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Israel is Flooded

Raging waters have wreaked havoc on Israel. Houston knows what flooding looks like.

Perhaps the most powerful experience of Harvey was the flooding kindness that flowed through Houston, neighbors helping neighbors and strangers worldwide pouring their love on Houston.

Our hearts and minds are with the people of Israel and all those impacted by the floods. May Hashem restore them, their possessions and grant peace to those that lost their loved ones and the wounded. 

Good Shabbos! 


 We have great events coming up this week!


Shabbos Acharei-Kedoshim

Friday, April 27
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner
Candle Lighting at 7:38 pm 

Shabbos, April 28
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:34 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 29 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 30- Shacharis at 6:45 am
Wednesday, May 2 -  YJP Lag B'omer Jazz & BBQ at 8 pm

Thursday, May 3 - Lag Bomer
Shacharis at 6:45 am
Godwin Park Community Event 4-7 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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Ingenious Robots - Count!

tefillin robotics shoham.jpegUnbelievable that another week has passed!

We are expecting a spirited group from Israel to join us for Shabbat dinner this week. They are one of 23 delegations from Israel competing in an international First Robotics Competition. We visited their booths, cheered them on, organized a Kosher food truck for them and of course wrapped tefillin! If you want to join us for dinner, please RSVP at www.chabaduptown.org/shabbatdinner 

It is very inspiring to see the Israeli youth coming up with ingenious ways of building their robot to be the most competitive! 

We are building ourselves day by day towards Shavuos, we too need to come up with ingenious ideas of how to beat our own system and improve ourselves by making our counting of the omer, count.

Make your count now www.chabaduptown.org/omer

Click here for a video of Torah Day School visiting with visiting with the team MishMash - FTC Team #12016 from Beer Sheva, Israel


UPCOMING: 

  • New JLI course starts this Tuesday, April 24! What is? Rethinking Everything we Know About our Universe More...
  • 6-Braid Challah Workshop - By popular demand April 29, 11:30 am. Please reply to this email to RSVP.
  • Lag B'Omer - Save Dates!
    • Young Professionals: YJP Houston Jazz & Artisan BBQ, Wed., May 2, 8 pm
    • Community: Celebration at Godwin Park, Thurs., May 3, 4-7 pm
  • Cinco de Shabbat - YJP First Fridays, May 4 - Click
  • FCYA Gala is coming up! We hope you can join us Sunday, May 6. We can still squeeze in a message in the journal in honor of Batami and / or the committee! www.circlegala.com

Mazel tov to Lee & Alon Ben Shushan on the birth of a baby girl!
Mazel tov to Anat Friedman & Joseph Kessler on the birth of a baby boy!


 Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 20
Candle Lighting & Mincha at 7:34 pm
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, April 21
Chassidus at 9:00 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Kiddush & Farbengen
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Ethics of our Fathers, Ch. 2
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:29 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 22 - Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 23 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, April 26 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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8^8

As Shabbos fell this year on the first and last day of Pesach the Torah portions for Pesach are read rather than the weekly Torah portion. Therefore, this Shabbos we will be reading the beginning of Parshas Shemini for the eighth time!

Fine print: We read Shemini at Shabbos Mincha Nissan 8, 15, & 22, (March 24, 31 & April 7), Monday and Thursday mornings Nissan 10, 13, 24 & 27, (March 26, 29, April 9 & 12). Hence, this Shabbos morning, Nissan 29 (April 14), will be the eighth reading.

There is a teaching that in a year that שמיני Shemini (8) is read שמונה Shmoneh (8), times it will be a year of שמינה Shmainah, "fatty", blessings, extra flow of goodness from above physically and spiritually.

Not by chance, 8 is the shape of the symbol for infinity, ∞, as 8 breaks the borders of time and space. It was only after a complete week of 7 days of inauguration, that on the eighth day Aharon and his sons begin to officiate as the kohanim in the Mishkan, the tabernacle.

For to interact with the divine is to interact with infinity. To receive abundant, "fatty", blessings we need to achieve a sublime level of spirituality beyond the normal scope. On a regular year we read Shemini a mere few times. However, in a year that we read it 8 times, we are reaching for Hashem's blessings of 8 to the power 8, infinity to the power of infinity.

May all of y'all see the blessings of שמיני, שמונה, שמינה, (Shmini, Shmoneh, Shmainah) and be allowed to realize it in reality with open eyes, with revealed good, physically and spiritually! 

For more on the parsha, visit www.chabaduptown.org/parsha 


batami-wesbite_2.jpgDON'T MISS!

