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February 5, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, February 7, 6:00 pm - Family Preneg Click Here to RSVP
  • Friday, Feburary 7, 6:30 pm - Shabbat Family Service 
  • Saturday, February 8,  9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, February 9, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, February 9, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, February 9, 10:30 am - Parents Potluck Brunch
  • Sunday, February 9, 11:45 am - TBC Teens Purim Prep
  • Sunday, February 9, 3:30 pm - Sisterhood Hadassah Tu BiShvat Seder at a congregants home
  • Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 pm - Laundry Love
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

Parents' Potluck Brunch on Sunday!
The Education Committee invites all parents to enjoy some social time on Sunday morning, February 9 at 10:30am over a potluck brunch. While the religious school kids enjoy a movie day at religious school in their PJs, parents can spend time with friends and meet other TBC members.  Please sign up here to choose something to bring for the Potluck Brunch.  Please also RSVP here  so we know how many people to expect.  If you aren't able to bring something, we would still love for you to attend, so please feel free to  RSVP yes If you are bringing something, you can drop it off at the start of religious school at 9:30 or you can bring it at 10:30 when brunch begins.   Questions? Contact Karin Beitel -  kbeitel@templebnaichaim.org

Thank you to everyone who attended this past Friday's wonderful, first annual L'taken Shabbat. It was fantastic to hear directly from our students as they shared their perspectives on issues that they are so passionate about!

Below, you'll find links to the speeches that our students made in the offices of Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal, and Representative Himes. We hope that you'll take a few minutes and read their passionate, articulate arguments! 

And to our students- we hope that you will go from strength to strength and L'taken to L'taken!

Sisterhood-Hadassah Tu BiShvat 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 BiShvat Seder on
Sunday, February 9, 3:30 pm at a private home.

Tu BiShvat 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 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!
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.
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 !

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!
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!

Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Sunday, February 9 at 10:30 am

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

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

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 11:30 am

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 the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org.
Yahrzeits, February 7 - 13
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Shirley Spector
Friday 2/7/2020 mother of Jeffrey Spector
Donald Curtis
Saturday 2/8/2020 father of Simon Curtis
Harold B. West
Monday 2/10/2020 father of Valerie West-Rosenthal
George Anderson
Tuesday 2/11/2020 grandfather of Rachel Bearman
Sadie Friedman
Tuesday 2/11/2020 grandmother of Jane Alexander
Marvin Greenberg
Tuesday 2/11/2020 father of Iris Busch
Warren Prebluda
Tuesday 2/11/2020 father of Diane Brown
William Cohen
Wednesday 2/12/2020 father of June Mara
Elsie R. Alexander
Thursday 2/13/2020 grandmother of Moses Alexander
Clara Robbins
Thursday 2/13/2020 grandmother of  Russell Robbins

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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