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Chanukah for Millions!

What an amazing Chanukah!

  • screen grab chanukah texans vs bengals.png➊ Saturday night, our family was featured in nationally televised prime time football for millions during the Texans vs. Bengals for the first night of Chanukah. 
  • ➋ Sunday, we celebrated at Aishel House for the Pidyon Haben of our great nephew born to our nephew Peretz & Mushkie Lazaroff, followed by a family at Rabbi Chaim's parent's home.
  • ➌ Monday, YJPHouston joined Hoops and Hanukkah at the Houston Rockets, displaying the Chanukah Menorah on jumbo screen during the first quarter (Levi wished all the fans Happy Chanukah) from the suites, pregame shoot around, pregame high fives and half time high fives with the players!halftime high five.jpg
  • ➍ Tuesday, we joined the lighting of the amazing menorah sculpture at the Galleria, where Levi performed in the Torah Day School Choir. We then headed over to Memorial City Mall to light up the ice menorah in the ice rink! Facebook live feed at the galleria and memorial city malls.
  • ➎ Wednesday, we joined the Torah Completion Ceremony in memory of Mendel Cotlar. Our son Mendel, performed the live music at the event in memory of his friend!
  • ➏ Thursday, approximately 300 people joined us for the Wacky Waxy Chanukah Carnival for a wax themed party & buffet dinner, complete with wax hands, candle making, prize wheel, moon-bounce, live music and more! The car menorah parade left from Chabad, finishing with a menorah lighting at City Hall with Mayor Sylvester Turner and Ellen Cohen! Here is the Facebook live video tour. wax chanukah gallery promo .pngMendel & Levi recorded an original "Happy Chanukah" song to promote the party - obviously it worked pretty well! :) Drone footage of the parade....
  • ➐ Tonight we will light the seventh candle with a Community Chanukah Shabbat Dinner, please RSVP and join us! 
  • ➑ Tomorrow night, we will light the final candle in shul, please join us! 

By now, you should have received our invitation to the Jan. 15, "Growing Uptown" Grand Opening Dinner & Cocktails, complete with piano recital and housewarming gift shower. Please RSVP to the free event at

Today (& tomorrow night after Shabbos) is your last day to make a donation to Chabad in 2016. Please consider supporting our important work at

Shabbos Chanukah, Parshas Mikeitz

Friday, December 30
Services at 6:30 pm
Menorah Candles THEN Shabbos Candle Lighting COMPLETED BY 5:15 pm
Chanukah Community Shabbat Dinner - RSVP 

Shabbos, December 31
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Maariv, Menorah Lighting, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:12 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 1
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

We kicked off Chanukah with the NFL

  • cbs ngl chanukaH.jpgChanukah is here! We pregamed it, preparing for this Saturday night's NFL Texans vs Bengals nationally televised CBS game, when they will air a clip about Chanukah featuring our family lighting the menorah and celebrating... Of course the camera crew couldn't resist joined us for some Latkes and Donuts... :) 
  • There are only a few tickets left to gain access to the young professional high five tunnel with the players pregame or at half time! Community and families can join the Hoops & Hanukkah fun as well! Check out the details for general Hoops & Hanukkah admission at
  • We have a great program lined up, fun for all ages and the whole family at the Wacky Waxy Carnival on Thursday.
  • Friday of Chanukah, December 30, is Rosh Chodesh! We will have our monthly minyan and breakfast! 
  • For 15+ Chanukah events around Houston, check out 
  • For everything Chanukah, including a hoiliday guide, recipes, entertainment, study and a search for worldwide events visit

Dinner 11x17.jpgSunday January 15, the day of our Growing Uptown Grand Opening Celebration & Shower, is right around the corner! We want you to be a part of history!

The dinner & cocktails evening will be most meaningful honoring the well deserved honorees with a Short Piano Recital by Arturo Nicolayevsky - Playing works of Chassidus, Beethoven & Chopin. 


* Please RSVP (for free) 

* Consider placing an ad in our commemorative journal in support of the honorees and work of Chabad

* Consider buying some gifts for Chabad from the gift registry to "shower" Chabad of Uptown with gifts for the housewarming party!

* Join our planning committee, by replying to the email! 

Jewish Herald Voice, front page this week featured an article about our new partnership with Friendship Circle benefitting young professionals and young adults with special needs. Check it out here.

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Shabbos Mevarchim Teves, Parshas Vayeishev

Friday, December 23
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:10 pm

Shabbos, December 24
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:08 pm
Living Torah
First night of Chanukah!

Sunday, December 25
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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Special Challah of Integration

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Wow! What a week!

We kicked it off right with an amazing Sunday!

After a wonderful 8:30 am Shacharis and breakfast, we hosted a beautiful 9:30 am Challah Bake, partnering volunteers from Jewish Federation's YAD Houston Mitzvah Day with the newly launched FCYA (Friendship Circle of Houston Young Adults) & Pathfinder to bake Challah for the Chabad of Uptown's Loaves of Love program for seniors. The event was sponsored by YJP Houston - Young Jewish Professionals HoustonCheck out the photos! Jewish Herald Voice is running a beautiful story on their front page...

After it was done. we hit the 12:30 pm YAD wrap up party in Midtown where all Mitzvah day groups gathered to do the social thing. 

This followed, with a 1:30 pm  Pidyon Haven Mazel tov to  Matt & Ellee Lazarov(!) Breit of the pidyon haben of their son!

Torah Day School hosted a great 2-4 pm PreChanukah community event!

And, this was all while setting up the sofer that was here to check tefillin and mezuzos and we got him all set up that day too!

All in a day. One fantastic Sunday.

Chanukah is around the corner! Please join Chabad for some 15+ fantastic Chanukah events around the Houston area!

The Chabad of Uptown Chanukah events you do not want to miss!:

  •  YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: High five tunnel the Houston Rockets at Hoops & Hanukkah! Tickets must be bought through and includes a free t-shirt and pregame player warmup!
  • COMMUNITY ALL AGES: Wacky Waxy Chanukah Carnival and Car Menorah Parade launch 

  YJP Exclusive Chanukah Rockets Experience Wacky Waxy Chanukah Carnival

honorees only.jpgThe #GrowingUptown webpages are up!

RSVP (free) and purchase your ads in the commemorative journal for our Uptown Growing Grand Opening Celebration, including a recital, buffet dinner & cocktails!

Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 5 pm

Be a part of history! We want YOU to join us at this most meaningful event!

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Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach


Friday, December 16
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:07 pm

Shabbos, December 17
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:04 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, December 18
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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👏 162 messages of love

match success timer.pngWE DID IT!! Mazel tov!! We are so thankful to be part of this special community and appreciate the love and support from all of you! This is a real testament to how incredibly invested each of you are in Chabad of Uptown and we can't thank you enough for partnering in our work. Thank you everyone, ALL 162 OF YOU, comprised of and representing so many across the spectrum of our community indicates the breadth and reach of where we are! Most importantly, a major thank you to our matchers who helped make this all happen!

Today we completed a Tanya journey of six years. Truly a transformative experience, the study of Tanya from page one came to a final page of the book, with many of you who jumped on the wagon for various parts, and some valiant members making their way through every page of the astounding wisdom of the Alter Rebbe dripped down to ink on paper. We will hold a formal Siyum completion ceremony sometime in the coming months. We will start a new class on Thursdays at noon, with optional $10 lunch, of English text-based study of five of the Rebbe's monumental maamarim, Chassidic discourses.

This Sunday will be a Sunday of inclusion as YJP Houston will host the YAD mitzvah day for Challah Bake with FCYA (Friendship Circle Young Adults) for Young Adults with special needs and Pathfinder. What a beautiful mitzvah! If you know a young adult with special needs, please let us know so we can be sure to include them!

TDS will kick off Chanukah celebrations this Sunday with a Pre-Chanukah free community event, open to everyone! Chanukah snacks, kids activities, local vendors to shop and free raffle prizes!

Chabad of Uptown sponsored Chanukah events:

  • Mon. Dec. 26: YJP Houston exclusive Rockets experience for young professionals. First 50 tickets gain access to high five players at the game (JHV article) GAIN ACCESS:
  • Thurs. Dec. 29: Wacky Waxy Chanukah Carnival and Car Menorah Parade at Chabad of Uptown

For a full listing of all Houston events, with more to be added, check out 

YJP Exclusive Chanukah Rockets Experience Wacky Waxy Chanukah Carnival

  • Mazel tov to Jesse & Miriam Izak on their marriage in Florida!
  • Mazel tov Daniel & Nurit Agranov on the birth and bris of their son, Yonatan Ori Albert!
  • Mazel tov Nicholas & Sandra Morgan on the birth and bris of their son, Oliver Tzvi!
  • Refuah shleima to the mother of Felix Cionsky, Rina bas Hilda. 

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Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei


Friday, December 9
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:05 pm

Shabbos, December 10
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:02 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, December 11
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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Crowd Surfing the Rabbis 🏄

Good Yom Tov! 

Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin relates: Towards the end of 5728 (1968), I was discussing shlichus (outreach work) with the Rebbe's Chief Secretary Rabbi Hodakov. He said the Rebbe would want at least one Shliach in every one of 50 states of the USA, however it is not possible at this time.

At that time, the official Lubavitch News Service reported the opening of Milwaukee as the seventh Chabad Lubavitch outreach branch of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch following California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania.


This past Sunday, almost fifty years later, the Rebbe's wish has been fulfilled! At the banquet of the annual International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchim it was announced that Rabbi Mendel & Mussie Alperowitz have been appointed as the new shluchim (and the only Rabbi) to the 50th state to receive a permanent Chabad presence, South Dakota!

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The highlight of my trip though, is always the kids. Watching the young shluchim kids gather in 770 for davening on Friday night send chills down my spine as they fill the entire shul, the young army of shluchim. In addition, Chaya and Mendel came to New York for the weekend as well and it was nice to spend time together.

Sunday morning was the annual big kinus "class picture" with the thousands who make in time for the shot. A few of us gave a shot at the the viral video craze, to try and capture a video of the largest mannequin challenge. Chabad Rabbis are always on the move, but, we have to give them credit for at least trying to freeze for a moment or two. A little too far back I froze in a crowd surfing position. Hard to detect in the video, but the NY Daily News got it covered. :) 

Tomorrow night is first fridays with YJP Houston Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails for Young Professionals. RSVP:

Mazel tov to Nicholas & Sandra Morgan on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov my nephew Rabbi Peretz & Mushky Lazaroff on the birth of a baby boy!

Shabbos Parshas Toldos

Friday, December 2
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 5:04 pm

Shabbos, December 3
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:01 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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