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February 8, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 9, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Shirah Services 
  • Saturday, February 11, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, February 12, 9:30 am: Tu B'Shevat Celebration during Religious School
  • Sunday, February 12, 5:00 pm: Sisterhood TuB'Shevat Celebration
Shabbat Shirah, This Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm!

Come join fellow congregants as we celebrate a very special moment in the Torah, a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history. We will offer musical praise as did our ancestors in worship after the miraculous parting of the sea. The service will be brimming with music performed by members of the congregation and Cantor Sobel, who will also chant the Song at the Sea. Join us for what promises to be a very special Shabbat of song and celebration.

Meryll and Michael Wolfman will be sponsoring the flowers and oneg in honor of past president Michael Wolfman's birthday!

Clergy at Wilton Interfaith Service of Prayer & Solidarity, February 7, 2016
Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Celebration, Sunday, February 12

Sunday, February 12 at 5:00 pm - Come to Sisterhood's Tu BiSh'vat celebration at Sharon Sobel's house - 8 Old Farm Road Wilton. (Raindate Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm)  You do not want to miss this celebration!! Tu BiSh'vat is the holiday that marks the beginning of a "New Year" for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. We will drink the fruit of the vine and nourish our bodies with fruits and nuts symbolizing strength, creation, rebirth, and our spiritual and emotional ties with the Earth. A light vegetarian supper will be served.  $18 per Sisterhood Member and $20 for non-members. We will combine this with the area Hadassah group, and promise it to be a fun event! Please RSVP by February 7 at http://bit.ly/1TUT4yc.
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Save the Date: Friday February 17 For Our Mishkan T'filah Dedication!

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.
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! 
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.

TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net
Yahrzeits, February 10 - February 16, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Harold B. West Friday 2/10/2017 father of Stephen West-Rosenthal
George Anderson Saturday 2/11/2017 grandfather of Rachel Bearman
Sadie Friedman Saturday 2/11/2017 grandmother of Jane Alexander
Marvin Greenberg Saturday 2/11/2017 father of Iris Busch
Warren Prebluda Saturday 2/11/2017 father of Diane Brown
William Cohen Sunday 2/12/2017 father of June Mara
Elsie R. Alexander Monday 2/13/2017 grandmother of Moses Alexander
Clara Robbins Tuesday 2/14/2017 grandmother of Russell Robbins
Mark Lewis Feiner Thursday 2/16/2017 husband of Senia Feiner

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