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Purim Stats in the Millions

graff levine wedding group photo.jpgWhat a truly joyous week with many simchos!

Sunday night we had the wonderful time at Rachel and Eliot Levine's wedding.... A group of people joined us from Houston.

Chanie also got to join some family at the ohel for her nephew's upshernish. Mazel tov to Mushkie and Yossi Bendett!


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Purim was off the hook! Here are some stats:

  • 6 "Purim Hour" parties
  • 6 kids carnival activities
  • 7 (multimedia) Megillah readings
  • 7 piece band
  • 8 yogurt bar breakfast toppings
  • 40 pounds brisket
  • 40 seniors had Purim cheer with 9 iVolunteers.
  • 56 hotdogs
  • 60 kreplach
  • 1000 hamantashen
  • 7000 sq foot mansion
  • $2,300,000 home
  • For hundreds of children, adults, young professionals and seniors celebrating Purim with Chabad of Uptown Purim Hour, each with their own tailor made Party! Some highlight photos here.... More pics next week.

This Shabbos we will host sheva brachos for the new young couple. Please reply to this email to let us know if you will be joining us Friday night dinner or Shabbos lunch. A special thank you to the Weisberg and Melnik families for helping sponsor the Sheva Brachos.

Stay tuned for Pesach seder info next week......

Shabbos Parshas Tzav

Friday, March 25
Candle Lighting at 7:19 pm
Services at 7:30 pm

Shabbos, March 26
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:13 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 27
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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New service time - & RSVP request Purim

NOTE: This Shabbos, after this past week's clock change, we start using our summer schedule of services on Friday night at 7:30 pm!

Remembering Amalek is a constant and Biblical mitzvah. Therefore, this Shabbos Zachor & Purim Torah readings are a Biblical mitzvah that many authorities maintain men, women & children should try to hear as well on Shabbos or Purim. 

Thank you to Alex & Dara Dinur & Avremi Fishman for leading the services and Torah reading this week! Please let us know if you plan to join them for Shabbos dinner or kiddush lunch.

This week is Purim! We must have your RSVP to be able to plan accordingly. The RSVP form is mobile friendly and will take you less than minute!

The complete Purim megillah service and party schedule can be found at www.chabaduptown.org/purimhour! Six choices to choose from at the Chabad of Uptown - Purim Hour Happy Hour! 

On Wednesday night, Purim eve, following the 8 pm Maariv & megillah reading, we will host a Sheva brochos dairy dinner in honor of Rachel Graff marriage to Elliott Levine this weekend. Let's welcome the new couple to our community in style! :) RSVP

At the five daytime parties, you will be able to do all four mitzvos of Purim in under an hour!: 

  1. Hear Megillah
  2. Give charity to at least two people
  3. Send a minimum of two foods to one person
  4. Have a feast - all in less than hour!

Please especially note the kids carnival and young professional party "in the Hollywood Hills":

  • RSVP for the 5 pm Multimedia Megillah, Community Dinner Buffet with a Kids Carnival Hour
  • RSVP for the 6:30 pm YJP Houston Young Professional party, Purim in the "Hollywood Hills" 

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 Shabbos Zachor, Parshas Vayikra

Friday, March 18
Candle Lighting at 7:14 pm
Services at 7:30 pm

Shabbos, March 19
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:08 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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My First Rodeo

As shocking as this sounds, I just experienced my first rodeo this week. Although I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, I only have vague memories of going to the livestock show, with endless walking looking at different kind of rabbits and wailing "Mooommmyyyy..... I wanna go home!" I do not remember the actual Rodeo. After moving back, we were never able to go as a family because of animal dander allergies, but, this year it worked out! What a delight! As the Baal Shem Tov teaches to learn lessons from all life experiences, the kids had a great time and discussed the lessons to learn from their experience:

  1. Have courage to do what seems hard
  2. The animal tries to veer you off, but you need to hold on
  3. Even when life seems very bumpy, winning means riding through and celebrating your endurance.

This Sunday, March 13 is the annual Houston Friendship WalkWalk together to create an awareness for children with special needs. Together we are enabling The Friendship Circle to continue its program throughout the year.

You should be getting the Purim postcard in the mail, if you don't please let us know so we can add you to the list. We will host (& sponsor) six parties for you to choose from - but RSVP is required! Please log on now at www.chabaduptown.org/purimhour to let us know to expect you.

Shabbos Chazak, Parshas Pekudei

Friday, March 11
Candle Lighting at 6:10 pm
Services at 6:30 pm

Shabbos, March 12
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 6:10 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:04 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 6
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:00

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Chili Winners & Italiano - Videos

chili cookoff winners.jpgChili has been met with serious contest for a number of years, however, the judges finally found out what we have always known: Chabad of Uptown's chili team took home a first place medal from among 36 teams at the Fifth Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff this past Sunday! See the video of the acceptance speech here and the team celebrating here!

Come Italian taste Chabad of Uptown winning cuisine at the weeks YJP First Fridays for March - Italiano! Bruschetta italiana, pomodoro olive tilapia italiana, pasta al pesto, polpette, patate arrosto e altre specialità italiane ! RSVP a www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner 

PURIM!

  • Wednesday night March 23 we will have a Megillah ready and kickoff party, including Sheva brachos for Rachel & Elliott!
  • Thursday, March 24 we will have a full Purim schedule including a special kids program at 5! Look in your inbox and mailbox for the details!

This week we take out two Torahs for Parshas "Shekalim". When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple. The 1st of Adar marked the beginning of the collection of the shekalim. In commemoration, the Torah reading of the Shabbat that falls on or before Adar 1 is supplemented with the verses (Exodus 30:11-16) that relate G-d's commandment to Moses regarding the first giving of the half-shekel. "Parshat Shekalim" is the first of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being "Zachor", "Parah" and "Hachodesh") Links: The Shekalim Reading w commentaryPartnerCharity: an Anthology

Sunday, March 13 is the annual Houston Friendship WalkWalk together to create an awareness for children with special needs. Together we are enabling The Friendship Circle to continue its program throughout the year. 

Condolences to Ron & Riv Mart on the passing his mother Naomi Mart. 

Mazel tov to Tamara Kasper of Impact Automotive for opening her own mechanic shop with a grand opening this Sunday

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Vayakhel / Shekalim

Friday, March 4
Services at 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:05 pm

Shabbos, March 5
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:00 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, March 6
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:00  

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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