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Floods of Kindness

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Flooding. That would be the way to describe Shavuos at Uptown. Flooding crowd for learning. Flooding crowd for 10 commandments. Flooding outside in Houston. But, best of all.... flooding pipes with a broken line. No water in our kitchen for two days and $900 plumbing repair later (+ unknown carpentry) we are getting back to normal. Flood the world with kindness. — feeling wet.

Little did we realize that Houston was in for a flood of historic proportions. Waking up to realize the11377125_10153243660646140_7391621999013096467_n.jpg extent of the devestation on early Tuesday morning, it became obvious that our Chabad of Uptown floods was only a drop in the ocean of devastating floods of destruction and heartwarming floods of kindness that would follow.

Tuesday passed with waters receding and reaching out to our Houston friends to see how they fared.

By Wednesday, when I encountered Daniel Agranov, consul general of Israel, looking for help to clear his home of damaged contents, it became obvious that there was a lot of work to do.

#TeamUptown sprang into action with an amazing group of YJP and community volunteers that helped11011989_10153244025651140_5480822722887989769_n.jpg deliver meals and laundry bags to other volunteers to wash, help remove heavy and light furniture and lend a hand wherever else they can.

The harrowing news of the missing senior couple began to surface, and the family asked us to spread the word to pray for the search team looking for Jack Alter, Yaakov ben Shmuel. The funeral for Shirley Alter has been confirmed for Sunday.

The sun has set on another day, yet there is so much more work to do.

If you would like to volunteer tomorrow or Sunday and join a team to help with the cleanup effort, please let us know!

  • You can donate to the Chabad of Houston Storm Relief Effort at
  • You can assist in the repairs of our Shavuos floods that has made some pretty costly damage at

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On Wednesday, June 3, our weekly dinner, class & social for young professionals will get the opportunity to hear from an amazing guest speaker, Captain Benjamin Diamond. We will hear experiences of his being a religious Jew in the US Army, stationed in Korea. Don't miss it!

Next Shabbos, June 5, is First Fridays of June! We will dedicate the dinner to learn about the plight of the hungry children in Ukraine because of the unrest happening there. Join Facebook event here and RSVP at

Confession and Repentance

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Shabbos Parshas Naso

Friday, May 29 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:58 pm

Shabbos, May 30 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 8:00 pm 
Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 1 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:57 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, May 31 
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Tuesday, June 2 
Parshas Beha'alosecha class at noon 
JLI Judaism Decoded class at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 3 
YJP Guest Speaker US Army Captain Ben Diamond at 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 4 
Lunch & Learn Tanya class at noon 
Evening Tanya class at 8 pm


Here's the Scoop on Sundae

I was honored last week to be given the opportunity to participate in the Police Week day of Prayer lastpolice day of prayer player icon.jpgweek, praying for the families of the first responders as well as those responding that day's deadly amtrack train crash. 

⇒ Here is a great article featuring our very own Ari Hutchison!:

A Graduation Ceremony for One: Houston Law School’s Creative Shabbat Solution

When Ari Hutchison learned that his graduation from the University of Houston Law Center would be on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, the Torah-observant student wondered how he would tell his father. more...

We have great line up (also featured at for you at our Sat. late Night Learn-A-Thon, starting at 11:30 pm with subject elevator speeches presented by community members! (Submit your topic for committee review to be added to the lineup!) Red-eye on red bull with Rabbi!!

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    Naomi Bier, Ph.D. Student, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    Philip A. Ernst, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Statistics, Rice University
    Rachel Graff, Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston
    Chanie Lazaroff, Co-Director Chabad of Uptown
    Erin Elizabeth Pedigo, Associate Editor at Hart Energy Publishing
    Jerald Simmons, MD, Triple board certified in Neurology, Sleep & Epilepsy 

There is something for everything on Shavuot at Chabad of Uptown, including a special childrens' service w/ Puppet story time, activities and more!  If you can please take a minute to complete the (mobile friendly) RSVP form so we can plan accordingly, we would really appreciate it! 

STOP! THIS IS A MUST READ: The most important part of Shavuos is to hear the Ten Commandments on Sunday,  the first day of Yom Tov at 11:30 am. The most important moment to the Jewish peoeple. when we became a nation and received the Torah, will be marked and reenacted once again, men, women & children "like one man, with one heart".

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Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar & Shavuot


Friday, May 22 
- 7:30 pm Evening Shabbat Services 
Before 7:54 pm Light Shabbat Candles (Blessings

Saturday, May 23 
- 9:00 am Chassidus Torah Study 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 7:55 pm Shabbat Afternoon & Evening Holiday Services 
After 8:52 pm* Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings
- 11:30 pm RED-EYE with the Rabbi on RED BULL! All Night Learn-A-Thon 
* From a pre-existing flame 

Sunday, May 24 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
* 11am-1pm Special childrens' service w/ Puppet story time, activities and more! 
- 11:30 am Reading of Ten Commandments 
followed by 1 pm dairy kiddush & SUNDAE SUNDAY Ice Cream Party Join this event on Facebook!
- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Holiday Services 
After 8:53 pm* Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessings
* From a pre-existing flame. 

Monday, May 25 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 12:00 pm approx. Yizkor Memorial Service 
- 8:00 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 8:54 pm Yom Tov Ends

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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How many are you for Shavuot?

We are looking forward to a meaningful and event-filled Shavuot. If you can please take a minute tocomplete the (mobile friendly) RSVP form so we can plan accordingly, we would really appreciate it!

With the traditional Shavuos blessings for Kabbolas HaTorah B'Simcha Ub'pnimiyus, 
Receiving the Torah with joy and inwardness,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie 

The mitzvah of "sinful" cheescake

Tuesday, May 19 is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, we will have our monthly minyan and delectible breakfast sponsored by the Melnik family! Join us and let us know if we can count on you for the minyan!

OPEN TO ALL AGES: Wed. May 20, 7:30 pm PreShavuot Cheesecake bakeAn evening of Cheesecake baking and decorating fun, exploring the traditions and meaning of Shavuot.

A Deep Mitzvah Reason to Eat "Sinful" Cheesecake

What's behind the custom of eating dairy products on Shavuot? I'm not complaining, I love cheesecake - I'm just looking for a deep spiritual excuse to eat more. more...

Our Torah elevator talks for Shavuos all night, Sat. May 23, 11:30 pm Red-eye Red Bull with Rabbiwas featured by News as one of nine innovative Shavuos programs worldwide!

 Vote for your favorite topping at our Sunday Sundae party and Grand Dairy Buffet!

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Check out the complete Shavuot weekend schedule at


Count Down to Charity

The wealthy fellow politely explained how he would love to give but can’t, because he already gave his share of charity for the year . . . more...

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Behar Mechukosai


Friday, May 15
Services at 7:30 pm & Omer count
Candle Lighting at 7:50 pm

Shabbos, May 16
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:50 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:47 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 17
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Tuesday, May 19
Parshas Bamidbar class at noon 
JLI Judaism Decoded class at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20
PreShavuos Cheesecake Bake at 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 21
Lunch & Learn Tanya class at noon
Evening Tanya class at 8 pm

Complete Shavuot Schedule at

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Why Services Every Week?!

What a week! Deep and meaningful conversations at our classes over Chumash, JLI, Lag B'omer &drumming circle.jpgTanya. You can join too!

Great times for our drum circle around the firepit on the holy day of Lag B'omer... Check out a 10 second video clip here!

Next up is Shavuos!

  • This year for our Shavuos, May 23 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. Four topics listed so far -CLICK! 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 - Shavuot SUNDAE SUNDAY - 10 Commandments topped with ice cream!
  • Complete Shavuos schedule at

Services Every Week?!

Question: I go jogging every Friday afternoon and often pass your synagogue. I see you are getting some nice crowds. To be honest I don't see why people go to services every single Shabbat. Click here for the answer...

Shabbos Parshas Emor


Friday, May 8 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 7:45 pm

Shabbos, May 9 
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am 
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:45 pm 
Ethics of our fathers, Chapter 4 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:42 pm 
Living Torah

Sunday, May 10 
8:30 am Shacharis 
9:00 am BLT club = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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♡ "Am I in love?"


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"Love you fellow Jew as yourself". This famous quote is from this week's Torah portion at such an appropriate time of year and when loving kindness is being shared across the world.

  • The outpouring of love going on in far flung Nepal, where the Shluchim Rabbi & Mrs. Lifshitz are literally saving lives while their children have been sent to safety in Israel, is simply breathtaking. As we learned tonight in Tanya, end of Igeres Hakodesh chapter 10, unbridled care for others, creates Hashem's unbridled care for his people. See the many stories coming out of the area, with pictures, video and how you can 
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    help at #givelove
  • The seniors at the Brookdale Galleria were shining with appreciation of the YJP volunteers showing loving kindness at our Challah bake. #sharelove
  • New & old friends will gather at this week's First Fridays Cindo de MayoMexican style Shabbat dinner
  • Sunday, May 3, is Pesach Sheni, a day when Hashem's love is so strong He gives us a second chance. #eatmatzah
  • Wednesday night, May 6, is Lag B'omer. "Love", in a word, is the story of Lag BaOmer—the story of Rabbi Akiva and his greatest disciple, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Akiva is the the one who taught that “‘Love your fellow as yourself’ is a cardinal principle in the Torah”; indeed, this is the most famous of his teachings. Excited to announce that the group Let Them Drum is joining us around the fire on Wed night!! They'll lead us in an African Drum Circle and teach us how to drum authentic African Beats. Don't forget to RSVP and register before Wednesday to save $5 on admission. Join YJP for for #africanbeats
  • Thursday, May 7, the festivities continue at the Lag Baomer celebration 4-7 pm at Torah Day School- #eatpizza
  • We have some great topics in our Shavuos night lineup! Have a 10 minute thought to share on Shavuos night all-night learning? Submit your topic for review!

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Lag Baomer Jamming Night & BBQ - Click to RSVP!


All You Need is Love and a Model Airplane

My friends say the main thing is that you are in love, and everything else will fall into place. Should I believe them? more...


Shabbos Parshas Acharei Mos-Kedoshim


Friday, May 1
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:40 pm | "Cinco de Mayo" YJP First Fridays Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, May 2
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our fathers, Chapter 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:38 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 3, Pesach Sheni
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The realt BLT = Bagels (matzah) , Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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