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January 9, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 10, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, January 11- 14, Confirmation Trip to Washington, DC
  • Friday, January 11, 7 :30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, January 12, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 13, 9:30 am -  Religious School
  • Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am - Men's Club Event With Ross Tartell 
  • Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, January 16, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Thursday, January 17, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Men's Club Event With Ross Tartell -  Sunday, January 13

The TBC Men's Club will be hosting a special non-political event. We will feature a conversation with Ross Tartell, a Men's Club member, on running for office in these unusual political times. We will have coffee and ... as we sit and discuss this interesting issue. The event will be: S unday, January 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  at Temple B'nai Chaim. Please join us in this important conversation.
Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (Connecticut region) and Evan Bernstein (New York Metro region) will give a regional and national outlook on the rise of anti-Semitism and bullying as we head toward a new decade on  Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El, Norwalk. Questions from the audience are welcome and may be submitted in advance. 
Free and open to  the community.  Refreshments to follow. (PDF Flyer )
Sisterhood Tu B'Shevat Seder

Please join the women of Temple B'nai Chaim Sisterhood for an evening of celebration, prayer, introspection, and excellent company at our  Tu B'Shevat Seder on  Sunday, January 20 at 3:30 pm at the home of Sharon Sobel,  8 Old Farm Road, Wilton.

Tu B'Shevat is commonly known as the "New Year for the Trees." In the spirit of this holiday, the seder is a call to action; it is a celebration of our relationship with nature, a time of education and reflection, an opportunity to look at our impact on the world around us and change the way we interact with our environment during the coming year.

Traditional food and drinks and a light dinner will be served.

Suggested donation to TBC Sisterhood: $18

Please RSVP to Sharon Sobel  before Sunday, January 13. 
(203) 762-0830 or  srsobel13@yahoo.com
TBC's First Jewish Teen Social for 8th-12th Graders

8th-12th Graders 
You're Invited
to TBC's
1st Jewish Teen Social!
Saturday, January 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Temple B'nai Chaim
Havdalah, Wiremill BBQ dinner, games, make your own sundaes
Cost - $10
RSVP by January 20 at http://bit.ly/tbcjts
(feel free to invite other Jewish friends!)

For more details

Overflow Homeless Shelter  Volunteers Needed!  

"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!"  O verflow Homeless Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, 164  Deer Hill Avenue,  Danbury at 9:00 pm and stay until 7:00 am. Each night there are two volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season.  The dates are January 28 to February 3, and February 25 to March 3.   More information.......      Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!
Like and Follow Temple B'nai Chaim on Social Media 
    D'var Torahs by Rabbi Rachel Bearman & Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Candles, Kiddush and Motzi at the Shabbat Family Service on January 4
More Photos: Shabbat Candles / Kiddush and Motzi  Video:  Hineh Mah Tov

It was so beautiful that our youngest  students  practiced their Aleph Bet outside this morning! (Religious School on January 6)
Don't miss out!   Like and Follow #TempleBnaiChaim!
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, February 1
Join us for another fun Shabbat Family Service starting at  6:00 pm with a kid-friendly  preneg  (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celeb ration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to  RSVP
Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple."
Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs on 3/1, 4/5 and 5/3/19!    
Torah Study Brunch - Saturday, February 2, 10:30-12:00 pm
 Come study the weekly portion with Student Cantor Hamstra!
Don't forget to bring something for the pot-luck brunch!
Schoke Jewish Family Services - Winter 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Brain Fitness, Living with Loss, Employment and Life Transitions, Divorce Support, and talk sessions.  More information here!
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am-5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email .

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.
Common Threads

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others - have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great 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. We will arrange for the flowers, food, and set-up, you just make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers. Sponsor a Shabbat!
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Al Jolson: From Immigrant to American Idol
Saturday, January 12 at 5 pm
Hosted by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy at Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport
Sunday, January 13 at 10:00 am
Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
With ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (CT) and Evan Bernstein (MetroNY)
Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El-Norwalk

Sisterhood Tu B'Shevat Seder
Sunday, January 20 at 3:30 pm at the Home of Sharon Sobel

Moral Resistance & Spiritual Authority: Living Dr. King's Legacy
Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm in Bridgeport

Jewish Teen Social  for 8th-12th Graders
Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 pm

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, January 28 to Sunday, February 3 from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Can You Hear It? Anti-Semitic Dog-Whistles Today
Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 pm at Temple Israel, Westport
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg 
Friday, February 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 
Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am

Saturday, February 2 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy at Congregation Beth El, Fairfield

URJ Northeast Camps Presentation
Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, February 25 to Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, March 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Yahrzeits, January 11 - January 17
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Rose Prentiss Sunday
grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Hilda Bennett Monday
grandmother of Jennifer Meehan
Michael Ginson Tuesday
father of Louise Shames
David M. Gordon Tuesday
father of Todd Gordon
Leo Mellon Tuesday
father of Marc Mellon
David Murry Tuesday
cousin of Don Brown
David Shames Tuesday
father of Erv Shames
Dr. Samuel Shauer Wednesday
father of Marlene Serby
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.
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Temple B'nai Chaim
, 82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel