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March 23, 2016
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Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, March 24, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Friday, March 25, 7:00 pm: Purim Shabbat Service & Megillah Reading
  • Saturday, March 26, 9:30 am: Torah Study: The Book of Esther
  • Monday, March 28, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread/Food Pantry
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day - Danbury Soup Kitchen
  • Wednesday, March 30, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, March 31, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session

Religious School Purim Celebration - March 20th
Rabbi Bearman's D'var Torah, March 11 
"Be Strong, Be Strong, and Let Us Strengthen One Another."

From Rabbi Bearman: "This week [March 11], we conclude the book of Exodus and move to everyone's favorite book of the bible, Leviticus! Tomorrow morning, we'll hear the final paragraphs of the final chapter of Exodus chanted by not one but two young men as they celebrate their transitions to Jewish adulthood. One of my weekly responsibilities is rolling the Torah so that when our students step up to the podium Saturday morning and look at the scroll, they are met with the correct text." Continued here ....
Save the Date for TBC's 40th Anniversary! 
 
Save the Date for TBC's 40th Anniversary "That's So '70's Shul" Celebration!  A Marvelously Fun Evening celebrating TBC's 40th Anniversary and Shavuot - June 11, 2016. Further details coming soon. 
Thanks for Your Purim Generosity! 

Thanks to all those who participated in our Shalach Manot program!  We had over 70 families reaching over 100 congregants and non-congregants - great mitzvot and a great success!
 
Purim Service and Megillah Reading This Friday!

 Friday, March 25, 7:00-8:30 pm
 
Abbreviated Shabbat Service -
Come ready for Purim! Costumes, masks and crowns are encouraged!
And ... Megillah Reading. Volunteers will bring parts of the Megillat Esther to life! TBC members will lend their voices, accents (both real and temporary), and musical talents to our retelling of Queen Esther's story!

 Saturday, March 26, 9:30-11:00 am - Torah Study: The Book of Esther

Grab a mimosa and pull up a seat as we discuss the craziest parts of the Book of Esther!


Thanks to all those who participated in our Shalach Manot program!  We had over 70 families reaching over 100 congregants and non-congregants - great mitzvot and a great success!
Make Your Reservations Now for TBC's Community Passover Seder, April 23 

This year TBC will again welcome members and guests to a Community Passover Seder on Saturday, April 23rd (Second Night of Passover). The doors open at 5:30 pm, the Seder begins at 6:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet together with congregants and friends and strengthen our community. This event is open to all, and members are encouraged to invite their non-TBC friends and acquaintances, of any denomination! The event will be catered, with hors d'oeuvres, Kosher-style food, and vegetarian options. The cost will be $36 for adults and children 11 years old and over, children under 10 are free.

RSVP by April 15 at:
This year we're asking each TBC family to send in a photo of their Elijah's Cup to archive@templebnaichaim.org for posting on our Facebook page! 


Wilton 's Syrian Refugee Family Getting Settled 

Wi-ACT's 32-member Steering Committee is pleased to report that things have been moving along very well for our family in the first two weeks following their arrival on March 10th!

The young widow mother, Manal, has continued to be everything we expected - and more - and she and her children should be the poster family for refugee resettlement! They are so appreciative of everything that has been done. The house looks absolutely magnificent and has been very well cared for notwithstanding the number of young people in it. Additional work on childproofing and other improvements have been done by Wi-ACT's Construction subcommittee under the leadership of Sonny Kern. Government interface subcommittee Chair Madeleine Wilken reports that the various government registrations with Social Security and CT Dept. of Social Services have now been completed.
More information...

Contact Jane Alexander (jane@nodhill.net) if you can help with transportation; and Joanna Schubkegel jschub@me.com if you can help with childcare. There is also a current need for help with baby sitting and translation, and a continuing need for financial support. 

Next TBC Family Service  Friday, April 1
Pre-Neg 6:00 pm, Service 6:30 pm

Kid-friendly pre-neg with pizza and veggies followed by the family service. We'll be using our new prayer books - Mishkan T'Filah for Youth! RSVP for the pre-neg here: 
https://templebnaichaim.wufoo.com/forms/rbc1ujj04zhps8/

If you would like to sponsor a Preneg or Oneg, please call or email the TBC office (203 544-8695 -  tbc@templebnaichaim.org).  
 
TBC's Lower East Side Trip, Sunday April 10!

Join TBC's Our Crowd for a day on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to explore Jewish immigration, history, and deli! The itinerary will include a tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, and lunch at Katz Deli. More information here! Questions? Email Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com or call at (203) 240-6408
B'nai Mitzvah Projects!

Descriptions of TBC students' mitzvah projects for this year are now being made available on the TBC website. Check them out
here!
 
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. (Click here to view the project proflie form).

Please note that before you complete this form, you must submit your mitzvah project proposal to Rabbi Bearman.  
Escape from a Family of Hate: Conversion via Social Media, March 28
 
Join Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut for an incredible evening with Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper. A rare behind-the-scenes look at two young women's journey from being on the front lines of the Westboro Baptist Church's hate-filled protests against the Jews, the LGBT community, members of the military and others, to escaping the Church and becoming allies against hate.  More information here.

All proceeds to benefit ADL Connecticut at the  Westport Country Playhouse.  Monday, March 28 at 7 pm. 
Connect with National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)

Don't miss these exciting opportunities to connect with the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)!  Please contact Rabbi Bearman ( RabbiBearman@templebnaichaim.org) if you have any questions and/or would like to request financial assistance to attend one of these wonderful programs!
Salam Neighbor, 2015 Documentary, April 7
 
Salam Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp.

There will be a screening of Salam Neighbor on Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society with a discussion of the Syrian refugee crisis following the screening moderated by Amy Fallas-Kerr, the producer and interviewer for the film crew.  View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6SxPSZVD9o
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, March 25 -March 31, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

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

  Murry Erlich Friday 3/25/2016   father of Senia Feiner
  Bernard Cukier Saturday 3/26/2016   grandfather of Russell Robbins
  Harry Olshan Saturday 3/26/2016   father of Kenneth Olshan
  Robin Feldman Sunday 3/27/2016   mother of Gregg Feldman
  Sue Ellen Gumins Sunday 3/27/2016   mother of Samuel Gumins
  Albert Isaac Wednesday 3/30/2016   father of David Isaac