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I can't believe our community has to face another devastating disaster is such a short period of time. Our hearts and minds, souls and soles, muscles and smiles have been a small way to show our embrace for those who have been affected by the storm Harvey, a storm of incomprehensible proportions.


On that note, and at the same time, an incomprehensible proportions of support have been shown from around the world supporting the efforts of our local 11 Chabad centers, their Shluchim couple leaders, empowering an army of over 500 volunteers clocking 1000's of hours, to try to reach everyone who needed to be shelter in place, providing emergency kosher warm meals to those evacuated to hotels and shelters, replacing the kosher meat and food no longer available, emergency replacements supplies of food and cleanup materials, with support from all over the world, all the while while the Rabbis themselves were stranded in their homes - what better time is there than write a hurricane diary? As soon as the water receded enough, relief trucks started flowing down to Houston with many convoys to follow. It even postponed a wedding but didn't stop the bride and groom to show love for others and CTeen helped with supplies, cleanup and challah for Shabbos! Now that the cleanup effort has begun in earnest, the children needed a place to go - for a pop up camp! The world over is watching as reported by media worldwide, and it has never been a greater time to have so much pride in our local, statewide, national and international Jewish community!


Do you need help? Do you want to help? Please sign up at

THERE ARE MANY HOMES THAT MUST BE REACHED ASAP TO HELP PACK OUT! We need your help now, most importantly, to reach them to show our compassion and love throughout the greater Houston Metropolitan area! Please register at and / or just show up at central command 11000 Fondren Rd. at 9 am Friday, Sunday and Monday to help this massive cleanup effort!

Join young Jewish professionals from Austin, Dallas Houston and S. Antonio as we go out in force to help the massive cleanup effort and show compassion to our our neighbors throughout the greater Houston area. Sign up to volunteer at

Support the #ChabadHarveyRelief effort, by clicking here.

We can all use an island in time to celebrate Shabbat together, for this month's YJP First Fridays! As many have been displaced, YJP Houston will host many community members for Shabbat dinner as well! Join us!

Mazel tov to the Shwartz family on this weekend's bar mitzvah at Chabad of Uptown with Chabad Chai Learning Center of West Houston.

The Barren Woman and the Waters of NoahThe Barren Woman and the Waters of Noah: A commentary on the haftarah of Ki Teitzei
The haftarah begins: “Sing, barren one who has not given birth.” Who is the “barren one”?

Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei

Friday, September 1
Candle Lighting at 7:26 pm
Services at 7:30  followed by First Fridays and Community Dinner - Please RSVP

Shabbos, September 2
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Ben & Regina Shamooelian in honor of Chanie
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:19 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, September 3
Shacharis at 8:30 am
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Show up to central command, 11000 Fondren Road, opens at 9 am, to be dispatched to a location to help the massive cleanup effort! Sign up at

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Mendel is making the Cholent!

  • We hope everyone stays dry this Shabbos, Chabad will be open for all services and stand ready to assist across Texas in any way that may be needed.
    The forecast is still showing high winds and heavy rains for Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we are going to have to cancel the FCYA - Shofar with Friends event. We will reschedule after the storm passes.
  • Mendel is in town and has a special cholent recipe, for a whole new experience of the best cholent this side of the Mississippi! Come check out his cholent! :)
  • We are getting ready for Rosh Hashana, are you? Thank you to Gal, Shlomi and Tamar of Clean Air Houston Pro for doing a wonderful job cleaning our chairs in time for the New Year.
    Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped clean out the storage area in preparation for building out the playroom for the kids!  Moshe Melnik, Michael Rose, Michal Karni, Nina Pfrenger, Chaya, Mendel & Rivky Lazaroff - thank you for all of your help!
    Check out the complete service schedule, including options for dinners, luncheons and break fast at
  • Our children are off to a great start at Torah Day School! Looking forward to great year of learning and friendships!

5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Shoftim

PARHSA: 5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Shoftim

Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Parshat Shoftim.

Shabbos Parshas Shoftim

Friday, August 24
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:34 pm

Shabbos, August 25
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:35 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:27 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 26
Shacharis & Elul Shofar Blowing at 8:30 am
Followed by the BLT = Bagels Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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The Winds of Elul are Blowing

"Though summer still lingered and the day was bright and sunny, there was a change in the air. One smelled already the Elul-scent; a teshuvah-wind was blowing. Everyone grew more serious, more thoughtful... All awaited the call of the shofar, the first blast that would announce the opening of the gates of the month of mercy...." More...

