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Joy! Delight! Celebrate!

Joy! Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Adar 1. That means that tomorrow morning we will have our monthly Rosh chodesh minyan and breakfast at 6:45 am! Please reply if we can count on you for the minyan and Adar joy!

Adar Joy: "When Adar enters," the Talmud declares, "we increase in joy." For this is "the month that was transformed for them from sorrow to joy, from mourning to festivity" (Esther 9:22) by the great miracle and victory of Purim. Our sages advise that the month of Adar is an auspicious time for the Jewish people, so that if a Jew is faced with a challenging event (i.e., a court case, a medical procedure, etc.) he should endeavor to schedule it during Adar. Links: 4 Reasons to be Happy; more on joy.

Delight! That's the only way to describe the emotions of the seniors and young professional volunteers aschallah bake gallery icon.jpgthey paired up to bake Challah at the Hampton on Post Oak this past Wednesday! Please volunteer for our Loaves of Love program and get paired up with a senior!

Celebrate! Next Shabbos, Feb. 7 is the first Friday of February, and you know that means! "First Fridays" for young professionals Shabbos dinner and social!!

JTA - The Women of Chabad: When I arrived at the Hilton in midtown Manhattan Sunday night for the International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchos — the women’s version of themen’s emissary conference that took place in Brooklyn in November — my media contact instructed me to turn right and follow the ladies.

It wasn’t hard. Some 3,000 women — mostly from the United States, but in true Chabad fashion representing a cross-section of the movement’s global corps of emissaries — were dressed to the nines, tottering in their heels and designer dresses into the hotel’s dimly lit ballroom. Read more >

Chanie came back from this inspiring conference attending workshops, catching up with friends andKinus Hashluchos Banquet group 5774.jpghanging out with family. From left to right, meet the clan!Chanie Galperin Lazaroff, Chanie Look alike, Chanie Look alike, Chanie's mother also a Look alike, Chanie Look alike, Chanie Look alike, Chanie sister in law, Chanie Look alike!

Women Enriched By Talks, Classes, Visits and Each Other at Annual Conference

At gala banquet, they compare experiences, share ideas and feed off the energy of thousands more...

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NEW JLI COURSE: A new 6 week JLI course begins this Tuesday evening, To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History.More info and to register here >

This year is a shanah meuberet (lit., "a pregnant year") or a leap year on the Jewish calendar. The Jewish leap year, which occurs 7 times in a 19-year cycle, has 13 months instead of the regular year's 12. This is so that the lunar-based Jewish year should remain aligned with the solar seasons (12 lunar months make up a total of 354 days -- slightly more than 11 days short of the 365.25 day solar cycle). The added month is called "Adar I" and is inserted before the month of Adar (termed "Adar II" in leap years). The festival of Purim celebrated on Adar 14, is in Adar II on leap years, while the 14th of the Adar I is marked only as "Purim Minor." Similarly, birthdays and most other anniversaries are marked on the 2nd Adar. Links The 19-Year Marriage


On the morning of February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle, returning from its STS-107 mission, was destroyed upon re-entry, 16 minutes before its scheduled landing. All its crew members perished, including Ilan Ramon, a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, who was the first Israeli astronaut. Prior to his departing to space on Space Shuttle Columbia, where his mission included the manning of a multispectral camera for recording desert aeroso, he arranged to take Kosher food and he took along a Kiddush cup and a copy of the Torah. Links: Pride, Pain and the Suddenness of Life.

Building a Synagogue

The synagogues and study halls in the Diaspora are considered “miniature sanctuaries.” For this reason, we find that some of the physical characteristics of the Holy Temple are to be incorporated into the building of a synagogue . . . more...

Join our building campaign!

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Terumah


Friday, January 31
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:40 pm

Shabbos, February 1
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:40 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:36 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, February 2
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Tefillin and breakfast at 9 am

Tuesday, February 4 
Weekly parsha class at 12 pm
New six-week JLI course at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 5
Young professionals dinner, class and social at 8 pm

Thursday, February 6
Tanya - Faith a belief in G-d at 12 pm (optional lunch)
Tanya - spirituality of Torah and Mitzvos at 8 pm

Friday, February 7
First Fridays - Shabbos Dinner for Young Professionals

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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22 Shevat, Chanie @ NY conference

Chanie is in NY for the annual conference of Chabad Rebbetzins. That means Rabbi Chaim is cooking. You coming? 

You can watch the closing Banquet of the annual international conference  on Sunday live at

As a father, I refuse to babysit 
By Rabbi Chaim

As a father, I strongly feel that it is not my job to babysit. I know, fathers should be involved with their kids, but, babysit? Absolutely not.

Just because my wife, Chanie Lazaroff, has a conferenceof Chabad Lubavitch Shluchos (Women Emissaries) to attend yearly in NY does not mean I have to be stuck babysitting the kiddos. I explain why on my blog < CLICK >


Our daughter, Chaya Mushka, did a wonderful job at her Bas Mitzvah celebration. Thank you to all the well wishers at this special milestone for our family.

The theme of the Bas Mitzvah was about her namesake Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, whose yartzeit was commemorated today, marking her passing on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988). Chabad's annual international conference ofsheluchot (woman "emissaries") is held on or near this date. Links: An on-line biography; more on the Rebbetzin

BUILDING: We are getting closer and closer to our Building Campaign $400,000 goal, raising over $30,000 since thermometer 1-23-14.jpgOctober! Please help us nudge this thermometer closer.

While on the subject, don't forget to remember Chabad of Uptown in your will. Leaving a portion of your estate to Chabad is the simplest way to reduce estate taxes and easiest way to leave a lasting legacy.

YOUNG PROS: Bake Challah with Seniors this Wednesday, January 29, and do a mitzvah! We will meet at the Hampton at 7 pm. Location details and join theFacebook event here.

ROSH CHODESH is next Friday, Jan. 31! A month flew by! Join us for our monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan and start your day with a healthy breakfast! 

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Last Friday Houston Rockets Omri Casspi came by to meet with Rabbi Chaim at his office and met with the Torah Day School students and basketball team. They all had a great time. 

AUDIO PARSHAH: How to Liberate Yourself

The portion of Mishpatim contains many mitzvahs and details related to civil law. The first law, which is about the Jewish servant, conveys a profound teaching in attaining true freedom. more...

Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim


Friday, January 24 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:34 pm

Shabbos, January 25
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 5:35 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 6:30 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, January 26 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
The real BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Friday, January 31 - Rosh Chodesh Adar I
Monthly Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by a breakfast spread! 

Stay warm and have a Good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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As a father, I refuse to babysit

As a father, I strongly feel that it is not my job to babysit. I know, fathers should be involved with their kids, but, babysit? Absolutely not.

Just because my wife, Chanie Lazaroff, has a conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchos (Women Emissaries) to attend yearly in NY does not mean I have to be stuck babysitting the kiddos.

OK, I will pack their lunches, take them to school, shuttle them to after-school activities, make dinner and tuck them into bed at night with a nice story. Perhaps it will include potty breaks (or accidents) and cleaning up the messy floor artistically created by an unexpected stomach bug. But, babysit? No way.

Studies have consistently shown that involved fathers create happy, healthy and responsible kids and thereby adults. The effects have been proven in many areas including school grades, emotional health, incarceration and poverty.

The difference of babysitting versus fathering is not only in language semantics, as may be the difference between educating to teaching.

Babysitters can also teach skills. Hey, parents would not get any respite nor would high school kids have pocket change if it were not for babysitters. But, the Hebrew word for education is Chinuch. The etymology of the word connotes dedication as in the word Chanukah. The upbringing of a child goes beyond teaching life skills. A babysitter can skillfully bring a storybook to life. The bonding that a nurturing parent provides goes way beyond the appreciation of a storybook to an appreciation for the provider of life itself.

Babysitting is not a job for a father. For that we hire people when the parents are not available. Fathers take care of their kids and so do the mothers.

TAGS: #Fatherhood, #Parenting#Chabad, #Kinus 

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Reflections of Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon passed away this week. He served as a general and commander in the IDF, as a minister in numerous Israeli governments including the Defense Ministry, and as the eleventh Prime Minister of Israel. He was interviewed in Israel in 2000 describing his relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. You can read it compiled here.

Over 350 people participated is last week's uplifting and special Shabbaton weekend with Rabbi Leibs louis craziness video player button.jpgSchapiro of Miami! It was very special to spend Shabbos together with so many different people from the various Chabad Houses throughout Houston.

Join us for our weekely classes!

"It is a pleasure that I get to look forward to [Tanya on] Thursday at noon and Tuesday as well for the parsha class. Both are enlightening and help to give me a better understanding of my Jewish faith. Thank you for being such a great inspiration," - Michael Pasternak

  • Tuesdays, 12 pm - The Weekly Parsha Revealed
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm - JLI Course: Feb 4th - Mar 11th: To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History More >
  • Wednesdays, 8 pm - Dinner, class & social for young professionals
  • Thursdays, 12 pm or 8 pm - Tanya
  • Shabbos (Saturday), 9 am - Torah Ohr (Parsha Mysticism)

Mazal tov to Chaya Mushka Lazaroff on her bas mitzvah celebration this weekend!

Today is Tu B'Shevat. Learn all about it on our website at

AUDIO ON PARSHAH: Ladies First at Mt. Sinai

When G-d instructed Moses to prepare the people to receive the Torah at Sinai, He said: "Speak to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel" (Exodus 19:3). The "house of Jacob," our sages explain, are the women; "the sons of Israel," the men. more...

