, December 28, 25 Teves 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 5:10 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:11 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, December 29, 26 Teves 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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$10,111 to go!!!

1504015_10151722808516486_438967809_n.jpgChabad of Uptown's Facebook page has made some noise this week with the following post generating some 70 comments, 579 likes, 662 shares, reaching almost 47,000 people! Here it is:

In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later."

"Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" 

"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat with our mouths." 

The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." 

"I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." 

The other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." 

"Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." 

"Mother?? You believe in mother? Where is she now?" 

"She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." 

"I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." 

To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her. I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality."

Come learn more about the Soul, Spiritual Reality and Hashem at our Tanya classes on Thursday at noon or 8 pm!

Here is an interesting story about Burt Siegel, the much beloved leader of the Reform Shul of New York (on the Lower East Side) has been studying Talmud, Tanya & Chumash at Chabad of the Upper East Side. More...

  • Sincere condolences from the Chabad family is extended to Ilana Gavra on the passing of her sister.
  • Mazel tov to Chanie's brother Rabbi Shimon and Mushkie Galperin of Solon, Ohio upon the birth of a baby boy, Menachem Mendel!
  • Happy 11th birthday to our son Mendel, tonight, 17 Teves!
  • We never take good things for granted! We want to thank Houston Flowery for always sending our shul a beautiful bouquet of flowers beautifying the Shul every Shabbos.
  • Check out the Jewish Herald Voice this week for coverage on our Uptown Park menorah!
  • Torah Tuesdays, the new Parsha class is off to a great start! Uncover the deeper meaning of the weekly Torah portion. Please join us at any time......
  • You should have received an email with the program and details for the Jan. 10-11 Shabbaton with Rabbi Leib Schapiro. In case you missed it, visit Register early for 50% less!

Donate Online (225)A special thank you to all the people who donated to help us reach our $30,000 year end goal to close 2013 "in the black"! So far we have raised $19,889!! Only with your help can we raise the absolutely necessary remaining $10,111 to allow us to continue feeding hungry Jews with food for the soul (& body) with weekly classes and Shabbos, provide loving friends for homebound seniors, raise holiday and Torah awareness in the booming area of Uptown!

A special thanks to the anonymous donor whose matching challenge has helped us reach so far!!! Read more about the campaign here.

PARSHAH: Of Hippies and Sheep

G‑d was looking for someone to lead His people. We know he chose Moses. The question is, why? more...

Shabbos Parshas Shemos


Friday, December 20, 17 Teves
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:08 pm

Shabbos, December 21, 18 Teves
Chassidus Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:06 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, December 22, 19 Teves
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Schedule change this week - 10 Teves Fast

This email is sponsored by Samuel Kronman of Urban Farms in loving memory of his father, Yechiel Elya ben Avraham Yoel. Thank you to Sam for adding amazing flavor to our Shabbos last week with his carefully grown assorted micro greens! He is graciously opening up his commercial business for private sales to community members. Contact us for his contact info.

Almost half way through December, but we still need help to get to our $30,000 year end goal! Remember your donation is worth double, dollar for dollar! - write "year-end" in the comments.

Shabbos schedule is slightly different this week as Friday, Jan. 13, is the Fast of Tevet 10. It is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance, in remembrance of the siege of Jerusalem. We refrain from food and drink from daybreak at 5:53 am to nightfall at 5:50 pm, and add the Selichot and other special supplements to our morning prayers. (More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a "generalkaddish day" for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.)

The fast begins upon going to sleep. To eat up until 5:53 am you either need to remain awake or you must, before going to sleep, make a verbal condition to yourself to eat and drink before the fast begins.

We will break the fast with kiddush at Shabbos dinner, therefore Friday night services this week will be at 4:50 pm and dinner at 6 pm... See below for detailed schedule.

Moshe Stein has a birthday and will read the Torah, Parshas Vayechi, concluding the book of Bereishis with "Chazak!" and marking his "bar-mitzvah anniversary"!

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We were waiting for the perfect weather to once again have an evening around the fire pit with Stories, S'mores and Coors! Open mic (tough) questions for the Rabbi too! All happening at our weekly young professionals Wednesday dinner, class & social. Picsshort 7 second video clip capturing the cozy evening of sizzling sliders and hot cider. Here is the moving story retold about Chanie's father as retold by her sister Raizy Rubin "The Year I missed Menorah".

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Jan. 10-11!Chabad of Uptown will join a special Shabbaton of all Houston area Chabad Houses to be hosted at Chabad Lubavitch Center at 10900 Fondren. It will mark the special weekend of Yud Shevat, Shabbos Shira Parshas Beshalach January 10-11. (Yes, that means thatwe will NOT have services at 4311 Bettis Drive that week). The weekend will include a family style Shabbos dinner and Shabbos day kiddush & farbrengen. The legendary Rav Leibel Schapiro, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah Gedolah of Greater Miami, will be scholar-in-residence and many Houston area Shluchim will be coming with their families for Shabbos. We will provide Shabbos sleeping accommodations in the neighborhood there, please let us know. More details to follow.

