TBC Leaf Logo - color
February 12, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, February 14, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, February 15,  9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Wednesday, February 19, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
TBC Mussar Study Group
On Wednesday, February 26 at 6:15 pm  we will have the first of four (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 Family Service with 4th and 5th (& 7th) Grades
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.
Great day at TBC last Sunday! PJs & a Movie, Parents Potluck Brunch
and even a little time for Tu BiShvat planting

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 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 this special program! Please plan on being there!

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!
Anti-Semitism - "It's NOT okay!"  SUMMIT
for Jewish High School Students & Parents
Sunday, March 8 (snow date: April 5)  2:00-4:30 pm
Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport
Have you witnessed swastikas in schools? Jewish or Holocaust jokes? Inadvertent orovert anti-Semitic remarks in class or on the field?  Many local high school students are facing words or acts of anti-Semitism. They are  concerned, angry, even frightened. They need to learn how to speak up and feel empowered  to respond.  Join Jewish high school students from all over Fairfield County at ADL CT's first teen 
summit on responding to anti-Semitism.

A panel of ADL teen volunteers will share their stories about overcoming anti-Semitism,  followed by breakout sessions facilitated by ADL staff. Students will practice new strategies  in small groups; separately, parents will learn how to help guide their children and  advocate for them when they are confronted with anti-Semitic issues. Parents are  strongly encouraged to attend but it is not mandatory. Click Here to RSVP
Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques at TBC

As the secular year begins, we know that many of us are thinking of loved ones who have passed away, and we invite you to use this moment of transition, of remembering and looking forward, to commemorate the lives and blessings of your loved ones with a memorial plaque. Please see this announcement from Rabbi Bearman and President Baulsir for more information .

Additionally, we would like to invite the entire community to a SPECIAL SERVICE OF DEDICATION on MAY 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please call TBC's main office (203-544-8695). We would be happy to help you in any way that we can.

Make your voice heard in Israel! Cast your vote for the Reform ticket in the election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. All Jews age 18 and above are eligible to vote January 21-March 11. It's the one way Diaspora Jews can participate in Israeli democracy and one of the best (and easiest) ways to support progressive Judaism in the Jewish state. If you Vote Reform, your vote supports funding for HUC-JIR Jerusalem, the Israel Religious Action Center, Reform synagogues throughout Israel, and more. To learn more about Vote Reform and our movement's platform, take a look here, and to cast your vote, click here!
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:
Musical Midrash
Submitted by Barbara Dobbin

The second of three midrash adult education classes, on musical midrash, was held on Sunday January 31. It was a treat!!  We all think of midrash as embellished stories like those regularly published by Rabbi Bearman.
So, we had little idea of what to expect. Student Cantor Hamstra kept us entirely enthralled. She brought examples of old poems set to music, new compositions in various musical toe tapping genres, and new settings of prayers we say weekly. Our horizons were expanded. We were captivated by her presentation. It was definitely time well spent.
The next midrash class on artistic midrash will be held at TBC on Sunday April 5 at 10am. 

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

TBC Teens Host Interfaith Shabbat
February 21,  6 pm-8:30 pm

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

Shabbat Service and Magellah Reading
Friday, March 6 at 7:00 pm (Shabbat 7:00 pm, Magellah Reading 7:30 pm)

Purim Study Brunch
Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 am

Purim Shpiel
Sunday, March 8 at 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 pm

Men's Club Cooking Class
Sunday, March 15 at 9:00 am

Senior Center Luncheon at Ogden House
Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 am

Art Show and Sale
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 12:00 pm

Mussar Study Group
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:15 pm

How To Lead a Seder with Rabbi Bearman
Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 am

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, March 30 at 9:15 am

Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
Yahrzeits, February 14 - 20
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

     Elsie R. Alexander Thursday 2/13/2020          grandmother of Moses Alexander
     Clara Robbins Thursday 2/13/2020          grandmother of  Russell Robbins
     Mark Lewis Feiner Sunday 2/16/2020
         husband of Senia Feiner
     Leah Tanen Monday 2/17/2020          mother-in-law of Ilene Tanen
     Theomora Levy Tuesday 2/18/2020          aunt of Debra Case
     Della Baxter Thursday 2/20/2020          step-mother of Simon Curtis

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.
Help Support TBC

TBC Links

Contact Us

        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
Don't miss out!  Like and Follow #TempleBnaiChaim!