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January 8, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, January 10, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, January 11, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 12, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, January 12, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, January 12, 10:00 am - Making Midrash, with Rabbi Rachel Bearman
  • Sunday, January 12, 11:30 am - Madrichim Meeting
  • Monday, January 13, 6:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
  • Wednesday, January 15, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, January 15, 7:30 pm - Sisterhood Board Meeting
MAKING MIDRASH: A New Adult Education Series From TBC
January 12th: Making Midrash with Rabbi Bearman
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!
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.

Shabbat Service and Dinner Celebrating our Israeli Emissaries
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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.
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.   
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Sunday, January 12 at 10:00 am

URJ Northeast Summer Camps Presentation
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 with Preneg (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

TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander, 203 762-8605  Jane@nodhill.net
Yahrzeits, January 10 - January 16
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Mary Ransom Friday 1/10/2020 grandmother of Jason Stewart
Anita Shapiro Friday 1/10/2020 grandmother of Michael Bonheim
Hilda Bennett Tuesday 1/14/2020 grandmother of Jennifer Meehan
Michael Ginson Wednesday 1/15/2020 father of Louise Shames
David M. Gordon Wednesday 1/15/2020 father of Todd Gordon
Leo Mellon Wednesday 1/15/2020 father of Marc Mellon
David Murray Wednesday 1/15/2020 cousin of Don Brown
David Shames Wednesday 1/15/2020 father of Erv Shames
Dr. Samuel Shauer Thursday 1/16/2020 father of Marlene Serby

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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