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Time for Joy!! (& Music Video)

The awe(someness) of Yom Kippur has charged us for the joy(ousness) to come on Sukkos & Simchas Torah! Full Sukkos schedule below. The highlights:

This Shabbos, 13 Tishrei, marks the first yartzeit of Mendel Cotlar. Our son, Mendel, made a music video to promote the song he composed in his friend's memory, raising money for GSD research. Please buy the song, share the video and do a mitzvah!

wakeup player button.jpgChanie's parents & brother Mendel came to town for the holiday, wonderful to have family join us!

Mazel tov to Maxine Epstein on the birth of a grandson to her son Rabbi Adam & Clara Chaya Epstein!

This Sukkos marks a monumental moment of Hakhel at the times of the Beis Hamikdash (Temple). On my recent visit to California for my nephew's bar mitzvah, I visited a colleague (Video), Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, who has been rendered immobile by ALS. Unable to speak or type, he uses his eyes to communicate and write heartfelt Torah thoughts. Read this inspiring piece on Hakhel:

What I Would Say If I Could Speak . . .
When I started to lose my ability to speak, it made me aware of the power of speech. I had to decide what is truly worth saying. Now, unable to speak, I dream of what I would tell my family if only I could. more...

Shabbos Parshas Haazinu
Friday, September 25
Services at 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:57 pm


Shabbos, September 26
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:51 pm
Living Torah

Sun., September 27 
- 6:55 pm Light Holiday Candles 
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services 
- 8:00 pm Sukkot Holiday Community Dinner - Under the Stars! - RSVP
Join this event on Facebook!

Mon., September 28 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use 
- 7:00 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv) 
After 7:34 pm Light Holiday Candles

Tues., September 29 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use 
- 7:00 pm Mincha
- 7:47 pm Maariv, Havadalla & Yom Tov Ends

Wed., September 30
- 8:00 pm YJP OktoberFest SukkahFest - Young Professionals Dinner, Class & Social - Facebook

Thurs., October 1
12:00 pm Tanya Lunch Hour in the Sukkah! 
8:00 pm Evening Tanya Class

AHEAD: Sun. Oct. 4-Tues. Oct. 6 Simchat Torah!

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Rebbe: Is my life a waste?


Rosh Hashana kicked off a year of unity, with uplifting services, tears and laughter. Rabbi Daniel Gavin did an amazing job leading, the community pleading, our collective hearts bleeding with meaning, singing and ringing in the New Year of #Hakhel.

20150916_215825-1.jpgMendel and Rabbi visited the Ohel during these Ten Days of Awe, and had a wonderful opportunity to watch his carefully selected tefillin boxes and parchments get assembled followed by watching Rabbi Chaim and his father carefully select Esrogim for the community.

Your Yom Kippur reservations are due! Secure your (optional) hotel room reservation, pre fast and break fast meals and reserve a seat for Yom Kippur! The community is not whole without #HighHolidaysAlaCarte

This Shabbos is called "Shabbos Shuva" as part of the Ten Days of Repentance, and includes special readings in the prayers and Haftorah. It also marks 6 Tishrei, the yartzeit of the Rebbe's mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson. We look forward to seeing you in Shul.

We wish a refuah shleima, a speedy recovery, to Daniel Avraham ben Chaya Rivka and Ian ben Shula

REBBE ON TESHUVAH: Is Most of My Life a Waste?
A person might also become disheartened wondering how is one to fulfill adequately one’s real purpose in life on this earth, seeing that most of one’s time is taken up with eating and drinking, sleeping, earning a livelihood, etc . . . more...

Shabbos Shuva Parshas Vayelech 
Friday, September 18
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:06 pm

Shabbos Shuva, September 19
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:58 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 20
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT Tefillin breakfast club at 9 am
Kapporos at 1 pm - Order before, save time and money:

Yom Kippur Eve, September 22 
Pre Fast Meal in your Suite (order in from Laykies - delivered, here)
Kol Nidrei at 7:00pm
Children's Program 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesday, September 23
Morning Service 9:30am
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Yizkor Memorial Service 12:30-3:30pm
Mincha Afternoon Service 5:30pm
Neilah Closing Service 6:45pm
Havdala & Fast Ends 7:55pm
Followed by Light Break the fast Buffet at Chabad, 4311 Bettis Drive - RSVP required

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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it's our last Shabbos

Due to circumstances beyond our control this Shabbos will be the last Shabbos dinner for the year at Chabad of Uptown. Please let us know if you will be joining us.
High Holidays Houston Uptown / Galleria Schedule for Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur  

Dear Friends,

Prayers are like a cordless phone, you can use it anywhere. The advantage of prayer is, you don't have to worry about recharging it.

Or do you?

If I prayed yesterday, why do I need to pray today? If I prayed Shacharis this morning, why do I need to pray two more times, Mincha and Maariv? On Shabbos we add Musaf and on Yom Kippur we add a fifth prayer of Neilah. It seems like the prayer battery is in constant need for a recharge as much as, or even more than, a smartphone!

Prayer is like food for the body and soul. A healthy diet include three daily meals. The soul yearns to be fed with prayer. During prayer, while the body thanks Hashem for the creative life it has been given, the soul is connecting to its source, the spiritual supply for all of existence. Conversely, while the soul is connecting in ecstasy, the body tethers it to a world of physical activity and creativity.

