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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 28, 2015 

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

  • Friday, May 22, 6:00 pm: 10th Grade Confirmation Dinner
  • Friday, May 22, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services & Confirmation
  • Saturday, May 23, 9:30 am: Pre-Shavuot Breakfast and
    discussion of the Book of Ruth
  • Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm: Congregational Meeting

  • Religious School Not in Session
Confirmation This Friday - All Invited!

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
Rabbi Bearman's D'var Torah

Sermon, B'har/Bechukotai, May 15, 2015. This week, we conclude the book of Leviticus. Tomorrow morning, two of our congregation's 7th graders will become B'not Mitzvah, daughters of the commandments, and share with our congregation the words of this week's double portion, B'har/Bechukotai. This double parashah includes a rather intense explanation of the relationship between our behavior and the rewards and punishments that we will receive. If we live according to God's commandments, we will have peaceful lives, plenty to eat, and protection from our enemies. If we reject God's commandments, our communities will be subject to disease, hunger, and war. When I discussed these portions with this weekend's B'not Mitzvah, both were, understandably, concerned about the apparent harshness of this system.   Continue reading ...
Beit Shirah / House of Music Celebration! 
Our festive 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 this year.


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.   Warmly, 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 ... 
  •  Ros and Alan Kopfstein, former members of TBC,  brought Cantor Sobel to TBC.

  •  Friday, September 8, 1989 was Cantor Sobel's first time  leading services at TBC.

  •  Cantor Sobel became a bar mitzvah at Temple Sholom  of West Essex, New Jersey. 

Temple B'nai Chaim ... 

  •  In 1981, then President John Paul signed papers to      acquire the land the original TBC building is currently on.
  •  The first service of TBC was held on July 4, 1976 and  had a red, white and blue theme.
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.
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.

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Yahrzeits, May 22 - May 28, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Sarah Kulawitz Friday 5/22/2015 grandmother of Harvey Kulawitz
Benjamin Ostroff Saturday 5/23/2015 father of Sue Frenkiel
Sylvia Myers Thursday 5/28/2015 grandmother of Jane Alexander
Heskel Obadia Thursday 5/28/2015 father of Michael Obadia