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June 15, 2016
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    Margaret Mazer Ogdon 
Men's Club President, Dr. Jeff Spector
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm: Interfaith Vigil - Orlando Killings
  • Friday, June 17, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, June 18, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, June 18, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of Charlie Bennett. Send a Chai greeting card to Charlie to wish him mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Monday, June 20, 7:30 pm: Men's Club Scotch Tasting with Steven Portnoy

2016 Confirmation Class and Families, Friday, June 10
Confirmands are: Cameron Berg, Daniel Curtis, Jessica Dolcimiscolo,
Zachary Nevas, Eve Ogdon, Noah Sobel  (More pictures!)

Interfaith Vigil - Orlando Tragedy - Thursday

A Message from Rabbi Bearman: The Jewish tradition teaches us that in the face of heartbreak and grief, the first thing that we should do is to come together.  Please join Rabbi Bearman at an Interfaith Vigil, Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm at the Norwalk City Hall, which will honor those who were killed in Orlando this past Sunday.  The Interfaith Vigil will support the LGBTQ community, share thoughts and prayers for those who were killed, and support every community impacted by violence and hatred. The goal of this event is to foster love and support for every community in attendance.  (For more information, please click here)
Additionally, please join us this Friday evening for Shabbat services.  We will come together as a  Kehillah Kedoshah (a holy community) and link our voices in prayers for healing, strength, and remembrance.
Rabbi Bearman's Prayer

God - There's so much in my mind and my heart right now that it's hard for me to figure out exactly what to say. I wish that I was a poet because then I could find the words that would release some of the sickness, fear, and sadness that are weighing down my spirit.  (Keep reading ...)
Men's Club, Monday June 20, 7:30   
'Scotch & Steven Portnoy' or 'Are You a Jewish Male'

From Jeffrey Spector:  Hi Guys! I am excited about a special Men's Club event next Monday, June 20. Steven Portnoy, the national VP of the Men of Reform Judaism will be sharing with us some thoughts on being a Jewish male in our society, as well as scotch and snacks. I am taking any requests for your favorite type of scotch! RSVP to Jeff Spector at jms884@gmail.com.
TBC Limud Education Fund Raises $15,000!

We have exciting news! Thanks to over 30 donors, our Limud Fund has raised $15,000! Please take a look at this this great video that we put together to celebrate and to thank all of our donors. We're grateful to everyone who donated and we're especially grateful to our top donors -- including TBC's wonderful Sisterhood! It's not too late to donate to the Limud Fund! Just click here:
End of Year TBC Annual Fundraiser Goal, $20,000

Everyone should by now have received our mailing for the Annual TBC Fundraiser.  Our fundraising goal for this year, ending June 30th, is $20,000. We are asking every family to participate, either by sending a check to the office or by donating online. If every family contributes $115 we will meet our goal of $20,000. These donations are used to fund our programs throughout the year at TBC, and we count on your support. Please send your donation by June 20 using the form at: http://bit.ly/tbcyef2016 


This year's big gala celebrating 40 years of TBC has been rescheduled for December 10, 2016 due to several unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Mark your calendars now. There will be a planning meeting towards the end of the summer, so keep an eye out for opportunities to help make this event even more special!

Need Mi Sheberach Names!

From Rabbi Bearman:  Unfortunately, we are still having problems with our office computer and need to recreate our Mi Sheberach List.  If you would like us to mention a friend or loved one during our Shabbat services, please send their name to officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org - Thank you!
Havdalah Potluck at the Feldman-Wilkes Home, Saturday June 25th
Staci Wilkes has invited all TBC members (adults and children) to the Feldman-Wilkes home on Saturday, June 25th at 6:30 pm for a Havdalah Potluck. Please RSVP to Staci Wilkes at stacivogue@gmail.com for address details, letting her know who will be attending and what dish you plan to bring. We hope you will be able to join this warm and beautiful celebration marking the end of Shabbat and return to the ordinary week.
If you would like to host a Havdalah Potluck at your home, please send email to the TBC Office or phone at 203 544-8695) so we can arrange a date. Let us know if children are welcome and if you would like to borrow a Havdalah set and/or service.
Jewish Senior Service Program on Long Term Planning, June 21

Join Jewish Senior Services on Tuesday, June 21st (5:30-7:30 pm) as they continue their Monthly Educational Series for families and caregivers that are facing challenges providing care for loved ones with memory loss.  THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE NEW HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG CAMPUS at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. (use main entrance).  The topic for the evening will be Long Term Planning
Jewish Family Services!
  • 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
  • The Jewish Family Service of Stamford has a great series of programs and workshops this summer.  Click here for the full listing.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!

Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th
e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, June 17 - June 23, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

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

Patricia Barbar Friday 6/17/2016 mother of Jeanne Goldberg
Abraham Eisenstein Friday 6/17/2016 grandfather of Michele Bennett
Audrey Shapiro Friday 6/17/2016 grandmother of Brian Haberman
Mark Patrick Hanley Saturday 6/18/2016 father of Claire and Conor Hanley
Lottie Macklin Saturday 6/18/2016 grandmother of Fran Heizler
Roger Davis Sunday 6/19/2016 father of Cortney Davis
Nat Haberman Sunday 6/19/2016 grandfather of Brian Haberman
Marvin Ostroff Sunday 6/19/2016 cousin of Sue Frenkiel
David Saity Sunday 6/19/2016 friend of Gail and Joe Espinosa
Rodney Nicholas Mara Monday 6/20/2016 husband of June Mara
Elaine A. Engelberg Thursday 6/23/2016 mother of Elizabeth Engelberg
Wendy Kanter Thursday 6/23/2016 cousin of Diane Brown