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June 24, 2015
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Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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TBC Events through June 25, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)

  • Friday, June 26, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, June 27:  No Torah Study
  • Saturday, June 27, 9:30 am: Bar Mitzvah of Evan Baran - Send a chai greeting card to wish Evan mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
B'nai Mitzvahs Last Week: Ethan Klotz, Rachel Nadel!

New Men's Club Bar-b-Que & Havdalah
Saturday, July 11, 7:30 pm
We are excited to announce the beginnings of a new Men's Club at TBC.  To kick off the new Men's Club, we will be sponsoring a bar-b-que and Havdalah service on Saturday evening, July 11th at 7:00 pm. Men and women are welcome! If you are interested in helping out or getting involved with our new Men's Club, please contact Jeff Spector at  Jms884@gmail.com.
Torah Study Continues Through the Summer
The Torah Study group will be meeting on the following summer dates:  July 11, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 22, and Aug 29 -- all Saturdays at 9:30 am. Sessions are led by the Rabbi or a lay leader, depending upon scheduling. We will continue studying the traditional weekly Torah portions, listed here and on other websites.

"It is a tree of life to all who hold fast to it..."  (Proverbs 3;18)
Are Reform Jews a Disaster for the Jewish People?

Excerpted from the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) blog, by Rabbi Josh Weinberg, June 17, 2015:

"Today the world awoke to yet another disparaging statement against Reform Judaism, this time by the Minister of Religious Affairs, MK (Shas) David Azoulay (see statement here). Azoulay met with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss Women of the Wall, as tomorrow is Rosh Hodesh Tamuz. During the discussion -- about looking for ways to curb the group's activity -- Azoulay declared, "Reform Jews are a disaster for the people of Israel."

Rabbi Weinberg, on behalf of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu expressing concern about the Minister's statement and urges others to send similar messages.  For more information click here.

TBC's New High Holiday Prayer Book!

TBC will host Rabbi Hara Person, editor of the new Reform Machzor, on Wednesday, July 29th.  Save the date to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to discuss the new prayer book. 

Guiding Principles of Reform Judaism


At last week's service, Rabbi Bearman brought in excerpts from the 
"Columbia Platform" adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in 1937.  Take a look at this important foundational document, which affirms Reform Judaism's commitment to working toward the Prophets' vision of a just world.   Click here.
Volunteers needed to help Female Inmates in Danbury

From TBC Member Ronnie Ross:  We desperately need a couple of volunteers to help with Friday evening visits to the FCI,  a low-security US federal prison for female inmates in Danbury. There are about 12 women  from area synagogues who visit the Jewish women inmates twice a month on Friday evenings.  As a working woman, I find this is the perfect volunteer thing to do, as it is in the  evening and only requires a little more than an hour of time per month (plus travel time).  Some women only go 4 or 5 times a year. And it's fun! The women at the facility are not dangerous or violent - and they are really nice!  Most are wives and mothers.
What we do: 2 volunteers go together and show up about 15 minutes before sunset.   Meet with anywhere between 5 and 15 Jewish women in a small room. Say the appropriate prayers and light candles, drink grape juice, eat challah. Discuss the week's parsha (if applicable to life today) or a holiday. Some volunteers like to sing with the women.   Anyone who is interested can call me (203-438-2892)  or e-mail me (ronnie.ross@sbcglobal.net) for more details.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!

Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th
e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, June 26-July 2, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

George Lewson Friday 6/26/2015 father of David Lewson
Velik Kaplan Sunday 6/28/2015 father of Tagyana Shnitser
Martin Weinstein Tuesday 6/30/2015 grandfather of Dana Umerley
Emma Horowitz Wednesday 7/1/2015 grandmother of Michael Klingher
Roberta Klingher Wednesday 7/1/2015 mother of Michael Klingher
Rebecca Kloot Thursday 7/2/2015 remembered by Nathan Sobel
Vera Ostroff Friday 7/3/2015 mother of Sue Frenkiel