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July 31, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, August 2, 7:00 pm Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, August 3, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, August 4, 10:30 am - TBC Listening Session
NB: Summer Shabbat Services start at 7:00 pm  
BE AWARE: Recent Uptick in Phishing Scams
We wanted to let you know that recently there has been an uptick in phishing scams on both a local and national level. Phishing emails appear at first glance to be sent from a trusted person but have actually been sent from a fraudulent account. If you receive an email from someone or regarding something at TBC that feels "off" in any way, please confirm that the email was sent from a trusted person by calling the TBC office and/or checking the sender's email address itself (not just the name that appears in your inbox). If you have any doubts, please call us directly 203-544-8695.
Membership Package
In order for the Temple to be prepared for Religious School and High Holy Days, we ask you to return all forms and fees no later than July 31, 2019.
Next TBC Listening Session Sunday, August 4
At  our first Listening Session we had a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation about TBC life and our dreams for TBC's future. Thank you to the congregants who took time out of their schedules to participate!   

If you weren't able to attend, please plan to join us at one of the following Listening Sessions: Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 am  /  Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm

Click HERE to RSVP for the Listening Session of your choice. A few days before the Listening Session we will email those who RSVP'd with the location.
Tisha B'av: Jews Say Close the Camps - Service and Study     

This year, we will join with communities throughout the country to mark the holy day of Tisha B'av by educating and mobilizing our community so that we can effectively work to stop the inhumane treatment that immigrants and refugees are facing throughout our country.  Don't forget to bring something for the pot-luck brunch.

Tisha B'Av: Close The Camps Shabbat Service
Friday, August 9 at 7:00 pm

Tisha B'Av: Study and Advocacy Brunch
Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 am

Tisha B'Av is the day we remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples. It was also the day of the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and England in 1290. More about Tisha B'Av .
Send Rosh Hashanah Sweetness to Far-Flung Family & Friends
The TBC Sisterhood ORT Honey from the Heart website sale is open and ready to share a bit of new year cheer! This program is different from the traditional all-TBC honey sale for all that we do prior to Rosh Hashanah (about which details will be forthcoming in a couple weeks).

The jars are $12 each, of which TBC receives $6. Orders placed before Aug 5 receive free shipping; after that there is an additional charge of $5/jar. 

Click HERE to send a little sweetness to your loved ones far away!
Midrashic Monologues

Follow Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.

We meet the daughters of Zelophechad again in this week's Torah Portion, Pinchas, and watch as they convince Moses and God to overturn the prohibition against daughters' inheriting land. We are fascinated by these courageous women and wanted to explore what experiences could have shaped them into the remarkable people we meet in our parashah. In this Midrashic Monologue, we focus on Tirzah, the youngest of Zelophechad's five daughters, and listen as she recounts what she and her sisters experienced when the plague of darkness engulfed Egypt in the time when God and Pharaoh battled to determine the fate of the ... more

Kozbi's Story: A Woman. A Lover. A Human Being.
My name was Kozbi.
I was a woman. A princess. A lover. A human being. A Midianite.
I met a man, Zimri, when a group of my kinspeople joined camps with the Israelites in order to visit with our cousin, Zipporah.

His people would be the end of me.

Almost immediately after our arrival, our men were ... more
Summer Torah Study: Exploring The New Testament from a Jewish Point of View

Are you curious about the New Testament? Why not join us in July and August as we transform Torah Study into a class dedicated to exploring the New Testament from a Jewish perspective. Class times and dates appear below - so mark your calendars! 
Please note! On August 24, we will welcome special guest, Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church), who will be joining us to answer questions and join our conversation. 

Summer Torah Study: Special New Testament Series.  All sessions will begin at 9:30 am unless otherwise marked.    August 3, August 10 - Special Tisha B'Av Study Brunch from 10:30 am -12 pm, August 17, August 24 - Special Guest: Rev. Marissa Rohrbach, August 31
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact tbc@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great 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. We will arrange for the flowers, food, and set-up, you just make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers. Sponsor a Shabbat!
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 am

Tisha B'Av: Close The Camps Shabbat Service
Friday, August 9 at 7:00 pm

Tisha B'Av: Study and Advocacy Brunch
Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 am

Laundry Love
Wednesday, August 14 at 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

TBC Listening Session
Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, August 26 at 9:30 am

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Laundry Love
Wednesday, September 11 at 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Yahrzeits, August 2 - 8 

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

Adam Ethan Tartell Thursday 8/1/2019 brother of Ross Tartell
Alfred (Mac) Carter Friday 8/2/2019 father of Suzanne Carter Kramer
Allen Feldman Monday 8/5/2019 father of Gregg Feldman
Phillip Ian Friedman Tuesday 8/6/2019 father of Cindy Baulsir
Paricia Marx Tuesday 8/6/2019 mother of Tara Kates
Rose Unger Tuesday 8/6/2019 grandmother of Sandy Tepper
Richard Brown Wednesday 8/7/2019 father of Don Brown
Ethel Lizan Thursday 8/8/2019 mother of Meryll Wolfman
Henry K. Stolzman Thursday 8/8/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim

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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