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Hope y'all had a wonderful Pesach! It was great to see so many of you over the holidays and wepizza pesach matzah.jpgtraditionally wish you "ah gezunter zummer" - a healthy summer! Of course, it was also great to bring back the Pizza!(Um, may one eat Pizza with a Matzah yarmulka?! hmmm....)

This Thursday, May 1, is Rosh Chodesh Iyar please join us for our monthly minyan followed by a bagel (etc) breakfast at 6:45 am!!

The next few weeks' class topics and other events for young professionals has been updated, including:

Our other weekly classes are also back on track!

  • Parshah Tuesdays at noon
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, May 6 next JLI course - Paradigm Shift 
  • Tanya Thursdays at noon or 8 pm 
  • Shabbos morning Chassidus at 9 am resumes next week, May 3. 

Rebbe JLI course PS_courses_page.jpgMAY 6 - NEW JLI COURSE!! 

Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the LubavitcherRebbe

Paradigm Shift is an elevator ride to the heights of what is possible. Synchronize yourself with the mission for which you were placed on earth, and learn to recognize the inherent goodness and perfection in yourself, in others, and in every circumstance of your life. 

Distilled into six succinct lessons, this empowering course offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. 

This course is offered in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing, Rabbi Moishe Traxler - Instructor.

RSVP and more > 

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Kedoshim

Friday, April 25
Services (& omer count) at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:37 pm

Shabbos, April 26
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 1
Maariv (& omer count), Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:32 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 27
Shacharis at 8:30 am  
The Real BLT is back! - 9 am

Thursday, May 1 
Rosh Chodesh Iyar Minyan at 6:45 am
Followed by breakfast

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Yizkor & Moshiach Feast - Mystical seder

At the final hours before we bring in the final days of Pesach tonight with candle lighting at 7:33 pm, Chanie and I hope your Pesach has been uplifitng as well and would like to wish you a Happy Pesach for the duration of the holiday.

Please join us for the last days for services, most notably Yizkor and Moshiach Seudah on Tuesday. You may find the complete schedule on our website

This Tuesday, the eighth and final of Pesach, let's close out the holiday together with a special farewell meal, called the Moshiach Seudah. Enjoy wine and matzah, discuss words of Torah and inspirational stories, sing Chassidic melodies, and find out why this day has a special energy related to the coming of Moshiach. 

Rabbi Chaim

P.S. To be a partner in our Pesach programs, please consider giving us a hand at

Flipping (Pesach) Latkes

We hope that your first days of Pesach was joyously spent with family and friends. From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy & Kosher Pesach to each and every one of you! As10171884_10152317083196140_2622740817903821015_n.jpg we said in the prayer on Erev Pesach, (with our thoughts not only to our personal well being, but also poignantly directed to Kansas), "May it be your will, G-d, that just as I am disposing of the chometz from my home and property, so too may You ... remove the spirit of impurity of the earth, remove the evil inclination from us and grant us the heart of flesh to serve you in truth." 

Our Pesach awareness programs are a significant part of our budget, but as you are well aware, Chabad of Uptown provides critical Jewish services not only Pesach but all year round. Is is customary to give generously on Pesach to your shul, we ask you to please consider a donation to Chabad of Uptown's operating found that critically needs your support!

The kids enjoyed having uncle Mendel Galperin and his yeshivah friend Tzemach Simon for the Yom Tov. The Lazzfeed shenanigins include flipping Texas size latkes (video), hearing hour long stories, jumping and sliding on bouncy houses and Zuma fun filled action of go carts, bumper boats and tickets printing arcades...


Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach

Friday, April 18      
Before 7:32 pm Light Shabbat Candles (Blessing 1)   
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services   

Shabbat, April 19      
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)   
- 7:30 pm Mincha  
- 8:28 pm Maariv Services, Havdalla & Shabbat Ends 

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Sunday, April 20     
Before 7:33 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)  
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services  
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study  

Monday, April 21, 7th Day of Pesach   
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)  
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services  
After 8:29 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2)  

Tuesday, April 22, Acharon Shel Pesach  
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit)  
           - 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service  
- 7:00 pm Mincha  
- 7:30 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services 
- 8:30 pm Holiday Ends

Wait one hour before eating chometz to allow the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Rolling in the Matzah Dough, Ohel & NYC

10155531_10152308703856140_6792305338750673705_n.jpgRivky was the lucky girl who got to join Rabbi Chaim for a special trip to NY, marking the Rebbe's 112th birthday tonight, 11 Nissan. The high rollers trip included rolling in the dough at the matzah bakery (the real deal) and a spiritual visit to the ohel. Of course, a trip to NY is not complete without a stop at the Bubbies, seeing a giant Pesach fish, kosher pizza and candy shops!

We are excited to have Chanie's brother Mendel Galperin and his friend, Tzemach Simon, to assist and join us for Pesach!

