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Our wish to you...

Dear friends and family,

We are so delighted to share this New Year with each and every one of you, in our new shul, in the center of the hottest area of town.

Please stop for a moment and think of someone who may not yet have a place to daven and shoot them this link for free, inspiring and meaningful services. 

We now have on site handicap parking. There is ample street parking around Chabad of Uptown as well as remote parking at River Oaks District (fourth floor of the garage) and at Prosperity Bank. Click here for a map and more details. 

We wish you and yours a year filled with prosperity and uplifting new beginnings. Health and nachas from you and yours with only good things headed your way.

May you have a Kesiva Vachasima Tova, May you be written and inscribed for a good, sweet New Year,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Hayom Yom, 25 Elul: The Alter Rebbe related: When I was in Mezritch I heard from my Rebbe, the Maggid, in the name of the Baal Shem Tov: The seventh month (Tishrei), first of the months of the year, is blessed by G‑d Himself, on Shabbat mevarchim - last Shabbat in the month of Elul. With this power Israel blesses the other months eleven times a year.

Now is the time to purchase your Lulav & Esrog for Sukkot! We are only taking orders in advance. Please click here to make your order. Make sure to "add binding" if you want it assembled for you.

Shimon Peres, 93, Proclaimed Centrality of Judaism to Israel and the Jewish People 

Leading figure in Israeli politics sought Rebbe’s guidance over decades. more...

Shabbos Mevarchim (by Hashem), Parshas Nitzavim


Friday, September 30
Services at 6:45 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:50 pm

Shabbos, October 1
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
    Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 6:50 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:42 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, October 2 - Erev Rosh Hashana
Selichot 8:00 am 
Shacharit 8:45 am 
    Hataras Nedarim following Shacharis
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9:30 am
Rosh Hashana Evening Service 6:45pm
    Light Holiday Candles at 6:47pm
    Children's Program 6:45-7:45pm
    Rosh Hashana Dinner - RSVP 7:45pm

Monday, October 3 - Rosh Hashana 1st Day
Morning Services at 9:30am
    Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
    Shofar Sounding Approx. 12:30pm
    Kiddush Lunch - RSVP 2:00pm
Mincha & Family Tashlich Service 6:15pm
Evening Service 7:15pm
    Light Holiday Candles AFTER 7:40 pm
    Rosh Hashana Dinner - RSVP 

Tuesday, October 4 - Rosh Hashana 2nd Day
Morning Services 9:30am
    Children's Program 11:00am-1:30pm
    Shofar Sounding 12:30pm
    Kiddush Lunch - RSVP 2:00pm

Evening Service 6:45pm
Havdalla & Yom Tov Ends 7:38pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The drone's purpose is in this blog...

uptown high holidays 5777 video player icon.jpgThis Saturday night (or AKA Sunday morning) at 1:15 am we will kick off the High Holidays series of Selichot ("supplication") prayers, recited in preparation for the "Days of Awe" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Links: More on Selichot.

Join us in our beautiful new shul!

As always, we have an open door policy, but request you register for services click here (mobile friendly). You can purchase reserved seats, RSVP for dinners, luncheons and / or break fast here

Join Chabad of Uptown for a YJP DIY Shofar Factory! RSVP required YJP DIY SHOFAR FACTORY 

Hang out with other Jewish Young Professionals as you craft your very own shofar, starting with the raw horn. Saw, drill, polish and shellac the horn to create a genuine kosher Shofar! Learn how to sound the Shofar and how to follow the traditional sequence of notes blown on Rosh Hashanah! Join event on Facebook >  Advance: $15 | At door: $25 

How to Grow a Relationship

Relationships can be said to progress along a path of four stages: proclamation, selection, glory and unification. more...

Mazel tov Yossi & Karen (Nudelman) Abeshouse on their marriage! Only simchos! 


Shabbos Selichos, Parshas Ki Tavo

Friday, September 23
Services at 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting at 6:58 pm

Shabbos, September 24
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:00 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:50 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 25
Selichos at 1:15 am (yes, AKA Sat. night, 1:15 am)
Shacharis at 8:30 am 
BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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📢 Breaking Uptown News....


We are happy to announce that we will be holding services, Shabbat dinner and lunch this Shabbos in our gorgeous new Shul! No pictures in this email, you are going to have to come by to see it for yourself! :) Full weekend schedule below.

If you intend to join us for dinner or lunch (sponsored by the Abeshouse family) please let us know. You may RSVP at

We are honored to host the Abeshouse and Nudelman wedding parties, celebrating the Aufruf (calling up to the Torah) of Yossi Abeshouse in honor of his wedding this week to Karen Nudelman. Please join us, sharpen your aim and help us throw candies after his aliya! What a great way to break in our new Shul!

