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New Baby, New Torah

Last chance to buy a letter, word, verse, parshah (maybe a crown?) etc for the second Uptown Torah to be welcomed this Sunday at 4 pm! Invite and details at

If you plan on attending, can you please let us know on our mobile friendly, no charge, RSVP form?

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Mazel tov! Chanie's sister Mushkie & Rabbi Yossi Bendet had a baby girl! We are especially happy with the baby's name, Chana!

  • This Tuesday, April 1, is Rosh Codesh Nissan. We will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh Minyan & Breakfast at 6:45 am. In addition to the special Torah reading and Musaf, we will have the opportunity to fulfill a special mitzvah, which can be fulfilled only once a year: To recite theberachah ("blessing" or prayer) made upon seeing a fruit tree in bloom on our fruit trees!! Please let us know if we can count on you for the minyan.
  • This Wednesday's weekly dinner, class & social: Learn & Burn: Pizza & Drinks @ Serious Cigars Galleria - FOR YOUNG PROS sponsored by Nick & Sandra Morgan!
  • Next week, the first weekend of April, is our monthly "First Fridays" for young professionals! Come and celebrate Shabbos with friends and maybe make some new ones! Click!

Some more customs (in addition to blessing on trees above):

  • On the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "Hachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) is added to the regular Shabbat Torah reading. Hachodesh recounts G-d's historic communication to Moses in Egypt on the 1st of Nissan (2 weeks before the Exodus) regarding theJewish calendar, the month of Nissan and the Passover offeringLinks: The Reading for HachodeshFrom the teachings of the Chassidic masters on HachodeshAbout the Jewish calendarHaftorah in a Nutshell
  • Beginning April 1, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and continuing through Nissan 13, we recite the verses (from Numbers ch. 7) describing the offerings made by the "princes" (nesi'im) of the 12 tribes of Israel (see " Mishkan inaugurated"). Following the verses of the day's "Nasi," we recite a short prayer in which we say, "...if I, Your servant, am from the tribe of ___ whose section of the Nasi I have read today in Your Torah, may all the holy sparks and holy illuminations that are included within the holiness of this tribe shine upon me, to grant me understanding and intelligence in Your Torah and my awe of You, to do Your will all the days of my life...." Text of the Nasi in Hebrew andEnglish.

Shabbos Hachodesh, Mevarchim Nissan, Parshas Tazria

Friday, March 28
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:20 pm

Shabbos, March 29
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am w/ Special Hachodesh Reading
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:14 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 30 
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am
TORAH WELCOMING AT 4 PM - Hampton Inn & Suites

Tuesday, April 1, Rosh Codesh Nissan
Rosh Chodesh Minyan at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Are you coming? - Purim Pics & Videos inside

sports purim group.jpgPurim was loads of fun with sports activities, friendship and happiness! Check out our photo gallery of Five Purim gatherings and nine megillah readings... Pretty busy Purim!! With all the celebration, perhaps what is most touching is visiting and bringing the joy of Purim to the seniors at The Hampton. Video clips: Sports PurimHampton Seniors Party

Are you going to join us next Sunday as we welcome our new Torah? We will be hosting a reception at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Galleria, followed by carrying the Torah police escorted through the local streets to the shul in a grand procession, complete with music, singing and dancing under a celebratory chupah! All are welcome, there is no charge! Dedication opportunities available at

We must know how many to prepare for at the Torah ceremony! Please complete the RSVP form(no charge)! It is mobile friendly so if you are reading this on your phone / mobile device - you cando it right now!!

At this week's Wednesday young professionals class & social we will examine the last mitzvah of writing a Torah over dinner at 8 pm! Join us!

At any time you can also join our ongoing Tuesday Parsha class at noon and Thursday Tanya classes at noon or 8 pm!

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Fire – Holy and Unholy

Religion is not what the European Enlightenment thought it would become: mute, marginal and mild. more...

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah this Shabbos after the weekly parshah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover.) Links: The Parah reading w commentaryThe Calf's Mother


Shabbos Parah Parshas Shemini

Friday, March 21
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:15 pm

Shabbos, March 22
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:09 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 23
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Purim Galore, Purim & More!!

Purim is here!!! Last chance to buy your discounted tickets!!!


But besides for Purim, three other events are coming up!

Make sure you do the FOUR mitzvos of Purim!

  1. Hear the Megillah Sat. night and Sunday
  2. Give two gifts of food to at least one person on Sunday after hearing Megillah
  3. Give gifts to at least two poor people after hearing Megillah
  4. Eat a festive meal after hearing Megillah

For more on all of this, including guides, recipes and games for the kids

Here is our schedule!


