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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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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.

TBC Events through July 16, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)  

  • Friday, July 10, 6:30 pm: Shabbat Services  (Note summer start time!)
  • Saturday, July 11, 9:30 am: Torah Study (Click for this week's torah portion.)
  • Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm: Men's Club Barbeque & Havdalah Service

RSVP for Men's Club Bar-b-Que & Havdalah
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm
We are excited to announce the beginnings of a new Men's Club at TBC.  To kick off the new Men's Club, we will be sponsoring a bar-b-que and Havdalah service on Saturday evening, July 11th at 7:00 pm.  Come meet your fellow TBC members at a relaxed, summer event, and then celebrate the end of Shabbat at our special Havdalah.  ALL are welcome!  Vegetarian options will be available.  If you are planning to come, please send an RSVP to mensclub@templebnaichaim.org so we can get an approximate count for ordering food.
Sisterhood Honey Fundraiser
Order for Out-of-Town Friends & Family by July 13!

This distinctive 8-ounce jar of kosher honey arrives in time for the   Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a festive label, and includes a  personalized card reading "L'Shana Tova-Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year." This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to  Temple B'nai Chaim .   Your cost is $12.00 per jar which includes shipping and handling within the United States.  We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee.  To order honey go to https://orthoney.com/tbc and follow the step-by-step instructions.  
Plan to Attend Adult Ed Prayerbook Discussion
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30!

TBC is hosting Rabbi Hara Person, editor of the new Reform Machzor. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to discuss the new prayer book.
Share Your Simchah

We want to hear and share your good news!  If you are celebrating a simchah (a joyous occasion like a baby naming, wedding, or anniversary), please send us a photo and an announcement so that we can share it with our congregational family.  There's no need to be shy- we love sharing in your simchah!  Send your information and photos to rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org.   Click here for some recent TBC simchahs!
Save the Date for July 17 Family Service!
Our next Family Service in the Sanctuary will be Friday, July 17th , at 6:30pm.  Summer birthdays will be honored during the service, and we'll all enjoy ice cream in the Oneg following services!

Volunteer for Danbury Soup Kitchen, July 29!

Check your calendar- and plan to join us, from 2:30 to 5:15 on July 29!  Have a great time doing great work!!  We also need a sandwich making team!!!  RSVP to Peggy Zamore.

TBC Seeking Town Ambassadors!


Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Do you enjoy talking about your town?

Do you take pride in being part of TBC?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're a good candidate to become a Town Ambassador.  Town Ambassadors will  assist the Membership Chairs by getting to know prospective members and helping them through the membership process.  You will be part of a team that will facilitate the growth of our synagogue. If you'd like more information, please contact Susan Farber or Deborah List at membership@templebnaichaim.org 

Nu Haven Kapelye to perform at Topstone Park Thursday July 16 at 7:30pm
This free concert is co-sponsored by Redding Park and Recreation and Temple B'nai Chaim.  Attendees should bring lawn chairs as there is a limited number of chairs available at the park.

The Nu Haven Kapelye, is a Klezmer orchestra made up of musicians from many faiths and all walks of life: amateurs, professionals, young and old.  The 20+ musicians and singers who comprise the Nu Haven Kapelye come together to play and explore the sounds of Klezmer, Eastern European Jewish dance music and Yiddish song. The group is Southern New England's largest Klezmer orchestra, but perhaps more importantly this group unveils the best of what happens when people of all ages come together to make music. 

Click here for more information.              

Let the Sun Shine - TBC to Go Solar!


As introduced at May's Congregational meeting, TBC has the opportunity to have solar energy panels installed on the roof of the new building, producing just about all of the electricity our building utilizes throughout the year.  Due to generous renewable energy credits, "green energy" financing and a robust solar marketplace, TBC has gone through a bidding/selection process and now has the opportunity to - at no cost to TBC - have a solar generation system completely installed and maintained on our behalf. 

Benefits of the system include cost-savings through a 20 year fixed electrical generation rate that is significantly lower than our current rate, as well as demonstrating our commitment to being mindful stewards of our environment.  Further, the panels themselves will be positioned in such a way as to complement and not interfere with the aesthetic of the new part of our building.  Interested in learning more and seeing renderings of the completed project?

Click here for more information and renderings.  After you've taken a look, we'd welcome hearing from you with any comments and/or questions.

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, July 10-July 16, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Lily Delitsky Saturday 7/11/2015 grandmother of Carrie Kulawitz
Rae Karpen Saturday 7/11/2015 grandmother of Andrew Karpen
David H. Feiner Sunday 7/12/2015 father-in-law of Senia Feiner
Sabina Rosenberg Sunday 7/12/2015 mother of Irene Rosenberg
Robert Simon Monday 7/13/2015 father of Jodi Simon Stewart
Rebecca Obadia Tuesday 7/14/2015 mother of Michael Obadia
Miriam Deutch Wednesday 7/15/2015 grandmother of Marilyn Crandall
Mercedes Ficara Wednesday 7/15/2015 great aunt of Linda Bolton
Marta Klotz Wednesday 7/15/2015 mother of Rafael Klotz
Katie Kirschner Kolodny Wednesday 7/15/2015 grandmother of Sharon Sobel
Alene Schwartz Wednesday 7/15/2015 sister of David Schwartz
Matilda Halle Thursday 7/16/2015 grandmother of Richard Bloom