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The final days are here

APRIL 25: Hey Kids! Win a 7 speed mountain bike at the Jewish Children's Passover Rally at Main Event, Thursday 10:30 am!

APRIL 25-27: Just when you thought you had seen it all! The final days of Passover, emphasizes an even higher Freedom! The final day, this Shabbos, is dedicated to our imminent and final redemption. 

Here are the highlights:

  • We make an Eruv Tavshilin so we can cook on Friday for Shabbos
  • We stay up all night learning Torah on Thursday night
  • We read the celebratory "Song of the Sea" on Friday morning
  • We recite yizkor for departed loved ones on Shabbos morning
  • We have a "Feast of Moshiach" on Shabbos afternoon

APRIL 27: Hey Community! Following the custom of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism, Passover concludes with a "Feast of Moshiach." This festive meal complete with Matzah and, yes, four cups of wine, begins before sunset. It is the perfect way to spiritually take leave of Passover and open our consciousness to the coming redemption.

Oh, and have a laugh watching Sally MacDonald from FOX26 call Rabbi out on his "silver" Seder Plate and learn the reason for the "custom" of a high heel at the seder! 

MAY 3: Hey YJPs! YJP Houston brings the Chametz back with First Friday of May - Cinco de Shabbat on May 3! Masterminded crafted menu by the one and only Ian Zlotnik with "The ciIANco de Shabbat Menu": Fajitas, Guacamole, Cilantro rice, Salsa, Chicken tortilla soup, Grilled corn, Bean Salsa, Churros, Non dairy flan & Margaritas! RSVP

MAY 5: Hey Caring Citizens! Do you know how to recognize the onset of or respond to a Mental Health problem? Get certified training on May 5 at Chabad of Uptown! Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connects them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course, but it is ideally designed for adults — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens. Special supplement on Opioid Response! For the opioid supplement you must register for the Chabad of Uptown location at

MAY 10-12: Hey Teens! Join CTeen chapter from Across Texas for a Shabbaton on Campus! Register before May 1 and save $10 on registration!

We wish our heartfelt condolences to Benny (& Valerie) and Sharon Katz on the passing of their father Yehudah (Yuri) Katsobashvili in Israel.

We are elated to wish a great big Texas sized and Uptown hearted Mazel tov to Michael Pasternak and Maxine Epstein on their engagement!

Have a Good Yom Tov,

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Last Days of Pesach Schedule

Wednesday, April 24 | Day 5
Maariv & Omer Count            8:30 pm
Class in Talmud Sotah Pg. 4

Thursday, April 25 | Day 6
Morning Service 7:30 am
Make Eruv Tavshilin
Evening Service 7:35 pm
Candle Lighting 7:37 pm
Friday, April 26 | Day 7
Late Night Torah Study
including Talmud Sotah Pg. 5-7
12:00 am (Thurs. Night)
Morning Service 10:00 am
Evening Service 7:35 pm
Candle Lighting BEFORE 7:38 pm
Saturday, April 27 | Day 8
Morning Service 10:00 am
Yizkor Memorial Service 11:15 am
Mincha Service 5:45 pm
Moshiach Meal 6:15 pm
Evening Service 8:34 pm
Holiday Ends 8:34 pm


"Pesach year free of anxieties"

We wish you a Happy and Kosher Pesach filled with the blessings of freedom as illustrated is this beautiful brief letter the Rebbe wrote. ~ Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

We look forward to seeing our Uptown community throughout the holiday, the complete schedule is below.

This year, our Pesach activities were covered with a charoset cooking show with Courtney Zavala & Derrick Show on Channel 2's Houston Life with and Pesach food demonstrations with Sally MacDonald on the 9 am Morning News on Channel 26 (backstage clip with Jose Grinan).

In other news coverage: YJP Houston member Ian Zlotnick sells his chametz among millions of others and the Texas Legislature marks the Rebbe's birthday with Education and Sharing Day and giving Charity in the Texas House of Representatives

Now, back to making marror and Charoset!!


Shabbat and Pesach First Days

Friday, April 19 | Passover Eve
Shacharit Service at 6:45 am
Siyum for Fast of Firstborn
Eat Chometz Until 11:09 am
Burn Chometz by 12:15 pm

Candle Lighting    7:33 pm
Evening Service    7:30 pm
Communal Seder    8:30 pm
Saturday, April 20 | Day 1
Morning Service at 10:00 am
Evening Service at  7:30 pm
Light Candles after 8:29 pm
Communal Seder 8:45 pm

Sunday, April 21 | Day 2
Morning Service at 10:00 am
Evening Service at 7:40 pm
Holiday Ends 8:29 pm
Chol Hamoed Mon-Thurs April 22 - 25 | Days 3 - 6
Morning Service at 7:30 am

This year in Jerusalem!

