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January 7, 2015
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Office Manager: Ida Clark 
Education Manager:Jennifer Haynos 
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President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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TBC Events through January 15, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)

  • Friday, January 9, 6:60 pm-7:30 pm: 6/7 Grade Dinner
  • Friday, January 9, 7:30-9:30 pm: Special Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 9, 9:30-10:30 am: Torah Study

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Wednesday, January 7: Religious School in session;
  • Wednesday, January 7:  Confirmation classes in session
  • Thursday, January 8: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, January 11: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 14: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 15: Religious School in session
Two Volunteers Needed for Overflow Shelter  

The next week we are covering the overflow shelter is
Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 1.  Looking for 2 volunteers for each night:) one of each gender preferred. 
Adult Education: Shakespeare and a Venetian Jew
On January 29 at 7:30 in the TBC old sanctuary, Judson Scruton will present: Shakespeare's Shylock: A Venetian Jew In Queen Elizabeth's England.  Anti-semitism was a reality of life in England since The Edict of Expulsion in 1290.  Elizabethan England and the cultural scene including Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, assumed many anti-Jewish stereotypes, but Shakespeare's play and his powerful character Shylock are far more complicated than these stereotypes. This presentation will explore the social/political/personal contexts for understanding Shakespeare's Shylock.
Sisterhood Book Group

The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman. A spellbinding tale of extraordinary women who survive the siege on Masada. They keep Doves and secrets........Read and join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:30 pm at TBC.

 Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework

Interested in Judaic Needlework?  Knitting, Crochet, Embroidery, Sewing, to name a few.  The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework has recently formed a local chapter serving crafters in Fairfield County and Westchester.  Kesher meets once monthly and will move around to accommodate the membership. Stitch and kvell will be part of all meetings.  For more info contact kesherPG@gmail.com
L'Taken Participant Lee Winters Reflects on Gun Violence Losses

From Lee Winters: "The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism was gracious enough to post about The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (S. 1290), something I care about dearly. They mentioned me in their article, and how I, along with the confirmation class of Temple B'nai Chaim, went to the L'taken Social Justice Seminar to lobby to our senators and congressman. Please take a look at the article and take action!" 

Click here to see Lee's Blog and here to see the Rabbi's special audio-visual
Flipagram portfolio of images from the trip.
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, January 9-January 15, 2015 

Sherman A. KarpenFriday1/9/2015father of Andrew Karpen
Ruth RaderFriday1/9/2015great aunt of Jodi Simon Stewart
Mary RansomSaturday1/10/2015grandmother of Jason Stewart
Norman WagnerSaturday1/10/2015father of Howard Wagner
Edward SchneyerMonday1/12/2015great uncle of Jon Sobel
George RakosTuesday1/13/2015father of Gerald Rakos
Hilda BennettWednesday1/14/2015grandmother of Jennifer Meehan
Michael GinsonThursday1/15/2015father of Louise Shames
Leo MellonThursday1/15/2015father of Marc Mellon
David ShamesThursday1/15/2015father of Erv Shames


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