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Largest Record Breaking #KinusSelfie

What am I thankful for? Well, what can I say... Every year, the conference drives home one more vignette that I bring back to the daily grind. This year, I felt like the family of Chabad Shluchim (Chabad emissaries) is really and truly one big family. I am not sure how to pinpoint exactly where and when - but, it definitely resonated with me this year even more than previous conferences I have attended. The closing banquet was especially heartfelt, notably the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein and Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov. If you missed it live, you can still watch the replay. It is well worth your time!

EPIC SELFIE ALERT - At the annual group Where's Waldo "family picture" I wrote about last week, my brother Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff from Chabad at Texas A&M, myself and a few other Chabad Rabbis, made a playful epic #kinusselfie, the largest selfie in the world. (Someone showed up with a camera drone too! :) It made waves around the world. Maybe Guiness World Records will take notice and make a category for that! But, thankfully World Record Academy does! :)

  • CNET - Holy photo! There are 2,000 rabbis in that selfie
  • World Record Academy - Largest Religious Selfie: Orthodox rabbis set world record despite Guinness missing category  
  • New York Magazine - How Many Rabbis Does It Take to Make the World’s Largest Selfie?
  • Huffington Post - More Than 2,000 Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis Gather For Epic Group Selfie 
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle - At conference of hasidic emissaries, social media leads the way 
  • News - Thousands of Rabbis in Group SelfieThousands of Rabbis in Group Selfie
  • The Jewish Week -  Chabad Takes Aim At Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Pic
  • European Jewish Press - 5,200 Chabad emissaries meet in New York for their annual conference
  • i24News - Selfie aware rabbis
  • JPUpdates - #KinusSelfie Rocks Chabad’s Kinus Hashluchim Conference
  • YNet - Chabad rabbis take 'world's largest selfie'
  • Shalom Life -  2,000 Rabbis Gather in Brooklyn for "World's Largest Selfie"
  • Mako - הסלפי הכי גדול בעולם
  • Yediot Achronot - סלפי קבוצתי: 2,000 רבני חב"ד thanksgiving shabbos.jpg
  • PC DailyMaily  - כינוס הסלפי הגדול
  • Kipa - שיא גינס? 2000 שלוחי חב"ד הצטלמו בסלפי ענק

But, the most meaningful part of the conference was visiting the Ohel, as I described to the QueensChronicle

"Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, who came from Houston, said there naturally is a large spiritual context to the conference. But Lazaroff said it is much more, with a vast social component and topics ranging from teaching of religious doctrine to world events. “There are workshops, networking, education,” he said. Lazaroff also spoke of his desire to visit Schneerson’s grave during the visit. The rebbe, who sought to spread the Jewish faith and education initiatives to all corners of the world, is the reason he is a native of Texas." read the rest of the article here.

Hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend, and I look forward to seeing you in Shul!

Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei

Friday, November 28
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm

Shabbos, November 29
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush in honor of Dan Melnik's birthday
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:00 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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#HalfSelfie Where's Waldo Rocket Science

They call it the Where's Waldo picture. Every year, around this time, Chabad Shluchim from all over kinushalfselfie.jpgthe world gather in Crown Heights for the Kinus, the annual conference. You got it, I'm talking about the picture that hangs in the media room of Chabad of Uptown.

Every year they take this group photo. It doesn’t change much, aside for growing larger every year. It's always in front of the Rebbe's synagogue and office, 770 Eastern Parkway. All the men have black hats, dark suits, many wear glasses.

Finding your Chabad Rabbi is like finding a needle in a haystack. "Hey you with the hat, smile!"

Here's a paradox. Everyone has the black hat, everyone has a beard. It looks like one big sea of sameness. But as anyone who has been to multiple Chabad Houses knows very well how different we are. Yes, we share the same mission and dedication, but we each express it and develop it in our own way. So many of you have commented to me on the interesting differences between the Chabad Houses you've visited.

Chabad celebrates individuality, each Chabad House is unique, and it is not a cookie-cutter franchise. The Rebbe encouraged each Shliach to build on their own personal strengths, and on the strengths and needs of their particular community.

This concept is oft-repeated in the Rebbe's teachings; Klal and Prat, community and individual. The Waldo analogy is accurate, because Chabad shares the same message and life-lesson as the Waldo books: "You are never lost in the crowd!"

Taking this photo is not a job for your iPhone. To properly make this huge image, in which every single face is in focus, Chabad retains the professional services of veteran photographer Don Holloway, a specialist in these types of pictures.

The Rebbe was this type of expert. He envisioned the huge spectrum of the Jewish people, the global picture, from Thailand to Toronto, Laos to Los Angeles etc… and yet was deeply concerned with each and every Jew, an incredible vision where each individual Jew is in sharp focus.

You can join me at the closing banquet with a live feed at Israel’s Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein will deliver the keynote address.

The Jewish world this week is reeling with the news of the brutal massacre from Har Nof in Jerusalem. It was hard for me to write anything about it immediately after the event. I guess I took a page out of the Biblical story of Aharon Hakohen. Vayidom Aharon - Aharon was silent.

But, one thing is clear, as illustrated in the Where's Waldo picture - every person counts, and that includes you too. We need to increase in our spiritual defense of Israel. The Rabbis were hacked to death in prayer - we should respond with celebrating life in prayer. Men, wrap your tefillin! Women, light Shabbos candles this week! Together we can turn the tide of the world to goodness and help protect our friends in Israel!

SAVE THE DATE - Rocket Science. On that note, we are excited to announce, that for Shabbat Jan. 23-24 we will host Ari Sacher, the Rocker Scientist project manager behind Israel's defense system: Iron Dome, the physical system that has saved countless lives in Israel. Stay tuned for details on the Shabbaton, including a special Shabbat dinner with our illustrious guest.

Rosh Chodesh Kislev is this Sunday! Please join us for our monthly minyan and breakfast at 8:30 am!

The Extensive Reach of the Rebbe’s Emissaries: It’s Never Been Greater - In the past several months, a group of young married couples, many with a baby or young children by their sides, left their home towns destined for cities and towns across the United States, including Frisco, Texas; Biloxi, Miss.; and Pittsburgh, Pa. more...


‘I Was Part of Chabad’s Underground in the Soviet Union’ - “Did I have a connection with the Rebbe?” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein repeats during an interview granted to Kfar Chabad magazine. There’s a short pause as he overcomes his reluctance to reveal something he’s always kept to himself. “Look,” he finally says, “conditions weren’t so pleasant, but since you’re asking, I'll answer.” more...

Shabbos Parshas Toldos


Friday, November 21 
Candle Lighting at 5:06 pm 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, November 22 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 8:05 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:01 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, November 23 - Rosh Chodesh Kislev 
Monthly minyan Shacharis at 8:30 with Hallel and special Torah reading 
Followed by breakfast sponsored by the Melnik family

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Hard to believe that another week has gone by! Wow it's cold! ☃ But, Thank G-d It's Shabbos!

Inspiring evening with Joseph Telushkin as 550+ listened telushkin shimon lazaroff.jpgto his masterfully woven delivery of stories and applied lessons from his New York Times bestselling book about the Rebbe at the ERJCC Book Fair.

This coming week, Rebbetzin Chiena Lazaroff (Rabbi Chaim's mom) will speak at the weekly 8pm Wednesday dinner, class & social for YJP = Young Jewish Professionals!

Our volunteer planning and host committee for our Tues. Dec. 16 "Chanukah on Fire!" event is building! Please let us know if you can volunteer and if you would like to be involved in the planning!

Mazal tov to Chanie's brother, Rabbi Shimon &  Mushkie Galperin on the birth of a baby boy! 

We look forward to seeing you Shabbos!


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Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah



Friday, November 14 
Services at 6:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 5:09 pm

Shabbos, November 15 
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 5:10 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:03 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, November 16 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT= Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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It's a man! Mazel tov!

  • CST - By now you surely finally changed all of your clocks, even the one on the microwave, and perhaps you even got use to it. BUT, change clock player.jpgdid you realize Shabbos now starts at 5:13 pm?! Friday night services throughout winter will be at 6:30 pm. However, the chosen time for changing the clock got RC bent out of shape on Sunday, and it apparently has gone viral.... 20 second YouTube clip here.
  • REBBE - This Sunday will be a remarkable event on a remarkable book at the JCC. We hope you will join us for a special evening on this notable book REBBE by Joseph Telushkin, that has become a New York Times bestseller. More info and tickets here.
  • MAZEL TOV!!! The Chabad of Uptown extended family is excited to celebrate with Aaron Karchmer's family and friends in honor of his becoming a Man with his bar mitzvah! Shabbos day Kiddush is graciously sponsored by Jeff & Deborah Karchmer in Aaron's honor.
  • "First Fridays" - At YJP Shabbos dinner this week, Rabbi Chaim & Chanie cats will be away (at the family's private bar mitzvah dinner), so the YJP mice will play! ASIAN MENU of Sushi & Salad, Chicken Matzah Ball Soup (because Shabbos is not Shabbos w/o it!) & Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry, Egg Rolls and more! Please RSVP at -Facebook
  • Our sincere condolences to Naomi Bier on the passing of her grandmother in Israel. May we only share simchos!
  • Mazel tov to Eric Barvin and Olivia Mathias on their engagement!
  • We need Chanukah volunteers for our Inaugural Post Oak Menorah - "Chanukah on Fire" Celebration & Fair on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, Dec. 16 and YJP Boat Party Jews Cruise on Sun. Dec. 21! Please let us know if you would like to help!

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Shabbos Parshas Vayeira

Friday, November 7
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:13 pm

Shabbos, November 8
Preprayer Kabbala Study at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored in honor of Aaron Karchmer's bar mitzvah
Mincha at 5:10 pm at Hilton Houston Post Oak | 2001 Post Oak Blvd
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:07 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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