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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE



 

Shalom!

It is a great honor and a tremendous privilege to serve as President of UOS.

We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming shul.

These are exciting times for our shul. After a long pandemic-related delay, construction of our beautiful new building has begun and is expected to be completed by first quarter 2024. 

We offer wonderful classes almost every day of the week, and our list of programs for both adults and youth is continually growing thanks to our hard-working professional staff and to the dedicated volunteers who serve on our many committees.

We are grateful for the excitement and leadership that Rabbi Sprung brings to UOS. We look forward to continued growth together in Limmud Torah, Avodat HaShem, Gemilut Chassadim, Hachnassas Orchim, and so much more. Rabbi Sprung has already given so much to our community, including many great shiurim and Divrei Torah, great programming, and compassionate pastoral care to those in need. 

If you plan on visiting Houston, please contact our Hospitality Chair about Shabbos or Yom Tov hospitality at hospitality@uosh.org.

If you need mikvah-related information, please contact our Director of Mikvah at UOSMikvah@gmail.com.

For information about membership, please contact our Membership Chair at membership@uosh.org.

Please see below for the text of my most recent weekly Presidential Update.

I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you soon!

Doreen Lerner, UOS President

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Thursday November 24th

United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston

Dear UOS Members and Friends,



I wish you and your loved ones a Chodesh Kislev Tov and a very happy thanksgiving!

I am profoundly grateful for our community, and I thank all of you for being a part of it.
I am thankful for all those who work so hard and give so much - Rabbi Sprung, our staff members, our Board of Directors, our generous donors, and the many volunteers who give so much of themselves. Please know that all of you are deeply appreciated!



We are delighted to welcome our newest UOS members, Andrew Feigenblatt and Orly Coblens, Eliana and Yigal Saghian, Perel Baral, and Max Spitalnick!



Please contact me if you have grant-writing experience and some time available.



Happy birthday to our members who are celebrating a birthday during the coming week!

Jonathan Schiff
Harry Schneider
Carol Liberman
Rachel Hulen
Sonny Gerber
Gaby Brown
Perel Baral
Kayla Kupfer
Stanford Goldman
Sarah Pucci
Esther Berkowitz Feuer
Lauren Berkowitz Smolar
Tova Geralnik
Max Spitalnick
Dov Kadmon
Norman Blumberg

Happy anniversary to our members who are celebrating their wedding anniversary during the coming week!

Bobbie Sue Daitch and David Landau
Natan and Ingrid Herc
Uri and Melany Ghelman
Leonard and June Goldberg
Howard and Linda Waldman
Pablo and Tova Geralnik


To Mindeleah Pollak on the birth of a grandson!
To Glen Mueller and Danya Wilens – and their families – on their wedding in Yerushalayim today!
To David Abraham and Hannah Niman on their wedding this past Sunday!



On Sunday November 20th our community participated in the Houston Jewish Federation's Hineni Listening Session at UOS. It was a very productive session, and I was so proud to hear that, of all the listening sessions that have taken place so far, ours had the best turnout. If you were not able to attend, please find a session that works for you. Your voice is important!

On Monday of this week UOS Vice-President Gary Leibowitz and I had the privilege of meeting with Israel Consul General to the Southwest Livia Link-Raviv and Deputy Consul General Elad Shoshan. We had a most productive discussion and we look forward to continued dialogue and engagement.

Our construction process is moving right along, as you can see from this drone photo!






Please attend the UOS Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday December 4th at 9:15 am. You will have the opportunity to receive updates on our construction process and our programming, and, if you are a UOS Member in Good Standing, to exercise your voting privileges. If you are not a member, or not a member in good standing, please contact Membership VP Barry Tobias or Executive Director Jeff Klein.

Join us at UOS for the 2022 Bnei Akiva Takeover Shabbos!
Click here to register for the Shabbos lunch for Bnei Akiva Families.



Our Long-Time Member Appreciation Shabbos has been moved to December 17th. Please save the date!



We are actively planning our Chanukah programming including our online auction to benefit UOS kids' programming, and our Chanukah Hop. Details will be announced very soon!



