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When 5775 = 10

Dear friends,

10 is a big number. 10 years since our humble beginnings in 2005 / 5766 with hotel services offered at the Houstonian Hotel. This will be our 10th year offering a complete Rosh Hoshana & Yom Kippur, uptown style, hotel experience.

This year has been a whirlwind in our Chabad & personal lives. We are grateful for the abundant blessings Hashem has given us, for having you in our lives and look forward to a wonderful year ahead.

At these final hours of 5774, we wish you & yours a 5775 filled with health, happiness, love and prosperity, physically & spiritually. May our collective prayers and Shofar blasts be heard on high!

We look forward to personally greeting each and every one of you at services this weekend.

Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Clan
Bracha Hecht & Goldie Junik, CKids counselors
Sigal Melnik, Alyssa Karchmer, Rebekah Bargraser, Chaya Mushka Lazaroff, CKids assistants

Rosh Hashana @ The Hampton - Galleria

Wednesday, Sept. 24 
Make a Pruzbul / Debt Amnesty
Make Eruv Tavshilin

Light Candles at: 6:59 pm 
Evening Services: 7:00 pm 
Childrens' Program: 7:00-8:00 pm 
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*: 8:30 pm - RSVP @ Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis 

Thursday, Sept. 25 
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm 
Shofar Sounding: approx. 12:30 pm 
-Traditional Kiddush after Services @ Chabad, 4311 Bettis 
Mincha & Family Tashlich Walk & Service: 6:00 pm 
Evening Services: 8:00 pm 
Light Candles AFTER: 7:51 pm 
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner*: 8:30 pm - RSVP @ Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis 

*Dinners: $45 Adult - $25 Child (Ages 3-12) & College Students (per person, per dinner) 

Friday, Sept. 26 
Morning Services: 9:30 am 
Childrens' Program: 11 am - 1:30 pm 
Shofar Sounding: approx. 12:30 pm 
-Traditional Kiddush after Services @ Chabad, 4311 Bettis 
Light Candles at 6:56 pm 
Evening Service @ Chabad, 4311 Bettis Drive: 7:00 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 27 @ Chabad, 4311 Bettis Drive
Kabbala study: 9 am
Shacharis: 10 am
Mincha: 6:55 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends: 7:47 pm
Living Torah

Get High

THE SHABBAT PROJECT is coming to Houston! Save the date and join Jews from everywhereThe Shabbos Project#keepingittogether to keep Shabbos, Oct. 24-25. Chanieis joining a dynamic group of women and girls from all over Houston in helping plan the Mega Challah Bakewhere the dough will raise high on Thursday before, October 23, 2014 from 7-9pm in the ERJCC Gymnasium. (Sponsorships opps available, contact us).

COOKING: You can also join Chanie (and R Chaim too :)) for the Rosh Hashana cooking club on Sunday at 6 pm. Anyone who wants to rasie their hand high and volunteer to help prepare for Rosh Hashana is welcome to join. Not for women only! Please let us know if you plan to come.

GET HIGH: We are expecting a full house for the HighHoliday services, dinners and luncheons. Last chance to RSVP at We will also have dynamic counselors from NY who will lead theCKids children's services. Come to Chabad of Uptown, and bring the Jewish New Year on a "high note" (both puns intended :)) with meaning, peace and joy.

THANK$ to all those who reached deep and raised Chabad of Uptown high by joining as voluntary members... It is still not too late! Your support makes such a difference! > CLICK <

SHAKE IT UP: This year, we are limiting our order of Lulav & Esrog only for those who preorder. Please order your Lulav & Esrog before Sunday, September 28, 5 pm so your lulav can reach high.

Readers quiz: how many times did we say high

PARSHAH: Why Be Jewish?

A bat or bar mitzvah is not a “confirmation.” It involves no voluntary acceptance of Jewish identity. That choice took place more than three thousand years ago. more...



Several days before Rosh Hashanah we begin to recite the Selichot, a series of penitential prayers and liturgy. more...

Shabbos Selichos, Parshas Netzavim-Vayelech


Friday, September 19
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:04 pm

Shabbos, September 20
Shabbos (like Mevarchim) Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Selichos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:05 pm
Last Ethics of Our Fathers Class, Ch. 5 & 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:56 pm
Living Torah

Please join me for the customary "midnight" selichos at the Chabad Lubavitch Center at 10900 FondrenRd at 1:15 am.

Click here for the complete Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur schedule.

Click here for the complete Sukkos & Simchas Torah schedule.

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The Power of Two

Today we reflect on what made the modern world forever change with the event of 9/11. Ask anyone alive in 2001 they can tell you where they were on that day.

I vividly recall watching from the JEM Brooklyn office a tower of the WTC on fire, seeing the second plane crash and then watch in horror as the formidable Twin Towers came tumbling down. During this time I was panicking if my brother Zalmen, who was with Morgan Stanley on the 72nd floor, was ok. Thankfully, earlier that same morning, I did not show up for my pickup duty because my nephew's bus arrived early from the Yeshivah in Montreal.

