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Shavuot Ten Commandments and Ice Cream PartyWe did it then and we will do it now. Receive the Torah live again, for the very first time, at the reenactment of Sinai on Sunday morning of Shavuos! We will spark your soul with spiritualiciousness and delight your palate with dairy deliciousness! www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotparty

A great big thank you to Roni Urunbraev for the amazing photos from our YJP Lag Bomer Jazz & BBQ. Roni is a talented photo artist. Check out his website with beautiful pictures of Israel and consider hiring him for your next event! www.holylandscapeprints.com

  • Shabbos dinner this week is sponsored by Guitel Melnik, im memory of her mother Nancy Esther Felsenstein bas Elsa, a"h.
  • Shabbos lunch kiddush is sponsored by the Nurko family in honor of Gabriel's bar mitzvah.

Mazel tov Gabriel Nurko on his bar mitzvah this Shabbos!

 

 

PARSHA: Ten Women, One Oven

The Torah that we study must become part of us. It must not remain a distinct intellectual entity just sitting in our minds. The teachings must become part of our bloodstream, part of our character. more…

 


Shabbos Mevarchim & Chazak Sivan Parshas Bechukosai

 

Friday, May 31
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:59 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner in memory of Nancy Esther bas Elsa, a"h.

Shabbos, June 1
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30 am
Services at 10 am
"Chazak!" conclusion of Book of Vayikra
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Lunch Kiddush sponsored in honor the bar mitzvah of Gabriel Nurko!
Mincha at 8:00 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 5
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:58 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, June 2- Shacharis at 8:30 am
Monday, June 3  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Tuesday, June 4, Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Shacharis at 6:45 am followed by monthly breakfast sponsored by the Melnik family
Thursday, June 6 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

YJP Houston June Calendar

 June Schedule 

June 4: Shavuot Mommy & Me - With a Jewish Twist
A Shavuot workshop for mother and baby from newborn to two years of age. The Mommy & Me program offers a great opportunity to meet other moms, share experiences, discuss child growth and development.  More...

June 5: Kabbala of Cheesecake - Dinner & Class
Make your own and enjoy Strawberry Stuffed Cheesecake while we discuss what's behind the custom of eating dairy products on Shavuot? Is there a connection between the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai and eating milk products? More...

June 7: Chocolate Shabbat Dinner - First Fridays
Shabbat & Chocolate? Pass the challah please! Join Young Jewish Professionals For a Chocolate Themed Shabbat Dinner at YJP Houston - where spirits run high! More..

June 8: JEPShavuot - Your Torah Ideas Worth Sharing
This Shavuot, add your voice to this unbroken narrative. Come listen and / or present your own Torah Ideas Worth Sharing. More..

June 9: Ten Commandments Shavuot Ice Cream Party
Hear the 10 Commandments followed by a Delicious Dairy lunch! Featuring a fabulous assortment of Ice Cream, cheesecakes, blintzes, pasta and salad. Non Dairy and Gluten Free Options Served. More...

June 12, 19 & 26: Wednesday Dinner, Class & Social
Come discuss, agree, disagree, mingle and network with other young Jewish professionals, singles and couples at series of classes / discussions on contemporary themes! Class, discussion and FREE DINNER! Click here to see the upcoming Wednesday topics.

YJP Houston held an awesome evening on fire, grilling, smoking and firepit in honor of Lag B'Omer! Young professionals experienced the mystical insights of this unique not-so-famous Jewish Holiday with TV personality, celebrity chef, Rabbi Chaim! Including Live award winning Jazz Music, Artisan BBQ, Fire pit and Roasted Marshmallows - Photo Gallery Here

 


photos of chabad on fire

  • YJP Houston held an awesome evening on fire, grilling, smoking and firepit in honor of Lag B'Omer! Young professionals experienced the mystical insights of this unique not-so-famous Jewish Holiday with TV personality, celebrity chef, Rabbi Chaim! Including Live award winning Jazz Music, Artisan BBQ, Fire pit and Roasted Marshmallows - Photo Gallery Here
  • June 7-10: Shavuot is coming! We have an amazing weekend planned

Mazal tov Chanan & Vanessa Wolf on the birth of a baby girl!

 

 

PARSHA: Are You Interested in G-d?

G-d treats us as we treat others. more…

 


 

 

Shabbos Parshas Behar

Friday, May 24
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:55 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, May 25
Chassidus at 9:00
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush sponsored by Bernard Mendoza in honor of his wife Malka and daughter Rachel Devorah's shared birthdays!
Mincha at 7:55 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 3
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:54 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 26- Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, May 27  - Shacharis at 8:30 am (Memorial Day)
Thursday, May 30 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Don't celebrate anniversaries

  • This week is National Police Week. Yesterday, Rabbi Chaim was honored to pray for the Houston Police Department Day of Prayer with prayers for peace for the families of first responders. Short video clip here.
  • Wow! What an amazing event with over 130 women from around Houston gathered tonight for an evening of joy and spirit at this Dessert & Discussion!
  • May 22: YJP Lag B'omer Jazz & Artisan raBBiq
    Join YJP Houston for an outdoor evening of Lag B'Omer and experience the mystical insights of this unique not-so-famous Jewish Holiday with TV personality, celebrity chef, Rabbi Chaim! Including Live Jazz Music, Artisan BBQ, Fire pit and Roasted Marshmallows More...
  • May 23: Community Lag Baomer Celebration & Unity Rally at Godwin Park 4:30-7pm www.lagbaomerinhouston.com
  • June 7-10: Shavuot is coming! We have an amazing weekend planned beginning with First Fridays Chocolate Shabbat, JEPShavuot All-Night Torah Learning, 10 Commandments & Ice Cream Party / Lunch & Yizkor - all at www.chabaduptown.org/shavuotschedule

