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June 10, 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.

TBC Events through June 18, 2015 

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

  • Friday, June 12, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am: Bar Mitzvah Ethan Klotz - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Ethan mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Saturday, June 13, 9:30 am: Torah Study at TBC
  • Saturday, June 13, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah Rachel Nadel - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Rachel mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
Thank You For Your Participation in the Beit Shirah & 2015 Fundraiser!

From President Dina Gumins: I want to thank everyone who participated in our Beit Shirah - those that helped with the beautiful service and celebration, those that attended, those that donated and, of course, Cantor Sobel, to whom we owe our gratitude for serving our congregation for the past 25 years.  We came together as a community last Friday for a beautiful service to pay tribute to our past, present and future and to honor Cantor Sobel. We were treated to special musical arrangements by our Cantor and moving duets in which he harmonized with Rabbi Bearman and with his son, Nathan Sobel. Our Beit Shirah-House of Song, was bursting with 140 voices as we chanted, prayed and sang our way through Shabbat.

Our photo gallery at the Temple now features some of the best of TBC over the years. Please take a look next time you're in the building - you're likely to see things you've never seen before.  

As of June 9, 2015, our fund raising efforts have yielded $28,900 out of our goal of $30,000. I am so proud to be a part of this congregation. All funds raised go to support TBC programs. Below are the names of those who contributed to our 2015 annual fundraiser. My deepest thanks to all.  - Dina 


Contributors as of 6/9/2015 

Lori and David Abraham
Moses and Jane Alexander
Jim and Cindy Baulsir
David and Judy Bearman
Rabbi Rachel Bearman
Lew and Doris Bender
Dan and Maxine Berg
Steven and Deborah Bernstein
Richard and Barbara Bloom
Barry and Jodi Blumenfeld
Mike and Ellen Bonheim
Glenn and Abi Boyer
Don and Diane Brown
Ken and Heidi Brown
Stephen Davis and Jeffrey Busch
Robert Marzik and Alice Caldwell
Simon Curtis and Kiki Cahn
Dennis and Debra Case
Robert and Lisa Cederbaum
Leah Cohen
Peter and Alice Czuczka
Barbara Dobbin
Tom Dubin and Pam Klem
Jon and Suzanne Ellenthal
Rudy Escalante and Diane Berenbaum
Mitch and Susan Farber
Senia Erlich Feiner
Sue Frenkiel
Irve and Susan Goldman
Jonathan Gordon and Corney Davis
Lou and Betty Grey
Sam and Dina Gumins
Richard and Susan Hagan
Michael and Bonnie Heft
Howard and Fran Heizler
Ira and Jan Hersh
Gil Hollander and Lisa Somer 
Rob and Jamie Kapel
Allen and Rosalind Kopfstein
Harvey and Suzanne Kramer
Joe Kropf and Irene Rosenberg
Harvey and Carrie Kulawitz
Charlie Landau and Kim Yonkers
Alice Learman
David and Beth Lewson
June Mara
Brad and Heidi Marcus
Alan and Patti Masarek
Marc Mellon and Babette Bloch
Ken and Linda Mettel
Bruce and Ria Miller
Mac and Wendy Nadel
Jerry and Gladys O'Neil
Ann Paul
Jeff and Debra Pinals
Gerry and Lynn Rakos
Mark and Sarah Ribbens
Ronnie Ross
Allan Sarn
Todd and Lorien Saumier
Judson and Michele Scruton
Marlene Serby
Erv and Louise Shames
Ken and Sharon Sobel
Stephen and Sandra Sobel
Jeff Spector
Ross and Karen Tartell
Martin and Terry Ullman
Marilyn Van Raalte
Howard and Vanita Wagner
Gary and Shelia Wakoff
Don and Melinda Weber
Michael and Maryll Wolfman
Steve and Peggy Zamore
Scroll to view all names.

Cantor's Remarks at the Celebration of His 25th Year at Temple B'nai Chaim

"I want to start my remarks by sharing some thoughts from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's essay entitled "The Vocation of the Cantor" an essay which continues to guide and inspire me:

To attain a degree of spiritual security one cannot rely upon one's own resources. One needs an atmosphere where the concern for the spirit is shared by a community. We are in need of students and scholars, masters and specialists. But we also need the company of witnesses, of human beings who are engaged in worship, who for a moment sense the truth that life is meaningless without attachment to God. It is the task of the Cantor to create the liturgical community, to convert a plurality of praying individuals into a unity of worship... Read the full text of the Cantor's remarks


See also press about the event from the Wilton Bulletin and a heartfelt letter from Steve Hudspeth published in GoodMorningWilton. 

New Men's Club Bar-b-Que This Summer
We are excited to announce the beginnings of a new Men's Club at TBC.  To kick off the new Men's Club, we will be sponsoring a bar-b-que and Havdalah service on Saturday evening, July 11th.  All are welcome!  Details to follow.  If you are interested in helping out or getting involved with our new Men's Club, please contact Jeff Spector at  Jms884@gmail.com.
Jewish Family Service Support Groups
  • 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.
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Yahrzeits, June 12-June 18, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Albert Farber Friday 6/12/2015 father of Mitchell Farber
Lawrence Schott Saturday 6/13/2015 stepfather of Marilyn Crandall
Cecile Cukier Sunday 6/14/2015 grandmother of Russell Robbins
Patricia Barbar Wednesday 6/17/2015 mother of Jeanne Goldberg
Audrey Shapiro Wednesday 6/17/2015 grandmother of Brian Haberman
Samuel Tepper Wednesday 6/17/2015 uncle of Sandy Tepper
Lottie Macklin Thursday 6/18/2015 grandmother of Fran Heizler