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December 21, 2016
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, December 23, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 24, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, December 26: Our Daily Bread/Food Pantry
Consecration Shabbat Family Service - December 16, 2016.         Other Pictures.
Hanukkah and Shabbat at TBC, Friday December 30!

Come celebrate Hanukkah at TBC next Friday, December 30, at 7:30 pm.  Bring your  menorahs and celebrate with your TBC family.
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 15 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 http://bit.ly/tbctzdon 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.

Join Rabbi Bearman and the Jewish community of Ridgefield as they light a giant menorah and celebrate Hanukkah in Ballard Park on December 26th.
Great Articles on Our Wi-ACT Refugee Family

A number of TBC members have been participating in the Wi-ACT initiative to help and support a Syrian refugee family in Wilton.  Two excellent articles came out in the last week giving updates on the family and how they've been faring.  (Spoiler alert: well!)
Shabbat Potluck - Friday, January 13

Please join us for a community potluck dinner prior to services on Friday, January 13  , at 6:30 pm.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with old and new friends and families prior to services.  We look forward to sharing a Shabbat dinner with you.  Please let us know how many will attend, and what you will bring. Email Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org.
Share Your Simcha! Sponsor Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or Flowers

A wonderful 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. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at  http://bit.ly/tbconpns 
2017 Activities at the Schoke Jewish Family Service
of Fairfield County

The Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is now the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. Information about their 2017 programs and services is available here.
Volunteer information for Jewish Senior Services

Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS.  There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to- one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.  At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a cliché, but a way of life. 

New Hospice Training Program!  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00 am-4:30 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 at eashkins@jseniors.org  
TBC Social Action - Help Haiti for Hanukkah!
Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in early October, killing more than 900 people, leaving 175,000 people homeless and a million more struggling to survive.

TBC Social Action is encouraging donations to Medical Aid To Haiti (MATH), a group of surgeons, nurses and others based at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford who are providing significant help on the ground in Haiti.  Peggy and Steve Zamore worked at a small hospital in Haiti last year and have been following the truly terrible aftermath.

A video providing more detail about the situation is available here. A donation to MATH is the best way to help provide food, water and other help to the desperate people affected by this disaster. 

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, December 23 - December 29, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Joseph Bennett Friday 12/23/2016 grandfather of Jennifer Meehan
Jesse Smith Friday 12/23/2016 father of Steve Smith
Sidney Shane Saturday 12/24/2016 father of Patricia Olshan
Florence Cohen Aronson Sunday 12/25/2016 mother of June Mara
Robert Tartell Sunday 12/25/2016 father of Ross Tartell
Saul Heft Monday 12/26/2016 father of Michael Heft
Edward Raspler Tuesday 12/27/2016 father of Charles Raspler
Greta Najgeborn Berkowitz Wednesday 12/28/2016 grandmother of Ruth Hurwitz
Adrienne Merkel Berenbaum Thursday 12/29/2016 mother of Diane Berenbaum
Arthur M. Gold Thursday 12/29/2016 father of Amy Gold Socher, friend of Wendy Nadel
Barbara Prince Thursday 12/29/2016 aunt of Russ Prince
Malcolm Whitham Thursday 12/29/2016 nephew of Russell Robbins and Valerie Rosenson

Contact Us

Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT  06829
Phone: 203 544-8695 - Fax: 203 544-9706

Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 

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.

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