 

PARSHADon’t (Just) Celebrate Your Anniversary

Judaism does not believe in an anniversary as merely a celebration of the past. more…

 


 

Shabbos Parshas Emor

Friday, May 17
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:51 pm
RSVP for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos, May 18
Chassidus at 9:00
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:50 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 3
Maariv, HavdallaShabbos Ends at 8:49 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 19- Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, May 20  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, May 23 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Selecting Life

This week's Parsha, Hashem tells us Kedoshim Tihiyu.... "You shall be holy, for I am holy". To be holy is to differentiate our lives within the world around us. There is a time for dancing and a time for study. There is a time for work and a time for family. Similarly, there is a time for the work week and a time for Shabbos rest. Looking forward to sanctifying the holiness of our time and space, this Shabbos, on an island of peace within time.

  • May 16 for Ladies! Join the next Dessert & Discussion, this time at The Shul of Bellaire on Thursday, May 16 at 7-9 pm. This time the theme is Personal Stories of Love, Joy & Strength, featuring Sandra Finkelman, Ali Katz and Amy Lerman. Followed by breakout study groups Topic Title: 'A Secret Your Soul Wants you to Know'. Get tickets now - click here!
  • May 22: Lag B'omer Jazz & Artisan raBBiQ
    Join YJP Houston for an outdoor evening of Lag B'Omer and experience the mystical insights of this unique not-so-famous Jewish Holiday with TV personality, celebrity chef, Rabbi Chaim! Including Live Jazz Music, Artisan BBQ, Fire pit and Roasted Marshmallows More...

Shabbos Parshas Kedoshim

Friday, May 10
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:46 pm
Friday night dinner sponsored by Yocheved Shwarzman marking the 5 Iyar yartzeit and in memory of Yitzchak ben Asher Zelig, a"h

Shabbos, May 11
Chassidus at 9:00
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Lunch Kiddush 
Mincha at 7:45 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 2
Maariv, HavdallaShabbos Ends at 8:44 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, May 12- Shacharis at 8:30 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin followed by a pidyon haben
Monday, May 13  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, May 16 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie

Let's be as defiant as Goldstein

It has been a tough week, tumbling in from the blissful Pesach island into a turbulent week. First reports of the events in Poway, CA on the last day of Pesach was hard to digest.

We also got word that Chanie's grandmother, Bubbie Fox, passed away on Shabbat afternoon, the 8th day of Passover, at age 93. May her memory be a blessing. Our children loved her very much and cherish their fond memories with her.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein emerged swinging, defiant and an inspiration as a national hero for his personal self sacrifice and his call for Jews everywhere to stand strong and tall. 

On Monday, the Houston community truly came together for a unity event! A huge crowd gathered at the ERJCC to say we stand in solidarity with Chabad of Poway. All those present joined Rabbi Goldstein's call to increase in good deeds and affixed their label to a banner that read "Houston Stands with Poway" that was filled, rolled and hung in front of Chabad of Poway the very next day! Read about the event in the Jewish Herald Voice.

To add your own mitzvah pledge for the banner, write your intentions on an adhesive label and mail to Chabad of Poway, 16934 Chabad Way, Poway, CA 92064.

The root of the problem stems from education. We need to rethink how our youth in this country are being educated in our schools. See my interview here with Channel 2 NBC. A solution to this may be to revisit how seriously our youth are taking the Moment of Silence in our schools. Listen to this very interesting podcast on the subject. Hear about the Rebbe's vision for a moment of silence, from the Rebbe himself here. Rabbi Goldstein spoke about it today at the Day of Prayer event on the White House Lawn.

Please join the national #ShareShabbat campaign and make an effort to fill every shul to capacity this Shabbat. Any Shul. Of course, Chabad of Uptown's doors are open for you to come and daven. Let's display our pride and not let anyone get us down.

Young Professionals are invited to join us tomorrow night for Shabbat dinner after services, Cinco de Mayo Shabbat!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • This Sunday you have the special opportunity to get trained in Mental Health First Aid at Chabad of Uptown. The fee and lunch is paid for - all you need to do is participate! You can still register for the course online: http://bit.ly/2Sip9Wc 
  • Ladies! Join the next Dessert & Discussion, this time at The Shul of Bellaire on Thursday, May 16 at 7-9 pm. This time the theme is Personal Stories of Love, Joy & Strength, featuring Sandra Finkelman, Ali Katz and Amy Lerman. Followed by breakout study groups Topic Title: 'A Secret Your Soul Wants you to Know'. Get tickets now - click here!

We wish our condolences to Eileen Elfezouaty on the passing of her mother in Chicago on Erev Pesach.
We wish our condolences to Chanie on the passing of her grandmother on the last day of Pesach.

Shabbos Mevarchim Iyar, Parshas Acharei

Friday, May 3
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting at 7:42 pm
RSVP for Cinco de Mayo Shabbat - YJP First Fridays Dinner. Free today, costs tomorrow.

Shabbos, May 4
Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim at 8:30
Services at 10 am
Followed by Shabbos Mevarchim Shabbos Lunch Kiddush & Farbrengen sponsored by Maurice Purcell in honor of Bob Epstein's 96th birthday
Mincha at 7:40 pm
Ethics of of Fathers, Chapter 1
Maariv, Havdalla & Shabbos Ends at 8:39 pm
Living Torah

Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Iyar I, May 4- Shacharis at 8:00 am followed by the real BLT = Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Monday, Rosh Chodesh Iyar II, May 5  - Shacharis at 6:45 am
Thursday, May 9 - Shacharis at 6:45 am

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Chaim & Chanie


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