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Our 13TH anniversary!

Besides for the bar mitzvah number of thirteen, there are thirteen gates to Heaven, though which we pray through thirteen gates of prayer, reaching the thirteen attributes of mercy. These thirteen years have been spectacular, as can be seen in our 13+ years of our website's photo galleries. We are so thankful for each and every one of you, who make this community so special. Thank you for being a part of this amazing experience of Chabad of Uptown. 

The Rebbe taught us to never rest, we continue to forge ahead with renewed strength and endless possibilities. Uptown, Upward and Onward!

This Shabbos we kick off February with First Fridays and a Shabbos Mevarchim kiddush - BOTH MARKING 13 YEARS OF CHABAD OF UPTOWN! Please join us!

What a way to close a fantastic week! This past Sunday found Chanie sitting at a table at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchos) at the New York State Armory in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., together with 3,000 other women emissaries and lay leaders from 100 countries with Chabad presence... The energy was amazing and you can watch the replay of closing session here.

Next Rabbi Chaim's niece Shevi Rosenfeld married Menachem Aron, both from Australia with a wedding in NY! Some of you may remember Menachem who came last year to assist us with the Chanukah festivities....

Tonight the Lazaroff family are in NY celebrating the engagement of Rabbi Chaim's brother Shmuly to Hayley van de Veen from Tzfat

Please join us on Tuesday for the monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan and breakfast! See the full schedule below.

 

 

PARSHA: How to Get Rid of Bad Habits and Create Better Ones

What can we learn from the law of the goring ox? more…

 


 

 

Shabbos Mevarchim Adar I, Parshas Mishpatim

Friday, February 1
Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by breakfast sponsored by Fred Zeidman marking the yartzeit of his father, Moshe Ber ben Shlomo, a"h
Candle Lighting at 5:41 pm
Mincha Services at 5:45 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Japan - YJP First Fridays Dinner

Shabbos, February 2
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30
Services at 10 am
Followed by 13 Anniversary Shabbos Mevarchim Lunch Kiddush & Farbrengen
Mincha at 5:40 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:37 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, February 3 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, February 4  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Tuesday, February 5, Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 - Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by monthly breakfast sponsored by Melnik Family
Thursday, February 7  - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Power of Women

Chanie has joined 3000 physical and spiritual sisters for the annual Chabad women leaders convention this weekend. Every "Shlucha" is a leader in their community. This annual event is an inspiring display of perhaps the largest group of women leaders in the world. You can watch the the annual banquet, the culmination of a five-day International Conference of Women Emissaries on Sunday at 4:30 pm, www.chabaduptown.org/kinus. Chanie's sister Raizy Rubin is the keynote speaker!

 

Talking about women, the Jewish Herald Voice ran an article this week, featured on the front page, about the women's dessert and discussion help at Chabad of Uptown as a joint project of the Chabad Centers of Greater Houston. Check out the write up and the featured short clip of Chanie's class where you can get a taste of what was shared.

 

Thousands of Chabad Women Leaders Gather for Annual Convention

More than 3,000 Chabad-Lubavitch women emissaries and communal leaders from around the world are arriving in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week for multiple days of activities at the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchos). more…

 

 

 

Next week, 26 Shevat, marks 13 years since our inaugural Shabbos, the opening of Chabad of Uptown in 2006. We thank each and every one of you who took part in making Chabad of Uptown come of age! What a journey it has been!

  • Young Professionals: Join us for a special 13th anniversary First Fridays Shabbat dinner over Japanese cuisine, on Feb. 1. Click to RSVP free before Thursday using coupon code "advance"
  • Community: Join us for a special 13 anniversary Kiddush, on Feb. 2. 

 

 

PARSHA: Accessible Judaism

Access seems like an innocent enough word, and an uninspiring enough concept. After all, it suggests that the giver of access created nothing of his or her own, and merely distributed the products of someone else’s genius. But, in fact, an increase in accessibility has been behind some of the world’s greatest transformations and revolutions. more…

 


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Yisro

 

Friday, January 25
Candle Lighting at 5:35 pm
Mincha Services at 5:35 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, January 26
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by Shlomi  & Tamar Benhamo, marking the completion of Kaddish in memory of his father, Yosef ben Shlomo, a"h.

Mincha at 5:35 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:32 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 27 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, January 28  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, January 31 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


Mental Health, Optimism & NYC

Around Chabad

  • Thanks to Jewish Family Service of Houston, Rabbi Chaim is officially certified as a Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health! Do you know how to recognize symptoms of mental health? Stay tuned for opportunities to take a course in the Houston area!
  • Check out the many more pics that have been added to the album of last week's ladies dessert & discussion. 
  • This Shabbos we will be celebrating an "ufruf" for the upcoming Rosen wedding of Jon to Ashlyn Eiden as he is called up to the Torah.

