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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, September 22, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, September 28, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, September 29, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Cantor Sobel's Special High Holy Days  
Adult Class on Sunday, September 25, 10:30 am

This Sunday at 10:30 am, Cantor Sobel will offer a session on High Holy Days in the Home - Toward a Richer and More Fulfilling High Holy Days.

The holidays that we celebrate at home with family are the ones that create the most lasting positive memories and ties with our heritage. Passover and Hanukkah immediately come to mind as Jewish top holidays for home-based ... and meal-based ritual, less so the High Holy Days season. In this session come experience, discuss and explore some of the unique, powerful and uplifting Jewish rituals accessible and available to all families to create lasting positive family experiences during the High Holy Days. We will also discuss practical paths to share the rituals as a family regardless of one's level of Jewish observance or knowledge.

High Holy Days 5777 at TBC

Erev Rosh Hashanah this year is Sunday, October 2nd! (Click here to see complete TBC High Holy Days Information.) Tickets will be mailed to members in a few days.  Also check out Rabbi Bearman's "Highlights of 5776" video! 
Get Ready for the Jewish New Year!

ReformJudaism.org is here to help you get ready. We have recipes for a sweet and savory new year, family activities, how-to videos, and much more. http://bit.ly/2cgeZQr

Recipes / Activities / Videos
- How to Prepare for the High Holidays
- Everything You Need to Know About Selichot 
- Do Reform Jews Celebrate One or Two Days of Rosh HaShanah?
- Five Things to Know About Attending High Holy Day Services
    (Not Just About Prayers)
- What to Expect When You're Repenting
- How Much Do You Know About the High Holidays?
Community S'lichot Services This Saturday

This Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 pm there will be Community S'lichot Services at the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury.  This will be a community-wide kick off to our High Holidays, joined by clergy and volunteers from area synagogues.   
Welcome New TBC Members!

Please offer a warm welcome to our newest members!

Jason Sunshine and Heather Lipkind,
and children Molly and Lucy,
of Westport
Simon Reiff and Rebecca Rubin,
and children Becky, Milley, and Lulu
of Wilton
Michelle Garland,
and children Emma and Ben Wilson,
of Wilton
Special Family Shabbat Service & Preneg
"Preparing for the High Holy Days"
September 30, 6:00 pm

Did you know that the Torahs have special outfits that they only wear during the High Holy Days?  Come to the Shabbat Family Service and help Rabbi Bearman and Cantor Sobel get the Torahs dressed and ready for Rosh Hashanah! We will start with a kid-friendly preneg Pizza and veggies at 6:00pm. Followed by the service at 6:30pm.

Save the dates for more Shabbat Family Services on 10/21/16, 11/4/16, 12/2/16, 1/6/17, 2/3/17, 3/3/17, 4/7/17 & 5/5/17. 

Adult Ed Presentation and Brunch: Jonah, A Whale of a Tale
Saturday, October 8, 10:30 am to 12:00

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. Please email or call the Temple Office to so we have an estimate of the number who will be sharing the meal with us: officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org or (203) 544-8695.
RSVP for Sisterhood Break-Fast - October 12 at 6:30

Sisterhood is providing our delicious annual break-fast at the temple, immediately following Yizkor and Keilah services, on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome but please RSVP by Tuesday, October 4, at: http://bit.ly/TBCBFRSVP  so that we are able to plan accordingly.  Please include number of guests and number of children 10 or younger.   
TBC Book Club - October 13 at 7:30

All are invited to attend the next meeting of the TBC book club which will be held on October 13 at 7:30 pm in a private home. The book is Louis D Brandeis, American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen. Please contact Barbara Dobbin,  bdobbin@juno.com  or 203 948 7352 if you are interested in joining us.
Sisterhood Membership Dinner - October 19 at 6:45
Sisterhood members or new TBC members are treated to a catered supper with favors.  Take some time to hang out with your Temple friends and have a girl's night out. Irresistible raffle items will be available.  RSVP by October 15 by clicking here.
Sukkot Dinner, Havdalah, Film & Discussion, October 22

Our Crowd, The Ritual Committee, and Adult Education invite all adult TBC members to join us on October 22nd at 6 PM for a Sukkot pot luck dinner, Havdalah service and a screening of the film, The Frisco Kid with Gene Wilder. We will serve dessert and look forward to a lively discussion after the film. Click here to RSVP, and please bring a vegetarian or dairy main dish that serves 6 people. Please indicate on the RSVP what you plan to bring for the pot luck dinner.

We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful and celebratory evening!  Contact Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com or Barbara Dobbin at bdobbin@juno.com for any questions regarding the event.

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.  Click 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 the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org.
Yahrzeits, September 23 - September 29, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

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

Jerry Shapiro Friday 9/23/2016 grandfather of Michael Bonheim
Sylvia Bonheim Saturday 9/24/2016 grandmother of Michael Bonheim
Harold L. Bender Sunday 9/25/2016 father of Lew Bender
Minnie Learman Tuesday 9/27/2016 mother-in-law of Alice Learman
Lillian Robbins Tuesday 9/27/2016 mother of Russell Robbins
Sarah Leder Jaffe Thursday 9/29/2016 grandmother of Sharon Sobel
Jean Sullivan Thursday 9/29/2016 grandmother of Linda Bolton
Michael Zamore Thursday 9/29/2016 brother of Steven Zamore