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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Celebration - Dedicating new copies of our
    Mishkan T'filah!
  • Saturday, February 18, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, February 20: President's Day - Office Closed
  • Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm: Parenting Event with Leslie Cohen-Rubury, The Gift of Coping Skills: Helping to Build Your Child's Resiliency
  • Wednesday, February 22, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, February 23, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
 Our Mishkan T'filah Dedication, This Friday February 17!

Join us as we dedicate our new copies of Mishkan T'filah, Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm!

All are invited to attend an especially joyous Shabbat service and festive oneg. During this special service, we will be dedicating one hundred new copies of our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah. These siddurs were made possible through donations to the Michael A. Heft Memorial Fund. Michael was a lifelong learner and regularly enjoyed Shabbat services and Saturday morning Torah study with his TBC friends. It is fitting that we honor his memory with these beautiful books. We wish on this night to fill the sanctuary so full that we will need to share prayer books!!

Bonnie, Ethan and Sarah Heft are sponsoring the festive oneg in memory of Michael Heft.
Thank you!!!

Shabbat Shirah - February 10 - More photos here!
Update on TBC Security Activities

From Cindy Baulsir, TBC President:
Many of us have been following the news about threatening letters recently sent to Jewish Community Centers and congregations. I want you to know that TBC takes these issues very seriously and we are taking constructive steps to keep our environment both secure and welcoming. While we have always had a good working relationship with the Redding Police Department, over the past few weeks we have kept in close touch with them, as well as with agencies that provide intelligence about potential threats to Jews and to society. Don't be surprised if you notice that the Redding Police have increased their patrols and surveillance - it's what we want. We are also updating our existing procedures and processes. We all want to make sure TBC is a comfortable place where everyone can learn, pray and be part of our vibrant community.
If you have questions or wish to have a discussion, please contact Ross Tartell, Chair of the Security Task Force at securitytaskforce@templebnaichaim.org .
The Gift of Coping Skills: Helping to Build Your Child's Resiliency
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 pm for a program on "
The Gift of  Coping Skills: Helping to Build Your Child's Resiliency (and Restore Your Sanity)"
We all know our children need coping skills when they don't get what they want. This includes anything from not making a team, not getting a good grade, not being invited to a party, not getting to go to a friend's house, to having to deal with limits on their screen time and technology usage. This interactive presentation will use your real-life everyday situations in which coping is NEEDED. You will leave with practical suggestions, skills and possibly a new perspective.
Leslie Cohen-Rubury is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who also has a Masters in Special Education. She has 35 years experience working with families and children in school and community settings. She also has a private practice in Redding, CT, providing individual, family, and marital therapy.
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities 
February-March 2017

Schoke Jewish Family Service has a great set of upcoming programs, including support groups for those seeking employment, help with financial fitness, exercises for brain fitness, and others. Schoke can also provide information and eligibility assistance for financial help to purchase food. Click here for more information! 
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday March 3
Join us for another fun Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies).  At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, click  here to RSVP.
Save the dates for upcoming Shabbat Family Services on April 7 and May 5 pril 7 and May 5.
Click here  to sponsor a Shabbat oneg, preneg or the flowers!
Our Crowd Movie/Deli Night, Saturday, March 11 at 6:00 pm

Join us for a fun evening with friends at TBC (50 and over). We will have an old fashioned dinner of Jewish deli food . Afterwards we will show the movie, Avalon, the story of a Polish-Jewish family that comes to the US and tries to make themselves a better future in the promised land.  Cost is $18 per person. Please
Lectures and Spring Events at the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Center
for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University

Topics include: academic boycotts of Israel, Jewish art, a musical setting of Anne Frank's diary, the Israeli Airforce.  Click here for more information.
FREE 10 Day Trip to Israel for Jewish Young Adults!

URJ Kesher
: Birthright Israel Registration for Summer 2017 opened February 6. Register today at http://www.gokesher.org.
Share Your Simcha - 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.

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, February 17 - February 23, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Halan Golan Friday 2/17/2017 father of Rachel Golan
Samuel Mann Tuesday 2/21/2017 great grandfather of David Mann
Philip Myers Tuesday 2/21/2017 uncle of Jane Alexander
Gilbert Bloch Thursday 2/23/2017 father of Babette Bloch

It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time of yahrzeit.

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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