May 6 FCYA Gala 12 pm - Honoring Batami Baskin & Committee
FCYA is a partnership of YJP Houston and Friendship Circle of Houston

These dedicated volunteers have created and participated in programming that fosters friendship, camaraderie, and integration between young professionals and young adults with special needs.

Please join us in wishing them mazel tov in person and / or in the tribute journal while supporting this important cause! www.circlegala.com

The FCYA committee to be recognized: Batami Baskin, Maya Ben-Bassat, Naomi Bier, Natalia Bubis, Marcie Dinkin, Alison Gottlieb, Ari Hutchison, Maria Itkin, Shmuel Kronman, Yaakov Levine, Rachel Levine, Danielle Resh, Erica Thum   


JLI Rethinking UniverseUpcoming JLI course: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe
6 Tuesdays, Apr 24th - Jun 5th 2018
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.


Mazel tov to Yaakov (Elliott) & Rachel Levine on birth of a baby girl, Nechama Miriam! May they have  much nachas from her

Condolences to Cindy Lerner and family on the passing of her mother, Pearl Bund, a"h. May her memory be for a blessing 

We remember for a 4 Iyar yartzeit this Shabbos, Yitzchak ben Asher Zelig, a"h, the husband of Yocheved (Adrienne) Shwarzman and father of Michal Shwarzman Zitvar.


Shabbos Mevarchim Iyar, Parshas Shemini

Friday, April 13
Candle Lighting at 7:30 pm
Services at 7:30 pm | RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored by Yaakov & Rachel Levine in honor of their newborn daughter, Nechama Miriam

Shabbos, April 14
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Yaakov & Rachel Levine in honor of their newborn daughter, Nechama Miriam
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 1
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:25 pm
Living Torah

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 1, Sunday, April 15
Shacharis at 8:30 am, Followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin with radishes! :)

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 2, Monday, April 16
Shacharis at 6:45 am

Thursday, April 19 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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I throw my (Pesach) latke in the air sometimes

 

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Wonderful seders, filled the rooms, hearts and cups with joy, stories, wining and dining!

The older two kids home, we spent wonderful Chol Hamoed days on family excursions, visiting parks, go karts, and more.

Please join us for a Pesach community holiday dinner, lunch and / or Moshiach sedudah after each service below! Please RSVP to let us know to expect you. (Friday night is for Young Professionals)

This Friday is the First Friday of April AND Pesach! you know what that means.... YJP First Fridays is here! If you are a young Jewish professional, did you RSVP yet for Shabbat dinner, First Fridays - Pesach Edition? 

NPR ran a story featuring our holiday cooking shows:

For Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff of Houston, Texas, the kitchen is his happy place. That's why, when he was asked to share a few Passover recipes on FOX 26 Houston, his local news station, he jumped at the opportunity. "If I could, I would cook all day," says the rabbi, who is also the co-director of Chabad of Uptown, a community center for Jewish people. More...

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The last day of Pesach  is particularly associated with Moshiach. At the Moshiach's meal instituted by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the Rebbes of Chabad added the custom of drinking four cups of wine, as in the seder held on Passover's first days. Join us this Saturday at 5:45 pm for services and this special celebration that concludes Pesach.


Mazel tov to Daniel & Nurit Agranov on the birth of a baby boy!

We extend sincere Condolences to Danielle Resh and Family on the passing of her grandfather.

Pesach Last Days Holiday & Service Schedule

Make an Eruv Tavshilin
Thursday, April 5 | Day 6
Morning Service 7:30 am
Candle Lighting (Shel Yom Tov, no Shehechiyanu) 7:25 pm
Evening Service 7:25 pm
Followed by Holiday Dinner - RSVP

Friday, April 6 | Day 7
Late Night Torah Study 12:00 am
Morning Service 10:00 am
Followed by Pesach Lunch Kiddush
Candle Lighting (shel Shabbos v'shel Yom Tov, no Shehechiyanu) BEFORE 7:25 pm
Evening Service 7:25 pm
Followed by YJP First Fridays Shabbat Dinner - Pesach Edition RSVP

Saturday, April 7 | Day 8
Morning Service 10:00 am
Yizkor Memorial Service 11:15 am
Followed by Shabbos & Pesach Lunch Kiddush
Evening Service 5:45 pm
Followed by Moshiach Meal 6:15 pm
Evening Service 8:20 pm
Holiday Ends 8:20 pm

Bring back the Chametz! - allow 60 minutes for the Rabbi to buy it back for you.

Have a good Yom Tov & Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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