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June 17, 2015
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
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TBC Events through June 25, 2015 

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

  • Friday, June 19, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, June 20, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, June 22, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread/Danbury Food Pantry
Sisterhood Honors Dinner - June 10th

Volunteers needed to help Female Inmates in Danbury

From TBC Member Ronnie Ross:  We desperately need a couple of volunteers to help with Friday evening visits to the FCI,  a low-security US federal prison for female inmates in Danbury. There are about 12 women  from area synagogues who visit the Jewish women inmates twice a month on Friday evenings.  As a working woman, I find this is the perfect volunteer thing to do, as it is in the  evening and only requires a little more than an hour of time per month (plus travel time).  Some women only go 4 or 5 times a year. And it's fun! The women at the facility are not dangerous or violent - and they are really nice!  Most are wives and mothers.
What we do: 2 volunteers go together and show up about 15 minutes before sunset.   Meet with anywhere between 5 and 15 Jewish women in a small room. Say the appropriate prayers and light candles, drink grape juice, eat challah. Discuss the week's parsha (if applicable to life today) or a holiday. Some volunteers like to sing with the women.   Anyone who is interested can call me (203-438-2892)  or e-mail me (ronnie.ross@sbcglobal.net) for more details.

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 6, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is an ecumenical food pantry servicing the Greater Danbury community. Its mission is to help those in need of food, whatever their circumstances, and maintain the dignity of clients in a compassionate and caring atmosphere. Our Daily Bread offers one bag of groceries per month.


Daily Bread is located on Terrace Place, in the rear building of St. James' Episcopal Church at 25 West Street, Danbury, CT. Bring quarters for the meters when you join us!  Contact Peggy Zamore peggyz18@gmail.com to join our team.

New Member Welcome!


Please extend a warm welcome to our newest TBC members: 

  • Greg and Claire Fennessey and children Sarah and Joshua (Wilton)
  • Steven and Jennifer Rubin and children Joshua and Leah (Ridgefield)
  • Greg and Tina Sommer and children Jake, Mia, Emmett and Carly (Wilton)
New Men's Club Bar-b-Que & Havdalah - Saturday, July 11, 7:30 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.   Men & Women are welcome! If you are interested in helping out or getting involved with our new Men's Club, please contact Jeff Spector at  Jms884@gmail.com.
Jewish Family Service Support Groups

  • JFS Caregiver Support Group - Sundays at 2:00 pm Do you find yourself "sandwiched" between the needs of your children and your parents? Beginning July 19th, JFS is offering an open forum to provide support and help in dealing with the difficulties and stresses of caring for two generations. A small fee of $10/session or $50 for six sessions will be charged. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. The facilitator will be Rona Wall, LCSW. For more information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email rkanefsky@ctjfs.org.
  • Living with Autism - Time and Location TBA Interested in joining a support group sharing the joys and challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders? JFS will be launching a new group. For more details, contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Director of Clinical Services at 203-921-4161 or emoskowitz@ctjfs.org

  • JFS New Beginnings - Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm in Stamford Join a supportive forum for adults in the contemplation, beginning, mid, or post-divorce stages. All are welcome to attend at the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6th Floor The fee will be $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. You must register by contacting Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email rkanefsky@ctjfs.org.
  • Let's Talk - Thursdays, 11 a.m. Free In cooperation with JCC Seniors program, a group to meet new people or deepen friendships with those you already know and engage in meaningful conversation about a wide variety of topics that are important in our lives. Topics may range from how to live a fulfilling life, creating healthy relationships, savoring our cherished memories, to embracing changing life circumstances. Led by Kylie Rothman from Jewish Family Service at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. For more information, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, Director of Senior Adult Services at Stamford JCC at 203.487.0983 or email at cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org.
  • JFS Bereavement Support - Tuesdays at 10:30 am Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS provides an environment of emotional, physical, and spiritual support. For information, contact Rosemarie Delia at (203) 921-4161 or rdelia@ctjfs.org.
  • JFS Brain Fitness Program - JFS is beginning a program to train volunteers to work with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. The training program will prepare the volunteer to work with each client with an aide or family member present. If you are interested in working with seniors, or for more information, contact Caroline Temlock Teichman at crt3333@aol.com.

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program. Click here to participate
To the right - TBC and other volunteers at the
Dorothy Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen  
Yahrzeits, June 19-June 25, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Roger Davis Friday 6/19/2015 father of Cortney Davis
Nat Haberman Friday 6/19/2015 grandfather of Brian Haberman
Marvin Ostroff Friday 6/19/2015 cousin of Sue Frenkiel
David Saity Friday 6/19/2015 friend of Gail and Joe Espinosa
William Cramer Saturday 6/20/2015 grandfather of Gary Cramer
Elaine A. Engelberg Tuesday 6/23/2015 mother of Elizabeth Engelberg
Wendy Kanter Tuesday 6/23/2015 cousin of Diane Brown
Max Tepper Thursday 6/25/2015 grandfather of Sandy Tepper