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January 15, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, January 24, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, January 25, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 26, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Wednesday, January 29, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
URJ Northeast Camps, TBC Scholarships!
Every summer, thousands of Reform Jewish children and teeangers spend their summers immersed in the wonderful, inspirational, and tremendously fun environments of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) camps. As campers are rock climbing, painting, dancing, or singing their hearts out, they are doing it all through a Jewish lens. 
TBC has always done all that we can to help send our students to URJ camps, and this year, thanks to a generous donation, we're able to do even more!
We are thrilled to announce that a member family has chosen to support other TBC families' ability to send their children to URJ camps by providing funding for need-based scholarships to Reform Movement summer camps.
If your family would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship to a URJ camp, please reach out to Rabbi Bearman. She'll schedule a conversation with your family where you can talk about how TBC can best help your child attend camp next summer. 
It may be cold outside, but summer is just around the corner! Don't miss this opportunity!
Join us at TBC this Sunday, January 26 at 10:45am to learn about the URJ's Northeast Camps. Aaron Gurvis, the URJ's camp rep will be here to answer your questions and let you know about the incredible programs at Eisner, Crane Lake, and 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy.
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.

Welcoming our 10th and 11th 
graders back from D.C.

Rabbi Bearman will take 5 students from Temple B'nai Chaim to Washington D.C. where they will spend an extended weekend at a  L'taken Social Justice Seminar learning how to be effective advocates. On the last day of their trip, the students will speak to our congressional representatives' aids and explain how their Reform Jewish values inform their opinions on a specific topic.

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.
TBC TEENS - We need you for Purim 2020
Hi TBC Families with Teens!!  For Purim 2020, we decided to build on the RUNAWAY SUCCESS of last year's amazing Purim Spiel and ask our teens to help us make this year's Purim celebration just as HILARIOUS AND AWESOME!

Whether you're interested in writing the script, acting in the spiel, deciding on the costumes, running the AV components, or just being a part of the group,  we hope that all of our 8th-12th graders will join us for these sessions of PURIM PREP!  EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO BE A PART OF THE PURIM SPIEL! (You do not need to be registered for the TBC Teens program to participate.)
  • February 9th 11:45 am-1 pm: We'll pick a PURIM THEME  and start brainstorming for the spie
  • February 23rd 11:45 am-1 pm: We'll work on completing the spiel and start planning costumes and decorations 
  • March 1 11:45 am-1 pm: We'll finalize the script and do a run through of the spiel
  • March 8:  9:30 am Purim Spiel Rehearsal -- 10:30 am !!!!PURIM SPIEL!!!!
Also- everyone is invited to these two special programs! Please plan on being there!

January 31, 7:30 pm L'taken Shabbat:  Come hear our L'taken participants share the speeches they delivered in Washington!

February 21,  6pm-8:30 pm: TBC Teens Host Interfaith Shabbat: Help us welcome and host visiting Confirmation classes from WEPCO for dinner and Shabbat services!
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

F ollow 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

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 24 - January 30
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Bernice Myers Friday 1/24/2020 mother of Jane Alexander
Simon Haskel Saturday 1/25/2020 uncle of Debra Case
Thomas Stanley Sunday 1/26/2020 father of Ellen Bonheim
Moses A. Temerson Sunday 1/26/2020 grandfather of Moses Alexander
Alan Berenbaum Monday 1/27/2020 brother of Diane Berenbaum
Ruth Goodman Enteen Wednesday 1/29/2020 mother of Alice Learman
Chester Sparks Thursday 1/30/2020 father of Maxine Margolin

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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