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November 25, 2015
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Sisterhood President, Margaret Mazer Ogdon 
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Friday, November 27, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Wednesday, December 2, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, December 3, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at TBC, November 24, 2015
TBC Office Closed Thursday-Friday  

The TBC Office will be closed from Wednesday (11/25) through Friday (11/27).  There WILL BE services on Friday night at 7:30pm.  We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  
TBC Consecration Service, Next Friday, December 4th 

Come celebrate with our youngest students and families at our Consecration Service at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 4th. This year we will be having Religious School consecration on a Friday night for the first time.  We want our students and their families to understand that they are joining and being honored by the large and supportive TBC family. The entire community is invited, and we would love to see you there!   
Lecture on Germans Who Stood Up to Hitler
December 1, Fairfield University

Ann Nelson, author, playwright, former war correspondent and Columbia University faculty member will be speaking at Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business about her book, Red Orchestra: the Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler.  Complimentary admission, reservations requested.  Contact the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066, or bennettcenter@fairfield.edu.

Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin...

... and the Remaking of Israel
with author Dan Ephron: Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm, Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport.   Books will be available for purchase and signing. Open to the community free of charge. Co-sponsored by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, The Westport Library, and the Jewish Book Council. Registration requested: skamisar@jewishphilanthropyct.org. Info: (203) 226-8197.
Hanukkah is not just for kids ...

Sisterhood Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh Party! December 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm at TBC. There are candles to light, enjoy a bite and a gift exchange this night!  PLUS a little bit of POT LUCK: Vegetarian Main dishes and beverages are provided. RSVP and SIGN UP to bring a vegetarian appetizer, side or dessert.

Please bring a fun gift valued around $15.00 to exchange. And... we will collect diapers to donate. Click here to RSVP!

We Look Forward to Celebrating Together- See you There! 
B'nai Mitzvah Projects   

All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile, in consultation with the Rabbi, so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. Click here to view the project profile form.
Make Hanukkah Happy for Wilton Jewish Families!

Here's a way to make a difference this Hanukkah for  some needy Jewish Wilton families. Through the good works of the Wilton Department of Social Services, we've been asked to support several  Jewish Wilton families who celebrate Hanukkah by providing a $100 Gift Card for each of 12 children in these families.   Think about all the gifts you give to your children each year...and then think about how you could really make a difference for these families.  

All you have to do is click on the Donation Form here and donate what you can to the TBC Tzedakah (Social Action) Fund and indicate the donation is for "Make Hanukkah Happy for All Kids!" Our Social Action Committee will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to Wilton Department of Social Services.
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 Torah Chanters!

Many of you volunteered to chant during this year's High Holy Day services and you did a marvelous job.  If you enjoyed this experience, then it's time to chant again.  If you wondered how you, too, could participate and chant Torah, then now is the opportunity to learn!  We are looking forward to hearing Torah chanted at the following Friday  night Shabbat services this year:

December 18th -  Torah Portion (parshat) "Vayigash": Genesis 45:4-8 OR Genesis 45:9-15;
February 19th -    Torah Portion (parshat) "T'tzaveh":  Exodus 28:26-30; and
April 15th -          Torah Portion (parshat) "M'tzorah": Leviticus 14:8-11.

This is a wonderful opportunity to keep your Hebrew skills fresh, to learn and to engage with Torah.  And if you have never read from the Torah since your bar or bat mitzvah, this is a special way to challenge yourself.  It is also a very special way to participate in our services.  In addition, we are looking for those of you who would like to participate by having the honor of blessing the Torah on these dates.  We will provide tapes and training for anyone interested, so there is no reason to hesitate. Please call (203) 544-8695) or email (rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org) the Rabbi to schedule your date!
Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities-Westport-FALL 2015 
JFS New Beginnings, Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Westport Divorce Support Group at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. Contact Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 or emoskowitz@ctjfs.org

JFS Brain Fitness Program  Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. 
Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or mgeenberg@ctjfs.org

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, November 27-December 3, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)   

Dr. Robert Tartell Friday 11/27/2015 father of Ross Tartell
Edith Stevens Sunday 11/29/2015 remembered by the Heft family
Estelle Kalvarsky Wakoff Monday 11/30/2015 mother of Gary Wakoff
Armen Dildilian Tuesday 12/1/2015 father of Karen Tartell
Larry Ravich Tuesday 12/1/2015 father of Peggy Zamore
Samuel Jaffe Wednesday 12/2/2015 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Solomon Fried Thursday 12/3/2015 father of Bonnie Heft
Florence Molomut Thursday 12/3/2015 mother of Susan Winters