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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


Chailites News Item Submissions   

Please note that events and news for
Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through May 21, 2015 

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

  • Friday, May 15, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, May 16, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, May 16, 9:30 am: Bat Mitzvah of Jessica Cramer - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Jessica mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
  • Saturday, May 16, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah of Grace Goldberg - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Grace mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Wednesday, May 13: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, May 14: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, May 17: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, May 17: Rehearsal for Confirmation Service
10th Grade Confirmation - Save the Date! 

Shavuot - Book of Ruth Discussion
Saturday May 23, 9:00 am

In honor of Shavuot, please join us for a discussion of the Book of Ruth, led by Rabbi Bearman! A light dairy breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to
Beit Shirah Invitation - Message from the President
By now you should have received an invitation to Beit Shirah, the celebration of our House of Music.  The service and celebration on Friday, June 5, will pay tribute to TBC's history and honor Cantor Sobel's 25 th anniversary.  As a reminder, this event is the culmination of our fund raising efforts which begin now.


While historically there would have been a direct cost solicited for our annual fund raiser and celebration, we have decided instead to request contributions in the weeks preceding this event. Whether or not you're in a position to contribute, we hope the entire congregation is able to join together in our Beit Shirah.


Please participate in both celebrating our history and providing for our future. Enclosed in the invitation is a donation card or visit www.http://ly/CantorSobel25.  If you might be interested in becoming a "Treble Clef" (lead donor), please contact me by phone at (203) 761-1563 or email at president@templebnaichaim.org.    


We appreciate your generous support. 


Dina Gumins  

Sisterhood Book Group
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm 


Sisterhood will be discussing The Faith Club, by Ranya Idliby.  A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another. When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions.

Cantor & TBC Trivia Corner!
Cantor Sobel ... 
  1. Cantor Sobel "auditioned" for TBC in the Spring of 1989!
  2. Cantor Sobel is the first person in his family ever to become a cantor!
  3. While at Yale, Cantor Sobel was in at least three singing groups: the Yale Glee Club, the Baker's Dozen and the Whiffenpoofs!

Temple B'nai Chaim ... 

  1. The first president of Temple B'nai Chaim was Peter Van Raalte in 1976.
  2. In 1986, Friday night family services began at 7:30 pm and Shabbat services were at 8:15 pm.
B'nai Mitzvah Projects and Attendance
B'nai mitzvah season is in full swing. As a reminder, TBC members are invited and encouraged to attend the Saturday morning Shabbat services at which our students become b'nai mitzvah.  These Shabbat morning services are held at 9 and/or 11:15 am. Check the TBC calendar to confirm times.  Please join the community as we celebrate our children becoming bar/bat mitzvah or "adult" members of TBC.  We're so proud of each and every student.
All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website.  Click here to view the project profile form.
Adult Education - "Who Wrote the Bible?"

On Tuesday, May 5, TBC member Stephen Davis provided an overview of the theory that the Torah as we know it was actually compiled from several earlier sources, the J, E, P and D versions. Stephen's slides have been posted to SlideShare if you'd like to take a look.
An Evening of Hope: "My Father was a Nazi, I am a Jew!"

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger (author of, "A German Life: Against all Odds, a Life is Possible"), will be speaking on Thursday, May 14th, at the Emanuel Synagogue. Dinner at 5:30 pm & program at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
Jewish Family Service Support Groups
  • Who Will Care For Me? Challenges of Caring for an Aging Loved One, Wednesday, June 3, at the Stamford JCC.
  • JFS Divorce Support Group, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm in JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11.
  • JFS Divorce Support Group, Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm in JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St, 6th floor.
  • Let's Talk, Thursdays, 11 am.   Don't miss this opportunity to meet new people at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue
  • JFS Caregiver Support Group, Sundays at 5 pm at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. 
  • JFS Life Transitions, Wednesdays at 11:30  am  Support group for unemployed at Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer St, 6thFl.
  • JFS Bereavement Support, Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.
Yahrzeits, May 15 - May 21, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Joseph Heisler Friday 5/15/2015 father of Michele Scruton
Ralph Cahn Sunday 5/17/2015 uncle of Kiki Cahn
Julius Alexander Monday 5/18/2015 grandfather of Moses Alexander
Jack Ostroff Wednesday 5/20/2015 cousin of Sue Frenkiel
Francine Marsha Singer Wednesday 5/20/2015 mother of Jay Singer
Alvin Steiner Wednesday 5/20/2015 cousin of Ken Sobel