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November 11, 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, Margaret Mazer Ogdon 


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.

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, November 12, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Friday, November 13, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, November 14, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am: Sisterhood Shop Smart
  • Sunday, November 15, 9:30 am: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, November 15, 9:30 am: Men's Club Meeting
  • Sunday, November 15, 4:00 pm: Adult Ed: Judaism & Christianity in the
       Tumultuous First Century
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal for the Interfaith
       Thanksgiving Service
  • Thursday, November 19, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session  
  • Thursday, November 19, 7:45 pm: Congregational Meeting

Shabbat Family Service, November 6, 2015 - More pictures!

7th Grade Nature Walk / Dinner / Havdalah, November 7, 2015
Congregational Meeting, Next Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm!

Please come to the congregational meeting next week.  We would like every TBC member family to be present.  Refreshments will be served.

Step up!  Listen!  Be heard!

New Member Welcome!

Please extend a warm welcome to our newest TBC member families!
  • Jeremy Rabinowitz & Allison Berger, and family, of Wilton
  • Alexa and Aaron Schlechter, and family, of Wilton
Sisterhood Fundraiser: This Saturday, November 14

  • A special all-day shopping event hosted by Lord & Taylor in Stamford in support of local non-profit organizations
  • The Shop Smart, Do Good event day features the best discounts of the season, local entertainment,  gifts with purchase and fun activities.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Gladys O'Neil at gon51junk@aol.com

Men's Club Meeting This Sunday, November 15, 9:30 am

From Jeff Spector: We will be hosting a get together on Sunday, November 15th (9:30-11:00 am). The meeting will be a three-parter.  Part 1 will be the election of officers.  Part 2 will be a fascinating (hopefully!) discussion of two articles about being a man in our society, "When is it OK for a Man to be Aggressive" and "2 Massive Confessions About So-Called Alpha Males (as written by one)".   Please read before our meeting.  Thanks.  Part 3 will be a discussion about specific agendas for future meetings.  Looking forward to seeing all of our male congregants, both young and old.  Contact Jeff Spector with any questions at  jms884@gmail.com or 203-956-6367.
Early Judaism and the New Testament: Sunday, November 15, 4:00 pm
Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker, the pastor at Wilton Baptist Church, will discuss his recent book,  James in Postcolonial Perspective . His book discusses how two first century CE Jews,  James and Paul, who are both followers of Jesus, both anti-Roman, and both attempting to answer the question: what does it mean to be a Jew? This should be an exciting conversation with Rev. Dr. Coker, who wrote this book in our own library here at Temple B'nai Chaim! The book is available from Amazon.com and your local bookstore.   This program will be held at Temple B'nai Chaim on  November 15th at 4 PM.   All are welcome.
Save the Date for Consecration, December 4th, at 6:30 pm!

Come celebrate with our youngest students and their families at our Consecration Service at 6:30 pm on December 4th. The entire community is invited and we would love to see you there!
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at TBC This Year!

Redding's annual Interfaith Service will be hosted this year at Temple B'nai Chaim on November 24 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to participate in an evening of fellowship. The service will be led by clergy of different denominations and religions and music will be sung by a volunteer, interfaith choir. Come to be a part of this memorable event! Please bring canned food as a donation to share with those in our community who are less fortunate.  More information here! (Singers needed! Contact the Cantor if interested.)
Make Hanukkah Happy for Wilton Jewish Families!

Here's a way to make a difference this Hanukkah for  some needy Jewish Wilton families. Through the good works of the Wilton Department of Social Services, we've been asked to support several  Jewish Wilton families who celebrate Hanukkah by providing a $100 Gift Card for each of 12 children in these families.   Think about all the gifts you give to your children each year...and then think about how you could really make a difference for these families.  

All you have to do is click on the Donation Form here and donate what you can to the TBC Tzedakah (Social Action) Fund and indicate the donation is for "Make Hanukkah Happy for All Kids!".  Our Social Action Committee will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to Wilton Department of Social Services.
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin...

