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September 14, 2016
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  • Thursday, September 15, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am: Torah Study (This week's Torah Portion)
  • Sunday, September 18, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, September 21, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, September 22, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session

Shabbat Kiddush with Rabbi Bearman & Cantor Sobel, September 9  #ComeSeeTBC
High Holy Days 5777 !

Erev Rosh Hashanah this year is Sunday, October 2nd! (See TBC's schedule of High Holy Day services.) Tickets will be mailed to members next week. To prepare, you may wish to read Elul: The Lead-Up to the High Holidays on the URJ website!
Shabbat Service to Celebrate Women's Voices!

From Rabbi Bearman: This past week, I was lucky enough to attend an event celebrating more than 40 years of women in the rabbinate.  This program as well as the recent publication of  The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate inspired us to use this upcoming Shabbat to highlight and celebrate women's voices. Cantor Sobel will lead special, thematically appropriate music, and I will share the sermon for which I was awarded the  Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize as a 5th year student at The Hebrew Union College.  I hope that you'll join us Friday night!
Israeli Young Emissary Program

A special welcome to Guy Shamai and Meshy Gabay who will be at our Religious School as part of the Israeli Young Emissary program.    See more on our Facebook page.  
Sweet Holiday Greetings - Deadline September 19

Do you know what funds the annual Sisterhood Break Fast? Your generous donations to the Honey Fundraiser! This is your opportunity to wish your TBC friends and family a Happy New Year by sending  them a jar of sweet honey!  Full ordering information is available hereDeadline: September 19th! 
Adult Ed Presentation and Brunch: Jonah, A Whale of a Tale
Saturday, October 8, 9:30 am - Brunch, 10:00 Discussion

Jonah, the major text for the afternoon service of Yom Kippur, is an ironic, satiric and profound fable of repentance and renewal.  In this presentation on the book of Jonah, TBC members Judson Scruton and Bruce Miller will explore the rich cultural and historical interpretations of the book, one of the Twelve Prophetic Books in the Hebrew Bible, in order to provide a deeper personal and collective engagement with the themes of the High Holidays.  Join us on a fabulous ride into the belly of the beast and out into the world. 
Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now: October 22
Save the date! On Saturday, October 22 , TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 6 th annual Stop Hun ger  Now packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 164,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3500 as a Congregation that will fund 12,000 meals which will be sent to hungry chi l dren in developing countries. If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Stop Hunger Now, or contribute using our online donation form and select "Stop Hunger Now/Tzedakah Fund."  You may also send a check to TBC and note that it is for Stop Hunger Now.  This year each meal costs $0.29, so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals.
The sign-up will be later in September and further details will be provided soon. Don't forget that children 5 and older can help (our 5-year-olds last year had a fantastic time and really contributed!). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Don Weber at mdweb27@me.com .  If you would like to support this event,
Michael Heft Food &  Miriam Messe Diaper Collection

It is time once again for the food and diaper drive to help local food banks. The items will be delivered to the Redding Food Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, and the Community Action Agency of Western Ct.
Lists will be passed out during Rosh Hashanah services and items will be collected during Yom Kippur services. Please be as generous as you are able. We will need kids to sort through the items & drivers to deliver.   Please contact Jane Alexander.
Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

October 29 - November 6     Sneak Preview, September 15 : Mekonen    For details!
Jewish Senior Services!

From Nancy Altchiler, Synagogue Liaison for Jewish Senior Services:  Jewish Senior Services has moved to its beautiful new campus at 4200 Park Avenue in Bridgeport! If anyone is interested in a tour please contact Nancy Altchiler at
naltchiler@jseniors.org. To learn more about the first state-of-the-art intergenerational senior living campus and Household Model nursing home in the state, visit www.jseniors.org. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Darlene Miakos at dmiakos@jseniors.org. Also, membership in the new J Fitness Center (opening September 1st, 2016) is open to the public. There is a discounted rate for synagogue members. Please contact Kim Fox at Kfox@jseniors.org for more information. This is an exciting time for our community, please be a part of it!
NFTY Convention 2017 Chicago.  See details! (Teens 9-12 grades)
Semester in Israel Program.  See details! (Teens 9-12 grades)
Travel to Israel this Winter - Birthright Israel.  See details! (Young adults 18-26)
Jewish Family Services!
  • The Jewish Family Service of Stamford has a great series of Fall programs and workshops lined up! Click here for the full listing.
  • The Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury/Putnam provides assistance with senior living, mental health care, medical-related topics, legal concerns, and a variety of social services. Service is always confidential and without charge. Contact information: (203) 794-1818 - email: jfsdanbury@gmail.com - 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
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, September 16 - September 22, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! May the memory of the righteous be for blessing!

George Kamber Saturday 9/17/2016 cousin of Moses Alexander
Milton Eugene Ruben Saturday 9/17/2016 father of Richard Ruben
Elias Deutchman Monday 9/19/2016 father of Fran Heizler
Gerald Stahl Monday 9/19/2016 father of Marilyn Crandall
Ralph Delitsky Tuesday 9/20/2016 father of Carrie Kulawitz
Bruce Ullman Wednesday 9/21/2016 father of Stacy Barenberg