The Shabbos Project at UOS!

The Shabbos Project Committee met this week to share ideas and recommendations, and to begin planning for next year. Please contact me to learn about opportunities for involvement.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES!
 
Do you ever feel lost in shul? Not sure what to do or what's going on?
Join us for this exciting weekly class which Rabbi Sprung is teaching on Thursdays at UOS right after Shacharit. You'll be sure to increase your understanding and your comfort level!

Visit this page to receive the source sheets for the Laws of Prayer.

Rabbi Sprung is giving a weekly Lunch and Learn shiur on Thursdays at 12 noon. Ethical questions abound in everyday life for all of us, so these topics are very pertinent and timely! Register here for Totality and Infinity.



Learning opportunities continue at UOS all week long!

You can hear Rabbi Sprung's Parsha Podcast here:
Also look for the Parsha Pick-Me-Up on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts! New episodes drop every Thursday!

Rabbi Silvestri is offering a new "Food for the Soul" series - learning, cholent and spirits!

Register here to receive the class location.



Sponsored by the OU Women's Initiative, UOS is offering another shiur for women, taught by Mrs Mindeleah Pollak in memory of her grandson Ezra Toviah Yaakov Pollak z"l.

"The Strangest Shidduch: Why was Rivka chosen to marry the 'golden boy' Yitzchok? How did she handle her marriage and cope with continuing Abraham’s and Sarah’s legacy?"

This series explores Rebecca’s life and the birth of her twin sons, as different as they could be, over 10 Monday evenings at 7:30 pm. Register here to receive the class location. For additional information, email Danielle Wininger







Join us at the next session on Wednesday December 7th at 8 am in the library at Robert M. Beren Academy! Please register here.

NEW PARENT-CHILD LEARNING OPPORTUNITY!
Please join Rabbi Sprung and Yosef Levenstein for a Sunday morning Parent-Child Mishnah class, right after davening. The class is for kids in grades 2-5, and is a foundational class in Mishnah learning. It takes place every Sunday during breakfast except for long weekends, Chagim, and when Rosh Chodesh comes out on Sunday.
If interested please join this WhatsApp group for regular updates.




We are delighted to have our Bnot Sherut Talya and Moriya on board!
Talya and Moriya would love to get to know all of us.
Please sign up here to host them for a Shabbos or Yom Tov meal (must be within the Eruv). ID/Passcode: 259166/4900




Our Capital Campaign is in great shape!
Contact me to learn about our remaining Naming Opportunities!



Click here to donate to our Winter Holiday Season Bonus Fund for our regular Security Guard Kris Solis and our Maintenance Staff Charles, Polo and Maurice.
 
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To our members who are observing a Yahrtzeit in the coming days, we wish you a long life. May your loved one’s neshama have an Aliyah!

Friday 1 Kislev
Irv Rotter for sister Frieda Farkas-Pollack
Kim Pokroy for Bertha Zuckerman Levy
Michael John Levy for Bertha Zuckerman Levy
Yvonne de Leef for father-in-law Salomon de Leef
 
Shabbos 2 Kislev
Marc Passy for father Meir A. Passy
Steven Plumb for step-grandfather Milton Plumb
Ralph Grenville for wife Norma Ella Grenville
 
Sunday 3 Kislev
Kim Pokroy for grandfather Montie Simon
Michael John Levy for grandfather Montie Simon
Judy Hoffman for Joseph Rosenthal
 
Monday 4 Kislev
Jerome Pokroy for father Solly Pokroy
Judy Arfa for mother Anne Rosenbloom
David Kronman for George Balshan
David Kronman for Richard Kronman
 
Wednesday 6 Kislev
Marie Levine for brother Joseph Hyman
Hava Wolf for Morris Kipner
Dorit Guttman for Morris Kipner
 
Thursday 7 Kislev
Scott Adrian Davis for Rose Raizes
 
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With warm wishes for a restful, peaceful, and meaningful Shabbos,
Doreen.
 
Doreen Lerner
President, United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, Texas
doreenlerner@sbcglobal.net
713-444-8587

 

Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783