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December 5, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, December 6, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm  - Family Preneg
  • Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm - Consecration and Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, December 8, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 9, 9:30 am  - Religious School
  • Sunday, December 9, 5:00 pm - Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration
  • Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, December 12, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Thursday, December 13, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Join Us for Consecration & Hanukkah Family 
Shabbat Service, with Preneg!
This Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) 

Our Consecration service will begin with the lighting of the Hanukkah lights- don't forget to bring your menorah!  Then we will honor our youngest students as they help lead us in song and prayer.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to be a part of this joyful evening! 
The evening begins with preneg at 6:00 pm (pizza and veggies!) and then continues with a very special Family Service at 6:30 pm where the K/1 class will join Rabbi Bearman on the bimah as they lead the congregation in song, story and worship 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!

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog posting: " Being a Kid at Temple. "
  Also -- Save the date for the  Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  on Friday, January 4!
Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration!
Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm 

Please join the women of TBC's Sisterhood for an evening of good company and good cheer at our annual Hanukkah Dinner and Celebration - Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm, at the home of Wendy Nadel, 40 Sharp Hill Road Wilton.  Please bring a pot luck dish to share and a wrapped gift valued at $15-$20 for our gift exchange.  RSVP to Ria Miller by Friday, December 7.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Men's Club Event With Ross Tartell, January 13
The TBC Men's Club will be hosting a special non-political event. We will feature a conversation with Ross Tartell, a Men's Club member, on running for office in these unusual political times. We will have coffee and ... as we sit and discuss this interesting issue. The event will be: S unday, January 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm , at Temple B'nai Chaim. Please join us in this important conversation. Jeff 
Social Action Update
Rise Against Hunger meals from the October 20 packaging event are going out as part of two separate shipments: one to Uganda (on December 20) and one to Guatemala (in January). There were 145,000 of our meals in total!

It is not too late to donate to the Tzedakah Fund for Hanukkah Gift Cards for Jewish families being served by Wilton Social Services.  There are 12 children in need and any amount of support is greatly appreciated.
"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!" Overflow Homeless Shelter
Overflow Homeless Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, 164  Deer Hill Avenue,  Danbury at 9:00 pm and stay until 7:00 am. Each night there are two volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season.  The upcoming dates are December 24 to December 30, January 28 to February 3, and February 25 to March 3. More information.......     Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am-5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email .
D'var Torah by Rabbi Bearman and Rabbi Kipnes
From Rabbi Bearman: "I am so, so pleased to finally be able to share the midrash that I wrote with Rabbi Paul Kipnes about our matriarch's last moments with her youngest child. I hope that you'll read our piece and let me know what you think! And, when you visit the page, don't forget to scroll down and read Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks' wonderful Davar Acher!" Click Here to read 'When Ben-Oni Becomes Benjamin: Rachel's Midrashic Monologue'

The holidays are here and we are all busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. Your purchases can make a difference!  AmazonSmile donates to TBC when you shop at AmazonSmile and select Temple B'nai Chaim or use this link .  

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.
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!

Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Our Consecration service will begin with the lighting of the Hanukkah lights- don't forget to bring your menorah! 

Tzedakah Fest
Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm
Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration!
Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm at the home of Wendy Nadel

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 pm
Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

Honoring Legislators who passed the CT Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill
Sunday, December 16 following The Pianist of Willesden Lane at 3:00 pm
Positano Ristorante, 27 Powers Court, Westport

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, December 24 to Sunday, December 30 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 4 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Conversation with Ross Tartell: Running for Office in These Unusual Political Times 
Sunday, January 13 at 10:00 am

Yahrzeits, December 7 - December 13

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Hope Goodheart
sister-in-law of Iris Busch
Beatrice Eisenstat Herron
mother of Nan Ruben
Ann Sylvia Heisler
mother of Michele Scruton
Andrew Rosenberg
father of Irene Rosenberg
Jack Greenberg
father of David Greenberg
Morris Myers
grandfather 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 of yahrzeit.

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Temple B'nai Chaim
, 82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel