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May 18, 2016
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  • Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, May 21, 11:15 am: Alexa Serby's Bat Mitzvah. Send a Chai greeting card to Alexa to wish her mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
  • Saturday, May 21, 6:30 pm: Havdalah Potluck at the Klem-Dubin's Home
  • Sunday, May 22, 11:30 am: Grade 10 Confirmation
Shabbat Service - Bar Mitzvah of William Koorn - May 13, 2016  More Pix!
Rabbi's D'var Torah from our Congregational Meeting

"In last week's Torah portion, Kedoshim, we hear what I believe to be one of the most important commandments in the Jewish tradition, "The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy." I thought that, this morning, I would take just a few moments to explain why I believe that this commandment - to be holy - is one of the most compelling reasons to belong to a Jewish community today."  Continue reading ...
Havdalah Potluck, This Saturday, May 21, 6:30 pm

There is still time to join us in this warm and beautiful celebration marking the end of Shabbat and return to the ordinary week.   RSVP to Pam Klem or Tom Dubin for address details and what dish you plan to bring, at tdnpk@optonline.net.
Wines For Chilling & Grilling, Saturday, June 5, 5:00 pm 
Our Crowd is having a wine tasting led by Cross River Wine Merchant, Cross River, New York. To be held at the home of Senia Feiner, 48 Twin Lakes Road, South Salem, New York. Hearty appetizers and dessert will be served.  Cost $18. Limited seating. RSVP by June 1st. Questions: call Ria Miller at 203-240-6408 or email.
TBC Caring Committee Ready to Help!

The TBC Caring Committee has recently been revitalized and is ready to support our community in both happy and challenging times.  If you know of anyone who could use a little extra care right now, please call or email Rabbi Bearman so that she can put them in touch with our Caring Committee members.
Ambulance for Israel!

Rabbi Bearman will be giving the blessing at the dedication of an ambulance for Magen David Adom, Israel's ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization.  The event will be held at Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road, Redding, on Monday, May 23 and is sponsored by American Friends of Magen David Adom. More information here. 
Inclusion in Jewish Communities 

The Stamford JCC will 
be hosting a unique lecture on inclusion in Jewish Communities on May 19 at 7pm. The speaker is noted presenter and author Shelly Christensen, who has been speaking throughout the area on how to make sure that everyone in our area has access to Jewish programming and services
Shelly Christensen, MA, literally wrote the book on inclusion of people with disabilities, the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities. Her award-winning work as Program Manager of the Minneapolis Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis led her to co-found Jewish Disability Awareness Month with the Jewish Special Education International Consortium in 2009.  You can register at http://jewishphilanthropyct.org/inclusivity.
Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers! 

Share Your Simcha - 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.   Click here to sponsor a Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers.

Be the Change You Want to See; 
Help us Grow the Reform Movement in Israel  

                                 Read a Yom Ha'atzmaut Message from Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA President

        Jewish Family Service Programs!

The Jewish Family Service has planned a number of great new programs and workshops.  Check out their schedule here.

B'nai Mitzvah Projects!
Jacob and Charlie are hoping for your help and support!
Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website and Facebook. (Click here to view the project profile form).

Please note that before you complete this form, you must submit your mitzvah project proposal to Rabbi Bearman.  
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
Yahrzeits, May 20 - May 26, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

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

Jack Ostroff Friday 5/20/2016 cousin of Sue Frenkiel
Francine Marsha Singer Friday 5/20/2016 mother of Jay Singer
Alvin Steiner Friday 5/20/2016 cousin of Ken Sobel
Sarah Kulawitz Sunday 5/22/2016 grandmother of Harvey Kulawitz
Benjamin Ostroff Monday 5/23/2016 father of Sue Frenkiel