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January 15, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, January 17, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, January 18, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Wednesday, January 22, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 pm - Board of Trustee Meeting
TBC Mussar Study Group Begins January 29
On Wednesday, January 29 at 6:15 pm we will have the first of four (1/29, 2/26, 3/25, 5/13) evening discussions open to all congregants working through Alan Morinis' book, Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar.

In the course of these 4 discussions, the workshop will study the history of Mussar tradition within Judaism; the Mussar "map" of 18 traits identified within the tradition as being inherent to humankind; and the elements of traditional Mussar practice which aim to bring these traits into balance and make us whole. Please RSVP to Ria Miller if you are planning to attend, please read part one of the book Everyday Holiness before coming to the first meeting. There will be a book discussion.

Havdalah Potluck
Saturday, February 1, 6:30 pm at a private home
All TBC and Sisterhood members are invited to this Sisterhood-sponsored event, which will be held in a private home.

Please contact Pam Klem (tdnpk@optonline.net) for the address or any other questions regarding this event. 
Education Series From TBC
February 2nd: Making Musical Midrash with Student Cantor Hamstra
April 5th: Making Artistic Midrash with Rabbi Bearman
Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
For more than two thousand years, Jewish people have used a technique called  MIDRASH to relate to the biblical texts.  MIDRASH is an expansion of our textual tradition that comes from asking questions about, exploring gaps within, and projecting ourselves and others into the Hebrew Bible. You can read more about midrash by clicking  HERE.
In  MAKING MIDRASH, we'll be exploring and learning about three types of midrash:  literary, musical, and artistic. Then, in the weeks after our classes, those who are interested will have the opportunity to work with Rabbi Bearman and Student Cantor Hamstra to  CREATE their own examples of midrash! 
**Important notes: 
No matter what your level of Jewish knowledge / writing ability / artistic skill is, you'll find a lot to learn and love in  MAKING MIDRASH because we'll all be learning and working together!
Everyone is welcome at  MAKING MIDRASH regardless of whether you'll be attending one, two, or all three of the classes!
Shabbat Family Service and Preneg 
with 4th and 5th Grades
Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm
 (service 6:30 pm)
Join us for a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30, song, story and worship followed by a birthday celebration and Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday will receive the gift of a Jewish book.
RSV P: Click Here
Sponsor a Shabbat : Click Here

Sisterhood-Hadassah Tu B'Shevat Seder
Please join the women of Temple B'nai Chaim Sisterhood and Hadassah for an evening of celebration, prayer, introspection, and excellent company at our Tu B'Shevat Seder on Sunday, February 9, 3:30 pm at a private home.

Tu B'Shevat is commonly known as the "New Year for the Trees." In the spirit of this holiday, the seder is a call to action; it is a celebration of our relationship with nature, a time of education and reflection, an opportunity to look at our impact on the world around us and change the way we interact with our environment during the coming year.

Traditional food and drinks and a light dinner will be served. Suggested Donation to TBC Sisterhood: $18 per person.

We look forward to seeing you there and will send the event address when you Click Here to RSVP. Please contact Sharon Sobel (srsobel13@yahoo.com) if you have any questions regarding this event.
Qes Efraim Zion Lawi  
Spiritual Leader

Qes Efraim Zion Lawi, the first Israeli-born Ethiopian Qes, the spiritual leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community, sharing his story with religious school students at TBC. Thank you to the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County for bringing Qes Efraim to our community. Click here for Photos and Video. 
Purim 2020: Calling All Teens

ll 8th-12th graders are invited to help us make Purim 2020 an AMAZING experience! Whether you're interested in writing the script, acting in the spiel, running the AV components, or just being a part of the group, we hope that you'll join us for these Purim 2020 sessions! (Parents of teens- watch your inbox for more info!)

Mark your calendars now:
February 9th 11:45-1pm
February 23rd 11:45-1pm
March 1st 11:45-1pm
March 8th- PURIM SPIEL!!
Found Time - Women's Spirituality Weekend 2/28-2/29
This in-synagogue women's retreat, sponsored by TBC's Sisterhood, will avail of the "found time" of the extra day of the leap year as a gift of rest and restoration from Shabbat to Havdalah, focused on mindfulness gratitude and renewal, filled with music, meditation, yoga and song.
The Grief Recovery Method / Grief Support Group
This 8-Week Program meets in the Goldstone Caregiver Center at Danbury Hospital beginning Thursday, February 13 - April 9, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don't tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method®: Grief Support Group not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens. To register or for futher information call or email: Chaplain Beryl Knudsen, beryl.knudsen@wchn.org - Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Spiritual Care Department - 203-739-7139 
Midrashic Monologues

Follow Rabbi Rachel Bearman's and Rabbi Paul Kipnes's
Midrashic Monologues as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.  

Recently published monologues are:

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Sunday, January 26 at 10:30 am

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, January 27 at 9:15 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, January 29 at 2:30 pm

Mussar Study Group
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:15 pm

Havdalah Potluck Dinner (RSVP required)
Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Family Service and Preneg with 4th and 5th Grade (Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat
Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Joint Sisterhood-Hadassah Tu B'Shevat Seder (RSVP)
Sunday, February 9, 3:30 pm at a private home

Laundry Love (Volunteer RSVP)
Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, February 24 at 9:15 am

Mussar Study Group
Wednesday, February 26 at 6:15 pm

FOUND TIME - Women's Spirituality Retreat  (Registration)
Saturday, February 29 at 9:45 am

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
Yahrzeits, January 17 - January 23
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Freda Leuin Ruben
Saturday 1/18/2020 mother of Richard Ruben
Lena Seigerman
Saturday 1/18/2020 grandmother of Michele Bennett
Harold P. Weber
Monday 1/20/2020 father of Donald Weber
Sam Youden
Monday 1/20/2020 friend of Frosch family
Anita Kaplan
Wednesday 1/22/2020 aunt of Diane Brown
Diana Schumer Turet
Wednesday 1/22/2020 grandmother of Jamie Kapel

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.
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        Temple B'nai Chaim             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        Phone: 203 544-8695          Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

        Rabbi: Rachel Bearman         Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel
        President: Cindy Baulsir        Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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