This past Sunday- Monday, 26 of 42 families at the #Texas Shluchim Farbrengen, men, women & children, operating 30 Chabad branches, gathered today in Houston for 24 hours of sharing.

The Cteen Houston Leaders of Uptown had a great meeting getting ready for a fantastic year with CTeenHouston! Kick off event details coming soon! Of course, the unofficial Chabad of Uptown mascot, Menucha, was on hand giving her input and cheering everyone on as well.

Call for volunteers! We would like to empty out the downstairs storage area and relocated the items to the upstairs storage and kitchen cabinets, so we can prepare the room for a playroom for the kids. If you would like to participate in this $10,000 effort so it can be ready in time for Rosh Hashana, please consider a generous donation at Menucha and all her friends will personally thank you!

Condolences to Guitel Melnik on the passing of her grandmother in Chile. May her memory be for a blessing.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Classes:

Shabbos Mevarchim, Parshas Re'eh

Friday, August 18
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:41 pm

Shabbos, August 19
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our Fathers Ch. 6
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:35 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 20
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Tuesday, August 22 - Rosh Chodesh Elul I
Monthly Rosh Chodesh Minyan at 6:45 am
Followed by amazing breakfast spread at 8 am sponsored by the Melnik family

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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❤ Pics & Vid - דוברי עברית

On Saturday night The White Party launched the Chai Lounge a collaborative working place for young Jewish professionals to work, meet and mingle. Young Jewish Professionals in their 20s & 30s celebrated over Handcrafted Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar by The Freezing Point, Eats & Cocktails on this special Holiday of Tu B'Av, the Jewish holiday of romance. Thank you Jewish Herald-Voice & Jason Cohen for sponsoring the raffle prizes, River Oaks Plant House for sponsoring the flowers and Roni Urunbaev for photography! Check out the photos here and short video clip of the nitro bar here!

: דוברי עברית

MONDAYS: Following the success of the first one, the class for Hebrew speakers will continue every week on Monday nights at 9:45-11 pm

עקב הפופלוריות וההצלחה הגדולה של שיערי יהדות למבוגרים בבית חב"ד מרכז העיר, מעתה ימסרו שיעורים והרצאות גם לדוברי עברית. נושאי השיעורים מגוון, מנושאים אקטואליים לאור היהדות ועד שיעורי קבלה מעמיקים

SUN. SEPT 10, 3-5 PM: The musical & magical journey of Shirley…
המסע המוזיקלי והמופלא של שירלי
Use coupon code "shir" for $10 off per person or family.
More details in Hebrew & English online or on Facebook here.

Not to make anyone panic or anything, but, Rosh Hashana is only six weeks away! The complete High Holiday / Tishrei service, meal, program and candle lighting schedule and sign up form can be found at High Holiday & Sukkot dinners have limited seating and we will accept reservations first come first served until we are full.

Year round, Chabad of Uptown provides compelling programming and content for the entire community. This is only thanks to your support and voluntary membership. As we prepare for the High Holidays, now is the time to consider joining or renewing your voluntary single or family membership with Chabad of Uptown.

Shabbos Parshas Eikev

Friday, August 11
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:48 pm | RSVP for dinner sponsored in honor of Raphael Rose by his parents Michael Rose and Riki Horowitz

Shabbos, August 12
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by the Melnik family
Mincha at 8:05 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 9:05 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 12
Shacharis at 8:30 am
Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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100s this weekend + Ivrit / עברית

We have got a busy weekend coming up with 100s expected through the doors of Chabad of Uptown & the Chai Lounge!

To cater to the needs of our growing community, this week we will also launch a new Judaism class series, given in Hebrew. First class, on the subject of Tu B'Av will be this Monday evening at 9:45 pm in the Chai Lounge!

Mazal tov Maurice for his milestone birthday! May you have many more years of health, strength and prosperity, along with nachas from your entire family

Mazel tov to Ilan & Julliette Melnik and the entire Melnik / Levy family on the upshern / 3 yr haircut of Seder Aslan!

PARSHA: Mother's Comfort
Why is there a need for comfort if G‑d plans to provide a solution?


Shabbos Parshas V'eschanan

Friday, August 4
Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:54 pm | Sefardi Party - YJP First Fridays

Shabbos, August 5
Chassidus at 9 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush sponsored by Maurice Purcell
Mincha at 7:55 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:49 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, August 6
Shacharis at 8:30 am
followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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