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 "Reflection" By Lilly Lazarus 

 The yeshivah students hanging out in 770, saw my lost nephew and found my brother Zalmen's number, waking him up instead. He called and told me not to bother getting out there, since he had already picked him up. Zalmen's dealing with my nephew followed by a lengthlier davening for the Elul Selichos prayer, delayed his arrival to the office that day.

Chassidus teaches that "Zeh L'umas Zeh Asah Elokim", the world of evil has a reflection in the world of good. 

We are also now less than two weeks away from Rosh Hashana. The final weeks of Elul are a time for personal reflection on the past and upcoming year. 

Let us use today's power of two, to realize our double potential to transform the world in these two weeks ahead of us.

If you have not yet, now would be the time to register for the High Holidays! Check it out all the details and RSVP at 

Mazel tov to Dr. Alan & Chagit Crook and to their son Mark Croock on his engagement to Osi Shmueli!

Reflections on Forty Years of Leadership
How does a Moses say goodbye? What does a leader give to sustain his students for the time when he can’t give anymore? more...

The Six-Sentence Thank You
Couldn’t G‑d have given the poor farmer who traveled all the way to Jerusalem a simpler way of saying “thank you”? more...

Shabbos Chai Elul, Parshas Ki Savo

Friday, September 13 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:13 pm

Shabbos, September 14 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:15 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:05 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Texas Sotloff Initiative | Bar Mitzvah Shabbos

This week we read Parshas Ki Seitzei. The Parsha concludes with the obligation to "remember whatAmalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt.”

The introspective month Elul is in full swing, and our hearts and thoughts are planning for the High Holy Days. We have watched in horror as ISIS has shocked the world with their brazen savagery and executions. But, from within these horrific stories, a gripping Jewish tale has emerged.

It has been widely reported that Steve Sotloff observed some Jewish traditions and rituals during his time of captivity, even while hiding the fact that he was Jewish and held dual Israeli-US citizenship. He would observe his Muslim captors in prayer to Mecca and adjust himself to know what direction to also pray... towards Jerusalem. He told his captors that he was not feeling well and refused food, resorting to fasting... on Yom Kippur. This has been widely reported in major media outlets throughout the world. What a magnificent Kiddush Hashem, sanctification of G-d's name!

Together let us proclaim the “Texas Sotloff Initiative”, where EVERY Jew in Texas, whose health allows, fasts this Yom Kippur. Fasting on Yom Kippur allows us to detach from the material world, if only for one day, granting ourselves the spiritual ability to fully focus on our relationship with G-d.

Our dear brother Steven, may Hashem avenge your blood. From our part, we will never forget you. This Yom Kippur, as we work on our relationship with G-d, as we resolve to be better people, it is you who will serve as our guiding light!

May we quickly merit a world of redemption and Moshiach, when we will be reunited with Steve, among all of those who have died al kiddush Hashem. May it be speedily in our days.

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We have had unprecedented early registration for the High Holiday dinners. As space is very limited this year, we WILL sell out! Sign up to secure your seat at hotel group rate deadline for sleeping rooms is also tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 5).

In keeping with the teaching of the Torah that has become a hallmark of Chabad worldwide that "all Jews are one family", we recognize every fellow Jew as a member of our Shul. Our services including theHigh Holidays are open to all and a warm seat is waiting for you.

In order to create a financially secure platform for the ongoing activites of the Shul, there is an opportunity to participate as a member with annual fees.

However, for first time Shul members, we have begun Birthright Membership which is a full year of membership at the Shul - Free of Charge. More...

This year, in honor of Yom Kippur, we are once again putting together a listing of all the names of loved ones to be remembered during Yizkor at Chabad of Uptown. Having all these names compiled in one booklet, as is customary in many communities, brings everyone together as one family and brings an added measure of dignity and merit to the souls of our loved ones. These names will be read aloud as part of the Yizkor Service. More...

Mazel tov to the Spiegel family on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Ethan. Ethan will read and be called up to the Torah this Shabbos and kiddush is sponsored in his honor! Please come and give a special Uptown welcome!

Our sincere condolences to:

  • Omri Shafran on the passing of his grandfather in Israel
  • Deborah Karchmer on the passing of her father in El Paso, Shmuel ben Chaim Velvel, Sam Kimmelman, o.b.m.

A great Uptown size thank you to Dr. Steve Lovitt for coming and sharing his expertise on ALS at this week's young professionals class.

A special thank you to Naomi Bier and Rachel Graff for their help with Shabbos preparations. 

The White Party sells out, supports Israel 14810-0278.jpg
Jewish Herald Voice • Published Thu, Aug 28, 2014

On Aug. 10, the third White Party for young adults and professionals, marking Tu B’Av, was hosted by Chabad of Uptown, with Israeli House Houston and Friends of the IDF co-sponsoring. There was not enough room to accommodate all who came, but attendees participated in a raffle for prizes, socialized, enjoyed white wine and cheese and learned some of the history of Tu B’Av, a day that celebrates love. More...

Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei

Friday, September 5
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:21 pm

Shabbos, September 6
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush in honor of the bar mitzvah of Ethan Spiegel
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:14 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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