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Europe's most persecuted Rabbi

Dear Friend,

This isn’t a fwd’d email about some or another story of anti-semitism in Europe. It’s a personal story, happening today, literally, that touches me deeply, and if you read the next few lines I think it will touch you as well.

Malmo, Sweden is Europe’s hotbed of militant anti-Semitism and when President Obama sent his special envoy on Anti Semtisim, Mrs. Hannah Rosenthal, to Sweden she met with my dear colleague Rabbi Shneur Kesselman - who has been dubbed by the Atlantic Magazine as probably “the most persecuted Jew in Europe.” She left the meeting very concerned hearing what his family are going through. READ MORE BELOW >


Can you feel Chanukah in the air?

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Community:

  • Please be sure to come on out and look for our exciting booth at ChanukahFest next Sunday, Dec. 6! An amazing day, including a free concert by 8th Day and fireworks!
  • In our neighborhood: on Tuesday, Dec. 8, we have the Post Oak Menorah lighting - Chanukah on Fire! in cooperation with the Uptown district and sponsored by Post Oak Bank! We need volunteers - please let us know if you can join the team! - www.chabaduptown.org/fire
  • Community Chanukah Shabbat Dinner on Friday, Dec. 11, Sixth night of Chanukah - RSVP required (be sure to indicate "Chanukah" in note field)

Young Professionals:

  • Get in the Chanukah mode next week for December "Greek" First Fridays - Enjoy an authenticChanukah 2015 600x800 (1).jpgGreek Shabbat dinner with other Young Jewish Professionals at this month's YJP First Fridays Dinner & Cocktails! - FACEBOOK
  • YJP Houston Presents: Chanukah in the Sky - Join Houston Young Jewish Professionals in their 20s and 30s for an elegant evening of Chanukah delicacies, music, drinks, and stunning views of the city from the private rooftop lounge at the new Skyhouse at River Oaks. See who else is coming here. GAIN ACCESS: Here.

Mazel tov Yigal and Lauren Rappeport upon their wedding and welcome back to Houston! We will host the customary Sheva brachot on Friday night and Shabbat day. Please let us know if you plan to join so we know how many to expect.

Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach

Friday, November 27
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm
Services at 6:30 pm 
followed by Shabbos dinner & Sheva brochos | RSVP

Shabbos, November 28
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
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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Dear Friend,

This isn’t a fwd’d email about some or another story of anti-semitism in Europe. It’s a personal story, happening today, literally, that touches me deeply, and if you read the next few lines I think it will touch you as well.

Malmo, Sweden is Europe’s hotbed of militant anti-Semitism and when President Obama sent his special envoy on Anti Semtisim, Mrs. Hannah Rosenthal, to Sweden she met with my dear colleague Rabbi Shneur Kesselman - who has been dubbed by the Atlantic Magazine as probably “the most persecuted Jew in Europe.” She left the meeting very concerned hearing what his family are going through.

Shneur & and his wife Raizel & their 4 children have been the victims of over 200 anti-Semitic incidents in the 11 years of their service to the Jewish community in Malmö, Sweden. Nevertheless they remain steadfast in their position, providing a lifeline of Yiddishkeit to the 1500 Jewish residents of Malmö - who otherwise would be left with no spiritual leadership.

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, and the growing militant population in Malmö, the Kesselmans need to relocate to a residence in close proximity to the Shul:

  1. This avoids the treacherous 20 minute distance to Shul (during which most of the attacks have happened).

  2. Once they own a property they can fully secure it with all necessary security installations, on advice of local, Israeli and USE security consultants (including bullet proof windows, video surveillance, better access control, etc).

  3. This will establish a safe and secure space for their vital services to the communityincludingShabbat and Holiday Meals, Classes, Events for all ages and backgrounds, and of course awarm home for any Jew seeking encouragement, friendship and positive Jewish experiences.

The plight of these brave fellow Jews has been brought to my attention, & it would mean a great deal to me if you were able to join me in helping them.

property suitable for all these needs has recently become available and with contributions from significant donors, as well as loans, the lions sum of the costs has been reached and now it’s $360,000.00 which remains to be covered. However, the Kesselmans need to come up with the money by the end of this week!

Malmö is a community with minimal funds, so a group of friends of Rabbi Shneur & Raizel Kesselman, have joined together to help them come up with these funds, before this crucial opportunity is lost.

I am a close friend of the Kesselmans, and I hope today you will be as well.

Today they are holding a matching fundraising campaign in which every dollar donated is worth double!!

(i.e. $100 = $200, $600 = $1200, $1800 = $3600 etc.)

This cause is very urgent & hopefully the goal can be reached, however the campaign is ALL OR NOTHING, and if the goal of $180,000.00 isn’t reached before the end of the campaign period then everything is returned.

CLICK HERE to join the UptownTeam Houston, friends of Rabbi Shneur and Raizel Kesselman

Please, join me & donate whatever you are able to give to this vital and crucial cause. Then it would be a great help if you would share this with your friends & on your social media.

Wishing you all the best & may we hear good news.

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie - and the UptownTeam Houston friends of Malmo's Rabbi Shneur

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do you know the 613?

12241035_10153599333271140_2001202759673675499_o.jpgYou're a good Jew. Do you know what the 613 mitzvos are? Today we begin the new annual cycle of the study of Rambam. With a few minutes of study a day, you can be a master in less than a year, uniting with Jews around the world in this special year of Hakhel! Study online at www.chabaduptown.org/rambam or check out the daily Rambam study mobile app for your device here.

GREAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN OUR NEW CONSTRUCTION >>>
BUT, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO COMPLETE IT! CAN WE COUNT ON YOU?www.chabaduptown.org/building

Mazel tov to Rachel Graff on her engagement to Elliot Levine from Maryland! 


