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May 1, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Thursday, May 2, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm - Community Yom HaShoah Observance
  • Friday, May 3, 6:00 pm - Family Preneg
  • Friday, May 3, 6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am- Torah Study 
  • Saturday, May 4, 11:15 am - Ethan Serby's Bar Mitzvah Send a Chai greeting card
  • Sunday, May 5, 9:30 am- Religious School
  • Sunday, May 5, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, May 5, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Sunday, May 5, 5:00 pm - Sisterhood Happy Hour at Bianco Rosso, Wilton
  • Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, May 8, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, May 9, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Community Yom HaShoah Observance, Thursday,  May 2

Last Shabbat, as the Jewish community concluded Passover and prepared for  Yom HaShoah  (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we were confronted once again with the reality that there are people who seek to destroy us simply because we are Jewish.
It is a devastating, infuriating, and terrifying reality, but we refuse to allow the hatred of others to define our Judaism.  And this week, we will walk the path from grief to determined, defiant joy.
On Thursday evening at 7:00 pm, Rabbi Bearman will join our colleague, Rabbi David Reiner, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (351 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877) for Ridgefield's Community Yom HaShoah Observance . We invite you to join this interfaith gathering as we remember all those who were killed and victimized during the Shoah, the Holocaust.
And then, after we come together on Thursday to remember all those whom we have lost to senseless hatred, we will welcome Shabbat with the energy and joy of our regular TBC Family Service. Whether or not you are a Family Service regular, Student Cantor Hamstra and I encourage you to join us on Friday for dinner at 6:00 pm  (RSVP here)  and services at 6:30 pm. We will come together, soothe our hearts, and replenish our souls.
Chazak. Chazak. V'nitchazek.
Be strong. Be strong. And, let us strengthen one another.
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, May 3

We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday in April will receive the gift of a Jewish book.
Join us for another fun Shabbat Family Service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table.  If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to RSVP .   Share your simcha! Sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers!  
Sisterhood Happy Hour
Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 pm
Passover is past and Mother's Day is a week away. Please join us this Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm at Bianco Rosso -151 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton - to just relax, chill-out and take a deep breath together at the beginning of the month.   5/5 at 5 - Looking forward to seeing you there!!!
Security Update
At our upcoming May Congregational Meeting, our agenda will include - among other items - an update on security measures TBC leadership is currently undertaking, some of which involve infrastructure updates. However, in light of yet another shooting, we wanted to let you know that we have been and are continuing to take steps now to tighten security. We are coordinating with local police and Federation, which has also been actively working to help ensure the safety and security of member synagogues. In addition, you should be aware that we have requested and are receiving, increased police surveillance at TBC when we have children in the building and when events are taking place.
Last Weekend at Temple B'nai Chaim
Israel Master Chef for 8th-12th Graders
Shalom Y'all: The History of Jewish Immigrants in the American South
Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
Please join us for a unique Friday evening on June 21  - at TBC's Sisterhood Shabbat!  A special Oneg, sponsored by TBC Sisterhood, will follow the service. We look forward to sharing the joy of this special Shabbat with all TBC members and friends!
Social Action Volunteers Needed for the
Daily Bread Food  Pantry and Other Activities

TBC and other volunteers at the
Daily Bread Food Pantry.
The next date at the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury is Monday, June 24 at 9:30 am. 
Contact  Peggy Zamore  to volunteer .
The TBC Social Action Committee  ha s many local ways  for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter. 
Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
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!
BIRTHDAY BOOKS: A New TBC Minhag (Custom)

We will be honoring the month's birthdays at Family Services by presenting everyone celebrating with the gift of a TBC Birthday Book!

If there are Jewish children's books that your family has loved, we would very much appreciate the donation of gently used copies. If your family loved the books a little too much, please consider purchasing and donating a new copy of your old favorite.

We're hoping to collect books for everyone from 1 to 13 years old. There is a basket in the front lobby labeled "Birthday Book Donations". Any donated books that aren't used as "Birthday Books" will be incorporated into our Carol J. Metzger Children's Library.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!
Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Community-wide Yom HaAtzma'ut Celebration
Hosted by the  Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County
Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

Confirmation Shabbat Service
Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm

Shavuot Study Brunch (Pot Luck Vegetarian)
Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 am

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat Service
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm

Sisterhood Shabbat Service
Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, June 24 at 9:30 am

Pride Shabbat Service
Friday, June 28 at 7:30 pm

Pride Torah Study
Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 am
Yahrzeits, May 3 to May 9
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
    Harold Goodman Saturday 5/4/2019 great grandfather of David Mann
    Norman Tanen Saturday 5/4/2019 husband of Ilene Tanen
    Julius Cahn Sunday 5/5/2019 father of Kiki Cahn
    Robert A. Heisler Sunday 5/5/2019 brother of Michele Scruton
    Edith Weinstein Sunday 5/5/2019 grandmother of Dana Umerley
    Milton Greenbaum Monday 5/6/2019 father of Susan Hagan
    Morton Metzger Monday 5/6/2019 grandfather of Dina Levi
    Joy Bower Tuesday 5/7/2019 mother of Sandi Prince
    Steven Johns-Boehme Tuesday 5/7/2019 brother of Joni Lerner
    William Sobel Tuesday 5/7/2019 father of Ken Sobel
    David Macklin Wednesday 5/8/2019 grandfather of Fran Heizler
    Murray Gular Thursday 5/9/2019 uncle of Debra Case
    Herman S. Nadel Thursday 5/9/2019 father of Mac Nadel
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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