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January 21, 2015
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Office Manager: Ida Clark 
Education Manager:Jennifer Haynos 
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President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Please note that events and news for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through January 29, 2015 

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

  • Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, January 24, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah of Katherine Ginsburg.  Wish Katherine Mazel Tov by making a donation to TBC in her honor!
  • Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 pm:  Sisterhood Book Group
  • Thursday, January 29, 7:30 pm: Adult Ed - What do you Think of Shylock?

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Wednesday, January 21: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 21: Confirmation classes
  • Thursday, January 22: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, January 25: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 28: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 29: Religious School in session

Rabbi Bearman: "I'm not sure how other rabbis take breaks, but I have to tell you, nothing beats walking around my synagogue and appreciating how much beauty there is both inside and out!" Check out the great set of photos posted to Facebook and Twitter #TheTBCisee  #ComeSeeTBC

Shakespeare and a Venetian Jew

On January 29 at 7:30 in the TBC old sanctuary, Judson Scruton will present: Shakespeare's Shylock: A Venetian Jew In Queen Elizabeth's England.
Anti-semitism was a reality of life in England since the Edict of Expulsion in 1290.  Elizabethan England and the cultural scene including Shakespeare's play, The Merchant  of Venice, assumed many anti-Jewish stereotypes. But Shakespeare's play and his powerful character Shylock are far more complicated than these stereotypes. This presentation will explore the social/political/personal contexts for understanding Shakespeare's Shylock.
Sisterhood News

Book Group: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. A spellbinding tale of extraordinary women who survive the siege on Masada. They keep doves and secrets ... Read and join us on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30 pm at TBC. 

Tu B'Shevat:  Save the date for Sisterhood's first Women's Tu B'Shevat Seder Supper -- don't miss this fun! On February 4 at 6:30 pm. 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.  Click here for more information. 
Two Volunteers Needed for Overflow Shelter  

The next week we are covering the overflow shelter is
Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 1. Looking for 2 volunteers for each night -- one of each gender preferred.  Do a mitzvah in your sleep. More information here.

 Drew Saumier's Mitzvah Project

Drew Saumier's bar mitzvah is coming up June 6. His mitzvah project involves forming a team and participating in Relay for Life on Saturday, May 16 at Weston High School to raise money for the fight against cancer. He's looking for help from the TBC community, so check out his Mitzvah Project page in the TBC website  for more information!
Kayla Cohen's Mitzvah Project
Kayla Cohen's bat mitzvah is coming up March 21. Her mitzvah project involves collecting used sports equipment for Let's Play It Forward in Westchester County, New York. She's looking for help from the TBC community, so check out her Mitzvah Project page in the TBC website for more information!
Sunday Morning Stretch (Yoga Class)

Start your Sunday morning off by taking care of yourself with a Yoga stretch led by Lorien Saumier!  Sessions begin February 8, 9:30-10:45 am.  Also, March 15 with April and May dates to be announced.  Come in and get a great start to your Sunday.  TBC members and their guests are welcome.  All are invited -- Dudes/Ladies, Beginners/Experienced Yogis.  Bring your mat along with your sense of humor. $15/person.  A portion of the proceeds goes to TBC.  Drop the kids at religious school and drop yourself into yoga.  Take a break from your run and try yoga instead!  

B'nai Mitzvah Project Profile

Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website.
(Click here to view the project profile form.) This web address can be shared with others who are interested in your project.  In addition, Chailites, TBC's weekly newsletter, will also publish information indicating the names of students who have posted profiles, provide a link to the website, and also indicate whether the student is requesting congregational help for his or her project.

For examples of TBC profiles that have been completed so far, see the TBC Mitzvah Projects page.
World Zionist Organization Election

This year the World Zionist Organization is holding its quinquennial congressional election, and ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America) is again seeking a seat. TBC is a member of ARZA, which represents the Reform Movement's voice in this international organization.  From January 15 through April 15 American Jews have the opportunity to vote for ARZA to help insure that the ideals and principles of the Reform Movement are heard in this important forum.  

Click here for more information about ARZA.  Click here to register to vote. 
URJ Summer 2015 Birthright Israel Trips

Registration for the Summer 2015 round of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with URJ Kesher opens on February 3.  This year they have announced 30 projected trip dates in May, June, July, and August.  Learn how registration works and about Taglit's commitment to providing a safe and meaningful Israel trip.  URJ Kesher is also offering specialty trips for LGBTQ & allies and also for people interested in environmental issues.  Click here for more information. 

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.

Yahrzeits, January 23-January 29, 2015 

Bernice MyersSaturday1/24/2015mother of Jane Alexander
Walter CzuczkaMonday1/26/2015father of Peter Czuczka
Michael SatyshurMonday1/26/2015son-in-law of Betty and Lou Grey
Thomas StanleyMonday1/26/2015father of Ellen Bonheim
Moses A. TemersonMonday1/26/2015grandfather of Moses Alexander
Rose PrentissTuesday1/27/2015grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Ruth Goodman EnteenThursday1/29/2015mother of Alice Learman