8:30 pm - at Chabad of Uptown 4311 Bettis Drive

at The Zone Sports & Entertainment - 10371 Stella Link, Houston 
Buy cheaper tickets now at

9:30 pm Multimedia Megillah Reading 
10:00 pm Various Sports Activities 
11:00 pm Slacker’s Megillah 
Music, Open Premium Bar & Hors D’ourves all night

jr sports cropped 2.png8:00 am Shacharis 
8:45 am Megillah Reading 
12:30 pm Community Sports Themed Purim Feast at Chabad of Uptown 4311 Bettis Drive, with interactive sports inflatable! >> 
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6:30 pm Seniors Party & Megillah Reading at The Hampton - 2929 Post Oak

This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the Zachor reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to rememberthe evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. "Parshat Zachor" is the second of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Shekalim", "Parah" and "Hachodesh") Links: The Zachor Reading with commentary More onAmalek

  • Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim on the bar mitzvah of the son of Rabbi Lazer & Rochel Lazaroff, Meir Lazaroff, at Aishel House - Chabad at Texas Medical Center!!
  • Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim on the birth of a baby boy to his brother Zalmen & Miriam Lazaroff of Brooklyn, NY!!

Shabbos Zachor Parshas Tzav

Friday, March 14 
Candle Lighting at 7:11 pm

Shabbos, March 15 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 7:10 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:05 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Clock is ticking, one hour less.

Thousands tasted awesome chili, hundreds put on tefillin - at least one for the very first time, celebrating his1896788_10202376364544466_1746605122_n.jpgBar Mitzvah - and a great time was had by all at the Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff on Sunday... Remember - Keep Calm and Farbreng On!!!

Tomorrow is the first Friday of March, and you know what that means? That's right! Change your clocks to DST so you can be on time for Sunday Tefillin club and breakfast!

OK, OK, it also means... First Fridays for Young Professionals! Meet new friends and mingle with old friends over traditional Shabbos dinner and drinks!

The week's Shabbos kiddush we will celebrate the birth of Ruth Yaffa Shamooelian sponsored by her loving parents Ben & Regina, and brother Tzion Moshe! Come join us for an amazing Kiddush spread and the second annual Sidney Chenkin Memorial Vodka Tasting Challenge! :)

Did you secure your Purim tickets yet? Sat. night for Young Professionals at the Zone ( and Sunday for the whole community and families in cooperation with the Israeli House of the Israeli Consulate ( - and many more ways toPurim Sports web.jpgparticipate in between! Reserve early to save some dough!

Not Hamantash dough, though! Our weekly Wednesday dinner, class and social this week will bake hamantashen and pack Mishloach manot packages to deliver to seniors.

  • Wed. March 12: Hamantash Bake Social - YOUNG PROS
  • Thursday, March 13: Fast of Esther, rescheduled because of Shabbos, begins at 6:23 am and ends at 7:52 pm. It is customary to give "Machtzis Hashekel", three coins in "half denomination", to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther. See "Laws & Customs"for more.
  • PURIM DAY Sun. March 16:
    • 8:00 am: Shacharis
    • 8:30 am: Torah & Megillah Reading
    • 2:30 pm: COMMUNITY Sports Themed Purim Feastat Chabad of Uptown in cooperation with the Israeli House of the Israeli Consulate
    • 6:30 pm: Party & Megillah Reading at Hampton at Post Oak Senior Living

On Purim we emphasize the importance of friendship and community by sending gifts of food, mishloach manot, to friends. Torah Day School PTO annual Purim fundraiser prepares beautiful Purim baskets to be delivered to any address in Houston on your behalf! Impress your friends and do TWO mitzvos at the same time!!

The last weekend of March will the 6th Annual Intercollegiate Shabbaton!!! Join students from around Texas and beyond for Austin's annual Shabbat 500 by students for students and a complete Shabbaton!

We look forward and are so pleased to be able to welcome and install our new Torah with a dessert reception and parade! Dedications are available for you to take part in a piece of history!

PARSHA: Between Destiny and Chance

There is a deep connection between the word Vayikra and the underlying message of the book as a whole. more...


Fear of War and Economic Collapse Brings Uncertainty to Ukraine Jewry

More than 170 Chabad-Lubavitch emissary couples serve the Ukrainian Jewish population of about 250,000 in 35 cities around the embattled nation. To help respond to the dire financial difficulties that Chabad centers throughout Ukraine are facing, an emergency fund has been created under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the FSU and Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch to help pay for additional security, as well as keep regular activities going more...

Shabbos Parshas Vayikra



Friday, March 8
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:05 pm

Shabbos, March 9
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 6:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:02 pm
Living Torah

Spring forward one hour...

Sunday, March 10
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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