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#JackItUp What a jacked up Simchas Torah (& month)! It is customary to declare ויעקב הלך לדרכו - Hit the road, Jack! - at the conclusion of the holiday marathon. Hashem intended me to do it well, greeting me with a flat tire while loading Chaya into the car for the airport, seeing her back off to high school in Albany... #ubertotherescue #fixingflats #jackthecarup #jacktheyearup #gettingjacked

Mendel is off to Yeshivah in New Haven on Sunday!

woman at ohel.jpgTUES-WED, DEC 13-14: Women's Journey of the Souls: Join Rebbetzin Chanie for a special, one evening / two day trip to NY, for a quick, uplifting and inspirational visit to the Rebbe's Ohel and Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Contact Chanie for flight, travel and accommodation information.

david eliezrie - secret of chabad.jpgThe ERJCC Book Fair will be featuring Rabbi David Eliezrie and his powerful book, "The Secret of Chabad: Inside the World's Most Successful Jewish Movement" on Sunday, Nov. 6, 7:30 pm. Get tickets here

The Chabad Lubavitch movement has had unparalleled success. Rabbi David Eliezrie depicts events, philosophies and personalities contributing to this worldwide phenomenon. His unique style weaves together narrative and fact, history and philosophical insight, interviews and personal recollection. He merges an insider's perspective of a Chabad shaliach with storytelling flair of a prolific writer.

Mazal tov to Yonni & Noa Iolin Deutsch on the birth of a baby boy!! May we only share smachot! 

The weekly Torah reading is what defines the Jewish week, serving as the guide and point of reference for the week's events, deeds and decisions; Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi called this "living with the times." Hence the theme and tone of this week is one of beginning and renewal, as we launch into yet another cycle of Torah life. The Rebbes of Chabad would say: "As one establishes oneself on Shabbat Bereishit, so goes the rest of the year." Link: Beginnings

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Bereishis

Friday, October 28
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:20 pm

Shabbos, October 29
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:13 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, October 30
Shacharis at 8:30 am
The real BLT= Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Rosh Chodesh MarCheshvan
Shacharis at 6:45 am
Followed by 8 am Rosh Chodesh Breakfast (with Uptown radishes! :)), sponsored by the Melnik family 

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Dancing with the ✯✯✯✯✯!

Beautiful celebrations with hundreds in our sukkah throughout Sukkos so far. Our Uptown team (with Levi on the leaderboard) shook Lulav & Etrog with people throughout the Uptown area, providing the lulav shake mitzvah to 103 people just over the first two days of Sukkos alone! Thank you to our volunteers, Levi, Mendel, Raphael, Elliott, Rachel, Bluma, Michael, Chaya, Rabbi Mendel & Chyena! 

SIMCHAS TORAH: You know the drill. Get ready to celebrate Chabad-style! Come join us for an unbelievable, all night, happy, thrilling, stress-relieving, dance-til-you-drop, beyond belief and total excitement, feast-on-amazing-foods, l'chaims and fun for all Simchat Torah Party!

This weekend's highlights (full schedule below):

  • Sun. night, Shemini Atzeret Hakafot-warmup at 6:30 pm
  • Mon. morning, Service 10 am, Geshem & Yizkor at 12:15 pm
  • Mon. night, Grand Simchat Torah Hakafot at 7:30 pm (kids hakafa at approx. 8:30 pm)
  • Tues. Torah completion and restart & Day Hakafot 10:00 am 

JHV uptown building cropped pg 1.pngJHV, FRONT PAGE, 10/20/16:
"Offering traditional services and a contemporary message, Chabad of Uptown has become known for its innovative and out-of-the-box programming".  

Read the complete article in this week's Jewish Herald Voice.


STORY FROM OUR SUKKAH: Sukkot Spanning the Generations

Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. Yankel, a rabbi from the town of Zhuravitz, had made the 1,200-kilometer journey to bring some much-needed holiday cheer. more...


Fri., Oct. 21
Services at 6:30 pm
Light Shabbat Candles at 6:26 pm

Sat. Oct. 22 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- No Lulav 
- 6:25 pm Mincha 
- 7:19 pm Maariv, Havdalla (In Sukkah) and Shabbat Ends 
Living Torah Video

Sunday, Oct. 22 - HOSHANA RABBA
- 8:00 am Shacharit Services with Lulav and Hoshanot
- Followed by breakfast

Sun., Oct. 23 - Shemini Atzeret 
- 6:24 pm Light Holiday Candles 
- 6:25 pm Mincha & Evening Services
Hakafot-celebratory dancing - This one is only the warm up - to connect with Israel! (See main hakafot below). 

Mon., Oct. 24 - 
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
- 12:15 pm Yizkor 
Teffilas Geshem 
- Say Goodbye to Sukkah
- 6:25 pm Mincha & Evening Services
- 7:30 pm Grand Hakafot-celebratory dancing - This one is the real deal! 
- 8:30 pm approx. Special Childrens' Hakafa
Join this event on Facebook!
- After 7:18 pm Light Candles 

Tues., Oct. 25 -Simchat Torah 
- 10:00 am Morning Services 
Hakafot-celebratory dancing 
Mincha after Hakafot 
- 6:25 pm Evening Services 
- 7:17 pm Maariv, Havdalla and Holiday Ends

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

👇🏻 Save the date(s)!

"May He who separated between darkness and light, between the holy and material, grant us the wisdom to know the difference between choices that are right and wrong.... " (<< Video of those on hand to brave the extra few minutes for havdalla)...

What a fast fast! Uplifting to spend it with y'all and voice of our inspiring Chazzan Danny Gavin, overflowing crowds and hearts, energizing seeing the involved children with our amazing CKids leaders Nili Shore, Sigal, Alyssa, Chaya & Rivky! 

  • Shabbos and complete Sukkos schedule below and at!
  • Save the dates for Simchas Torah Next. Sun.-Tues., Oct. 23-25. Complete schedule here 

Mark This Date (icon)We are so thankful to be in our new building, but we need to make it a celebration!

Please mark your calendars for our gala to properly open our new building on Sunday evening, January 15!

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Friday, October 14
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:34 pm

Shabbos, October 15
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 6:35 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:26 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, October 16 
Shacharis at 8:30 pm
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Sunday October 16

- 6:32 pm Light Holiday Candles 
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services 
- 7:30 pm  Sukkot Holiday Community Dinner - Under the Stars!

Monday, October 17 
- 10:00 am Morning Services  
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use 
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv) 
After 7:24 pm Light Holiday Candles
- 7:30 pm YJP OktoberFest SukkahFest -   Young Professionals  Dinner & Social -   Facebook

Tuesday, October 18 
 10:00 am Morning Services 
- Lulav & Etrog Available for public use 
- 6:30 pm Mincha & Evening Services (Maariv) 
- 7:23 pm Yom Tov Ends

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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👍 Thank you!

rosh hashana table.jpgWhat an amazing Rosh Hashana with all of you, and hundreds of other friends - our extended family - in our new Shul! Our Cantor Rabbi Danny Gavin & his family were fantastic. We are grateful for all the help of the amazing Naomi Bier, Nilli Shore & Sigal Melnik, helping put on the wonderful holiday meals and running the CKids program. Thank you to all those who sponsored the services and kiddushim and those who gave voluntary membership. May Hashem bless us to have many celebrations in our new home. Chanie and I thank y'all for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community.

This Shabbos, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, "Shabbat of Return." The name derives from the Haftarah for this Shabbat, which opens with the words (Hosea 14:2), "Return O Israel unto the L-rd your G-d..." Occurring in the "Ten Days of Repentance", it is a most auspicious time to rectify the failings and missed opportunities of the past and positively influence the coming year.

May we collectively be blessed with a positive year, filled with blessings, health and happiness. 


  • "It was a beautiful and meaningful way to start the new year- thank you!" - C.G. 
  • "Thank you for your kindness, your guidance, your friendship, your leadership & your warm hospitality!!"  - L.S.
  • "Great services, great leadership and chazanut, great people, great company, delicious food and a beautiful new shul to start the new year the right way" - A.N. 
  • "Thank you to Rabbi Chaim, Chanie & Cantor Danny Gavin for a fantastic Rosh Hashanah. The new Shul with its Jerusalem stone that was made in Austin Texas is one of the most gorgeous synagogues in the country." - I.C.
  • "2006 was just an old house ... Build amazing synagogue, that I think more than [a] synagogue it is home for all of us." - O.S.
  • "Thank you for the inspiration and meaningful reflection while finding a way to use humor to lighten the moment and help strengthen the connection!" - A.S. 
  • "Just wanted to let you know how special everything was--services were particularly inspiring; the food was amazing; and the new building is out of sight!!!! Of course, I'd be inspired even if Rabbi Chaim was holding services in a tent. Yasher Koach!" - D.S. 
  • "Everything was so beautiful and delicious, thank you for making us feel always welcome" - G.M 

Please join us meaningful and uplifting Yom Kippur services and Break Fast next week, Tues. & Wed.! Complete schedule below.

  • Click here for suggested hotel accommodations.
  • Click here to reserve Shul seats, sponsor and RSVP for the Break Fast.
  • Click here to register for free for services.

pink shabbat table.jpgLooking forward to this Shabbos, Pink Shabbat - YJP First Fridays, in honor and benefit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come celebrate Shabbat with other Young Jewish Professionals over Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails. Please RSVP!
In support of Jewish women facing the daunting challenge of cancer, First Fridays this month is PINK SHABBAT, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of all proceeds will go to “Sharsheret” an organization that helps Jewish women battling Breast Cancer.

 Join us for Sukkot & Simchat Torah! Complete schedule here


PSA: We now have extensive parking accommodations. Please do not block the driveway or cars parked at Chabad.

Shabbos Shuva, Parshas Vayelech

Friday, October 7
Services at 6:45 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:42 pm
Pink Shabbat First Fridays at 7:45 pm

Shabbos, October 8
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:40 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:34 pm
Living Torah

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

Tuesday, October 11
Light Holiday Candles & Fast Begins 6:37pm
Kol Nidrei 7:00pm
Children's Program 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesday, October 12
Morning Service 9:30am
    Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
    Yizkor Memorial Service approx. 12:30pm

Mincha Afternoon Service 5:15pm
Neilah Closing Service 6:30pm
Havdala & Fast Ends 7:29pm
Break the Fast Light Buffet - RSVP 

Have a good Shabbos & Gmar Chasima Tova!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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