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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, December 30, 7:30 pm: Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration
  • Saturday, December 31, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, January 2: TBC Office Closed
  • Wednesday, January 4, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 5, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Hanukkah and Shabbat at TBC, This Friday December 30!

Come celebrate Hanukkah at TBC this Friday, December 30, at 7:30 pm. Bring your  menorahs and celebrate with your TBC family.

Family Shabbat on January 6, Welcoming New
Religious School Students

On January 6th, we will be celebrating & officially welcoming our new religious school students.  Everyone in the congregation is invited to this fun and festive service where our new students will be called up to the bimah to receive a gift from their TBC family.  This special service begins at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a delicious oneg in the social hall.  If you would like to join us for the pizza preneg (starting at 6:00 pm), please click on  this link and let us know how many people will be joining us.   Come help us welcome our new students and their families! 

At Rabbi Bearman's invitation, the local Syrian refugees, Manal and her family, as well as members of the WiACT Steering Committee are attending.

Jane and Moses Alexander are sponsoring the preneg, oneg and flowers in honor of the work of WiACT and the TBC Social Action Committee.

TBC's Year-End Appeal!  

From President Cindy Baulsir:  

I'd like to personally thank the 70+ people 
that attended the 40th Anniversary celebration of our community, our "That's 70's Shul" Gala.   The event was a great way for us to come together, express our gratitude for our history, share stories, and raise funds.
We have set an aggressive goal  for our fundraising efforts this year! Our goal is $40,000 to celebrate our 40 years.  Many of you have already generously donated, to get us more than half way there!  If you have not yet given, consider making a year-end tax deductible donation.
Your donation goes to  the many diverse programs/services that TBC offers, to those in need, and to providing educational opportunities to everyone that wants it! We simply can't do it without you.  Your support will make a lasting impact on the future welfare of the community!
Please make your donation now  by writing a check or donate on-line via the following link https://templebnaichaim.wufoo.com/forms/ssmaouu1vk1359/ . Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
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 giving updates on the family and how they've been faring.  (Spoiler alert: well!)
Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the 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.

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.
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. 

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
To the right - TBC and other volunteers at the
Dorothy Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen  
Yahrzeits, December 30 - January 5, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Martin Shapiro Friday 12/30/16 uncle of Michael Bonheim
Selma Herman Saturday 12/31/16 mother-in-law of Paul Frosch
Victoria Lipper Monday 1/2/2017 aunt of Don Brown
Isador Goldberg Tuesday 1/3/2017 grandfather of Lloyd Goldberg
Yetta Goldberg Tuesday 1/3/2017 grandmother of Lloyd Goldberg
Robert Weiss Tuesday 1/3/2017 father of Gail Espinosa
Bob Baxter Wednesday 1/4/2017 stepfather of Simon Curtis
Rose Graf Greenwald Wednesday 1/4/2017 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Abraham Spector Wednesday 1/4/2017 father of Jeffrey Spector
Pauline Weinstein Thursday 1/5/2017 grandmother of Susan Sia

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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