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March 27, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Thursday, March 28, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service - Thank you to Mark & Michele Bennett for sponsoring the oneg!
  • Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am - Torah Study 
  • Saturday, March 30, 11:15 am - Sarah Bennett Bat Mitzvah. Send a Mazel Tov Card!
  • Sunday, March 31, 9:30 am - Religious School 
  • Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, April 3, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, April 4, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
In Concert: Igor Pikayzen and Friends
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 pm at the Wilton Library
In conjunction with Wilton Reads , renowned violin virtuoso Igor Pikayzen, Adrian Daurov on cello and Imri Talgam on piano will perform a concert of Holocaust-inspired music. The program will be evocative of the subject matter and story in The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the musical selections will include works by composers who perished or lived through the Holocaust. An informal reception follows the concert. 
Spring Poetry with (TBC Member) Judson Scruton
Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 am at the Wilton Library
In conjunction with the Wilton Library 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust. Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff. The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. A poetry packet is available the at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required
Purim Celebrations
Shabbat and Shushanian Rhapsody,
A Sing Along Magellah Reading

Religious School Purim Celebration and Congregation Superhero Purim Spiel 

Wilton Clergy, Wi-ACT & WLA Interfaith Panel:
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, April 5
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 .   Save the date for the Shabbat Family Service on  5/3/19 Share your simcha! Sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers!  

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. 
Musical Midrash: A Class with Student Cantor Hamstra
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm at TBC

We love our Jewish texts around here, especially midrash new and old!  But what do our Jewish composers and songwriters have to add to that? Our sacred texts have inspired musicians and poets for centuries.  How does Jewish text inspire Jewish music and how does Jewish music interpret and add to Jewish text?  

Join Student Cantor Hamstra for a little nosh and a look into how music itself can be midrash!
Israel's Election Day with the Federation Israeli Emissaries
Tuesday, April 9, 12:00 pm - 6:45 pm on Facebook
Federation Israeli Emissaries:

If you have ever been interested in Israeli politics and felt like you are not getting fast and reliable information, then you've come to the right place.

We are the federation Israeli emissaries of Upper Fairfield County and we are here to help.

In the next month, we will upload videos that will explain everything you need and wanted to know for the upcoming elections.

On April 9, the date of the elections, we'll have a special live broadcast sharing all the latest news, polls and even the results in real time. Facebook Page / Facebook Event
Wilton Reads: Author Visit - Heather Morris:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm 
at the Wilton Library

Author Heather Morris's talk is the culminating event of the library's thirteenth Wilton Reads town-wide reading program. Ms. Morris will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before her talk. Q&A will follow the talk.

No charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books are available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Register online
Passover Tasting Event
Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 pm


Join us on Sunday, April 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the TBC Social Hall for a fun and festive pre-Passover social event.

Do you have a favorite Passover recipe? Something that your family waits all year for you to make?

Whip up a dish, from Charoset and Matzoh Ball Soup to Main Courses and tasty Desserts! Bring it to share along with 2 copies of the recipe.

Sisterhood will provide the set-up and drinks for all, so come hungry and ready to talk ingredients.

Open to all TBC members, guests and prospective members, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, make new friends and to find some great new recipes for Passover!

We will also have a small Judaica Sale of seasonal items for your Seder, and Special Passover commentary will be provided by TBC Alum Emma Dubin (daughter of members Pam Klem and Tom Dubin), who is currently working at the Central Conference of American Rabbis!

Please RSVP by April 12.  Looking forward to seeing you and sharing good food and a great time!!
HIAS Haggadah

Explore the connections
between the ancient  Passover  story
and today's refugees.

Click here to view and/or
print the HIAS Haggadah.
Israel Master Chef for 8th-12th Graders

8th-12th Graders 
You're Invited  to  ISRAELI MASTER CHEF
hosted and judged by our talented Israeli Emissaries!  

Saturday, April 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Temple B'nai Chaim
Havdalah followed by Traditional Israeli Food cooking competition!
Cost $10 - RSVP by April 22 (please invite other Jewish friends!)
For more details contact Karin Beitel.
Rabbi Bearman - Shalom Y'all: 
The History of Jewish Immigrants in the American South
Sunday, April 28, 6:00 pm at Temple B'nai Chaim
Rabbi Rachel Bearman is a member of the seventh generation of her family to be born and raised in Memphis, TN. She has spent years exploring her own family's history as well as the wider cultural context of the Southern Jewish experience. Join Rabbi Bearman on an exploration of what life was like for Jewish immigrants when they arrived in the American South. How did Jewish immigrant families establish themselves in Southern cities and towns? What obstacles did they face as they worked to balance their American and Jewish identities? Do Southern Jewish communities have different traditions than their Northern counterparts? We'll answer these questions and more! (Common Threads Program.)
Register: officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org / 203-544-8695
Midrashic Monologues 
Congratulations to Rabbi Bearman and Rabbi Kipnes who's Midrash about Queen Vashti was featured by EJewish Philanthropy and Jewish Women's Archive!

Join 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. Midrashic Monologues web site .

Purim Perspectives
Mordechai  - How can I tell my beloved niece, Esther, that it may be time to step out of the existence I helped cultivate for her because her people need her help? It was dreadful enough that I upended her life and pushed her to leave her community and family. I did so to set her up with a better life than she would ever have had. And now I am asking her to upend ......

Vashti's Story
INTERLOPERS - For seven days, my quarters were filled with the sounds of laughter and conversation. The feast that I was hosting for the women of the court was an incredible success, and the constant volume of noise confirmed that all of my guests were enjoying themselves. 

But all of that changed on the seventh ......
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
Common Threads

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
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!
Through April 11 at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 pm, Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road 
Spring Poetry with {TBC Member} Judson Scruton - Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am at the Wilton Library,137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Friday, April 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road 
Passover Tasting Event
Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 pm (RSVP by April 12)

Israel Master Chef for 8th-12th Graders
Saturday, April 27 at 6:00 pm

Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Yahrzeits, March 29 to April 4
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Paula Altare Tepper
sister of Sandy Tepper
Albert Isaac
father of David Isaac
Sue Barasch
aunt of Moses Alexander
Verna Nurick
mother of Rachel Langberg
Gertrude Garnett
great grandmother of David Mann
Fannie Klein
grandmother of Jaime Kapel
Dr. Stephen D. Wilk
father of Jodie Nevas
Clifford Steinberg
father of Daniel Darst
Ted Tepper
father of Sandy Tepper

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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