The Chanukah Coin Menorah count result is in! Congratulations to everyone for the great mitzvah of882662_10151711030591486_1565784159_o.jpgsupporting seniors! Eitan guessed $1030 and the actual count was..... $1002.73!! Congratulations to the Nezer family on winning the Coin Menorah total contents guessing contest! The beautiful leather bracelet prize was sponsored by Chaim & Dorit Kamman.

The Chabad of Uptown family extends its condolences to Bruce Schimmel upon the passing of his mother Sheba Axelrod. May Hashem comfort the family together with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Shabbos Chazak, Parshas Vayechi

Friday, 10 Teves, Dec. 13 
Fast of 10 Teves
5:53 am Fast Begins 
4:50 pm Mincha with Torah Reading - PLEASE BE ON TIME 
5:06 pm Light candles 
5:35 pm Kabbolas Shabbos 
5:50 pm Fast Ends 
As fasting on Shabbos is a prohibition, under these circumstances you should make kiddush as soon as possible, even if you are delayed until the "sixth hour" begins.
6:00 pm Shabbos Dinner - Kiddush breaking the Fast - RSVP

Shabbos, 11 Teves, Dec. 14 
9:00 am Chassidus Shiur 
10:00 am Shacharis 
5:00 pm Mincha 
6:03 pm Shabbos Ends, Maariv, Havdala 
Living Torah 

Sunday, 12 Tevet, Dec. 15 
8:30 am Shacharis 
9:00 am The Real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Current Weekly Torah Classes:

  • Tuesdays Parsha Class at Noon
  • Wednesday Dinner, Class & Social for Young Professionals
  • Thursdays Tanya Class at Noon & 8 pm. 

Have an easy fast and a Good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


"First Fridays" this Shabbos! | Chanukah Videos & Pics

Child Filling Coin MenorahThe coin menorah celebration was an absolute success! Young and old all enjoyed collecting and joining the challenge to fill our giant coin menorah Tzedaka box!!Video of event | Pictures.

Listening to the coins drop out through the cleanout made beautiful Jewish-jingle-music! Video. Thank you Michael Pasternak and Reuven Krumbein for their emptying assistance.

The bank is counting it up and we will announce the winner of the contents amount guessing contest to help programs for homebound seniors! Special thanks for the Jewelry prize sponsored by Chaim & Dorit Kamman!

Also, check out these photo galleries of Chanukah Rockets,Thanksgiving float (video) & Coin Menorah. Many more pictures and video on Rabbi Chaim & Chabad of UptownFacebook including pic and video of Galleria lighting last night.



Throughout Chanukah the Uptown Park lights were burning bright on Post Oak! You may see it at thecorner of Post Oak and Uptown Park in front of the Starbucks. May they enlighten our ability to "see the forest for the trees".


Here is an interesting and heartwarming local Chanukah related story about the horrific Bronx train crash this week:A Train Crash, A Missing Spouse, A Day in the Life of Two Chabad Rabbis

Mazel tov to Ari (Brian) Hutchison on his engagement to Grace Unell! They invite the Uptown community to join them on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a "L'chaim" engagement party at 8 pm. Contact us for the address.

Mazel tov to Houston Rockets Omri Casspi for his official invitation to the White House Chanukah celebrationKitchen koshering compliments of Rabbi Chaim's first cousin, Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

We had a wonderful Rosh Chodesh minyan both days, followed by a fantastic breakfast sponsored by the Melniks! Thank you!

This Shabbos we host a Friday night dinner for Young Professional with our monthly "First Fridays"!! Please RSVP at

Upcoming: Services on Friday night are at 6:30 pm throughout winter. Next Friday is the Fast of 10 Teves, that runs until and fast broken with kiddush on Friday night. Therefore, Shabbat services will be held at the earliest possible time beginning at 5 pm. Look out for next week's email for the exact details.

PARSHA: The Day Forgiveness was Born

This is the first recorded moment in history in which one human being forgives another.more...


Join us for the earliest Shabbos of the year!

Shabbos Parshas Vayigash

Friday, December 6
Candle Lighting at 5:03 pm
Services at 6:30 pm | "First Fridays" Shabbos Dinner RSVP!

Shabbos, December 7
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Mincha at 5 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm

Sunday, December 8 - "Hey Teves"
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Current Weekly Torah Classes:

  • Tuesdays Parsha Class at Noon
  • Wednesday Dinner, Class & Social for Young Professionals
  • Thursdays Tanya Class at Noon & 8 pm.

See you on Shabbos! :)

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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