YJP are invited to join us for Sheva brachot on Wednesday evening at our weekly dinner, class & social, co-sponsored by Seth & Rivka Weisberg in honor of the new couple.

The next week, September 28, we will have YJP DIY workshop to drill, sand, blast and prepare you own shofar in honor of Rosh Hashana! RSVP at


We wish condolences to Benji Mandez on the loss of his father.

What to Look For in a Soulmate?

I don’t want to seem fussy, but I don’t want to settle either. So what’s the best way to go about defining whom I want to date? more...

Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei


Friday, September 16
Services at 7:15 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:07 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, September 17
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen, with the best cholent this side of the Mississippi, sponsored by the Abeshouse Family in honor of the wedding of Yossi Abeshouse to Karen Nudelman
Mincha at 7:10 pm
Ethics of Our Fathers, Ch. 1 & 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 7:59 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 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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Does G-d ignore my prayers?

Texas Shluchim Farbrengen 2106-5776This past Sunday & Monday, our entire family joined representatives of the team of 40 Shluchim families, operating 28 Chabad centers, throughout the Lone Star State of Texas gathered in Ft. Worth for 24 hrs of inspiration, connection & quality time.

Chaya and Mendel are off to school in Albany and New Haven. We miss them already!

Don't wait until the last minute! High Holidays are upon us and we look forward to celebrating in our new shul! Check out the entire schedule, program and register at

At Chabad of Uptown, we are very proud of the special inclusive environment we have created where everyone feels comfortable and welcome in a beautiful, exquisite setting. Services are free, where no tickets, membership or affiliation necessary! However, please consider becoming a member by joining our optional membership, allowing us to afford the freedom of an open door policy and keep our programs going! Your membership includes two reserved seats for services.

YJP soul.jpgAt this week's Wednesday Young Jewish Professionals dinner, class & social we will discuss: Journey of the Soul: Where is the soul headed?Heaven, hell, and the world to come: all loaded terms. But what is the Jewish take on life after death? And what difference does it make now? By exploring these matters, this class gives an empowering perspective of what we are doing here.

ELUL MUSINGS: Does G-d Ignore My Prayers?

Can I believe in the power of prayer when, in my experience, it hasn’t worked? more...

PARSHA: Is Justice for All?

All agree that justice is important, but justice is elusive. Even in this great country, in the 21st century, there are serious questions whether our criminal justice system has a long way to go to ensure that every individual can expect equal access to justice. more...

Shabbos Parshas Shoftim



Friday, Sept. 9
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:16 pm

Shabbos, Sept. 10
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush
Mincha at 7:15 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Ch. 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:08 pm
Kiddush Levana
Living Torah

Sunday, Sept. 11
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin at 9 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Start panicking, details to follow

One month to Rosh Hashana and the rest of the holidays that follow!

Start panicking, more details to follow. :)

Now is a great time to focus on your scheduling for these days. If you need to inform your employers, colleagues, employees, schools, etc. about taking these days off, now would be a perfect time. The same is true for medical appointments, business meetings, and visits to the Veterinarian, that should all be avoided, or rescheduled for other days.   

Specifically, these are the dates:

  • Rosh HaShanah: Monday-Tuesday, October 3-4 (Begins Sunday evening, October 2)
  • Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 12 (Begins Tuesday evening October 11)
  • Sukkot: Monday-Tuesday, October 17-18 (Begins Sunday evening, October 16)
  • Simchat Torah: Monday-Tuesday, October 24-25 (Begins Sunday evening, October 23)

I hope that by keeping this information handy, you can schedule yourself properly.  

If you need any help with schools, employers, etc., please email or call us or call 713-419-3960. We have lots of experience and it can easily be worked out!

PARSHA: Why the Soul Loves the Body

Body and soul are opposites. The soul wants nothing more than to escape heavenward, to leave its existence in this world and reunite with its Infinite Source. The body, on the other hand, seeks to experience an earthly life full of earthly pleasures.



perry dancing.gifWe will also be getting our dancing shoes ready for Simchas Torah.... In case you missed it, Rick Perry is going to be  "Dancing with the Stars". Media outlets have figured out where he got his training from. :)

  • Mazel tov Brian & Tovi Leibovitz on the birth of a baby girl!
  • Refuah Shleima to the father of Arturo, Shmuel ben Zissel. May he have a complete and speedy recovery. 

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, Parshas Re'eh

Friday, September 2
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:24 pm

Shabbos, September 3
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by the Melnik family
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:17 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 4
Rosh Chodesh Minyan at 8 am
Rosh Chodesh Breakfast at 9:15 am, with Signature Uptown Radishes sponsored by the Melnik family

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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