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CHAILITES
February 26, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm - Sisterhood Shabbat Service and Women's Spirituality Retreat Kiddush 
  • Saturday, February 29,  9:45 am - In Shul Women's Spirituality Retreat
  • Sunday, March 1 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, March 1, 11:30 am - Education Committee Meeting
  • Sunday, March 1, 11:45 am - TBC Teens Purim Prep
  • Wednesday, March 4, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm - Sisterhood Meeting, Potluck and Purim Basket Pack
  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 pm - Executive Committee Meeting
Purim is Coming......Order Shalach Manot for Purim Now!
Deadline for Orders: March 1, 2020! 
Thanks for your support of TBC!  
 
In the book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with  Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: "[Mordechai wrote to the Jews] to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." 
 
At TBC, we combine these 2 mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends, as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition! 

Each Shalach Manot bag will be filled with festive food and other items to create a fun Purim celebration.
If you would like to send to all TBC members, there are multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each level sends one bag to every TBC member family, clergy, staff, teachers and B'nai Mitzvah Coaches.  
  • The Whole Megillah             $1,000
  • The Royal Shushan Society     $540
  • The Courtier                           $360
  • The Gates of Mordechai          $180 
Or send individual bags as in the past:

- Bags for TBC members are $15 
- Bags for TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors are $10 
- Bags for non-TBC members are $15 and must be delivered by you 
 
If a TBC member has been chosen by more than one friend, they will receive one bag with a note listing all the donors. To order your Shalach Manot, click  HERE. In the form, you will have the  opportunity to select "reciprocate", which means that we will send a bag on your behalf to anyone that sends to you.

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.
  
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.)
  • 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!
Fiddler on the Bimah

Don't Miss our Fiddler on the Bimah themed Shabbat and Megillah reading on March 6th!
  • 7:00 pm Abbreviated, Fiddler Themed Shabbat Service
  • 7:30 pm Fiddler Themed Megillah Reading
Contact Rabbi Bearman if you'd like to participate in the Megillah Reading!
           TBC's Star Wars Purim Spiel, March 8th! 

The TBC Teens have spoken and the theme for this year's Purim Spiel is STAR WARS!

Join us on March 8th at 10:30 am and watch as our teens transport us to a galaxy FAR FAR AWAY!
Join the Mens Club Cooking Class with Chef Via Melissa at TBC
Sunday, March 15, 10:00 am - 11:30 am - All Are Welcome! 

Many have seen her on Dr. Oz, NDT TV and read 
many of her published recipes online in various  publications. Now let's take this opportunity to learn  some modern twists on some Kosher-style favorites 
during this special occasion!   
MENU
Mixed Berry & Apple Cobbler
Vegetable Fritatta Muffins
Latke Waffles

Cost FREE until Sun 3/8. OR Cost $10 after 3/8. *RSVP REQUIRED* BY Thur. March 12, 2020.

Click here to RSVP to The Men's Club President - Jeff Spector. 
TBC Art Show and Sale
Donations Needed!

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the TBC Art Show and Sale will begin at 7 pm at TBC with a Wine and Cheese Reception, and Silent and Live Auctions of a variety of fine art. Many of our talented congregants are donating their work; and local artists are contributing as well.

If you have fine art (paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry) that you would like to donate, please complete the Donation Form ( Click here) to donate and arrange to deliver your donation to TBC. We will be accepting art on Sunday, March 7 and Sunday, March 14 from 11:30 am to 3 pm. If you have any questions or want to arrange a different time to donate your art, please contact June Mara at seventerriers@gmail.com.

The Art Show and Sale will continue on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 12 pm to 4 pm and will also feature art from TBC students.

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a spectacular event. The event is open to all, so please feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors.  


TBC's Communications Committee is responsible for producing congregational communications (e.g., Chailites and the Website) and external communications (e.g., advertising, public relations and social media). We are looking for volunteers to help with social media (especially Facebook!) and the Website.

This work can be done from home, requires only an hour or two a week, and can be done on your own schedule. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michele Bennett at communications@templebnaichaim.org
TBC Mussar Study Group
 
On Wednesday, March 26 at 6:15 pm  we will have the third of four (3/25, 5/13) evening discussions open to all congregants working through Alan Morinis' book,  Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar . Please RSVP to Ria Miller if you are planning to attend
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Anti-Semitism - "It's NOT okay!"
Summit
for Jewish High School Students and Parents
Sunday, March 8 (snow date: April 5)  2:00 pm-4:30 pm
 
Have you witnessed swastikas in schools? Jewish or Holocaust jokes? Inadvertent or overt 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.
 
At Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport  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.
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. 
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!



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 with Chef Via Melissa ( RSVP)
Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 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


Yahrzeits, February 28 - March 5
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

        Freida Lezack Sunday 3/1/2020 aunt of Bonnie Heft
        Linda Cantor Monday 3/2/2020 remembered by the Heft Family
        Bruce B. Kauffman Wednesday 3/4/2020 brother of Paul Kauffman
        Ruth Mellon Thursday 3/5/2020 mother of Marc Mellon

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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