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December 14, 2016
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, December 15, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, December 16: Our Daily Bread/Food Pantry
  • Friday, December 16, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  •                                      6:30 pm: Consecration Service
  • Saturday, December 17, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 18, 9:30 am: Religious School Hanukkah Celebration
  • Sunday, December 18, 6:30 pm: Sisterhood Holiday Pot Luck & Gift Exchange
  • Tuesday, December 20, 7:30 pm: Demons in the Jewish Tradition

That 70's Shul - December 10 
Consecration Service This Friday, December 16, 6:30 pm
Preceded at 6:00 by Family Pre-Neg

Come celebrate with our youngest students and their families.  We will be  honoring  our  Kindergarten and First Graders as they join our large and supportive TBC family. We would love to see you there! 
Sisterhood Holiday Potluck Party and Gift Exchange
Sunday, December 18, 6:00 pm

Share the holiday spirit with Temple friends! Please bring a wrapped gift worth $20 and your favorite dish to share.   RSVP: Sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org. Please let us know what type of food you will be bringing, i.e. dessert, main, salad. Place: Wendy Nadel's Home: 40 Sharp Hill Road, Wilton. 
Rabbi Bearman on Demons In the Jewish Tradition!
Tuesday, December 20, 7:30 pm at TBC
Since t he beginning of the Jewish tradition, the rabbinic imagination  has populated the world with fearsome demons (evil spirits). Some of these demons arise from ancient biblical traditions while other are relatively recent (medieval) additions. On December 20th, Rabbi Bearman will introduce us to some of the most memorable of these demonic figures including the goat-demon, Azazel, and the much-maligned Lilith who, in the last few decades, has become something of a feminist icon.
Make Hanukkah Happy for Wilton Jewish Families!

Here's a way to make a difference this Hanukkah for some needy Jewish Wilton families. Through the good works of the Wilton Department of Social Services, we've been asked to support several Jewish Wilton families who celebrate Hanukkah by providing a $100 Gift Card for each of 15 children in these families. Think about all the gifts you give to your children each year...and then think about how you could really make a difference for these families.

All you have to do is click on http://bit.ly/tbctzdon and donate what you can to the TBC Tzedakah (Social Action) Fund and indicate the donation is for "Make Hanukkah Happy for All Kids!" Our Social Action Committee will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to Wilton Department of Social Services.
Great Articles on Our Wi-ACT Refugee Family

A number of TBC members have been participating in the Wi-ACT initiative to help and support a Syrian refugee family in Wilton.  Two excellent articles came out in the last week giving updates on the family and how they've been faring.  (Spoiler alert: well!)
Calling all Torah Chanters

At the Ritual Committee Meeting, we decided that we would start chanting again on our Friday night services.  We have the following dates picked: January 13, March 24, April 21, and May 12.  The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses.  Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you.  If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community.  Please contact me at ritual@templebnaichaim.org.  Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee.
Shabbat Potluck - Friday, January 13

Please join us for a community pot luck dinner prior to services on Friday, January 13  , at 6:30.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with old and new friends and families prior to services.  We look forward to sharing a Shabbat dinner with you.  Please let us know how many will attend, and what you will bring. Email ritual@templebnaichaim.org  Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee.
Share Your Simcha! Sponsor Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or Flowers

A wonderful way of celebrating special simchas, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is sharing your nachas with the entire congregation by sponsoring the Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or Flowers for the Friday of your special week. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at  http://bit.ly/tbconpns 
Volunteer information for Jewish Senior Services

Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS.  There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to- one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.  At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a cliché, but a way of life. 

New Hospice Training Program!  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at eashkins@jseniors.org  
TBC Social Action - Help Haiti for Hanukkah!
Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in early October, killing more than 900 people, leaving 175,000 people homeless and a million more struggling to survive.

TBC Social Action is encouraging donations to Medical Aid To Haiti (MATH), a group of surgeons, nurses and others based at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford who are providing significant help on the ground in Haiti.  Peggy and Steve Zamore worked at a small hospital in Haiti last year and have been following the truly terrible aftermath.

A video providing more detail about the situation is available here. A donation to MATH is the best way to help provide food, water and other help to the desperate people affected by this disaster. 
Helping build a Better World...One (Lego) Piece at a Time

We are excited to announce a new initiative here at TBC! We are working to weave the idea of Tikkun  Olam (acts of kindness to help make the world a better place) into our Religious School curriculum and build bridges between TBC students and the local community.

We are thrilled to have partnered with The Carver Center in Norwalk, CT to focus our efforts to introduce social action into the TBC Religious School.  More information here!
TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net
Yahrzeits, December 16 - December 22, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!  May the memory of the righteous be for blessing!

Ruth Gordon Saturday 12/17/2016 mother of Jonathan Gordon
Blanche Levy Sunday 12/18/2016 grandmother of Jennifer Haynos
Eileen Halliday Tuesday 12/20/2016 friend of June Mara
Solomon Fried Wednesday 12/21/2016 father of Bonnie Heft
Beverly Jaffe Kolodny Wednesday 12/21/2016 mother of Sharon Sobel
Lupe Escalante Thursday 12/22/2016 father of Rudy Escalante

Contact Us

Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT  06829
Phone: 203 544-8695 - Fax: 203 544-9706

Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 

Chailites News Item Submissions:  Please note that events and news for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

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