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January 25, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 26, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services 
  • Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 29, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, February 1, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, February 2, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
TBC Hosting Area Confirmation Classes This Friday January 27!

This Friday, January 27th, we will be hosting visiting Confirmation Classes from the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Wilton. This year, in addition to simply inviting them to services, we have expanded the evening to include a dinner with all of the Confirmation students from the three congregations. Dinner for confirmation families is at 6:15 pm. (RSVP to Rabbi Bearman required.) All TBC members are encouraged to attend the Shabbat service at 7:30!

Rabbi Bearman's contribution on TBC's behalf to the #artistsforlove project!
Rabbi's D'var for Shabbat Sh'mot
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017

From Rabbi Bearman:  Sometimes when I sit down to write, the sermon pours out of me. I type as quickly as I can because it feels like the words have been circling in my mind - only waiting for me to touch a keyboard to start crystallizing into a coherent message.

Other times, it takes hours for me to find my way into a sermon. In these instances, it is only after I read and research and even make a few false starts that something clicks and the doorway into the topic is finally revealed.

I have been thinking about and preparing for this sermon for at least a month. My work began the moment I realized that the inauguration would take place on a Friday and that- hours after that ceremony- I would need to stand on our bimah and offer some insight into this next chapter of our country's life.  Read more ...
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday February 3

Join us for another fun Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30, 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, please RSVP for the Preneg using the link above.  Preneg RSVP: http://bit.ly/1XVZMXf

Save the dates for upcoming Shabbat Family Services on 3/3/17, 4/7/17 & 5/5/17.

Remember:  You too can sponsor a Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers: http://bit.ly/tbconpns
TBC Strategic Survey Coming Your Way!

From TBC President, Cindy Baulsir - After 40 years, we continue to evolve as a congregation. We're at a place where we want to think differently/creatively about the future while ensuring the needs of our congregation continue to be met. To ensure that we grow in a way that continues to meet our needs we have started a consultant-led strategic planning process. A critical component of this process is to solicit feedback from the congregation. In the coming days you will receive an email with access to our survey. Each and every question within the survey is important and addresses different aspects of TBC. Please fill it out as soon as your receive it so that your voice will be heard.

If at any time, you'd like to talk with someone in more depth, we welcome the opportunity. Please contact me, Cindy Baulsir, or the Strategic Planning Lead, Dina Gumins.
Save the Date: Friday February 17 For Our Mishkan T'filah Dedication!

Join us as we dedicate our new copies of Mishkan T'filah, Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm!

All are invited to attend an especially joyous Shabbat service and festive oneg. During this special service, we will be dedicating one hundred new copies of our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah. These siddurs were made possible through donations to the Michael A. Heft Memorial Fund. Michael was a lifelong learner and regularly enjoyed Shabbat services and Saturday morning Torah study with his TBC friends. It is fitting that we honor his memory with these beautiful books. We wish on this night to fill the sanctuary so full that we will need to share prayer books!!

Bonnie, Ethan and Sarah Heft are sponsoring the festive oneg in memory of Michael Heft.
Upcoming Sisterhood Events!

Sunday, February 5 at 3:30 pm
- Sisterhood invites you to a Lilith Salon at TBC. Come enjoy scrumptious pastries and be prepared to discuss your favorite Lilith Magazine article from the Winter 2017 issue. All sisterhood members who signed up for a free subscription should have received one by now. Attendees who did not sign up for one through Sisterhood can order a subscription online at www.Lilith.org. Please RSVP at sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org. There is no charge for this event. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 12 at 6:00 pm - Come to Sisterhood's Tu BiSh'vat celebration at Sharon Sobel's house - 8 Old Farm Road Wilton. (Raindate Monday, February 13.)  You do not want to miss this celebration!! 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.  $18 per Sisterhood Member and $20 for non-members. We will combine this with the area Hadassah group, and promise it to be a fun event! Please RSVP by February 7 at http://bit.ly/1TUT4yc.
FREE 10 Day Trip to Israel for Jewish Young Adults!

URJ Kesher
: Birthright Israel Registration for Summer 2017 opens February 6. Preregister today at http://www.gokesher.org.
Shabbat Shirah February 10th - Calling All Musicians!

Come offer musical praise as did our ancestors in worship after the miraculous parting of the sea. If you are a singer or musician and would like to perform a song of thanksgiving or praise - alone or with a group - please email cantor@templebnaichaim.org. The exact musical shape of the evening will be a reflection of the musical talents and passions of our congregants. We will also hear the special musical chant for the Song at the Sea. Join us for what promises to be a very special Shabbat of song and celebration.

Meryll and Michael Wolfman will be sponsoring the flowers and oneg in honor of past president Michael Wolfman's birthday!
Calling All Torah Chanters!!

We will be chanting Torah on the following dates: March 24, April 21, and May 12. The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses. Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you. If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community. Please contact Russ Robbins, Chair of the Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.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.

2017 Activities at the Schoke Jewish Family Service
of Fairfield County

The Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is now the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. Information about their 2017 programs and services is available here.
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, January 27 - February 2, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Alan Berenbaum Friday 1/27/2017 brother of Diane Berenbaum
Ruth Goodman Enteen Sunday 1/29/2017 mother of Alice Learman
Lillian Chaprack Tuesday 1/31/2017 grandmother of Robert Kapel
Mildred Heidelberger Tuesday 1/31/2017 grandmother of Alissa Merzon
Dorothy Anne Bernstein Dubin Wednesday 2/1/2017 mother of Tom Dubin
Albert Greenwald Wednesday 2/1/2017 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Doris Jean Custer Thursday 2/2/2017 mother of Joni Lerner

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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