What a trip! Celebrated the wedding of Rabbi Chaim's youngest brother Shmuly and extended the trip for a tour of a lifetime. Especially special for the kids who have never been to the heart of our life - The Holy Land of Israel!

The itinerary was packed! Started with the Kotel, walked the Jewish quarter Old City including the Jerusalem Tzemach Tzedek Shul, Habad St., Migdal David, Walked Old City walls perimeter, Montefoire Windmill, Mamilla, Katamon, Kohanim house excavations, Kever David, Caraaites, Churva Shul, Ramban Shul, Gold Menorah, Kotel Tunnels, Southern Kotel Excavations, City of David, Silwan, Mt Olives, Mountain carved monument of Avshalom and others there, the Shuk, Arab Quarter Old City Market, Machane Yehudah, Mamilla Mall, Wedding in Ceasaria, Pardes Chana, Kfar Chabad, Mitzpe Yericho, Masada, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Ayalon Bullet Factory, ToMo candy factory, Kfar Chabad: Matzah Bakery, Esrog Orchards, 770 replica. Chevron: three communities, Avraham Avina Shul, Avraham Avinu Neighborhood, Excavations of Abraham's times, House of Menucha Rochel, Grave of Menucha Rochel and Arab destroyed Jewish cemetery, Tomb of Patriarchs, visited soldiers guarding Chevron, visited with locals living in great personal risk in Chevron, Kiryat Malachi including a cousin who are new Shluchim in Myanmar, Nof Ayalon where Chanie's cousin lives - a daughter of the director of the Bereesheet rover to the moon, Kever Rambam in Tiberias, Kever Rashbi in Meron, Tzfat, Oztar Stam, Kabbala Center, Weaver of Tallitot, Artists market, Abuhav Shul, Caro Shul and Hezbolla rocket there, Arizal Shul, Arizal Mikvah, Arizal Kever, Yosef Caro Kever, Chana and her seven sons, Tzfat Tzemach Tzedek Shul, Kiryat Motzkin, Blind Museum in Holon and so much more that we must of left out or can't remember.....

"First Fridays" will therefore be celebrated this month on the first Friday of Nisan (instead of the April), with Israel Shabbat: a report from Rabbi Chaim, Chanie and kids from the Holy Land!

Pesach mode!

Have we got a gift for you! There is nothing like handmade Shmurah Matzah. Our sages teach that its best to use hand made Shmurah Matzah for the seder, especially for the middle matzah of the Seder plate, the matzah we make th eblessing and fulfill the mitzvah of eating matzah at the seder.

This year we have a special campaign to raise Shmurah Matzah awareness. Please think of whom you can share a matzah with and we have special gift packs for you to use to share shmurah matzah with a Jewish friend. Just reply to this email when you would like to come pick it up from Chabad of Uptown.

Don't forget to:

This Shabbat, 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 portion of the Haggadah (see schedule below), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.

Shabbos Hagadol, Parshas Metzora

Friday, April 12
Candle Lighting at 7:29 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for YJP "First Fridays" Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, April 13
Chassidus at 9 am
Services at 10 am
Say the Nasi
Followed by Shabbos Hagadol Farbrengen & Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 7:30 pm
Shabbos Hagadol Reading of Portion of Haggadah
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:24 pm
Kiddush Levana
Living Torah

Sunday, April 14 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 15 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Wednesday, April 17 - Chametz Sale Forms due by 5 pm

Thursday, April 18
Shacharis at 6:45 am
Search for Chametz at 8:16 pm

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Torah it up X3!

This week we take out three Torahs! One for Parshas Tazria, one for Rosh Chodesh Nisan and one for Hachodesh!

As this Shabbat falls on the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "Hachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) is added to the regular Shabbat Torah reading and in addition to Rosh Chodesh Torah reading. Hachodesh recounts G-d's historic communication to Moses in Egypt on the 1st of Nissan (2 weeks before the Exodus) regarding the Jewish calendar, the month of Nissan and the Passover offering. (Links: The Reading for Hachodesh, From the teachings of the Chassidic masters on Hachodesh, About the Jewish calendarHaftorah in a Nutshell)

Mazel tov to Rabbi Chaim's brother Shmuly & Hayley Lazaroff on their marriage this past week in Israel! It was amazing to celebrate with the whole family together in the Holy Land. A great time was had by all.

"First Fridays" will therefore be celebrated this month on the first Friday of Nisan (instead of the April), with Israel Shabbat: a report from Rabbi Chaim, Chanie and kids from the Holy Land!

Pesach mode! Make seder reservations, get your own shmura matzah, sell your chametzshul schedule....! All at

Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, Parshas Tazria, Rosh Chodesh and Hachodesh

Friday, April 5
Candle Lighting at 7:25 pm
Mincha Services at 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, April 6
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
Say the Nasi
Followed by Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Farbrengen & Lunch Kiddush
Mincha at 7:25 pm
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:18 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, April 7 - Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, April 8 - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, April 11 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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