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March 22, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, March 23, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm: Pot Luck Shabbat
  • Friday, March 24, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services with Torah Chanting
  • Saturday, March 25, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, March 26, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House & Danbury Soup Kitchen
  • Wednesday, March 29, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, March 30, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Pot Luck Shabbat, Torah and Prayer Service, This Friday!  

We had a great turn out and Ruach at our first pot luck Shabbat in January.  There have been many requests to repeat this at our next three Torah Shabbat services.  So once again, we will be having a community vegetarian pot luck dinner at 6:30 before our worship service. Then please stay and support David Abraham as he chants from the Torah during our regular Shabbat service, starting at 7:30 pm.  Please let us know if you are planning on attending and what you will bring: ritual@templebnaichaim.org.

This service will also include special readings, prayers and a sermon for National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice.  (See next article.) 
National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice

TBC is proud to participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice.  During the Weekend of Prayer (March 24th-March 26th) faith communities across the country will honor the beauty of every person's spirit and will recommit ourselves to pursuing justice for people of all gender identities.  Our Shabbat service on March 24th will include readings, prayers, and a sermon that speak to both our congregation's fundamental belief that all people are created in the image of God as well as our commitment to working toward a world where all people are treated with respect and dignity.

To learn more about the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, please visit their website:  https://www.nationalweekendofprayer.org/
Shabbat Service - March 17, 2017 (More photos)
TBC Strategic Plan Update

From TBC President Cindy Baulsir: Many thanks to all who completed the congregational survey in support of our strategic planning effort.  We had a strong response from households where participants were representative of the demographics of our congregation.  Results will be shared with the congregation as part of the final Strategic Plan.

In the meantime, the Strategic Planning Team will work with our external consultant to begin using these results as the basis for understanding our core values, priorities and how to best meet those priorities.  Over the next few months, the Team will continue to refine the direction, meet with the Board and present the vision to the congregation at the congregational meeting in May.

Pleases contact Dina Gumins or Cindy Baulsir if you have any questions/comments. We welcome your input - the future vision of TBC is all of ours!
Latest Federation for Jewish Philanthropy
Newsletter Features Rabbi Bearman

The latest Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County newsletter features great upcoming events and FJP Community Voices guest columnist, Rabbi Rachel Bearman of Temple B'nai Chaim in Georgetown. http://conta.cc/2n0T0Ge
Coming Together: What Makes a Community?  
Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Clergy Panel Discussion Series begins in March. Rabbi Bearman will be participating in the panel on April 3rd. Sessions are held at Wilton Library. Registration required. 
April 3: What does it mean to be a community?  Register at: 
Save the Date: Shabbat Family Service, Friday April 7!

Join us for another fun Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to RSVP.

RSVP for PreNeg: http://bit.ly/1XVZMXf
Sponsor a Shabbat: http://bit.ly/tbconpns

Save May 5 for the next Shabbat Family Service!
Religious School Social Action!

The Religious School Social Action project is building benches for the Carver Center's basketball court! At the Purim Carnival students painted benches casting their vote for the color. While painting, they considered what they could do or say if they saw someone at lunch or recess sitting alone.  Photos are posted here ! 
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities 
March-April 2017

Schoke Jewish Family Service has a great set of upcoming programs, including a Passover Food Drive, 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.

Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Yahrzeits, March 24 - March 30, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Sam Yurman Friday 3/24/2017 father of Steve Yurman
Murry Erlich Saturday 3/25/2017 father of Senia Feiner
Harry Olshan Sunday 3/26/2017 father of Kenneth Olshan
Robin Feldman Monday 3/27/2017 mother of Gregg Feldman
Sue Ellen Gumins Monday 3/27/2017 mother of Samuel Gumins
Albert Isaac Thursday 3/30/2017 father of David Isaac

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