As we pray, we peel away layers of physical distraction to bring about its true spiritual awareness. Yet, we also become acutely aware that without a physical existence, spiritual purpose can not be fulfilled.

Kabbala teaches of the five dimensions that make up the soul. The outer layers of Nefesh, Ruach and Neshama and inner facets of Chaya and Yechida.

Three times daily, we examine the first three levels of the soul. On Shabbos, we add a fourth prayer of Musaf, reaching the level of Chaya, fueling the week to come. Finally, on Yom Kippur, we pray five times, closing the day with Neilah. The fifth soul dimension of Yechida is the untouchable and perfect part of the soul that no matter what may have happened, can never be severed. On Yom Kippur we are given the opportunity to reach deep with ourselves to emerge with a perfect and wholesome soul, harmonized with the body, for a year filled with perfection and purpose.

As we bring in the New Year with the prayers of the High Holy Days, may we succeed to find this marriage of soul and body, to know our physical needs, understand their spiritual purpose and fulfill their true creative objectives.

With wishes for a Kesiva vachasima tova,
May you be written and sealed for a sweet, happy & health New Year,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

This Sunday, we will have a special set of prayers and program for the final preparations for Rosh Hashana 5776. Erev Rosh Hashana selichos, followed by hatoras nedarim (vow annulment) and pruzbul. Please let us know if we can count on you for the minyan.

pruzbul. Please let us know if you we can count on you for the minyan!

 Mazel tov to Ron & Riv Mart on their sons Noah's upshernish!

wake up shopping button.jpgCheck out this project that our son Mendel Lazaroff has taken on to publish in time for his friend's first yartzeit.

He composed, wrote and performed a song of hope, giving thanks for another day, in memory of his forever thankful friend Mendel Cotlar, supporting GSD research.

You can buy the mp3 and read more about the song at A music video will be published in time for the first yartzeit, erev Sukkos.

12002560_10153478681371140_5121200812539005429_o.jpgThis past Sunday-Monday, many Texas shluchim families gathered in College Station at the Chabad of Texas A&M for 24 hours of relaxation, sharing and inspiration. There is a rivalry who enjoyed more the adults or the kids!

Love how this picture says it all:

  • The Shluchim
  • The Shluchos
  • The Young Shluchim (Cadets)

May this year be a year of prosperity and health where all the shluchim have all they need both physically and spiritually.

Shabbos Parshas Netzavim

Friday, Sept. 11
Candle Lighting at 7:14 pm 
Services at 7:30 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 12
Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 5 & 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:08 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, Sept. 13
Erev Rosh Hashana Selichos at 8:00 am
Shacharis at 8:45 am
Followed by Hatoras Nedarim & Pruzbul and the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Rosh Hashana Schedule at the DoubleTree Suites - Galleria
Sunday, September 13

Light candles at 7:12 pm
Evening Service at 7:15pm
Children's Program 7:15-8:15pm

Monday, September 14
Morning Services 9:30am-2:00 pm
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Shofar Sounding Approx. 12:30pm
Mincha & Family Tashlich Service 6:30pm
Evening Service 8:00pm
Light Candles after 8:06 pm

Tuesday, September 15
Morning Services 9:30am - 2:00 pm
Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
Shofar Sounding Approx. 12:30pm
Evening Service 7:15 pm
Maariv Havdalla and Yom Tov Ends 8:05 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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10 days - Video & TV report

Not to make you panic or anything, but Rosh Hashana is 10 days away. Keep reading.panic_button.jpg

Preparing for Judgment Day with Joy?

Chassidus teaches that throughout the month of Elul the Almighty is “unusually accessible” to every Jew as He displays “a smiling countenance and receives everyone with grace and favor.” Then, why are we not enjoined to be joyous?! In answering the question, this talk addresses the obligation to educate children, and reveals a unique kind of joy that lies at the core of the preparatory days of Elul. (Sefer HaSichos 5748, Shoftim) more...

See this channel 39 report about the Chabad of Uptown - YJP program, where young Jewish business leaders learn & grow! Thank you Matt & Yael Trusch for a wonderful and insightful evening.

Join us for Brazilian "First Fridays" for Jewish young professionals tomorrow! Please RSVP


At Chabad of Uptown your soul is your membership and ticket to services. We firmly believe that one High Holidays Houston Uptown / Galleria Schedule for Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippurmust not pay to pray. Join us at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Houston by the Galleria for FREE Rosh Hashana Services! We thank all those who have joined our voluntary membership drive! Please consider helping Chabad provide our vital services to the community!

The series of Selichot prayers begin this Saturday night, at 1:20 am recited in preparation for the "Days of Awe" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please join us at Chabad at 10900 Fondren for this 40 min. service. On subsequent days, the custom is to recite the Selichot in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers, each morning (besides Shabbos) up to and including Elul 29, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday Sept. 13.

This year we make a pruzbul. Read more about pruzbul here. One approaches the “court” and states that he or she is transferring to them all debts which may be owed to him or her, thus making them collectable. If doing this orally is not available to you, fill out this form before early afternoon of Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Shabbos Selichos, Parshas Ki Tavo

Friday, Sept. 4
Candle Lighting at 7:23 pm 
Services at 7:30 pm
Brazilian "First Fridays" YJP Dinner RSVP

Shabbos, Sept. 5
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Selichos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 3 & 4
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:15 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, Sept. 6
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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