Upcoming

  • TEENS Feb 22-24: Only 14 days until registration ends to join Houston teens and thousands from around the world for the CTeen NYC Shabbaton! Register now! www.shabbaton.cteen.com
  • YJP March 1-3: Encounter Crwn Hghts, An Immersive Shabbat Experience with a group from Houston joining Young Professionals from everywhere! Register now! www.cypshabbat.nyc

Jewish Calendar Notes

  • This week's Torah reading contains the "song at the sea" sung by the Children of Israel upon their deliverance from the Egyptians, when the Red Sea split to allow them to pass and then drowned their pursuers. Hence this Shabbat is designated as Shabbat Shirah, "Shabbat of song." Our sages tell us that the birds in the sky joined our ancestors in their singing; for this reason it is customary to put out food for the birds for this Shabbat (to avoid the possibility of transgressing the laws of Shabbat, the food should be put out before Shabbat). Links: Parting of the Red SeaMiriam: Tambourines of Rebellion
  • Monday is Tu B'Shevat ("the 15th of Shevat") which marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the "Seven Kinds" that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. Link: Learn About Tu B'Shevat

 

 

PARSHA: Is Your Optimism Grounded in Reality?

A man gets into his car and decides, in the name of “optimism,” that he won’t buckle up. Is he an optimist or is he foolish? more…

 


 

 

Shabbos Shira Parshas Beshalach

Friday, January 18
Candle Lighting at 5:29 pm
Mincha Services at 5:30 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored by the Rosen family

Shabbos, January 19
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by the Rosen family in honor of the the upcoming wedding of Jon & Ashlyn
Mincha at 5:30 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:26 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 20 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, Tu B'Shevat, January 21  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, January 24 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

The Wildest Story Ever Told

Wow! Last night Chabad of Uptown hosted all of the Chabad Centers of Greater Houston for a Ladies Dessert & Discussion on the topic of Health in Body, Mind and Spirit, The over 120 ladies were treated to a fun and fast-paced panel presentation, 🎤 featuring 4 women, 4 perspectives: -Gitty Francis, LMSW -Jacqueline Jaffe, PhD Psychologist -Mushky Lazaroff, Co-Director, Chabad Montrose -Diana Racusin, MD Assist. Professor Maternal Fetal Medicine. The panel was followed by a choice of insightful, round table breakout discussions. 💬 -Healthy Relationships -Healthy Boundaries -Healthy Parenting -Healthy Self 🍧🍫🥐🍒 All while enjoying a delicious and healthy dessert buffet! Check out a first glimpse of the pics and short video clip here.

Mazel tov to Ben & Regina Shamooelian on the birth of a  baby boy, Avrohom Shalom!

 

 

PARSHA The Wildest Story Ever Told

The fact is, if it's philosophy someone else has also thought it; if it's a legend or myth, some other people have a story with a lot of strong parallels. After all, we're all talking about the same world from within the same bodies... Except for one, very enigmatic story more…

 

 


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Bo

Friday, January 11
Candle Lighting at 5:23 pm
Mincha Services at 5:20 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe - Basi Legani 5719
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner sponsored by the Shamooelian family

Shabbos, January 12
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by the Shamooelian family
Mincha at 5:20 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:20 pm
Living Torah
Kiddush Levana

Sunday, January 13 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, January 14  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Wednesday, January 15 - Young Pros Yud Shevat Farbrengen - Weekly Dinner & Class at 8 pm
Thursday, January 17 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Better late than never

Technical difficulties, sorry for late email

  • Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim & Chanie on the engagement of his brother Shmuly Lazaroff to Hayley Van der Veen of Tsfat!
  • Mazel tov to Katz family on this past weeks celebration in honor of the bar mitzvah of Ariel Katz and the upcoming bas mitzvah of Lielle Katz!
  • Mazel tov Jay & Anat Zeidman on the birth of a baby boy!

Shabbos Mevarchim Shevat, Parshas Va'eira

Friday, January 4
Candle Lighting at 5:18 pm
Mincha Services at 5:20 pm
Study of Timeless lessons of the Rebbe - Basi Legani 5719
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
RSVP for YJP First Fridays Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, January 5
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am 
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 5:15 pm
Shiur in Halachot
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 6:15 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, January 6 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, Rosh Chodesh Shevat, January 7  - Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by monthly breakfast
Thursday, January 10 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Ladies Dessert & Discussion 7 pm - RSVP

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

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