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December 25, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, December 27, 7:30 pm - Hanukkah Shabbat Celebration with TBC and Congregation Shir Shalom
  • Saturday, December 28, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Friday, January 3, 6:00 pm - Preneg, 6:30 pm Shabbat Service with Israeli Emissaries, 7:30 Oneg and Israeli Round Table
Hanukkah Shabbat Celebration with TBC and Congregation
Shir Shalom! This Friday, December 27 at 7:30 pm

Join Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom for a special Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration! We'll begin by lighting the Hanukkah lights. Everyone is welcome to bring a menorah to light as a community.

We'll welcome Shabbat with a musical, light-filled service, led by Rabbi Rachel Kay Bearman and Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, that will include Hanukkah songs and readings celebrating light and miracles.

This event is open to the community. 
Feel free to bring friends! 
Shabbat Service and Dinner
Celebrating our Israeli Emissaries 

Friday, January 3 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg Dinner RSVP: Click Here to RSVP 

Celebrate the first Shabbat of 2020 Israeli style! Come meet our Israeli emissaries, Noya, Hoshen and Ella and learn about their work at TBC and throughout the Fairfield community.

The evening begins with an Israeli dinner at 6:00 pm (felafel, of course!) and then continues with Shabbat services at 6:30 pm followed by a birthday celebration and Oneg Shabbat with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. The Oneg Shabbat will include informal round table discussions with Noya, Hoshen and Ella so you can get to know them better.
Congregants and friends of all ages will enjoy this special Shabbat! 
Thank you to Jane and Moses Alexander for sponsoring the preneg Israeli dinner and the oneg! 
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. For more information, contact Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com.

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, First Anniversary!

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.

From the introduction: "This week's Torah portion, Vayishlach, marks the first anniversary of our writing together. What began as a collaboration on a single piece has become a wonderful partnership and creative outlet for us both. We are grateful to everyone who has followed Midrashic Monologues on social media and has subscribed to our newsletter, and we're so excited to see what the next year will bring!"

"In celebration of our midrashic anniversary, we have decided to republish the first piece that we wrote together, 'When Ben-Oni Becomes Benjamin.'
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Friday, January 3 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Laundry Love
Wednesday, January 8, 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

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

Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, December 27 - January 2 
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Edward Raspler Friday 12/27/2019 father of Charles Raspler
Madonna A. West Friday 12/27/2019 mother of Valerie West-Rosenthal
Adrienne Merkel Berenbaum Sunday 12/29/2019 mother of Diane Berenbaum
Arthur M. Gold Sunday 12/29/2019 father of Amy Gold Socher, friend of Wendy Nadel
Barbara Prince Sunday 12/29/2019 aunt of Russ Prince
Malcolm Whitham Sunday 12/29/2019 nephew of Russell Robbins and Valerie Rosenson
Barbara Paul Monday 12/30/2019 wife of Roland Paul
Martin Shapiro Monday 12/30/2019 uncle of Michael Bonheim
Selma Herman Tuesday 12/31/2019 mother-in-law of Paul Frosch
Victoria Lipper Thursday 1/2/2020 aunt of Don Brown
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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        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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