Chanukah is around the corner and there will be many events around Houston, beginning with this Sunday PreChanukah vendor fair at TDS! Check out all the 20+ events atwww.chabadhouston.com/localevents

CHANUKAH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sat., Dec. 5: CHANUKAH IN THE SKY by YJP Houston - Houston Young Jewish Professionals in their 20s and 30s for an elegant evening delicacies, music, drinks, and stunning views of the city from the private rooftop lounge at the new SkyHouse at River Oaks. www.yjphouston.org
  • Sun., Dec. 6: CHANUKAH FEST 2015 - The biggest Hanukkah event in Texas history is set to hit the Houston stage with 1000s expected to be in attendance. This event is co-hosted by the City of Houston and will be in front of Houston City Hall on Dec 6th from 3pm and on. You can expect to see a large array of activities and booths, arts and crafts, Houston Rockets Fan Zone, raffle, and a dazzling food quarter, provided by Genesis, Laykies & My Pita. Also featuring: Live concert, Public Menorah Lighting and Spectacular Firework show! Admission is FREE!www.chanukahinhouston.com
  • Tues. Dec. 7: CHANUKA ON FIRE!! Second Annual Post Oak Menorah Lighting in cooperation with the Uptown Houston District. Amazing Fire Show by Darryl Cleveland! Giant Menora Lighting! | Inflatable & Crafts for Kids | Refreshments & Gifts for Salewww.chabaduptown.org/fire

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Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei

 

Friday, November 20
Candle Lighting at 5:06 pm
Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, November 21
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Transforming for good, for good.

Good Yom Tov & Good Chodesh!

Tonight marks Rosh Chodesh Kislev. On this date in 1978, for the first time since suffering a major heart attack five weeks earlier, on the eve of Shemini Atzeret, the Rebbe left his office in 770 Eastern Parkway and returned to his home, signaling his recovery. Chassidim all over rejoiced at the good news. From that day on, the Rebbe redoubled his efforts on behalf of the Jewish nation and all of humanity, and for the dissemination of Torah and chassidism. From then on, the first of Kislev is celebrated as a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing.


We will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan this Friday morning at 6:45-8 am followed by breakfast sponsored by the Melnik family.


The International Conference of Chabad Rabbis last weekend was absolutely from one of the best yet! Inspirational, uplifting, meaningful and moving.

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Of course there is the ‪#‎whereswaldo‬ pic The official Chabad Kinus big picture. Each dot represents an entire community, covering the earth, transforming the world for good, for good.

Even more so was watching the gathering for the picture of the young shluchim, as the kids gather for their own "class picture".

Most poignant moments of the closing banquet was hearing Tehillim read from now 9 year old Moshe Holtzberg (01:01:30), who survived the brutal attack and murder of his parents at the Mumbai Chabad House 7 years ago. Rabbi Shlomie Chein (01:30:20) also gave an speech on Shluchim's fortitude revealing a personal story that shocked the crowd and brought them to their feet for a standing ovation. You can watch the rerun atwww.chabaduptown.org/kinus.


Chanukah 2015 web (1) cropped banner.jpgChanukah is in the air! There will be many, MANY, events over Chanukah. Please save the date for the Chabad of Uptown sponsored party - Chanukah on Fire! - 2nd Annual Post Oak Menorah Lighting for all ages! www.chabaduptown.org/fire


Shabbos Parshas Toldos
Friday, Nov. 13, Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Shacharis at 6:45 am
followed by breakfast
Candle lighting at 5:09 pm
Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, Nov. 14
Chassidus at 9 am
Shacharis at 10 am
Followed by kiddush & farbrengen
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:04 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, Nov. 15
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Celebrate!

12191221_10153022164721486_8148528994389078522_o.jpgThis Shabbos will be November First Fridays: Birthday Edition - YJP #Firstfridays! Don't miss it! October and November are FULL of Uptown YJP birthdays. Join us at this month's First Fridays Shabbat birthday themed dinner, and come celebrate your friends' birthdays. For young professionals in their 20s and their 30s. RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner


Rabbi Chaim is in NY for the Kinus, kibbitizing, sharing, eating and celebrating with thousands at the annual conference of Chabad Rabbis.

Here are some news stories for you...

Once Home to Tanks, Brooklyn Armory Prepared for Rabbis on a Mission of Love
A green cherry picker raises a worker high into the air to adjust a giant speaker. Below him, the massive space that once was the drill hall of the Troop C Cavalry Unit hums with activity, workers rushing to and fro preparing for the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), which runs from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9. more...


 

Mumbai Terror Survivor Moshe Holtzberg, Now 9, to Lead Psalms at Conference
The world first came to know “Baby Moshe,” or little Moishe Holtzberg, in November 2008 after the brutal slaying of his parents, Rabbi Gavriel andRivkaHoltzberg, directors of the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. more...


For all our Hebrew speakers, #wakeup4gsd is now making the rounds on the Israeli circuit...

 

מענדל קוטלר נפטר ממחלה חשוכת מרפא. חברו הטוב הקדיש לו מחווה נוגעת ללב

"מעשה אחד יכול לשנות את העולם"
לפני כשנה אירעה טרגדיה בבית הספר החבד"י תורה דיי-סקול ביוסטון, טקסס: אחד מהתלמידים הלך לעולמו לאחר סיבוך שאירעה כתוצאה ממצבו הרפואי. לילד קראו מנחם מענדל קוטלר, והוא חלה במחלת GSD-1A, מחלה חשוכת מרפא המשפיעה על חילוף החומרים בגוף. more...



Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Chayei Sarah

 

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

Shabbos, November 7
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:08 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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