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MAZAL TOV! After a long arduous process, we have finally succeeded to receive the tax-funded City of Houston permitting department's go ahead to expand Chabad of Uptown with a new shul and social hall! Look for the information in the coming weeks as we plan our groundbreaking event! Want to join the revolution? Contact us!

There so much coming up, where to begin?

OK, by order of date:

  • TUES. APR. 28: NEW JLI 6 week course: Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition
    Judaism Decoded sheds light on the mysteries surrounding biblical interpretation. How do we know our interpretation is true? If it is true, why is it subject to differences of opinion? And with so many interpretations to choose from, how do we know which one reflects its original intent?
  • WED. APR. 29: Challah Bake Volunteer with Seniors at "The Hampton" 
    YJP will head to the Brookdale Galleria (formerly The Hampton) to make challah with seniors! Make their (and your) day and put a smile on everyone's faces!
  • FRI. MAY 1: "Cinco de Mayo" First Fridays Shabbat Dinner
    Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with other Young Jewish Professionals at this month's Mexican Style First Friday Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails. Always the best party in town. Expect refreshing, specialty margaritas.
    Join other young professionals around the Chabad of Uptown signature fire-pit while jammin to African Beats with an all you can eat BBQ, refreshing beer, and an authentic African Signature Cocktail.
  • THURS. MAY 7: Houston Community Lag BaOmer Celebration at Torah Day School of Houston 
    Enjoy Music, Pizza, Rides, Raffle, Balloons, Prizes & Tons of Fun!!!

May 23 - This year for our Shavuos all night learning we are doing something different! We invite the community to share a 10-20 minute Torah thought, especially if it is something they are passionate about. Would you consider preparing and sharing? If yes, please send me your subject ASAP for consideration so we can put together the program!

May 24 - SAVE THE DATE: Shavuot SUNDAE SUNDAY - 10 Commandments topped with ice cream!

The Chabad of Uptown community sends our sincere condolences to Sheva Gralnik on the passing of her grandfather in California.

How I Came to Want to Live in Israel

We were enjoying a lovely life in Maryland. So what did we do? We uprooted our family and moved to Israel! more...

Shabbos Parshas Tzaria-Metzora


Friday, April 24 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:36 pm

Shabbos, April 25 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:35 pm 
Avos Chapter 2 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:33 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, April 26 
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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Why thank G-d for rescuing us from the Holocaust He created? #neveragain

10408854_10153137656441140_6794605743115865429_n.jpgFascinating film and packed house at "The Lost Key" movie that won a Gold Remi award at the WordFest Houston International Film Festival! A refreshing take on intimacy illuminated by ancient Jewish wisdom...

Thank you Ariel Lipski for donation new couches for the Chabad of Uptown lounge! We look forward to break them in this Shabbos

Friday, May 1"Cinco de Mayo" First Fridays: Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with other Young 
Jewish Professionals at this month's Mexican Style First Friday Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails!

Question: We thank G‑d for taking us out of Egypt, for rescuing us from the Holocaust, and for healing the sick. Isn't He the one who put us in Egypt, the one who made the Holocaust, the one who made a sick person sick? Is it not similar to thanking someone for stopping to beat you?

Answer: You're asking a good question. I've thought about this one many times. Here is one way I like to look at this - > CLICK <

Shabbos Mevarchim Iyar, Parshas Shemini

Friday, April 17 
Services at 7:30 pm & Omer Count 
Candle Lighting at 7:31 pm

Shabbos, April 18 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen 
Mincha at 7:30 pm 
Maariv, Omer Count, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:28 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, April 19 
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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✎ Bergen Belsen 1944: Prayer for eating Chametz on Pesach


Enjoying Pesach? "Sick of matzah"? Try this on for perspective... 

This crisply handwritten “Chametz on Passover Prayer” from Bergen Belsen Passover 1944 was on display at the Ghetto Fighters Museum in Tel-Aviv.

It was written or at least dictated by Rabbi Aharon Bernard Davids, leader of the Dutch community of Rotterdam in Holland, and perhaps also by Rabbi Simon Dasberg of Gronigen Holland, for their communities who had been interned first in the Westerbork Holland transit camp and then sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

Read the translation on the blog of my brother in law, Rabbi Mendel Rubin, here.

11016090_10152613092236486_97230803015825267_n.jpgThe final days of Pesach we celebrate the miraculous splitting and crossing of the sea. Please let us know if we can count on you for the minyan (and which minyan) and if you plan on joining us for any of the highlights, especially Moshiach Seudah, so we can plan accordingly.

On the eighth and final day 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. Facebook event

The final Pesach days highlights (times and complete schedule below):

  • Tonight, all night Torah study, 12 am
  • Shabbos, Yizkor in Morning service, approx., 11:30 am
  • Inspirational Moshiach Seudah closes out the holiday, 6:45 pm

Join us this Wednesday for a special screening of a wonderful film, at AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale, nominated at the WorldFest Film Festival, and meet the featured Rabbi Manis Friedman for a post film Q & A.Buy tickets here. (YJP Wed. social joining as well).

THE LOST KEY: For thousands of years and through countless upheavals, Jewish marriages sustained their intimacy by following an ancient wisdom. This understanding of human relationships enabled them to experience the highest form of physical intimacy… Oneness. 

These teachings are now almost lost.

Passover Final Days Service Schedule

Thursday, April 9 
Make an Eruv Tavshilin (What's that?
Before 7:27 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:30 pm Mincha, Maariv Services & Omer Count 
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study 

Friday, April 10, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
Before 7:28 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 3
- 7:30 pm Mincha, Maariv Services & Omer Count 

Shabbos, April 11, Acharon Shel Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:30 am APPROX. Yizkor Memorial Service - Add your loved one's name to Yizkor Book 
- 6:45 pm Mincha with Shabbos Torah reading 
- 7:15 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services & Omer Count 
- 8:22 pm Holiday Ends 
Living Torah Video

Hungry yet?

pack lunch exodus matzah.jpg"All who are hungry let them come and eat"!

We are after the kiddush, washed our hands, dipped the Karpas, broke the matzah and are now ready for the fifth step of the seder.... Now we invite?!

Actually, many Chassidic teachings point this out and explain that the invitations have long been done and all those participating are already here. What we are doing is inviting ourselves. We are all strangers to what we know is right and all have room to improve. We are all hungry for the spiritual sustenance we lack, and starve for the loving invitation. Our bodies are here at the seder table, but our minds may be sailing off somewhere else. Our stomachs may be ingesting the seder fare but our souls may be held shackle to the internal inhibitions.

So we declare, to ourselves, "All who are hungry, let them come and eat!" May this year be a seder that sustains the soul, not just the body!

Thank you to all who came to help prepare for Pesach! Namely, Naomi Bier, Sara Comis, Imanuel Fayn, Rachel Graff, Talya Paeglis, Michael Stoll!

The Chabad community extends our sincere condolences to Karen Nudelman on the passing of her grandmother in Israel.

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

Friday, April 3 (see laws or Pesach A-Z
Before 11:19 am Finish eating Chametz 
Before 12:22 pm Finish burning Chametz 
Before 7:23 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 3 & 4
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 

Shabbos, April 4 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services (Begin to Count Omer
After 8:18 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings 2 & 4)

Sunday, April 5 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:18 pm Yom Tov Ends

April 6-9 Intermediate days - No Teffilin Required

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