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March 25, 2015
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Temple B'nai Chaim
Phone: 203 544-8695
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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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.

TBC Events through April 2, 2015 

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

  • Friday, March 27, 7:30: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am: Bat Mitzvah of Abigail Hadar - Send a Chai greeting card to wish Abigail a Mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
  • Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, March 28, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of Caeden Taibe - Send a Chai greeting card to wish Caeden a Mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Sunday, March 29, 9:45 am: So You are Planning to Lead a Seder...
  • Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm: Who is My Neighbor? (See below)

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Thursday, March 26: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, March 29: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, April 1: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, April 1: Confirmation Classes in Session
  • Thursday, April 2: Religious School in Session
All Things Passover


We have nearly filled all the open spots for the Passover Community Seder, so please do not wait to reserve you space. The cost is $22 for adults, $14 for children ages 4-14; children under 4 are free. Please RSVP using this link, or call your reservation in to: TBC Office at (203) 544-8695. A great evening is planned.

Other ways to engage in Passover include telling your own personal stories (all are being posted to our Passover blog) or send in a picture of your seder plate which will be incorporated into a beautiful banner to be displayed at TBC.  Send your story to
Susan Farber at membership@templebnaichaim.org. and the picture of your seder plate to Moses Alexander at archive@templebnaichaim.org. Pictures already received may be viewed here!


Support JFS Passover Basket Project 

Danbury Jewish Family Services (JFS) has taken up the challenge of ensuring that everyone in the Greater Danbury Jewish community is able to celebrate Passover holiday nutritiously, ritually and with pride of heritage. TBC has participated in this project for many years. Coordinating with the Danbury Jewish Family Serivces we are working to ensure that those families in need can celebrate Passover by providing grocery store gift cards and some Passover items.

For some, Passover can be a significant financial burden. This is especially true in these challenging economic times. We support this effort by providing Kosher for Passover food and grocery store gift cards so the families can make purchases on their own. JFS adds "seder" staples (wine, plate, Haggadot, etc.). This will enable recipients to have the foods they need for the Seder and to observe our traditions. Seeking donations to the Tzedaka Fund in support of this most important project. Contact: Melinda Weber at melinda@westportcompany.com 

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 6, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is an ecumenical food pantry servicing the Greater Danbury community. Its mission is to help those in need of food, whatever their circumstances, and maintain the dignity of clients in a compassionate and caring atmosphere. Our Daily Bread offers one bag of groceries per month.

Daily Bread is located on Terrace Place, in the rear building of St. James' Episcopal Church at 25 West Street, Danbury, CT. Bring quarters for the meters when you join us!

Contact Peggy Zamore peggyz18@gmail.com to join our team.
B'nai Mitzvah Projects

A number of our B'nai Mitzvah students have asked to have their mitzvah projects highlighted on the TBC website. They include: Abigail Hadar, Jimmy Curto, Grace Goldberg, Maden Herve, Jack Potash, and Drew Saumier. In some cases students are seeking help from the congregation in making their projects successful.  Please take a look by clicking here!
All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website.  Click here to view the project profile form.
whoAnd Who is My Neighbor?  Rabbi Bearman will Participate next Tuesday, March 31
The Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and the Wilton Library are sponsoring:  AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflicts. Last session this Tuesday, March 31 - from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Wilton Library. [NOTE START TIME CORRECTION!]  Register today  for this exciting Community Education Opportunity! Rabbi Bearman  will be participating this week  in the fourth session (March 31) which will include a panel of local clergy.  Click here for more information.

Jewish Family Service
Despite the recent closing of the Jewish Federation of Danbury and Putnam County, the Jewish Family Service (previously sponsored by the Federation) remains active due to a generous grant to the United Jewish Center to fund the services of JFS for several years. Click here for more info.

The Service is currently recruiting for a part-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a minimum of 5 years experience; Medicare-certified preferred. Generalist practitioner with knowledge of social service systems in CT; understanding of Jewish customs and values. Major responsibilities: manage the information and referral line and clinical counseling. Position in Northern Fairfield County. Apply to: rudanka@juno.com

Norwalk Emergency Shelter

Open Door Shelter - Soup Kitchen
at 4 Merritt St, Norwalk 203-866-1057. We help prepare and cook dinner for over 100 Shelter clients. We work under the supervision of a chef, serve and then clean up after the meal. This is a very hands on, very satisfying volunteer effort. The only requirement is that volunteers be over 18 years of age.

We volunteer the fourth Thursday of every month. We usually have a TBC crew of about 3-4 people. The cooking starts at 3:30 pm and we work until 7:00 pm.  You can come for all of the sessions, or come early (3:30-5:30 pm) and/or come later (5:30-7:00 pm) or any time in between. 

Dates (4th Thursday of the month except dates with asterisks): March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 19* & December 17*.

Contact: Melinda Weber at: socialaction@templebnaichaim.org 

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Yahrzeits, March 27-April 2, 2015  
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Robin Feldman Friday 3/27/2015 mother of Gregg Feldman
Sue Ellen Gumins Friday 3/27/2015 mother of Samuel Gumins
Mary Jacobs Saturday 3/28/2015 grandmother of Raymond Rosenblum
Benjamin Prentiss Saturday 3/28/2015 grandfather of Valerie Rosenson
Albert Isaac Monday 3/30/2015 father of David Isaac
Sue Barasch Wednesday 4/1/2015 aunt of Moses Alexander
Gertrude Garnett Thursday 4/2/2015 great grandmother of David Mann
Fannie Klein Thursday 4/2/2015 grandmother of Jaime Kapel
Dr. Stephen D. Wilk Thursday 4/2/2015 father of Jodie Nevas


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