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May 27, 2015
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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.
Please Come to the Congregational Meeting
Tomorrow, May 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Guaranteed To Be Interesting and Provocative!
Your Chance To Constitute a Quorum! 

TBC Events through June 4, 2015 

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

  • Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm: Congregational Meeting
  • Friday, May 29, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, May 30, 9:00 am: Bar Mitzvah Maden Herve - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Maden mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Saturday, May 30, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, May 30, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah Jack Potash - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Jack mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm: Sisterhood Book Group


Don't forget to Register for 2015-2016 religious school by Friday, May 29!
Rabbi at the Redding Memorial Day Parade
Beit Shirah / House of Music Celebration / Fund Raiser! 
Beit Shirah celebration is less than two weeks away.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the service and festive oneg on June 5 at 7:00 pm.  Here's where we are in our fund raising effort: we are about two-thirds of the way to our goal of $30,000.  With everyone's help we can achieve our goal.  Donations can be made online at http://bit.ly/CantorSobel25 or by sending a check to TBC at PO Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829.  We'd like to get as close to 100% participation as possible, so please contribute in whatever amount is comfortable for you to support TBC and honor Cantor Sobel's 25 th anniversary.


We appreciate your generous support.  -- Warmly, Dina Gumins  


  Cantor Sobel in 1989.

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.

TBC Trivia Corner!
  • TBC Religious School started in the Fall of 1976 with approximately 30 students.
  • There have been four female presidents of TBC since its founding.
  • The complete list of past presidents:

    Peter Van Raalte, 1976-1977

    Toby Stahl, 1977-1981

    John Paul, 1981-1985

    Michael Wolfman, 1985-1989

    John Paul, 1989-1990

    Lawrence Slavin, 1990-1992

    Aline Anderson, 1992-1995

    Richard Bloom, 1995-1999

    Camille Wein, 1999-2001

    Ken Sobel, 2001-2005

    Gerry Rakos, 2005-2007

    Susan Farber, 2007-2011

    Michael Johnston, 2011-2012

    David Abraham, 2012-2014

Confirmation Class 2015 
Lindsey Gordon, Amelia Hadar, Alexandra Hollander, 
Anastasia Koorn, Ethan Landau, Justin Landau & Lee Winters

Elder Wisdom: Lessons for Living & Loving
Thursday, June 4, 2015 

Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. is a renowned gerontologist, leading researcher, and international speaker on aging. He created the Cornell Legacy Project, which is devoted to surveying thousands of older Americans about their lessons for living including topics like marriage, career, parenting, aging, regrets, happiness, and overcoming loss. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and PBS Newshour.  Dr. Pillemer will share practical advice from his most recent book  30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and MarriageClick here or more information.  The session is free and will take place at Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home, 175 Jefferson Street Fairfield, CT 06825.   RSVP to Kim Gintoli at (203) 365-6463 or at: kgintoli@jseniors.org  
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.
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
Yahrzeits, May 29 - June 4, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Necdet Emir Friday 5/29/2015 father of Sara Emir Sobel
Marty Tepper Friday 5/29/2015 uncle of Sandy Tepper
Ann Cahn Saturday 5/30/2015 mother of Kiki Cahn
Irving Epstein Monday 6/1/2015 father of Robin Epstein
Samuel Kolodny Monday 6/1/2015 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Mary Schwartz Monday 6/1/2015 grandmother of Lloyd Goldberg
Jeanne Judge Tuesday 6/2/2015 mother of Stephen Davis
Robert Prince Tuesday 6/2/2015 cousin of Sandi Prince
Emily Zofnass Tuesday 6/2/2015 sister-in-law of Kiki Cahn
Albert Hornig Wednesday 6/3/2015 father of Claire Fennessey
David Isacson Wednesday 6/3/2015 step-father of Ronnie Ross
Ruth Lipsky Thursday 6/4/2015 mother of Ann Paul, grandmother of Jaimie Meyer