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Yizkor this Shabbos, Yom Tov begins tonight!

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'Twas great to spend time with family over the intermediate days.

The Uptown Pesach‬ ‪‎Seders‬ - The Great Escape were a great success!‎ Described by participants as transformative‬ ‪and liberating‬, ‪using the escape room‬ theme, ‪‎we escaped Egypt as‬ ‪Jewish ‎geniuses using the ‪#‎hpyermodernancientwithittraditionalhaggadah‬!!

Final days of Pesach begins tonight with Shabbos-like services and Kiddush following. Yizkor is on Shabbos. Complete schedule below. Please let us know if you will be joining us for either dinners, lunches or Moshiach Seudah by replying to this email.

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Next week, is the first week of May! That means it'sYJP #FirstFridays: "Cinco de Mayo" Shabbat!! Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Young Jewish Professionals 
in their 20s and 30s at this month's Mexican Style First Friday Shabbat Dinner & Cocktails! Expect refreshing, specialty margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine.

Here are some laws and customs for the last days of Pesach:

  • ERUV: When Shabbat occurs immediately following a festival -- as it does this year -- an "eruv tavshilin" (i.e., food for at least one "meal" that is set aside in advance for Shabbat) must be prepared prior to the festival, so that it should be permitted to prepare food for Shabbat during the festival. For more on Eruv Tavshilin and how it is made click here
  • ALL NIGHT LEARN-A-THON: It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea.
  • SPLIT THE SEA: On the Seventh Day of Passover we read, with great fanfare in the Shul at 11:15 am, how on this day the sea split for the Children of Israel and drowned the pursuing Egyptians, and the "Song at the Sea" sung by the people upon their deliverance (Exodus 13:17-15:26; full summary with commentary here).
  • YIZKOR, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited on the last day of Pesach after the morning reading of the Torah at 11:15 am. Links: The Yizkor PrayerHonor Due to Parents, On Breavement and Mourning
  • MOSHIACH'S MEAL: The last day of Passover ("Acharon Shel Pesach") is particularly associated with Moshiach and the future redemption. The Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) for this day is from Isaiah 11, which describes the promised future era of universal peace and divine perfection. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of partaking of a "Moshiach's meal" on the afternoon of the last day of Passover; in addition to the matzah eaten at "Moshiach's meal", the Rebbes of Chabad added the custom of drinking four cups of wine, as in the seder held on Passover's first days. Links:, Haftarah for 8th of Passover, The Third Seder,Moshiach: an Anthology

Pesach Final Days

Thursday, April 28 
Make an Eruv Tavshilin!
Before 7:39 pm Light Yom Tov Candles (Blessing 2
- 7:40 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 
- 12:00 am Late night Torah Study 

Friday, April 29, 7th Day of Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
Before 7:40 pm Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles ( Blessing 3
- 7:30 pm Mincha & Maariv Services 

Shabbos, April 30, Acharon Shel Pesach 
- 10:00 am Morning Services (Shacharit) 
- 11:15 am Yizkor Memorial Service
- 6:45 pm Mincha 
- 7:15 pm Moshiach Seudah followed by Maariv Services
- 8:36 pm Holiday Ends

Have a good Yom Tov and Good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

re: sold your chametz yet?

have you sold your chametz meme.jpgNext week I, Rabbi Chaim, will be headed to NY to visit the ohel in commemoration of the Rebbe's birthday on 11 Nissan. It would be my honor to include you in my prayers. Please include your and your mother's full Hebrew names for prayer.

Have you sold your chametz yet?! Sell your Chametz now!

At Chabad of Uptown, we have you covered for everything Pesach!

We are thankful to everyone who has contributed to the "Chanie needs a new car fund" (about) and the "Pesach Maos Chitim Fund" (about). You can still participate at www.chabaduptown,org/donate

The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later. Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a special portion of the Haggadah after Shabbos Mincha.

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Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Metzora

Friday, April 15
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:31 pm

Shabbos, April 16
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Hagadol Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Reading of a portion of the Haggadah
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:26 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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➀➃ Days - Pesach is coming!

This Shabbos is one of the rare instances we take out THREE Torahs for Torah reading, as three eventsPesach cleaning the car.jpgcoincide on one day: 1. Shabbos Tazria, 2. Rosh Chodesh Nissan and 3. Parshas Hachodesh.

We also read the daily "Nasi" from this Shabbos through the 13th of Nissan, April 21. We will have the first opportunity to make the special blessing on blooming fruit trees, a blessing made in Nissan.

Pesach cleaning is in full gear, but, who says it can't be fun! :) The reward for hours of vacuuming >>

PESACH APPEAL: Chabad of Uptown provides essential Pesach needs for the community and for those that otherwise would not have a seder of their own, whether joining us or on their own. Please join the age old Jewish custom of making a PrePesach contribution to the customary "Maos Chitim" fund. The crushing demands and expenses for Chabad's Pesach fund is relying on you to make it a reality. Please give generously

Only seven seats left for our first seder... Please RSVP now at

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Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Hachodesh, Parshas Tazria

Friday, April 8
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:27 pm

Shabbos, April 9
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:22 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 10
Shacharis at 8:30 am
BLT = 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Car w/o AC?!

A Chabad car is an important piece of equipment to be able to transport tons of food from stores, transport even more food & equipment to and from events and make miracles happen for Chabad. When the car sounds like a train taking off (because it it needs a complete rebuild), it can run for a while longer. When the passenger side door won't open, the car has problems. When the car A/C breaks, that is the endof the car's life in Houston. Chanie needs a new car. Contribute to the "Chanie needs a new car Fund" :)

YJP Houston Purim photo galleries are up! Check them out here, and the photo booth pics here and tag your friends! If you have any great pics of the band etc, please share with us, so we can add them too!

Tomorrow is First Fridays for young professionals, ages 21-39! This month Israeli style! We are expecting a nice crowd and hope you will join us! RSVP at 

Pesach 2016-page-001.jpgPesach is coming. We have very limited space - EARLY RSVP A MUST! This year we will take the seder to whole new level: Passover Seder - The Great Escape! Why escape just a room, when you can Passover in whole new way with old and new friends!

#ThrowbackThursday This week we will take out the "Ponevech Torah" that we dedicated two years ago today (PHOTOS), to read the special section for Parshat Parah, The Red Heifer. It details the laws and process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover. Links: The Parah reading with commentaryThe Calf's Mother.

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Shemini, Parshas Parah

Friday, April 1
Candle Lighting at 7:23 pm
Services at 7:30 pm
Followed by First Fridays Israeli Edition - RSVP

Shabbos, April 2
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:17 pm
Living Torah

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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