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May 6, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)

Click on the link below to register for the Zoom online event:
**Please note: if you have already registered for "Creating Confirmation" session, you can use the same link/password to join on Sunday.**
Please remember that you must REGISTER for everything that you plan on attending.**

Once you click on the links below, you will be taken to a webpage where you will enter your name and email address. Once you submit this information, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL that includes the LINK you will use to join the program and the PASSWORD that you will need to enter after clicking the link to join.


If you would like friends or family members to attend any of these programs, you can forward this email to them and tell them to use the links below to register. We would love to add them to our community!  
Shabbat Services: Celebrating
the Class of 2020

On Friday, May 8, at 7:30 join us for this special Shabbat service where we'll celebrate our High School seniors and offer them a special blessing as they begin a new chapter in their lives! Click here to Register

Join Rabbis Bearman, Ottenstein, and Zerwekh on Wednesday, May 13th, at 7pm for an engaging, cross-country discussion about the many ways our ancient texts can inform our understanding of our modern world. All are welcome! Register by CLICKING HERE.
Sisterhood Awarded Grant for Laundry Love Project!

TBC Sisterhood has been awarded a grant of $2,000 from Women of Reform Judiasm (WRJ) to support the Laundry Love social action project that Jane Alexander and Peggy Zamore initiated as one of TBC's social action programs.  Laundry Love partners withe local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens of low income or no-income families and individuals. 
Sisterhood Discussion - Netflix Series UnOrthodox

Sisterhood is sponsoring a discussion of the series Unorthodox, 4 sessions, currently available on Netflix. This discussion will be held via Zoom on May 14th at 7:00 pm. There is a non fiction book of the same name, but the film series is only loosely based on the book. The entire second half is fiction. Please send email to sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org for the Zoom link to atttend.
TBC Mussar Study Group May 26

On Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm there will be an evening discussion, open to all congregants, to work through Alan Morinis' book, Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar

If you are planning to attend,  please read part three and chapters 25, 26, 27 and 28   before coming to the meeting.  There will be a book discussion, led by Ria Miller. Contact Sisterhood to register

Funds, Food and Volunteers Needed for Dorothy Day House!

From TBC Social Action: Recently the number of people appearing at the door has increased significantly. Given the economic pressures many people are under and resulting food insecurity, it is likely that this number may increase further. This means we will need more donations.
Our need for afternoon volunteers (from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm) is also increasing. We were adequately staffed with two people a day, but now we will require a third person. If you are 60 or under and available, please let me know.  If you have extra commercial masks or can make homemade masks, please bring them down so we can distribute them to the guests. Since we are likely not to need non-perishable food donations (ex soup) for a while, we are directing people to the Daily Bread Food Pantry (25 West St - entrance off Terrace Place).

Donations are accepted on Mondays between 11am and 2pm and Friday between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. I am posting updates on what we need each day on our website at

so please check the website to stay current on our needs. I am also updating the voicemail message on our phone at 203-743-7988.
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. A special service of dedication for the entire community will be scheduled at TBC when that again becomes possible. Ordering information is available here.
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!

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 
Shabbat Services: Celebrating the Class of 2020
Friday, May 8, 7:30 pm. - 8:30 pm Click here to Register

Torah Study with Karin Beitel
Saturday, May 9, 9:30 am.  Click here to Register 

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 pm.  Click here to Register
Sisterhood Discussion: Netflix Series UnOrthodox 
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm.   

Creating Confirmation Together, 8th-12th Grade
Sunday, May 17, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Click Here to Register 
Sisterhood Mussar Discussion Group (Zoom)(Please Note New Time)
Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 pm.  Click here to Join 
Annual Congregational Meeting - Zoom Participation
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 pm
See the TBC Calendar for upcoming events

Yahrzeits, May 8 - 14
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

     Murray Gular Saturday
     uncle of Debra Case
     Herman S. Nadel Saturday
     father of Mac Nadel
     Hedwig Merzon Monday
     grandmother of Alissa Merzon
     Willa Craig Case Tuesday
     mother of Dennis Case

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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