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Chabad of Uptown and personal diary updates! Please comment on our posts, we would love to hear from you!

"breaking" news

The JHV opening paragraph on its front page upper half story this week, basically sums it up:groundbreaking gallery promo icon.jpg

A groundbreaking ceremony for Chabad of Uptown was held on a warm Sunday afternoon, Aug. 23, amid clear skies. More than 200 people attended, demonstrating their support for the newly expanded facility. Read more >

You can view our official photo gallery here. More pictures will be added.

We have received great feedback and interest in our unique High Holidays a la carte setup this year. We hope you will join us at the DoubleTree Suites! Complete info online at

This Shabbos includes a reading of Amalek, the few times we fulfill the Biblically mandated mitzvah to remember Amalek. Join us for our Shabbos festivities!

Next weekend is YJP "First Fridays" Brazilian style and "Shabbos Selichos", when we begin on Sat night the recitation of the series of Selichot prayers recited in preparation for the "Days of Awe".


PARSHA: Does the Torah Punish a Rape Victim?

Is it true that the Torah requires rape victims to marry their rapists, and the only punishment to the rapist is a fifty-shekel fine paid to the victim’s father? more...

Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei


Friday, August 28
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:31 pm

Shabbos, August 29
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 1 & 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:26 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Justice for all

Although it has been a rainy few days, Sunday will be nice and dry! We look forward to a glorious program, and hope you can join us! Read the Jewish Herald Voice front page article here.


PARSHA: Is Justice for All?

All agree that justice is important, but justice is elusive. Even in this great country, in the 21st century, there are serious questions whether our criminal justice system has a long way to go to ensure that every individual can expect equal access to justice. more...

Shabbos Parshas Shoftim


Friday, August 21
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:39 pm

Shabbos, August 22
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Kiddush
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:34 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 23
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
followed by the real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin
#UptownRising Groundbreaking at 2 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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two torahs rosh chodesh shabbos!

hard to type with a humbling one hand while other rests in a sling, easing weight on the shoulder (broke clavicle & partial shoulder separation) and laying on a broken rib, thanks to a bike incident while exercising on the wondrous off road mountain bike trails at memorial park.

so briefly:

  • mazel tov to our nephew Tani Lazaroff on his bar mitzvah in los angeles. rabbi made a quick 20 hr trip to attend. (yes, in a sling).
  • while there, they stopped for a short visit with fellow chabad shliach rabbi yitzi hurwitz, who has ALS, singing and uplifting his spirits. - VIDEO
  • this shabbos and sunday is rosh chodesh, two torahs, hallel and special musaf followed by kiddush farbrengen. sunday morning rosh chodesh minyan at 8:30 followed by 1st elul shofar blowingand melnik sponsored breakfast!


We are pleased to confirm that  Hon. Daniel Agranov, Consul of the Consulate General Israel in Houston and City of Houston Council Member Ellen Cohen will be joining us for the groundbreaking ‪#‎UptownRising‬

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Re'eh

Friday, August 14
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:46 pm

Shabbos, August 15, Rosh Chodesh Elul I
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:42 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 16, Rosh Chodesh Elul II 
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by Rosh Chodesh breakfast, sponsored by the Melnik family!!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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106 degrees ☼ summer is almost over?

Camp Gan Israel ended this past week and Mendel comes home from Camp in Michigan this Monday... Summer is almost over! Weather didn't get the message though...

  • Now is the time to renew your voluntary membership to help keep our Shul running! High Holiday information and membership can now be found under reservations on our website at 
  • The program is shaping up for the historic groundbreaking ceremony for Chabad of Uptown, Sunday, August 23, 2 pm. Community leaders & dignitaries will gather for the first Uptown / River Oaks area Jewish institution to rise up along with the urban development of the entire neighborhood! Don't miss it! Dedicate something special at
  •  11540828_10152800985766486_26735268989560814_n.jpgChabad of Uptown YJP community continues to make an impression! Check out Rachel's article, Fitness Training for the Soul, from her Shavuot all night learning talk, published internationally on!
  • Join our ongoing weekly classes with Parsha Tuesdays at noon, Wednesday night for YJP, Thursday Tanya at noon and 8 pm, Shabbos morning mysticism at 9 am (besides for Shabbos mevarchim like this week). You will find a dynamic group and meaningful conversation at every one of these classes and it will uplift your week! "We guarantee it!"

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Don't miss Caribbean Shabbat - "First Fridays" for YJP Shabbat on the Islands! RSVP at

Wednesday's YJP dinner, class & social will be given by Chanie on "What does it mean to really pray?"

This past Sunday, YJP Houston, put up an amazing kick off event, marking Tu B'Av with the White Party - an evening of art, wine and sushi! Check out the photos here.


PARSHA: How Do the Forbes 400 Compare to an East African Tribe?

It seems that the old adage “money can’t buy happiness” has some truth to it. Although wealth has as much as tripled over the past fifty years, mental illness has increased at an equal rate. more...

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Eikev


Friday, August 7
Services at 7:30 pm followed by Caribbean First Fridays - RSVP
Candle Lighting at 7:52 pm

Shabbos, August 8
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:50 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 4
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:49 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 9
8:30 am Shacharis
9 am The real BLT = bagels, lox & tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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