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February 1, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 2, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, February 3, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, February 3, 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Services 
  • Saturday, February 4, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, February 5, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, February 5, 3:30 pm: Sisterhood Lilith Salon Tea
  • Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 pm: Interfaith Service of Prayer and Solidarity at the Wilton Presbyterian Church
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, February 9, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
You Received Your TBC Survey Last Friday
Now Please Fill It Out ... !

All TBC members should have received our Strategic Planning Survey last Friday, January 27! Each and every question within the survey is important and addresses different aspects of TBC. Please fill it out as soon as your receive it so that your voice will be heard. If you have not received it yet please contact Cindy Baulsir, or the Strategic Planning Lead, Dina Gumins. (Make sure first to double check your Gmail Promotions tab or spam folder.)

After 40 years we continue to evolve as a congregation. We're at a place where we want to think differently/creatively about the future while ensuring the needs of our congregation continue to be met. To that end, we've embarked on a consultant-led strategic planning process. A critical component of this process is to solicit feedback from the congregation.

Please participate to help make TBC the synagogue you would like it to be!

It has never been more important to reach out and strengthen our friendships and relationships with people of all backgrounds. Please join us for an interfaith service of prayer and solidarity.This service will be at Wilton Presbyterian Church on Tuesday February 7th from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday February 3

Join us for another fun Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg, please RSVP for the Preneg using the link above.  Preneg RSVP: http://bit.ly/1XVZMXf

Save the dates for upcoming Shabbat Family Services on 3/3/17, 4/7/17 & 5/5/17.

Remember:  You too can sponsor a Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers: http://bit.ly/tbconpns
A Pharaoh Who Knew Not Joseph 
Rabbi Bearman's Sermon for January 27, 2017

"This week, I had a hard time turning off the news. I was especially troubled by and fixated on the reports that many in our government believe that our country must be protected from those who seek to enter it. I couldn't stop thinking about the people these political leaders wanted to keep out. Every press conference seemed to suggest that these leaders were simply interested in protecting our country from those who would wish to harm us. But, I couldn't find any comments about the other people who would be kept from entering the United States - those who are seeking a place to rebuild, those who wish to ensure the safety of their families, and those who are searching for a different destiny for themselves and their children. What about them?" Read more of the Rabbi's sermon ... 

The Gift of Coping Skills: Helping to Build Your Child's Resiliency
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 pm for a program on "
The Gift of Coping Skills: Helping to Build Your Child's Resiliency (and Restore Your Sanity)"
We all know our children need coping skills when they don't get what they want. This includes anything from not making a team, not getting a good grade, not being invited to a party, not getting to go to a friend's house, to having to deal with limits on their screen time and technology usage. This interactive presentation will use your real-life everyday situations in which coping is NEEDED. You will leave with practical suggestions, skills and possibly a new perspective.
Leslie Cohen-Rubury is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who also has a Masters in Special Education. She has 35 years experience working with families and children in school and community settings. She also has a private practice in Redding, CT, providing individual, family, and marital therapy.
Upcoming Sisterhood Events!

Sunday, February 5 at 3:30 pm
- Sisterhood invites you to a Lilith Salon at TBC. Come enjoy scrumptious pastries and be prepared to discuss your favorite Lilith Magazine article from the Winter 2017 issue. All sisterhood members who signed up for a free subscription should have received one by now. Attendees who did not sign up for one through Sisterhood can order a subscription online at www.Lilith.org. Please RSVP at sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org. There is no charge for this event. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 12 at 5:00 pm - Come to Sisterhood's Tu BiSh'vat celebration at Sharon Sobel's house - 8 Old Farm Road Wilton. (Raindate Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm)  You do not want to miss this celebration!! Tu BiSh'vat is the holiday that marks the beginning of a "New Year" for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. We will drink the fruit of the vine and nourish our bodies with fruits and nuts symbolizing strength, creation, rebirth, and our spiritual and emotional ties with the Earth. A light vegetarian supper will be served.  $18 per Sisterhood Member and $20 for non-members. We will combine this with the area Hadassah group, and promise it to be a fun event! Please RSVP by February 7 at http://bit.ly/1TUT4yc.
Shabbat Shirah, Friday, February 10!

Come join fellow congregants as we celebrate a very special moment in the Torah, a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history. We will offer musical praise as did our ancestors in worship after the miraculous parting of the sea. The service will be brimming with music performed by members of the congregation and Cantor Sobel, who will also chant the Song at the Sea. Join us for what promises to be a very special Shabbat of song and celebration.

Meryll and Michael Wolfman will be sponsoring the flowers and oneg in honor of past president Michael Wolfman's birthday!
Save the Date: Friday February 17 For Our Mishkan T'filah Dedication!

Join us as we dedicate our new copies of Mishkan T'filah, Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm!

All are invited to attend an especially joyous Shabbat service and festive oneg. During this special service, we will be dedicating one hundred new copies of our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah. These siddurs were made possible through donations to the Michael A. Heft Memorial Fund. Michael was a lifelong learner and regularly enjoyed Shabbat services and Saturday morning Torah study with his TBC friends. It is fitting that we honor his memory with these beautiful books. We wish on this night to fill the sanctuary so full that we will need to share prayer books!!

Bonnie, Ethan and Sarah Heft are sponsoring the festive oneg in memory of Michael Heft.
FREE 10 Day Trip to Israel for Jewish Young Adults!

URJ Kesher
: Birthright Israel Registration for Summer 2017 opens February 6. Preregister today at http://www.gokesher.org.
Calling All Torah Chanters!

We will be chanting Torah on the following dates: March 24, April 21, and May 12. The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses. Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you. If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community. Please contact Russ Robbins, Chair of the Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers! A wonderful way of celebrating special simchas, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is sharing your nachas with the entire congregation by sponsoring the Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or Flowers for the Friday of your special week. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at http://bit.ly/tbconpns.

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, February 3 - February 9, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!  May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Samuel Goodman Friday 2/3/2017 grandfather of Pamela Karpen
Marian Kabot Friday 2/3/2017 aunt of Howard Wagner
Eleanor Muirhead Friday 2/3/2017 mother of Simon Curtis
Rose Prentiss Friday 2/3/2017 grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Katharina Hof Saturday 2/4/2017 grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Leon Saumier Saturday 2/4/2017 father of Todd Saumier
Arthur A. Wakoff Monday 2/6/2017 father of Gary Wakoff
Shirley Spector Tuesday 2/7/2017 mother of Jeffrey Spector
Donald Curtis Wednesday 2/8/2017 father of Simon Curtis

It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time of yahrzeit.
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Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695 - Fax: 203 544-9706
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly