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May 22, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Thursday, May 23, 4:20 pm - Last Day of Hebrew School
  • Friday, May 24 7:30 pm Shabbat Services 
  • Sunday, May 26, 11:45 am - Confirmation Rehearsal (10th Grade)
  • Monday, May 27, Memorial Day - Office Closed
  • Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm - Annual Congregational Meeting
Annual Congregational Meeting 
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm
At Temple B'nai Chaim there are two Congregational meetings each year, held in November and May. You are encouraged to attend what promises to be an important and informative meeting; this is your opportunity to provide input to the direction of our synagogue.  Of particular interest this time are the presentation and vote on our budget, a security update and vision for next year (see the Call to Annual Congregation Meeting).

To conduct official synagogue business, we need a quorum of attendees from 15 percent of our member units. Come, be counted in the quorum, and have your voice be heard!
We Won't Go Back: A Shabbat Sermon
Rabbi Bearman - May 17, 2019

The recent push to legislate women's choices may employ the language of protecting God's creations, but at the heart of each of these laws is the desire to legally re-establish that idea that a man is ha-adam, the creation made in God's image, while a woman is simply ishto, a creature that is man-adjacent and that was created from the bit of God's image that could be spared from Adam. 
Midrashic Monologues

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 

Last week, Rabbi Bearman and her writing partner, Rabbi Paul Kipnes published their latest Midrashic Monologue.
Student Cantor Hamstra at the Religious Action Center
of Reform Judaism 2019 Consultation of Conscience

Rabbi Schultz, Congressman Jim Himes, Student Cantor Hamstra and Rabbi Reiner at the 2019 Consultation of Conscience.

The Consultation of Conscience brings together Jewish congregational and communal leaders to build meaningful connections, learn and expand the skills needed for social change, and deepen our knowledge of critical issues facing our communities. Held over three days in Washington, DC, including advocacy visits on Capitol Hill, the Consultation offers leadership training, network building, and in-depth issue education for Reform Movement social justice leaders.
Rabbi Schultz Congressman Jim Hines Student Cantor Hamstra Rabbi Reiner at the 2019 Consultation of Conscience

Religious School
IDF for a Day Program
Pictures & Video 
Confirmation Shabbat Service
Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm
Mazel Tov to our confirmands Zoie Bernstein, Elijah Davis Busch, Stella Dubin, Aaron Gruen and Claire Hanley! Come celebrate with them, their families, and our community.
Shavuot Study Brunch
Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 am
We'll continue our series of successful holiday study brunches as we gather together for delicious food and lively conversation! Don't forget to bring something vegetarian for the pot-luck brunch.  All are welcome!
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat Service
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Mazel Tov to our Adult B'nai Mitzvah students Zoie Bernstein, Dina Levi, Elise Serby, Sandy Tepper and Valerie West-Rosenthal! Come celebrate with them, their families, and our community.  Send a Mazel Tov Card .
Sisterhood Shabbat Service
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!
Daily Bread Food  Pantry - We Need Your Help!
The next date at the Daily Bread Food Pantry is Monday, June 24 at 9:30 am.  Contact  Peggy Zamore  to volunteer .

The Daily Bread Food Pantry is an ecumenical food pantry servicing the Greater Danbury community. Its mission is to help those in need of food, whatever their circumstances, and maintain the dignity of clients in a compassionate and caring atmosphere.
The Daily Bread Food Pantry is located in the rear building at St. James' Episcopal Church, Danbury.
Pride Shabbat Service and Torah Study
Pride Shabbat
Pride Shabbat Service
Friday,  June 28 at 7:30 pm
The Jewish tradition teaches us that we should offer a blessing of gratitude every time we see a rainbow. In this spirit, on Friday, June 28, we will come together for our annual Pride Shabbat where we will celebrate the beautiful rainbow of human experience and honor the movement for LGBTQ equality.
Pride Torah Study -  Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 am
Join Rabbi Bearman for this special Torah Study. We will explore LGBTQ themes in our weekly Torah as well as other texts of our movement tracing the journey the movement has taken to embrace, support, and celebrate the LGBTQ community, and discuss where we hope to see more progress in the future.

Don't Forget the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles.  
For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org .
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!
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm 

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 24 to May 30
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Harry Blyman
uncle of Ilene Tanen
Sylvia Myers
grandmother of Jane Alexander
Herman Robbins
grandfather of  Russell Robbins
Paul Seigerman
grandfather of Michele Bennett
Marty Tepper
uncle of Sandy Tepper
Ann Cahn
mother of Kiki Cahn
Sylvia Penchina
aunt of Jane Alexander
  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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