Shabbos Parshas Yisro


Friday, January 17
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:28 pm

Shabbos, January 18
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush in honor of Chaya Mushka's bas mitzvah
Mincha at 6:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:25 pm
Living Torah

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

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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LAZZFEED: Epic Moments of Road trip of a lifetime

Snowball fight with cousins at Bubbie's houseWe just returned from an amazing road trip with the family – final destination, New York! Purpose was tovisit the Ohel in honor of our daughter Chaya Mushka’s bas mitzvah and for Rabbi Chaim’s nephew, Rabbi Chanoch Rosenfeld’s wedding. While we were at it, we got to celebrate Rivky’s birthday in NY, with a special visit to the ohel as well!

Heading north we stopped on Sunday at Milk & Honey in Dallas for a meat lunch (go figure?) and Tulsa for jumping off the walls – literally (instead of the car). We were excited when a restroom stop chanced on the Sam Houston Statue standing 60 feet tall!

We did an overnight stay somewhere in route to St. Louis with a special Monday visit to City Museum that is a one of kind amazing place for kids (and kids at heart) to climb in suspended three story high tunnels and more to explore. We ended the day with dinner at a cute family owned deli called Kohn’s.

Overnighted off the road somewhere on the way to Chanie’s brother on Tuesday, Rabbi Shimon & Mushkie Galperin, Shluchim in Solon, Ohio. There we saw…. Snow – including a full-blown snowball fight!!! That put us just in time for midnight on January 1, 2014 at Rabbi Chaim’s sister, Chassi & Hirsh
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Melech Rivkin’s home in Morristown, NJ. Chanie’s brother Mendel is learning in Rabbinical College in Morristown – so he joined us too! There we watched fireworks from her porch while eating steaks and other good stuff. Perfect timing and geographical placement for a visit on Wednesday morning to Chanie’s sister, Nechama Dina & Sholom Ber Hendel in Monsey, NY where we got to make homemade SPELT pizza from scratch! Finally arrived Wednesday evening at Chanie’s parents for dinner.

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Yes, that's crazy Rabbi Chaim & Mendel 

First day in NY warrants an immediate visit to the Rebbe’s ohel in honor of Chaya Mushka’s bas mitzvah. It was very special to go together as a family at this auspicious time.

The rest of the weekend was spent fighting the snow and slush, visiting the grandmothers and doing the thing Chabad Texans do in NY, like eating ice cream in 7 degree polar frost weather. Chanie’s sister Raizy came down to visit from Albany and we got to visit another sister Mushky & Rabbi Yossi Bendet as well. It was also great to trudge through the snow exploring 770 and Crown Heights together with Allison Roberman who has moved back to NY.

We celebrated Rabbi Chaim’s nephew, Chanoch Rosenfeld’s wedding on Monday night. It was great forjumping in Tulsa.gifthe whole family and cousins to spend some joyous time together dancing and celebrating. We packed the van on Tuesday in time for the first Sheva Brachos and hit the road that night immediately after the party to beat the horrendous NYC morning traffic overnighting somewhere in Pennsylvania. To our luck the famous landmark Natural Bridge is a privately owned enterprise and closed for owner transfer just a few day prior to our arrival :(.

We pretty much rushed home to be able to get back in time for the last minute preparations for the big Shabbaton this weekend with Rabbi Leib Schapiro. But, of course we had to stop when Mendel sighted an army tank, jeep, bomber, chopper and more at a Veteran’s memorial in Tuscaloosa and for lunch at Casablanca in New Orleans.

Here we are, at home in our own beds, but, only for one night. We look forward to seeing y’all at theVeterans Memorial USS Tuscaloosa.gifShabbaton this weekend, where we expect close to 300 people. Shabbos dinner needs a reservation; the rest is open to all.

To my luck, the internet is offline at Chabad of Uptown, so I had to jump over to 24 hr Starbucks to send this emai. But, you only know that if you read till the end. :) 

RAMBAM: Tonight completes the annual study cycle of the Rambam. You can do it this year and study all of Torah’s subjects in one (or three) year(s)!

Shabbos Shira, Parshas Beshalach, Yud Shevat
Friday-Saturday, Jan 10-11, 10 Shevat

All Chabad of Uptown services for this Shabbos will be held at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren Road.

Complete schedule and RSVP link for Shabbos dinner can be found at

Sunday, Jan. 12
Shacharis at 8:30 amThe Real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am
Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

First First Fridays of 2014!!

  • Beautiful Rosh Chodesh Shevat minyan was held this morning! Many thanks to Ilan Melnik for facilitating sucessfull.png and gathering the minyan!
  • YOUNG PROS: Start 2014 right with our *First* First Friday of the year! Great people, atmosphere and meal lead by our guest family Matt & Yael Trusch! RSVP now at and on Facebook here.
  • January 6 is the deadline for the the 50% off reservations for next week's Shabbaton with all the Chabad centers in Houston hosted by Chabad Lubavitch Center at 10900 Fondren Road. Don't wait!! RSVP today at
PARSHA: The Far Horizon
Judaism became the religion whose heroes were teachers and whose passion was study. more...

Shabbos Parshas Bo

Friday, January 3
Services at 6:30 pm | First Fridays for Young Professionals RSVP
Candle Lighting at 5:17 pm

Shabbos, January 4
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:14 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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