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April 12, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)

  • No Shabbat Service or Torah Study this Weekend!
  • Wednesday, April 19, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm:  Event - Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Holy Land
  • Thursday, April 20, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
No Shabbat Service or Torah Study this Weekend, April 14-15!

We hope everyone is having a meaningful and wonderful Passover! Because so many of us are out of town this week, the Temple will be closed on Friday, April 14th, and Saturday, April 15th. No matter where you are, we hope that you celebrate Shabbat with your families and find a little time to rest and be refreshed! We will come back together for Shabbat next week when we will also enjoy a pre-service pot luck at 6:30. All of the yahrzeits that would have been remembered on the 14th will be included in our Shabbat service on April 21st. Hag sameach and Shabbat Shalom (a little early)!
From Rabbi Bearman's Piece on Passover in the Wilton Bulletin

Passover - A Personal Yet Universal Holiday - Thursday, 6 April 2017
"As a child, I loved everything about the way my family celebrated Passover. I couldn't wait until it was time for my sisters and me to carefully prep, measure, and then mix all of the sweet-smelling ingredients as we "helped" my grandmother make charoset (a dish of apples, nuts, and spices that symbolizes the mortar the Israelite slaves used to build Egyptian structures).

I eagerly anticipated the first night of Passover, knowing that as my family gathered, we would find that the dining room had been transformed into a beautiful seder table filled with small mementos from past generations. As the seder (the festive holiday meal) began, I would flip ahead in the haggadah (the prayer book used during the seder) looking for my favorite illustrations. And, after we finished eating our meal, which included matzah ball soup, gefilte fish (my grandmother's rule was and continues to be "You don't have to eat all of it, but you have to try some of it"), brisket, and more, my sisters and I would begin to bounce in our seats because we knew that it was almost time to begin the search for the afikomen (a Greek word for a piece of matzah that had been broken and hidden earlier in the service)." Read more!
TBC Event: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Holy Land -
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 pm
Archaeological discoveries in Israel are always controversial and fascinating. Come hear about recent historical discoveries!  A crossroads of civilizations over many thousands of years, Israel has seen many important archaeological sites and artifacts come to light over the past few years changing our views on the history, cultural practices, and ways of life in the Holy Land.

TBC member Jeffrey Bendremer will present this fascinating lecture.  Jeff is currently on the faculty of the College of New Rochelle.  With over 30 years of experience in archaeological fieldwork, Jeff has participated in numerous excavations including at Tel Aphek, Israel, and in Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as directed 21 archaeological field schools for the University of Connecticut and Indiana University, among others.  
Shabbat Potluck - April 21 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for a community potluck dinner prior to services on Friday, April 21, at 6:30 pm. Shabbat will follow at 7:30 pm with Vanita Wagner chanting from the Torah.  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. RSVP to Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org

Jane and Moses Alexander are sponsoring the flowers in honor of Solomon Bedremer being called to the bimah to offer the Torah blessings for the first time and Vanita Wagner chanting. 

(You too can Sponsor a Shabbat! )
Special Author Appearance for Yom HaShoah
Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 am

Ann S. Arnold discusses her book, Together - A Journey for Survival, the story of a family's survival during the Holocaust.  This presentation takes place while TBC's Religious School is in session, and is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
In this book Ann Arnold shares her family's journey through Poland's countryside as a war of nations thunders around them. The story displays the magnificent strength of a mother's love and the incredible courage of good people during the worst of times. " An important work. Ann Arnold's effort to both tell their tale of her family's survival during the Holocaust while being a part of encouraging the next generation to embrace tolerance is inspiring." -Michael Cohen, The Simon Wiesenthal Center
Noah Aronson Concert for TBC Members
Sunday, May 7 at 11:00 am

TBC is hosting Noah Aronson, an internationally acclaimed soulful and energetic
Jewish composer and  performer on Sunday, May 7.  This program is free to all members thanks to generous donations to the Cantor's discretionary fund over the past few years in support of musical programs at TBC.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this most special TBC event. Please RSVP so we can plan to accommodate those attending. 

Noah will be teaching our children in the religious school from 9:30- 10:30am followed by a concert for all our school children, their parents, and all TBC members from 11:00am-12:00pm in the TBC sanctuary. Check out Noah's website at www.noaharonson.com for a sampling of some of his exciting and inspiring music.

Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury/Putnam
Personal and Confidential, No-Fee Resource Service

May is Older Americans Month, and senior care for you and your aging relatives is just one of the many areas in which Jewish Family Services can help. They can provide assistance with:
  • Homecare resources
  • Senior housing and long-lerm care options
  • Medical-related and mental health matters
  • Caregiver support
While you may not need their help, family and friends may! Contact information: (203) 794-1818; email: jfsdanbury@gmail.com.
Save the Dates!
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities 
April-May 2017

Schoke Jewish Family Service has a great set of upcoming programs, including a Passover Food Drive, 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!
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, April 14 - April 20, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Harvey Felton Saturday 4/15/2017 father of David Felton
Bette Leblang Saturday 4/15/2017 mother of Judy Welty
Ann G. Sarn Saturday 4/15/2017 mother of Allan Sarn
Sarah Sobel Saturday 4/15/2017 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Martha Sugar Lash Monday 4/17/2017 mother of Melinda Weber
Karen Maru Monday 4/17/2017 friend of Sandi Prince
David Sloan Monday 4/17/2017 father of Pamela Karpen
Robert Steward Tuesday 4/18/2017 cousin of Moses Alexander
Aliza Dubin Wednesday 4/19/2017 cousin of Heather Herve
Saul (Bud) Kapel Wednesday 4/19/2017 father of Robert Kapel
Edythe Metzger Thursday 4/20/2017 grandmother of Dina Levi

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