... and the Remaking of Israel
with author Dan Ephron: Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 PM, Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport.   Books will be available for purchase and signing. Open to the community free of charge | Co-sponsored by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, The Westport Library, and the Jewish Book Council.  Registration requested:
skamisar@jewishphilanthropyct.org.  Info: (203) 226-8197.  
Share Our Simchas - Sponsor an Oneg! 

A wonderful way of celebrating special happy occasions (simchas), such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is by sharing your joy (nachas) with the entire congregation and sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat for the Friday  of your special week.  We'll arrange for the food and set-up, all you do is send a minimum donation of $125.  If you would like to sponsor an Oneg, please call the TBC office and we'll pencil in your special Shabbat.  In the words of the traditional Yiddish wish for birthdays, May you live to be 120 (the age achieved by Moses, and therefore considered to be the ideal lifespan). L'Chaim! 
Calling All Torah Chanters!

Many of you volunteered to chant during this year's High Holy Day services and you did a marvelous job.  If you enjoyed this experience, then it's time to chant again.  If you wondered how you, too, could participate and chant Torah, then now is the opportunity to learn!  We are looking forward to hearing Torah chanted at the following Friday  night Shabbat services this year:

December 18th -  Torah Portion (parshat) "Vayigash": Genesis 45:4-8 OR Genesis 45:9-15;
January 8th -       Torah Portion (parshat) "Va-eira":    Exodus 6:2-5 OR Exodus 6:5-8;
February 19th -    Torah Portion (parshat) "T'tzaveh":  Exodus 28:26-30; and
April 15th -          Torah Portion (parshat) "M'tzorah": Leviticus 14:8-11.

This is a wonderful opportunity to keep your Hebrew skills fresh, to learn and to engage with Torah.  And if you have never read from the Torah since your bar or bat mitzvah, this is a special way to challenge yourself.  It is also a very special way to participate in our services.  In addition, we are looking for those of you who would like to participate by having the honor of blessing the Torah on these dates.  We will provide tapes and training for anyone interested, so there is no reason to hesitate. Please call (203) 544-8695) or email (rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org) the Rabbi to schedule your date!
Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities-Westport-FALL 2015

JFS Financial Education Workshops-Tuesdays, November 17 th at 11:00 am  at the Westport office: 432 Post Road East, Suite 11. Preventing Identity Theft. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or rkanefsky@ctjfs.org .

JFS New Beginnings, Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Westport Divorce Support Group at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. Contact Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 or emoskowitz@ctjfs.org

JFS Brain Fitness Program  Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. 
Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or mgeenberg@ctjfs.org

JFS Kosher Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Drive : Help provide a holiday meal with frozen turkeys, canned goods, and grocery store gift cards. Bring donations to JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6th Floor , during office hours, on or before Friday, November 20th. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Case Manager at 203-921-4161 X128 or rkanefsky@ctjfs.org 

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.
Yahrzeits, November 13-November 19, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)  
Carl Bloom Friday 11/13/2015 grandfather of Richard Bloom
Marjory Davis Saturday 11/14/2015 mother of Cortney Davis
Robert Goldstein Saturday 11/14/2015 grandfather of Ronnie Ross
Leo R. Sarn Sunday 11/15/2015 father of Allan Sarn
Charles Viccica Sunday 11/15/2015 great uncle of Linda Bolton
Seymour Perlin Monday 11/16/2015 father of Liz O'Hara
Mae Sokol-Burger Tuesday 11/17/2015 friend of Rebecca and Daniel Darst
Margaret Finucane Wednesday 11/18/2015 sister-in-law of Michele Scruton
Samuel Schwartz Wednesday 11/18/2015 grandfather of Lloyd Goldberg
Sylvia Krengel Thursday 11/19/2015 mother of Marilyn Van Raalte
Sam Nagel Thursday 11/19/2015 remembered by Carrie and Harvey Kulawitz