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♡ Tu B'av Love ♡

May you have a day of love, the day of Tu B'av! Because of the joyous events which occurred on this day, our sages regarded the 15th of Av to be one of the two most auspicious days on the Jewish calendar (the other being Yom Kippur--Talmud, Taanit 26b). Links: Love and Rebirth: On the Significance of Av 15.

YJP Houston is hosting a White Party this Sunday for Young Professionals in their 20s & 30s, celebrating Tu B'Av love. It will be an evening of art, music, wine and sushi in summer white cocktail attire with Pop Artist Yitzchok Moully. See who is coming here. GAIN ACCESS:

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The Shabbat after the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu ("Shabbat of Consolation") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"). This is the first of the series of readings known as " The Seven of Consolation" read in the seven weeks from the Ninth of Av to Rosh Hashanah. Links: Seven Degrees of ConsolationConsolationShabbat Nachmu

Upcoming Events:

As we now enter the second half of Av, preparing for the month of Elul, we are happy to report that the High Holiday section is now published on our website. We look forward to a meaningful High Holidays at Chabad of Uptown where every Jew is already a member. However, now is the time to renew your voluntary paid membership that helps us provide the vital services to the entire Jewish community. We can not do it without your support!

From Tu B'av onwards, it is customary to already wish the blessings of Kesiva vachasima tova, may you be written and sealed for a good year!

Shabbos Nachamu, Parshas V'eschanan

Friday, July 31
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:57 pm

Shabbos, August 1
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am with reading of Ten Commandments
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:53 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 2
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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Vision & Love

The Shabbat before the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon ("Shabbat of Vision"), the third of the series of readings known as "The Three of Rebuke." On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple; we may not see it with our physical eyes, but our souls see it.Links: The Holy Temple: an AnthologyShabbat of Vision; About the "Three of Rebuke"

Because of the holiness of Shabbat, the Fast of the Ninth of Av mourning destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel is postponed to after Shabbat. Therefore, the fast begins on Shabbos day, Saturday at sunset (8:19 pm in Houston), and continues through Sunday, Av 10, till nightfall (8:45 pm). After nightfall on Saturday (9:00 pm) we say, "Blessed is He who distinguishes between the holy and the mundane." No Havdalah is made, but we light a candle and recite the fire blessing.Havdalah is recited after the fast (omitting the candle and incense blessings).

"Eichah"--the Book of Lamentations--is read on Saturday night after evening prayers. It will be followed by a moving film, "With a Whole Broken Heart"

'With My Whole Broken Heart' is a new 45-minute film that features moving stories of valiant parents whose children's lives were claimed by terror and follows the lives of two of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The film highlights the Jewish response to tragedy and suffering, conveying a message of hope and promise. - WATCH THE TRAILER

Links: Mitzvah Minute: Tisha b'AvLaws of Tishah B'Av

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SUN. AUG 2, 5 PM

Check out this evening of art, wine and love

celebrating Tu B'av in white cocktail attire at


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doubletree gallery.pngWe are pleased to notify the community that High Holiday Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur Services with Chabad of Uptown will be held at the beautifulDoubleTree Suites by Hilton Houston by the Galleria.

Besides for luxurious and comfortable ambiance and ballrooms, all rooms are either king or double queen suites with a bedroom, living room and a full kitchen equipped with a full sized (easily koshered) range, refrigerator etc. so you may call the Doubletree home for the holidays!

MAZEL TOV! Ori & Sara Getz on the birth of a baby girl! (Another Chabad of Uptown, "project Jewish babies" success story! :))

July 28-30: Rabbi Faitel Lewin, a sofer from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be available to check mezuzos and tefillin at Chabad Lubavitch Center.

According to halacha, mezuzos should be checked twice every seven years. Some have the custom to inspect tefillin and mezuzos annually.

All homeowners affected by the ‪#houstonflood‬ can get their mezuzos checked free, sponsored by ‪‎Chabad‬ ‪Lubavitch‬ of Houston.

Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devarim

Friday, July 24, 8 Av
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:02 pm

Shabbos, July 25, 9 Av
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 2:00 pm
Fast of Tisha 'Av begins at 8:19 pm
Shabbos Ends at 9:00 pm
Maariv at 9:15 pm
Eicha followed by inspiring film "With a whole broken heart" at 9:30 pm

Sunday, July 26 - Tisha B'Av (observed)
Join us at Chabad Lubavitch Center, 10900 Fondren
8:00 am
 Shacharis & Kinos
7:15pm Mincha – Talis, Tefillin, Krias HaTorah
8:45 pm Fast Ends 
8:45 Maariv & Havdalah
Kiddush Levanah 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The Lazzfeed

IMG-20150716-WA0007.jpgWe were in Chattanooga this morning. For real. It is unreal that the events there today began to unfold as we were leaving town. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the marines who lost their lives in a senseless attack. The prayers that we recited their overnight should provide the spiritual uplifting they all need.

We just came home. What a whirlwind of a trip!Yigal did a great job covering the home front while we travelled, visiting Chanie's sister in Chicago and attending a conference of Shluchim and Shluchos whose mission are to serve the spiritual needs of young Jewish professionals. It was wonderful to meet and share best practices with others in this growing community of shluchim dedicated to serving this demographic.

Tomorrow, Friday July 17 is Rosh Chodesh Av. We will have our monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan and breakfast at 6:45 am. We will conclude by 8 am. Please let us know if you we can count on you for the minyan.

As such, tonight begins "The Nine Days" concluding with Tisha B'av, that falls this year on Shabbos and is observed on Sat night, and Sunday July 25-26. Following the 9 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Eicha service on Sat night, we will will have a community screening of a compelling film by JLI followed by discussion, "With My Whole Broken Heart". The film features interviews with Daniel Pearl's parents, Ruth and Judea Pearl; Sherri Mandel, mother of Kobi Mandell; Rabbi Nissan Mangel; and former Israeli chief rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.

  • Mazel tov to David & Jocelyn Abrams on the birth of a baby boy!
  • Our sincere condolences to Marina Pearsall on the passing of her uncle.

The Lazzfeed 

Heading east through the Gateway to the West

Menucha writing a letter at her first visit to the Rebbe's Ohel

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Shabbos Parshas Matos-Maasei

Friday, July 17
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:05 pm

Shabbos, July 18
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:03 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Breaking ground - Video

demolition video player.jpgSAVE THE DATE! Sunday, August 23!

We are excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for Chabad of Uptown - the first Jewish institution to rise up in the Uptown / River Oaks neighborhood along with the tons of development happening around us!

It 'aint a dream anymore, it is for real! Please join the event on Facebook and share with your friends!

We need your help to bridge the gap of our building campaign. Please consider joining us with a dedication

Torturing to Save Lives: This week's Wednesday YJP dinner, class & social with Rabbi Traxler will teach a class from the premier JLI - Jewish Learning Institute.

The recent "Torture Report" alleges that the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11 were ineffective. But what if they did yield valuable information--would they have been justified? While the evils of terror must be combated, human rights must also be protected. How are we to balance these competing values?

PARSHA: To Hell and Back

Why were the sons of Korach kept alive from among their fellow mutineers? more...

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Pinchas


Friday, July 10 
Services at 7:30 pm 
Candle Lighting at 8:07 pm | No dinner this week

Shabbos, July 11 
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am 
No Kiddush this week 
Mincha at 8:05 pm 
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:05 pm 
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Destruction & Renewal

Demolition continues at Chabad, it is great to see dust, bricks and birds flying! So appropriate as we11665571_10152805955346486_674645920191356170_n.jpgenter "The Three Weeks", mourning the destruction of the Temple, beginning with a fast this Sunday. In a post Holocaust generation, news reports sparked headlines around the world of the false findings of the Jewish population closely reaching pre holocaust numbers. Although it is only journalistic hyperbole, why the excitement? Because, as Jews we are taught that "Never Forget" is not as important as "Never Again". We look forward to a bigger and better shul to continue to support our growing programs and community!  We focus not only on our past, but, on our future, destruction for the sake of renewal

This Shabbos, 17 Tammuz, is usually a fast day. The fast day mourns the breaching of Jerusalem's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on Tammuz 17 and repenting and rectifying their causes. Because of the holiness of Shabbat, the fast of Tammuz 17 is this year postponed to Sunday, Tammuz 18. We refrain from all food and drink from "daybreak" (5:03 am in Houston) until nightfall (8:53 pm in Houston). Special prayers and Torah readings are added to the day's services.

This Shabbos is also July 4th, a very important legal birthdate of the US of A and of the Rabbi called Chaim. His Jewish birthday 'aint till Monday, 19 Tammuz, but here we have another opportunity for celebration. Join other young professionals for 4th of July "First Fridays" (PLEASE RSVP!) and all community members are welcome to join for l'chaims at Kiddush on Shabbos day after davening at 10 am.

  • It is customary to get an aliya on the Shabbos before one's birthday. As summer travels has many absent, please let us know if we can count on you for a minyan.  

Shabbos Parshas Balak

Friday, July 3
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 8:08 pm - RSVP for YJP July 4 #FirstFridays

Shabbos, July 4
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:07 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, July 5
Fast of 17 Tammuz (observed)
Fast begins 5:03 am
Shacharis at 8:30 am
No breakfast in observance of fast
Fast ends 8:53 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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