The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later. Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to " kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.



Final call to sell your chametz! From all Jewish food laws, Chametz is unique since not only are you not allowed to eat it, you're not even allowed to own it! Sell your Chametz now

A final and formal search is conducted for Chametz after nightfall to remove every last crumb of chametz from our homes and property, in Houston after 8:17 pm. Click herefor a step-by-step "Getting-Rid-of-Chametz" wizard. Click here for instructions on how to conduct the search, and here for the time for searching chametz in your location. Links: AboutLeaven.

Monday is the "fast of the firstborn" commemorating the plague of the death of the firstborn Egyptian sons. If you are a firstborn son or the parent of a firstborn son under bar mitzvah, you need to fast until the Seder kiddush OR you can come to shul on Monday morning to hear a siyum ceremony, a completion of a tractate of Talmud. The celebration of the tractate's completion exempts the fast.

Please join us for Shabbos and Pesach holiday services. Check out the complete schedule Take special note of Yizkor and Moshiach seudah on the final day of Pesach.

Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Acharei

Friday, April 11
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle lighting at 7:28 pm

Shabbos, April 12
Chassidus at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Special Shabbos Hagadol reading and Shabbat Hagadol Rabbi's Sermon
Followed by Kiddush and farbrengen

Mincha at 7:30 pm
Customary reading of portion of Hagaddah
Maariv, havdalla and Shabbos Ends at 8:23 pm
Kiddush levana
Living Torah

Sunday, April 13
Shacharis at 8:30 
Tefillin Club wrap at 9 am
Chametz sale deadline at 5 pm
After 8:17 pm Formal Search for Chometz

Monday, April 14 (see laws or Pesach A-Z
- 5:43 am Firstborn Fast Begins 
- 6:45-7:30 am Teffilin wrap & Siyum ceremony for firstborns (or parents of firstborns under 13) 
Before 11:13 am Finish eating Chametz 
Before 12:17 pm Finish burning Chametz

Passover I & II Services & Candle Lighting 
(see The Sederlaws or Pesach A-Z

Monday, April 14, 2014 
Before 7:30 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
Feel free to join any of the Houston area communal seders! CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTING

Tuesday, April 15 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer
After 8:25 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4)

Wednesday, April 16 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:25 pm Yom Tov Ends

March 28-31 Chol Hamoed (Intermediate) Pesach days - No Teffilin Required

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Chabad got a Bentley! - PHOTOS

What an amazing and uplifting event on Sunday, as we dedicated our new Torah! Click here for beautifulTorah Celebration.jpgphotos of the event dedication, Police escorted parade and Hakafot!

This Shabbos is "First Fridays" for young professionals!! Join us for with friends and make new friends for Shabbos dinner!! RSVP Join event onFacebook.


  • PARSHAH: There will be one more "Torah Tuesdays" Chumash class before Pesach when we will meet at noon on Tuesday April 8, and skip two weeks until we resume Tuesday April 29.
  • YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: The last Wednesday young professional class was last night will skip two weeks until we resume Wednesday, April 23.
  • TANYA: Today was the Thursday of Tanya classes until the Thursday after Pesach, April 24, skipping two weeks as well.
  • CHASSIDUS: There will be the ongoing Shabbos Chassidus class at 9 am through Pesach as well.


IN THE NEWS: With the Basics Down, People Head Up Their Own Seders

They’ve taken skills they learned at Chabad and brought them to their holiday tables. Ady Fisberg-Levine, says she models her seders, which she now holds at home, on the public ones she attended as a single person in Houston, using recipes and song tunes she learned from Chanie Lazaroff. more...



  • CHAMETZ: Sell your chametz now!! Don't push it off until the last minute! (Best is to do it in person, but if you can't or just want to get it done) just visit
  • MATZAH: It is best to use Handmade Shmurah Matzah, the "Bentley of Matzos", for the mitzvahshmurah matzah player button.jpgof matzah on the seder night. (Video) We have special gift packs available with 2 matzot for you to share at your seder table as host or as a guest! Very limited quantities, please let us know ASAP if you would like one.
  • SERVICES: The complete Chabad of Uptown Pesach Schedule, including all services, yizkor and Moshiach Seudah is now posted on our website
  • SEDER: Looking for a public community seder? There will be public seders offered at five Houston area Chabad locations. RSVP early to secure your place, as they do fill up!
    Main Center:
    West Houston:
    Bay Area:


PARSHAH THOUGHT: Four Reasons Why You Should Gossip

It is our patriotic duty. It’s all in the name of G-d. We don’t mess with tradition. And it’s much easier to put down others than to climb up yourself. more...


Shabbos Parshas Metzora

Friday, April 4
Services at 7:30 pm | "First Fridays" dinner at 8:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:22 pm

Shabbos, April 5
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:19 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 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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