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November 18, 2015
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Phone: 203 544-8695
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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President, Dina Gumins
Sisterhood President, Margaret Mazer Ogdon 
Men's Club President, Dr. Jeff Spector
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Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, November 19, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, November 19, 7:45 pm: Congregational Meeting
  • Friday, November 20, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, November 21, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of Eli Davis Busch - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish Eli mazl tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Sunday, November 22, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, November 22, 11:30 am: Grade 8, 9 & 10 Confirmation
  • Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 pm: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service & Canned Food Drive
Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker & Rabbi Rachel Bearman, at the November 15 presentation on Early Judaism and the New Testament
Congregational Meeting, Tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm!

Please come to the congregational meeting next week.  We would like every TBC member family to be present.  Refreshments will be served.

Step up!  Listen!  Be heard!
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at TBC On Tuesday!

Redding's annual Interfaith Service will be hosted this year at Temple B'nai Chaim on November 24 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to participate in an evening of fellowship. The service will be led by clergy of different denominations and religions and music will be sung by a volunteer, interfaith choir. Come to be a part of this memorable event! Please bring canned food as a donation to share with those in our community who are less fortunate.  More information here! (Singers needed! Contact the Cantor if interested.)
Save the Date for Consecration,
December 4th, at 6:30 pm!

Come celebrate with our youngest students and families at our Consecration Service at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 4th. This year we will be having Religious School consecration on a Friday night for the first time.  We want our students and their families to understand that they are joining and being honored by the large and supportive TBC family.  The entire community is invited, and we would love to see you there!   
B'nai Mitzvah Projects  

Eli Davis Busch's mitzvah project profile is posted on the TBC website. Please take a look by clicking here.

All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile, in consultation with the Rabbi, so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website.
Click here to view the project profile form.
Hanukkah is not just for kids ...

Sisterhood Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh Party! December 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm at TBC. There are candles to light, enjoy a bite and a gift exchange this night!  PLUS a little bit of POT LUCK: Vegetarian Main dishes and beverages are provided. RSVP and SIGN UP to bring a vegetarian appetizer, side or dessert.

Please bring a fun gift valued around $15.00 to exchange. And... we will collect diapers to donate. Click here to RSVP!

We Look Forward to Celebrating Together- See you There! 
Make Hanukkah Happy for Wilton Jewish Families!

Here's a way to make a difference this Hanukkah for  some needy Jewish Wilton families. Through the good works of the Wilton Department of Social Services, we've been asked to support several  Jewish Wilton families who celebrate Hanukkah by providing a $100 Gift Card for each of 12 children in these families.   Think about all the gifts you give to your children each year...and then think about how you could really make a difference for these families.  

All you have to do is click on the Donation Form here and donate what you can to the TBC Tzedakah (Social Action) Fund and indicate the donation is for "Make Hanukkah Happy for All Kids!" Our Social Action Committee will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to Wilton Department of Social Services.
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin...

... and the Remaking of Israel
with author Dan Ephron: Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm, Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport.   Books will be available for purchase and signing. Open to the community free of charge. Co-sponsored by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, The Westport Library, and the Jewish Book Council. Registration requested: skamisar@jewishphilanthropyct.org. Info: (203) 226-8197.
Share Our Simchas - Sponsor an Oneg! 

A wonderful way of celebrating special happy occasions (simchas), such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is by sharing your joy (nachas) with the entire congregation and sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat for the Friday  of your special week.  We'll arrange for the food and set-up, all you do is send a minimum donation of $125.  If you would like to sponsor an Oneg, please call or email the TBC office (203 544-8695 / tbc@templebnaichaim.org) and we'll pencil in your special Shabbat.  In the words of the traditional Yiddish wish for birthdays, May you live to be 120 (the age achieved by Moses, and therefore considered to be the ideal lifespan). L'Chaim! 
Calling All Torah Chanters!

Many of you volunteered to chant during this year's High Holy Day services and you did a marvelous job.  If you enjoyed this experience, then it's time to chant again.  If you wondered how you, too, could participate and chant Torah, then now is the opportunity to learn!  We are looking forward to hearing Torah chanted at the following Friday  night Shabbat services this year:

December 18th -  Torah Portion (parshat) "Vayigash": Genesis 45:4-8 OR Genesis 45:9-15;
February 19th -    Torah Portion (parshat) "T'tzaveh":  Exodus 28:26-30; and
April 15th -          Torah Portion (parshat) "M'tzorah": Leviticus 14:8-11.

This is a wonderful opportunity to keep your Hebrew skills fresh, to learn and to engage with Torah.  And if you have never read from the Torah since your bar or bat mitzvah, this is a special way to challenge yourself.  It is also a very special way to participate in our services.  In addition, we are looking for those of you who would like to participate by having the honor of blessing the Torah on these dates.  We will provide tapes and training for anyone interested, so there is no reason to hesitate. Please call (203) 544-8695) or email (rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org) the Rabbi to schedule your date!
Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities-Westport-FALL 2015 

JFS Financial Education Workshops-Tuesdays, November 17 th at 11:00 am  at the Westport office: 432 Post Road East, Suite 11. Preventing Identity Theft. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or rkanefsky@ctjfs.org .
JFS New Beginnings, Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Westport Divorce Support Group at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. Contact Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 or emoskowitz@ctjfs.org

JFS Brain Fitness Program  Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. 
Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or mgeenberg@ctjfs.org

JFS Kosher Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Drive : Help provide a holiday meal with frozen turkeys, canned goods, and grocery store gift cards. Bring donations to JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6th Floor , during office hours, on or before Friday, November 20th. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Case Manager at 203-921-4161 X128 or rkanefsky@ctjfs.org

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Yahrzeits, November 20-November 26, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)   

Bruin Lipman Friday 11/20/2015 father of Hannah Lipman
Mel Yavner Friday 11/20/2015 brother-in-law of Michael Heft
Robert Enteen Saturday 11/21/2015 father of Alice Learman
Rose Bloom Sunday 11/22/2015 grandmother of Richard Bloom
Lori Kamber Sunday 11/22/2015 cousin of Moses Alexander
Bernard Satten Monday 11/23/2015 cousin of Sandi Prince
Vivian Weiss Monday 11/23/2015 mother of Gail Espinosa
Frank Barbera Thursday 11/26/2015 cousin of Linda Bolton