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December 23, 2015 ( Double Issue)
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Friday, December 25, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House
  • Friday, January 1, 6:00 pm: Preneg
  • Friday, January 1, 6:30 pm: Special Family Shabbat Service
  • Wednesday, January 6, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, January 7, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session

Cantor Sobel Chanting from the torah at the December 18 Service. More chanting to come
at the January 8 service!

TBC Office Closed Through January 1

The TBC office will close on December 23rd and reopen for our family service on January 1st. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Rabbi Bearman directly.  Her cell phone number appears in our TBC directory. 
Refugee Resettlement - Be Part of the Solution!

TBC participates as a member of WI-ACT, Wilton Interfaith Action Committee, including projects such as the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. About 6 years ago, WI-ACT resettled a refugee Iraqi family that is doing well and living in Stamford.

In response to the increased need, the WI-ACT Steering Committee has decided to resettle another refugee family through the nonprofit Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services (IRIS) headquartered in New Haven. Read more and get involved!
Sisterhood Book Group, Wednesday, January 13

The Sisterhood Book Group will be discussing "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:30pm (snow date 1/20). From GoodReads: "FRANCE, 1939 - In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France." Family More ...
Special Family Shabbat Service, Friday Jan. 1st !

Join us on January 1 for a Shabbat family service starting at 6pm with a kid-friendly pre-neg (pizza and veggies). At 6:30, song, story and worship followed by a birthday celebration and Oneg! This is a perfect event for families with kids in PreK-5 and for inviting families who might be interested in joining TBC.  
Our Crowd: Movie and Deli Night at TBC
Saturday, January 16, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening  with friends at TBC (50 and over). We will have an old fashioned dinner of Jewish deli food. Afterwards we will show the movie 'Above and Beyond', a gripping movie about a group of Jewish American war pilots who smuggle planes out of the U.S. and fly for Israel in it's War of Independence.  Cost $18 per person.  Please RSVP using the sign up form here.  Questions to Ria Miller at Riahmiller@hotmail.com .
Sisterhood's Women's  Tu BiSh'vat Seder

Sunday, January  24 -- 6:00-8:00 pm  -- Sharon Sobel's home: 8 Old Farm Road  in Wilton
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 Cost: $18.00 for Sisterhood members $ 23.00 for guests RSVP using the form here. Questions to: sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org   by January 19th.
Vintage by Winters / TBC Holiday Sale

Purchase anything from Vintage by Winters between now and December 31, and she will give 20% back to the TBC Sisterhood.  It's a win-win proposition! You get a fabulous item to gift or keep and Sisterhood is getting a donation! Susan has items for women, men and children -- vintage and new. Click here to shop: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626332947582513/

You can also look on Susan's ebay site for more items (http://stores.ebay.com/vintagebywinters/). If you see something there, please contact Susan directly to order at:  SWDesigner@me.com (and not order on eBay). Susan delivers in Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton or Weston.  
Share Our Simchas - Sponsor an Oneg! 

A wonderful way of celebrating special happy occasions (simchas), such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is by sharing your joy (nachas) with the entire congregation and sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat for the Friday  of your special week.  We'll arrange for the food and set-up, all you do is send a minimum donation of $125.  If you would like to sponsor an Oneg, please call or email the TBC office (203 544-8695 / tbc@templebnaichaim.org) and we'll pencil in your special Shabbat.  In the words of the traditional Yiddish wish for birthdays, May you live to be 120 (the age achieved by Moses, and therefore considered to be the ideal lifespan). L'Chaim! 
Calling All January Adult Birthdays and Anniversaries

A Special Aliyah (the honor of being called to the Bimah and blessing the Torah), awaits you Friday night, January 8th.  Please join us as TBC member and Educator Marilyn van Raalte chants Torah from Parshat Va-eira, Exodus 6.  

A hearty Todah Rabba! to Jane and Moses Alexander for sponsoring our Oneg in honor of Marilyn van Raalte's chanting Torah.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!

Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th
e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, December 25-January 7, 2016
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)   

Florence Cohen Aronson Friday 12/25/2015 mother of June Mara
Greta Najgeborn Berkowitz Monday 12/28/2015 grandmother of Ruth Hurwitz
Adrienne Merkel Berenbaum Tuesday 12/29/2015 mother of Diane Berenbaum
Arthur M. Gold Tuesday 12/29/2015 father of Amy Gold Socher, friend of Wendy Nadel
Barbara Prince Tuesday 12/29/2015 Aunt of Russ Prince
Malcolm Whitham Tuesday 12/29/2015 nephew of Russell Robbins and Valerie Rosenson
Martin Shapiro Wednesday 12/30/2015 uncle of Michael Bonheim
Selma Herman Thursday 12/31/2015 mother-in-law of Paul Frosch
Victoria Lipper Saturday 1/2/2016 aunt of Don Brown
Isador Goldberg Sunday 1/3/2016 grandfather of Lloyd Goldberg
Yetta Goldberg Sunday 1/3/2016 grandmother of Lloyd Goldberg
Robert Weiss Sunday 1/3/2016 father of Gail Espinosa
Bob Baxter Monday 1/4/2016 stepfather of Simon Curtis
Rose Graf Greenwald Monday 1/4/2016 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Abraham Spector Monday 1/4/2016 father of Jeffrey Spector
Pauline Weinstein Tuesday 1/5/2016 grandmother of Susan Sia
Edith Schapiro Wednesday 1/6/2016 aunt of Jon Sobel
Joseph Sirota Wednesday 1/6/2016 father of Ann Sitomer
Edith Stern Wednesday 1/6/2016 mother of Susan Farber
Barbara Fass Thursday 1/7/2016 mother of Maxine Berg