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August 14, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, August 9, 7:00 pm - Tisha B'Av: Close The Camps Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, August 10, 10:30 am - Tisha B'Av: Study and Advocacy Brunch
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 (plus $5 shipping), of which TBC receives $6. 

Click HERE to send a little sweetness to your loved ones far away!
Next TBC Listening Session Sunday, August 25
At  our Listening Sessions we have had fascinating and wide-ranging conversations 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 on  Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm

A few days before the Listening Session we will email the location to those who RSVP'd.

TBC book club meeting will be held on September 16 at 7:30 pm and we will be reading Memoirs of a Fortunate Jew: An Italian Story by Dan Vittorio Segre. For more information contact Ria Miller.   This is for TBC members only. 

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.
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.

Zipporah's Fire

In Bamidbar (the Book of Numbers), Zipporah seems to fade away until, ultimately, she no longer appears in the story. Rashi and other commentators imagine that Moses chose to set her aside, effectively divorcing her. In this Midrashic Monologue, we continue our exploration of Zipporah's point of view and suggest that she was the one who decided to remove herself from her husband's story. Read 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 10 - Special Tisha B'Av Study Brunch from 10:30 am -12 pm, August 17, August 24 - Special Guest: Rev. Marissa Rohrbach, August 31
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!

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!
A Better Chance of Wilton, CT

ABC LOOKING for HOST FAMILY Candidates:  A Better Chance www.abcwilton.org  brings academically talented minority students from inner city neighborhoods to Wilton so that they can attend Wilton High School and receive a better education than their regional high school would allow.  As part of this program, A Better Chance is seeking candidates to become host families for incoming scholars.  In this role, the host family is paired with a scholar and welcomes the scholar into their home each Sunday (and once a month from Friday evening to Sunday evening) to enable the scholar to take a break from living in the program's residential housing and to provide the scholar with the opportunity to become more integrated into the Wilton community. If you have any interest in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Mike McGroarty at (203)394-2401 or Mark Logan at (203)984-0484.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

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 9-15

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

Charles Learman Friday 8/9/2019 brother-in-law of Alice Learman
Morton Portnoy Friday 8/9/2019 father of Dina Gumins
Eleanor Schwartz Friday 8/9/2019 mother of David Schwartz
Neil Chayet Sunday 8/11/2019 father of Michael Chayet
Isidore Kolodny Sunday 8/11/2019 father of Sharon Sobel
Shirley Kanner Monday 8/12/2019 aunt of Jane Alexander
Rhoda Turkowitz Monday 8/12/2019 mother of Susan Sia
Dorothy Greenbaum Tuesday 8/13/2019 mother of Susan Hagan
Ethel S. Temerson Wednesday 8/14/2019 grandmother of Moses Alexander
Suzanne Steinberg Thursday 8/15/2019 mother of Daniel Darst

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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        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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